Randima Fernando

Scholarships for Training School Staff in Mindfulness

School-Scholarships-300x202Great news! We’ve got a few SF Bay Area foundations who are interested in partnering with us to offer mindfulness training scholarships to several schools serving at-risk youth!

We need your help to get the word out to schools, particularly in East Palo Alto, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Alameda County, and West Contra Costa County. We just need a school representative to complete the short form below to share their interest in adopting mindfulness:

http://jotformpro.com/form/33494645776974

These scholarships would cover a number of Mindfulness Fundamentals and Mindful Educator Essentials spots for each school.

Thank you so much for your help!

Chris McKenna

A Typical Week in the Year-Long Certification

On our Year-Long Certification page, we try to be as clear and succinct as we can about the structure and content of the course. However, with all the various program components, it’s still a lot to take in. Here we offer a different lens for understanding the course: what is my average week like as a participant?

Here’s a typical Certification week-at-a-glance. All weekly content is emailed out to participants (as shown below) and stored in a learning management system.

In-depth conversation, group mentorship and coaching via webinar. Each week, you have the opportunity to receive mentorship on any aspect of your practice, teaching or program development from the year-long faculty. There is also time for informal networking and resource-sharing. Sessions are recorded with notes for later viewing.

1-3 video modules (5-20 minutes in length). Modules are designed to be short, practical, and specific (each video is 5-20 minutes long). Examples from the course:

  • Practice: Working with Tranquility, Unification and Absorption
  • Curriculum: Simple Movement Exercises
  • Skills: Charging Money for Your Programs
  • Science: Understanding the “Freeze” Response in the Nervous System

Weekly written teachings. Typically participants receive two written teachings a week that are designed to be usable in one of two contexts:

  • Professional development in education or mental health. (example: understanding the physiology of stress)
  • Teaching youth mindfulness. (example: the samurai sword: a metaphor for mental training)

Generally, weekly teachings fall into three focus areas:

  • Science-focused – they address scientific concepts applicable to teaching and explaining mindfulness.
  • Storytelling-focused – they provide myths, metaphors, poems and other material relevant to explaining mindfulness in culturally relevant and interesting ways.
  • Exercise-focused – they provide short games and exercises that can support teaching mindfulness to youth.

For more information

If you’d like to learn more, please see our Year-Long Certification page.

Chris McKenna

Online Curriculum Training – Upgrades & Improvements

CT-Screen-ShotAs we kick off our 2014 course offerings, we wanted to announce several significant changes to the online version of our Mindful Educator Essentials (MEE). These improvements – detailed below – are the result of feedback from roughly 1,000 educators, parents and mental health professionals who have been through the course.

The key online MEE improvements fall into five areas:

  • Access to Materials After the Course Ends. Participants will now be able to access all course content (modules, lesson demos and supporting materials) on an on-going basis after the course closing date.
  • The Addition of a Guiding Teacher. In each online MEE course, there will be one Mindful Schools faculty member that plays the role of Guiding Teacher. This person will respond in writing in the online learning management system to participant questions and comments.
  • The Use of Cohort Groups. We will be dividing MEE participants into cohorts based on location, professional affiliation and other criteria. The cohort structure will enable more detailed discussion of weekly course content.
  • Grad-Community-Photo-SmallThe Addition of Small-Group Coaching Sessions. There will be two opportunities for live, webinar-based coaching: Week 3 (mid-course) and Week 6 (course closing). Week 1 will also be a 90-minute live orientation to the course.
  • Access to the Mindful Schools Graduate Community. After successful completion of the MEE, graduates will have access to our Facebook graduate community where they can discuss curriculum-related issues and network with others using the MS curriculum around the world.

We want everyone in the MS community to know that we are always working to improve how we are delivering training content online. We will keep you posted on other improvements as we complete them.