How is a school program introduced to teachers?
With a 20-60 minute initial session introducing the practice, benefits, and potential outcomes. This could take place at an in-service meeting. The initial session is experiential with a focus on self-care and stress-reduction. Then teachers learn alongside students with15-20 minute weekly sessions in the classroom.
What will the teacher training look like in terms of content and time?
This is a very teacher-friendly program with no new curriculum to learn or implement. Teachers receive three training sessions — one before the program begins in the classroom, one at the mid-way point, and one at the end. These are experiential and introduce the core concepts of our curriculum (stress, self-regulation, impulsivity, mindfulness, self-esteem, and quality of life). Throughout the program, teachers learn alongside their students, then practice daily for 1-5 minutes in the classroom.
When first implemented, what will the intro/training in the classroom be like in terms of content and time?
We deliver one new lesson each week to each grade/classroom. Lessons are approximately 15-20 minutes each. A new aspect of mindfulness is introduced each week. Teachers then practice that lesson daily with their students, for 1-5 minutes as mentioned above. Lessons include Focused Attention, Fostering Empathy, and The Basic Neuroscience of Mindfulness. More about our program content is available here and on page 11 of this free download.
What will the program look like once implemented in terms of time and content?
Our programs build the capacity for schools to sustain outcomes independently after implementation. This looks like students and teachers leading short practices (1-5 minutes) daily in the classroom. We do recommend occasional follow-up check-ins with an instructor. This could look like 20 minutes integrated into a school-wide assembly each quarter or semester. Mindfulness is a great way to start all-school gatherings, helping students settle in for the rest of the assembly. It’s also a great way to begin in-service meetings. Follow up sessions are affordably priced and we are happy to create a plan that meets your school’s unique needs.
Will teachers and parents receive something in writing about the program?
Yes. Teacher manuals and parent manuals will be provided. These include ideas for integrating practice into home and classroom life.
For school programs, will there be any kind of measures of effect like in the research?
Yes. We use both qualitative and quantitative self-report measures addressing the core constructs in our curriculum (stress, self-regulation, impulsivity, mindfulness, self-esteem, and overall quality of life). Measures utilized could include the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, Perceived Stress Scale, Teen Conflict Survey, Healthy Self-Regulation Scale, School Climate Measure, Children’s Self-Descriptive Questionnaire, and the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale for Adolescents.