August 2012 Newsletter

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August 2012
Simple Start
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Quotes from the Classroom
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This month we are delighted to announce two new offerings we have created to better serve you. First is “Simple Start“, a 3-hour course particularly suited to classroom teachers who already have a mindfulness practice.

Simple Start explains how to introduce mindfulness in a classroom. This course covers the first three lessons of our full Curriculum Training, giving teachers an easy way to try out mindfulness with their kids.

The second new product is our “Community Call“. Meant to support our Curriculum Training graduates, Community Calls provide an interactive forum to explore more advanced topics.

We’ve also got a wonderful anecdote from Tom Hauer, a former Curriculum Training graduate who brought mindfulness to Flint, Michigan with amazing results. Thanks to him and many others like him, mindfulness is making inroads where it is needed most.

We hope your summer has been very restful and rejuvenating, and we look forward to supporting you and your colleagues more than ever during the upcoming school year!


The Mindful Schools Team 

Simple Start: An Easy Way to Try Mindfulness in Your Classroom

Simple Start is a 3-hour course geared toward K-5 classroom teachers or youth providers who want to begin teaching the most basic mindfulness lessons with their students. 


This training covers: 

  • How to set up a mindful classroom/environment
  • The teacher’s role in offering mindfulness
  • Three simple lessons to use with your students/youth
  • Demonstration and practice teaching
  • A plan for integration

Please note that Simple Start is not a replacement for the weekend Curriculum Training course, which covers all lessons in our curriculum and includes more interactive practice time. 


Prerequisite: Simple Start participants must have prior training in mindfulness, such as our Mindfulness Fundamentals training, prior mindfulness courses, and/or mindfulness retreat time. If you have questions about your level of experience, please email  

Community Calls: Support for Curriculum Training Graduates

To support our Curriculum Training graduates, we offer teleconference calls that cover a variety of topics, including your own questions. These calls are open to Curriculum Training graduates from all around the world.

[Register] Talking with Administrators, Teachers, and Parents
August 14, 4:30pm – 5:30pm Pacific Time


Some of the topics we will cover this hour include: 

  • Things to include when presenting to administrators, teachers, and parents in preparation for delivering a program
  • Challenging questions that arise
  • What to do in the face of resistance
  • Understanding where educators and administrators are coming from

[Register] Classroom Teachers Using Mindfulness with Children
September 11, 4:30pm – 5:30pm Pacific Time


Some of the topics we will cover this hour include: 

  • Any problems coming up for you as a classroom teacher trying to implement mindfulness into your classroom
  • How to create a mindful environment
  • The difference between indirect teaching and direct teaching
  • What to do about students who don’t seem to be participating or are causing distractions
  • How to have proper expectations of what mindfulness “should” look like in your classroom

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 (Aug. 18 – Sep. 29)
[Register] Online Course (Oct. 13 – Nov. 17)
[Register] Online Course (Jan. 10 – Feb. 14)
[Register] Online Course (Mar. 08 – Apr. 12)
[Notification List] Online Course Notification List

Simple Start (General Description)
[Register] Oakland, CA (Sep. 22)

CT Icon (Transparent) Curriculum Training (General Description)
[Join Wait List] Oakland, CA (Aug. 17 – 19) [No seats left]
[Join Wait List] Washington, DC (Oct. 12 – 14) [No seats left]
[Register] Oakland, CA (Oct. 26 – 28)
[Notification List] Oakland, CA (Feb. 15 – 17, 2013)
[Notification List] East Coast (USA) (Apr. 26 – 28, 2013)

Community Calls Badge Community Calls (General Description)
[Register] Talking to Administrators, Teachers, and Parents (Aug. 14)
[Register] Classroom Teachers Using Mindfulness with Children (Sep. 11)

Please visit our Courses page for complete information about all these offerings.

Quotes from the Classroom 

Many of our Curriculum Training graduates are going back to their hometowns to bring mindfulness to schools in one form or another. We are always so touched to hear from them and we wanted to start sharing some of their successes. If you have a story to share about the effects of the Mindful Schools program or our adult courses, please send it to

Tom Hauer from Flint, Michigan took our Curriculum Training course last fall and recently let us know about his success. He went back to Flint and offered a pilot program in 9 classrooms.  An ABC News special on one of his 2nd grade classrooms resulted in 50 classroom teachers in 16 schools requesting the program! To help meet this need, an additional eight teachers are taking Mindfulness Fundamentals online and six of them will take the Curriculum Training in August to deploy more programs in the fall.

Michigan State University conducted a survey with one of his 4th grade classes. Here are the results: 

Does Mindfulness help you focus in the classroom?   Yes: 89.2%
Does Mindfulness help you calm down when you are upset?  Yes: 67.6%
Does Mindfulness help you make better decisions?  Yes: 83.8%
Do you think the entire school should have Mindfulness lessons?  Yes: 88.9%.  

Thanks to everyone out there supporting mindfulness in education and finding ways to reach more children.

Want to Help Us Reach More People with Courses?

We are looking for good potential venues in Oakland, Berkeley, or elsewhere in the Bay Area for future training events. If you know of reasonably-priced or donated locations that have nearby parking and accommodations, as well as the capacity for 50+ people, please let us know. Thank you for your help!

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 our 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 53 schools, about 70% of which serve low-income children. Mindful Schools has conducted training and workshops for over 3,500 public and private school parents, teachers, therapists, and other professionals in education and social work. Past trainees are teaching mindfulness to over 10,000 children each year.

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