One of the most interesting results we see from our surveys is that 54% of children share mindfulness with someone outside of school. As Franklin Elementary School Principal Jeanette MacDonald told us just last week, “When the school bell rings, mindfulness goes home with the children.” Children often share mindfulness at home with their siblings and their parents, who are often too busy to attend a mindfulness class themselves.
We have also seen numerous instances of children sharing mindfulness with their peers at school. Often this is sparked by their own experience with the peace and inner strength that mindfulness can bring. Two fascinating and insightful definitions of mindfulness written by elementary school children are here and here.
Our year is already off to a busy start, and we look forward to sharing new programs and developments with you in the coming months.
We wish you a very happy and successful 2011!
The Mindful Schools Team
Upcoming Trainings in Oakland and Silicon Valley Several new training events are coming soon! Even if you’ve already taken these courses, please spread the word to friends and colleagues who could benefit.
For complete information about all these trainings, as well as full descriptions of the courses, please visit our Adult Training page.
Mindful Schools Pilot Study Whitepaper
We’ve put together a short whitepaper about our pilot research study that describes the study’s structure, lists the measures were used, and candidly explains the results in detail. In addition, we’ve tried to share some of the lessons we learned in the process, with the hope that the information will help others in the field with their own studies.
Office Manager Job Opening
Mindful Schools is looking for someone to take on a part-time office manager role, with the goal of helping the Mindful Schools run smoothly as our small organization grows. This position will require flexibility, as the workload is likely to vary from week to week. Over time, the role may grow into a full-time position as its value is demonstrated.
Candidates should have strong organizational skills, careful attention to detail, strong computer literacy, accounting experience, and good communication skills.
If you or someone you know might be interested, please email a resume (and optionally, a cover letter) with subject line “Office Manager Application” to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should clearly explain how the candidate’s background matches the position’s needs.
Mindful Schools Conducts a Packed Training in the Heart of New York City
Just a few weeks ago, we completed a weekend Level 2 Curriculum Training in the heart of New York. The 65 participants completely packed the training space, which was very generously donated to us by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.
If you feel like you have a large community of mindfulness practitioners in your area that satisfy our Mindfulness Fundamentals prerequisite, we may be able to arrange a similar weekend Curriculum Training for you.
Mindful Schools Co-Sponsors the International Conference on Mindfulness with Youth
Join leaders in this emerging field amidst the spectacular setting of Banff National Park as we explore and discuss the practice, application, and teachings of mindfulness to youth across a variety of settings. This conference will also develop and deepen our own relationship with mindful awareness and practice, which is a fundamental part of teaching these skills to youth.
The conference takes place from July 15-17, 2011 at Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Early Bird registration is US$345, and registration after March 15 is US$395. Please click here to learn more.
About Mindful Schools
Founded in 2007, the mission of Mindful Schools is to transform education through mindfulness. We achieve this by offering in-class instruction, professional training, and other resources to support mindfulness in education.
Our program has used a scientifically proven technique called mindfulness to teach concentration, attention, conflict resolution, and empathy to over 10,000 children and 450 teachers in 38 schools, 66% of which serve low-income children. Mindful Schools has conducted training and workshops for over 1,200 public and private school parents, teachers, therapists, and other professionals in education and social work.