All programs are customized to meet the unique needs of your school and range from year-long, school-wide integration to short workshops for teachers and parents.
School-wide Integration: This wrap-around program may be the most effective way to integrate mindfulness into your school community. Train faculty, staff, students, and parents with on-site support throughout the year.
Faculty First: Support teachers with stress-reduction and self-care. Programs range from a morning of mindfulness basics to an 8-week, in-depth series.
High School Elective: Bring a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) course to your school. This course could be offered to mixed grades by the quarter or the semester. We recommend offering mindfulness as an optional course. We’ve also had success allowing teachers to participate in the mindfulness elective alongside students.
Classroom Pilot: This teacher-friendly program may be the simplest way to begin. Introduce mindfulness with a pilot program in just one or two classrooms. Teachers learn alongside students with weekly 15-20 minute micro-lessons. Content includes:
- 16 lessons
- Each session is 15-20 minutes long
- Grades 5-12 receive journaling prompts and weekly challenges
- Grades K-4 enter practice through the door of the imagination
- No new content or curriculum for teachers to implement
- 50% discount to all faculty, staff and parents enrolling in Mindful Schools online trainings
Mindfulness for Athletes: Bring mindfulness to your existing sports team. This unique program incorporates elements from Mindful Sports Performance Enhancement (MSPE) and utilizes George Mumford’s book, The Mindful Athlete.
Parent Support and Education: Help parents learn effective tools for bringing mindfulness into the home environment and managing stress. Parent support and education could include a single evening of mindfulness or ongoing support.
School Program Lessons May Include:
- Examining and Defining Stress
- Effects of Stress on the Mind and Body
- The Brain House, Basic Neuroscience of Mindfulness
- Focused Attention, Mindfulness of Breath
- Open Awareness, Mindful Listening
- Exteroceptive & Interoceptive Body Awareness
- Mindfulness of Emotions, Letting Go
- Why Generosity Matters
- The Heart of a Champion, Self- Compassion
- The Negativity Bias
- Fostering Empathy
- Mindful Eating, Craving and Aversion
- Mindfulness of Thoughts, Judgment and the Inner-Critic
- Why Gratitude Matters
- Communicating with Skill and Intention
Mindfulness supports the social-emotional goals of many schools in the current educational environment. A growing body of research and neuroscience has shown many benefits of mindfulness:
- Decreased stress & anxiety
- Better focus and concentration
- Enhanced health
- Improved impulse control
- Increased self-awareness
- Skillful responses to difficult emotions
- Increased empathy and understanding of others
- Development of natural conflict resolution skills