In the educational system, there is no one size fits all and we understand that funds are tight. We will do our best to secure outside sponsorship and support for time spent with your students, and make every attempt fit with your school's budget to tailor a program that works for your specific population. Our first visit to your building is always free. Please contact us for a pricing quote based on your programming needs and budgetary constraints.
Introduction to Mindfulness for Students: These introductory lessons present to students the foundations of mindfulness and offer techniques such as the STOP practice that they can immediately begin using to manage stress, anxiety, and strong emotions during the school day. A series of at least three visits to each classroom is recommended. Multiple classroom visits are possible during a single day.
Monthly Mindfulness for Students: This monthly maintenance is ideal as a "pilot program" for a mindful classroom approach at a singular grade level or subject area. These presentations pull key lessons from the Mindful Schools curriculum and can be specifically tailored to state standards in Health, Science, Physical Education, Language Arts, Social Studies, and even advisory, homeroom, and athletic groups. Ranging from 30 minutes to an hour, these sessions will teach the foundations of mindfulness, an understanding of the brain and neuroscience behind the practice, and practical techniques that can immediately be used to reduce stress, improve focused attention, and manage emotions.
The full research-backed Mindful Schools curriculum for Students:This curriculum – used by educators, mental health professionals, social workers, and parents across the U.S. and over 100 countries – is adaptable for classrooms, after-school programs, clinical settings, and home. It uses developmentally appropriate language for explaining key mindfulness concepts and practices to youth. You can see a sample module here.
Assemblies and Large-Group Presentations: One of the best ways to create a mindful school culture is to reach the entire student body and staff with an assembly or even a series of assemblies. These events will include guided practices, the neuroscience of why mindfulness is effective in age-specific language, manageable techniques that can immediately be used to manage social and emotional stress, and a call to global citizenship through mindful awareness and acts of service.
Stress Reduction for Teachers: Students aren't the only ones who are stressed at school these days. With overwhelming work loads, large class sizes, testing, standards, curriculum maps, learning objectives, IEPs, ILPs, 504s, staffing meetings, challenging students, and complex home lives and emotional experiences that are set aside in order to be present for the students, teachers are more than superheroes for showing up each day. As a former classroom teacher, the founder of the Center is sympathetic to the stress and overwhelm that come with the job. Our stress reduction offering for teachers is designed to give tools for managing challenging workloads, emotions, personalities, and burnout. During these presentations, teachers and administrative staff will have the opportunity to practice mindfulness for their own self care, turn their attention inward, calm the nervous system, rest the mind, and attend to the body. These skills will translate to regulation during stressful situations, increased capacity for focused attention, and an improvement in staff morale. By offering this program to your teachers, you are engaging in an act of kindness and compassion that will result in a grateful, rested, and resourced staff. Offered as one to three sessions of 30-60 minutes each.
Mindfulness Techniques for the Classroom: These professional development presentations are great for late-start days and staff meetings. Offering mindfulness techniques for teaching as well as self care, teachers will leave with a toolbox of mindful classroom management skills and an overview of the resources available, the mindfulness in education movement, the neuroscience behind the practice, how "Mindful Mondays" can go awry, and the importance of self-care and emotional regulation as a "mindful" teacher. Teachers are encouraged to broaden their toolkit beyond these offerings with the Mindful Educator Essentials course. Minimum of three 1-hour sessions recommended.
Full roll out. Developing a school-wide Mindfulness program: Our organization is inspired by the Holistic Life Foundation, a group of inner city teachers in Baltimore who piloted a school-wide mindfulness and meditation program that reduced suspensions to zero. Contact us to discuss available grants, how to plan and roll out a full mindfulness initiative at your school or district, and we will work in collaboration with other local and national organizations to help your school accomplish this goal.