March 2012 Newsletter

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn Benefit Recap, Adult Courses, Upcoming Conferences, and More…

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March 2012
Upcoming Adult Courses
New Web Pages
Upcoming Conferences
Quotes from the Classroom
Research Volunteers Needed
Volunteer Spotlight
Useful Links
Get Involved
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List
Thank you to everyone who supported “The Role of Mindfulness in Education”, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Benefit for Mindful Schools on February 17!

Jon Kabat-ZinnIt was amazing to see over 1,300 energetic supporters in Zellerbach Auditorium that evening, and to feel the positive energy from the crowd.

We are very grateful to everyone who was able to attend, and we thank all the volunteers who spread the word about the event and assisted on-site to make it a successful evening.

Together, we built a tremendous amount of momentum for the Mindfulness in Education movement leading up to the event, and it’s important that we all continue to advocate for this important work. Thank you so much for your support!


The Mindful Schools Team 

Upcoming Adult Courses
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.

Please note also that Mindfulness Fundamentals Online is available to anyone around the world (attendees can log in on their own schedule for each week’s lesson).

MF Icon (Transparent) Mindfulness Fundamentals (General Description)
[Register] Online Course (Mar. 10 – Apr. 21)
[Register] Online Course (May 12 – Jun. 16)
[Notification List] Online Course Wait List

CT Icon (Transparent) Curriculum Training (General Description)
[Register] San Mateo, CA (Mar. 23 – 25)
[Register] Los Angeles, CA (Apr. 13 – 15)
[Register] The Netherlands (Jul. 20 – 23)

For complete information about all these trainings, as well as full descriptions of the courses, please visit our Courses page.

New School Program and Adult Training Pages

New Web Site Mockup (Small)We are happy to announce that we have updated our web site to make it easier to navigate.  Please take a look at our new pages:

Please visit us on Facebook and help us get to 1,000 likes! 

Upcoming Conferences

We look forward to seeing you at two amazing conferences coming up soon:

Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning (Bryn Mawr, PA)
Don’t miss Megan Cowan on Saturday, March 16, when she will give one of the plenary panel presentations at the Mindfulness in Education Conference.

Center for Mindfulness Conference (Norwood, MA)
On Friday, Mar. 30, Randy Fernando from Mindful Schools and Shani Keller from the University of California, Davis will be presenting the results of our large research study involving 942 children and 47 classrooms across three Oakland public schools, with randomized controls at the classroom level.

Quotes from the Classroom 

Here are a few recent anecdotes we’ve heard from kids receiving our program:

“Mindfulness breathing has helped me calm down. When I invited my cousin to sleep in my house, I got mad at night time. I got super mad because she couldn’t sleep, so she woke me up. I used mindfulness breathing to calm down. My favorite thing about mindfulness is mindful walking. I like it because it helps me control myself when I’m walking.”

“One time when my little sister had my dad’s phone and she didn’t let me borrow it. But she said no. I got very angry but I used mindfulness and I calmed down.”

“I used mindfulness to help me break up big words and to take 3 deep breaths when I am sad, blue, angry and frustrated.”

“When I went to the store my sister wanted the toy that I wanted and I told her why are we fighting. I told her to take deep breaths and pay attention on them. At the end my mom bought us the toy and we were happy.”

“I used mindful breathing to calm down when me and my mom are fighting. I used mindful eating to eat more vegetables, more fruits, and eat less.”

If you have a story to share about the effects of the Mindful Schools program or our adult courses, please send it to

Research Volunteers Needed

We’ve got one more set of measurements to do for the last phase of our big research study, and we need a few volunteers to help us gather the data. 

If you are available to help on the morning of March 19, 20, or 22 (approximately 8 am – 2 pm), please let us know.  Also, if you happen to have an extra PC laptop that can be used for computerized testing (just on March 19), that would be very helpful as well. Thank you!

Volunteer Spotlight: Send Us Your Photos

We have been lucky to have many wonderful volunteers over the years who have helped us to amplify our impact many times over and to extend the reach of every dollar that’s been donated to us. We offer our unwavering gratitude to all our volunteers!

If you’ve volunteered for Mindful Schools in any capacity and would like to be up on our web site, please send us your photo for a fun project we are envisioning.

Useful Links

If someone you know is interested in learning more about us, please share the following links with them:
Thank you for your help spreading the word!

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Get Involved with Mindful Schools

Much of the growth of Mindful Schools has occurred because of the generosity of donors and tireless support of volunteers. We are tremendously grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way. If you want to be involved, please contact us.

Donate Button (Orange)In addition, we are always grateful for any financial support that you or people you know may want to provide. Mindful Schools is funded by the joint efforts of grants, school contributions, and individual donors. About 70% of the schools we’ve taught at serve predominantly low-income children and receive scholarships for the program. We also offer need-based scholarships for adult trainees. All donations are fully tax deductible.

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 18,000 children and 750 teachers in 70 schools, about 70% of which serve low-income children. Mindful Schools has conducted training and workshops for over 2,500 public and private school parents, teachers, therapists, and other professionals in education and social work.

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