Randima Fernando

Mindful Schools Featured in TIME Cover Story

TIME-Cover-2014-01-23-SmallTIME magazine just published a cover story on mindfulness, the science behind it, and how it’s making inroads in various parts of society. The story will reach a vast number of people, many of whom have likely not been exposed in any significant way to the mindfulness movement.

We are honored to have been included in the article as the representative of mindfulness & education. Reading though it, we reflected on how far the Mindful Schools Community has come in the last seven years: with people in almost all 50 states and 43 countries, our shared community is weaving an incredibly important piece of the mindfulness tapestry. We offer our deep thanks to you all for joining us on this journey.

We are especially grateful to our graduates for the amazing work they are doing to bring mindfulness to youth of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds around the world. It is truly inspiring to see such a heartfelt, widespread impact that underscores the deep commitment Mindful Schools has to making secular mindfulness increasingly accessible to the world’s diverse population of educators, children, and adolescents (below are a few images from the Mindful Schools community).


Finally, here is the excerpt from the TIME article talking about Mindful Schools:

“Educators are turning to mindfulness with increasing frequency–perhaps a good thing, considering how digital technology is splitting kids’ attention spans too. (The average American teen sends and receives more than 3,000 text messages a month.) A Bay Area-based program called Mindful Schools offers online mindfulness training to teachers, instructing them in how to equip children to concentrate in classrooms and deal with stress. Launched in 2010, the group has reached more than 300,000 pupils, and educators in 43 countries and 48 states have taken its courses online.”

You can read the full piece online (subscription required) or in the Feb. 3 printed issue.

Ways to Help

Our challenge now is to turn this opportunity into action. If you’re as excited as we are, there are three easy ways to help:

  1. Share this post with educators, mental health professionals, and parents who may be interested in mindfulness in education.
  2. Spread the word about Mindful Schools to establish a network of mindful educators.
  3. Check out our courses (Mindfulness Fundamentals, Mindful Educator Essentials, Year Long Certification), which may be of interest to you or people you know.

All of us at Mindful Schools thank you for your passionate support. We are incredibly grateful, and we look forward to contributing to the next phase of this vital movement together with you!

Randima (Randy) Fernando
Executive Director, Mindful Schools

Randima Fernando

Help Us Establish a Network of Mindful Educators

Mindful-Schools-Flyer-250pxEach year hundreds of parents, teachers, mental health professionals, administrators and mindfulness enthusiasts ask us what they can do to support our work – usually after being involved in it themselves or seeing it in action in their communities.

Our answer is one simple phrase: get the word out.

Despite its rapid growth, mindfulness & education is still essentially a grassroots movement. On a national level, the education discussion is mired in debates about testing, mandated standards and teacher evaluation. The rise of mindfulness & education has essentially been a “bottom up” movement of teachers and school staff seeing that the development of self-care and self-awareness are critical to the health of schools, youth and communities.

What this means is that this work is going to grow most strongly through networks of parents, teachers, administrators, and school-based mental health professionals. It is going to grow because people are excited – because their practice is restoring meaning, presence and a deep emotional connection to their work with youth. It is going to grow because people like you share it with others who you think would resonate with it.

If you do feel drawn to share our work with others, here are some helpful suggestions:

  • You can share our work in anyway that you see fit (different people require different explanations). Sharing your personal experience with us is always helpful, as is linking to mindfulschools.org.
  • As an aid, here’s a new flyer that introduces what we do, and how new people can plug in.
  • You can share it on social media and list serves who you think might not know about us.
  • You can print out hard copies and put them up at meditation centers, yoga studios, schools, youth mental health agencies, and community centers. If you’d like larger numbers of printed sheets, please email info@mindfulschools.org with your need and mailing address, and we’ll get them to you.

Helpful Links

Together, we can add an incredible amount of fuel to this powerful movement. If you have any questions, please let us know at info@mindfulschools.org.

Thank you as always for your support. We are so grateful for your help!