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This lesson (download by clicking on the icon) has been taught to over 300,000 children and is geared toward K-5 elementary school students (we also offer a curriculum for adolescents). Below are video examples of the lesson in action in 1st and 4th grade classrooms in Oakland Unified School District.
K-5 Curriculum Demo: Class One - Mindful Bodies & Listening - 1st Grade Classroom
K-5 Curriculum Demo: Class One - Mindful Bodies & Listening - 4th Grade Classroom
Week I. Mindfulness of Breath
A. Exploring the motivation for mindfulness practice
B. Introduction to Mindfulness: Definitions
C. Practice: Mindfulness of Breath
D. Mindfulness, Self-regulation and the Pre-frontal Cortex
Week II. Mindfulness of Body
A. Importance of Feeling the Body (The Embodied Nervous System)
B. Practices: Body Scan; Mindful Walking
C. Daily Mindfulness of the Body
D. Mindfulness as an Exploration of Being Human
Week III. Mindfulness of Emotions
A. Emotions, Neurobiology and Thoughts
B. Practice: Feeling Emotions in the Body
C. Working with Emotional Intensity
D. Mindfulness and Self-Regulation
Week IV. Development of the Heart
A. Cultivating Gratitude and Kindness
B. Practice: Heartfulness
C. Self-Compassion and the Inner Critic
Week V. Interpersonal Mindfulness
A. Bringing Mindfulness to Interactions
B. Mindfulness and Communication
C. Our Habits of Separation
D. Empathy and the Brain
Week VI. Everyday Mindfulness
A. Training the Mind to be more Mindful
B. Weaving Mindfulness into Life
C. Mindful Eating
D. Maintaining a Daily Practice
E. The Benefits of Mindfulness Practice
Week I. Curriculum Introduction
A. Defining Mindfulness for Educators & Students
B. Curriculum Overview – How the Mindful Schools Curriculum Was Developed & What It Emphasizes
Week II. Mindful Teaching
A. How Emotions Are Transmitted in the Classroom
B. The Role of the Teacher in Regulating the Nervous Systems of Children
C. Techniques for Connecting Mindful Awareness to Teaching & Group Facilitation
D. Lesson Demos: Mindful Listening (Elementary School) and Creating Relevance (Middle School/High School)
Week III. Mindfulness in Education
A. The History of Secular Mindfulness & How It is Being Integrated Into Schools.
B. Mindfulness, Social & Emotional Learning & Conflict Resolution
C. Mindfulness & Secularity
D. Lesson Demos: Mindful Breathing (ES) and Emotions & Mindful Listening (MS/HS)
Week IV. Working with Resistance
A. Building Relationships & Establishing a Healthy Classroom Culture
B. Strategies for Working with Resistance
C. Creative Compassion & Boundary Setting
D. Lesson Demos: Mindful Movement (ES) and Response vs. Reaction (MS/HS)
Week V. Research and Neuroscience
A. Overview of Mindfulness & Youth Research
B. The Neuroscience of Mindfulness – The Basics of How Practice Affects the Brain
C. Recommended Program Evaluation Tools
D. Lesson Demos: Practicing Gratitude (ES) and Past/Present/Future (MS/HS)
Live Group Consult
An opportunity to interact with the faculty around any questions or issues that are coming up for you in the course.
Week VI. Implementation
A. How to Structure a School Mindfulness Presentation
B. Program Adaptations for Different Roles – Classroom Teachers, Outside Providers, Mental Health Professionals & Parents.
C. Taking the First Step – How to Build Your Mindfulness Program Without Becoming Overwhelmed
Week I: Mindful Communication and Innate Presence
A. The Three Foundations of Mindful Communication
B. The Four Components of Attention
C. The Role of Presence
D. Practice: Bringing Presence to Communication
Week II: Human Needs and the Intention to Understand
A. Working with Intention
B. Cultivating the View of Human Needs
C. Listening for What Matters
D. Practice: Sensing Needs
Week III: Handling Feelings
A. The Role of Emotion
B. Defining Feelings, their Origin and Purpose
C. Practice: Hearing and Expressing Feelings
Week IV: Empathy
A. What is Empathy
B. Completing the Cycle of Communication
C. Styles of Empathy
D. Practice: Three forms of Empathy
Week V: Observations and Judgments
A. Defining and Making Observations
B. The Ladder of Inference
C. Translating Judgments and Evaluations
D. Feedback, Praise and Gratitude
E. Practice: Discerning Observations
Week VI: Requests and Agreements
A. Exploring Requests
B. Connection and Solution Requests
C. Making Agreements
D. Saying and Hearing “No”
E. Practice: Making Requests
Week VII: The Flow of Dialogue
A. Tracking Skills
B. The Locus of Attention
C. Speaking Succinctly
D. Practice: Using Tracking Skills
Week VIII: Challenging Situations
A. The Nervous System and Handling Reactivity
B. Preparing for Difficult Conversations
C. Tools for Difficult Conversations
D. Practice: Working with Challenges
Mindfulness is such a valuable tool that we are committed to offering financial assistance to those who need it. If you cannot take a course due to its price, please apply for a scholarship.
Scholarships are made possible thanks to the generosity of those who pay full price, as well as scholarship grants from foundations and individual donations.
We are able to offer a limited amount of Mindful Educator Essentials scholarships for participants based on their financial need, diversity, population served, and plans to implement the Mindful Schools curriculum soon after completing the training. People who pay closer to the full rate for the Mindful Educator Essentials enable others to receive larger scholarships.
If you’d like to be considered for a scholarship, please fill out an application.
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we may not be able to support you with a scholarship at this time, but are welcome to apply again for a future training.
After completing the Mindfulness Fundamentals prerequisite, the tuition rate for graduates is $300 (a savings of $250) for the Mindful Educator Essentials course.*
* Discount cannot be combined with a scholarship.
To be eligible to receive Mental Health CEUs you must be either:
1. A Psychologist in any U.S. state
2. An MFT, LPCC, LEP, and/or LCSW
licensed in the state of California.
If you are an MFT, LCSW, or LPC, not licensed in California, you must have received approval from your governing board that they accept CEUs from a credentialed organization via the California BBS or the American Psychological Association.
Center for Adolescent Studies Inc., is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Adolescent Studies Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Center for Adolescent Studies is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE 4988) to offer continuing education (name currently changing from Engaging The Moment, LLC to Center for Adolescent Studies, Inc.) This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For more information, participants may go to: www.centerforadolescentstudies.com/ce.