2015 Graduate Survey Results

Each year, we conduct an Annual Graduate Survey to learn more about the impact our graduates are having, how our courses have affected them, and how we can serve them better. The infographics below summarize the results our graduates reported after our Mindfulness Fundamentals and Curriculum Training courses. We’ll be using this data to inform more rigorous research over time.

Curriculum Training Results



Mindfulness Fundamentals Results


Guided Practices for Education Week Readers

Below are two guided practices for Education Week readers looking for a simple, practical introduction to mindfulness. The first is intended to help settle the body and the nervous system and become grounded in the present moment. The second explores the theme of developing kindness. Below each video, there is an mp3 audio file of the practice available for free download.

Download the audio file of Grounding in the Body.

Download the audio file of Cultivating Kindness.

To learn more about our core offerings, please visit our Courses page.

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Our Mindfulness Fundamentals Course

For an introduction to mindfulness, try our 6-week online Mindfulness Fundamentals course (recommended by 98% of graduates), which has helped people from 50 states and 60 countries reduce stress, increase empathy, and learn the science behind mindfulness.

Silicon Valley Gives Event


A huge one-day fundraising event, called “Silicon Valley Gives,” is running today. We would love your help to get the most of this great opportunity to generate visibility for our work with high-profile foundations, companies, and individuals looking for a great cause:

1. Share this post and add something like the following text to your post (any added personal endorsement is also great):

“Please consider supporting Mindful Schools in today’s Silicon Valley Gives event. Mindful Schools provides online and in-person mindfulness training for educators, bringing mindfulness skills to over 300,000 youth to date. They have a $10,000 matching grant, and 100% of donations they receive will be used for scholarships.”

2. Given how powerful our community is, we can probably win the prize for most unique donors, adding a ton of extra visibility to our work (the leaderboard is on the Silicon Valley Gives front page). If you’d like to help with that, a $10 donation will get the job done. (You don’t need to be local to donate.)

Thank you so much for your consideration. Thank you also to the 1440 Foundation for their $10,000 matching grant! Let’s show the world what we can do together!

Mindfulness, Neurobiology, and Children

About this talk

In this “Talks at Google” presentation, Mindful Schools Program Director Chris McKenna shares exercises and strategies for bringing mindfulness into parenting and family life, including a discussion of young children’s neurobiology. He starts the talk with just a few minutes of warm-up practices, which we highly recommend. If you prefer not to do them at this moment, please jump ahead to the 11:00 mark in the video for the main talk.


Want to join the Mindfulness in Education movement?

Classroom_300There are a number of ways you can get involved in this rapidly expanding movement:

  1. Build your own mindfulness practice
  2. Learn how to teach mindfulness to youth
  3. Help generate awareness, assist with networking, donate, or volunteer

Many thanks to Bill Duane and Kathleen Pedersen for the opportunity to present at Google!

Scholarships for Courses


Mindfulness is such a valuable tool that we want educators and parents everywhere to be able to take our trainings, regardless of their financial situation. Because of this, we use a subsidized pricing model where the fees of full-paying participants, combined with scholarship grants from foundations, make financial assistance possible for anyone who needs it.

How to Apply for a Scholarship

Please fill out an application to apply for one of our Curriculum Training scholarships.

Guest post from Danielle M., Mindful Educator

Thank you Danielle for bringing this work to life and making such a positive impact!

~ Guest post from Year-Long Certification participant Danielle M., an educator in New York ~

I truly feel that mindfulness has changed my life and I am LOVING my experience with Mindful Schools. In 2013, I took an MBSR course. After the first session I asked, “Why isn’t anyone doing this with children!?” Hahah, little did I know! Learning how to bring mindfulness into the classroom with the support of Mindful Schools has been more than what I could have hoped for. Without a doubt, it really has been one of the best learning experiences of my life!

For the past 6 years, I have served as a Literacy Coach for grades K- 5 in a NYC public school in Jackson Heights, Queens. I work with teacher teams as well as with students. I taught second grade for 9 years before that . . . and loved every single minute of it. During my undergrad work, I majored in sociology and elementary education. I went on to become a reading specialist and received National Board Certification in Literacy.

This year, in addition to coaching and teaching reading, I am teaching mindfulness to students at different grade levels. Since I am a coach, I have the opportunity to visit classrooms made up of students at all grade levels. The curriculum is so flexible that it allows me to work with kids at any age.  I also work with students with disabilities and students who are English language learners. I am able to adapt the curriculum to the needs of my students without too much difficulty. When I get stuck, I always have someone to turn to for help. The weekly teachings, videos and office hours have really helped me to reflect on what I have taught so far, and to plan for adaptations going forward. I am very, very fortunate to have so much support and to be working with an open-minded principal who trusts me and allows me to bring mindfulness to our school.

When I’m not teaching mindfulness in a school setting, I try to bring mindfulness to my community. Here’s a photo of me working with two little girls this summer (the sweetest sisters on the planet). While volunteering at a local event called, ‘The Night Out Against Crime’, I offered up a free mindfulness class for anyone interested. The girls plopped right down on the blanket and were curious to try it out. (They were awesome.)

mindful girls

:) And here is a photograph from a third grade classroom I have been working in. We were in the middle of a heartfulness lesson. ❤️ With our hands on our hearts as an anchor spot, we are sending kind thoughts to ourselves and to others.


Each step of the Mindful Schools program is incredible. You begin with a Mindfulness Fundamentals course online. Here is where you lay the groundwork for your personal practice. The online course is followed by the Curriculum Training, which is offered both online or in-person. I took an in-person course over a weekend in NYC last year. This is where I really fell in love with the work. I was blown away by the team’s preparedness, intelligence, professionalism, passion and dedication to training educators in bringing mindfulness to children and adolescents. You are given a curriculum guide along with a workbook for the students as well as other resources. The Mindful Schools team trains you on how to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents through lectures, demo lessons and break out sessions that allow for structured practice, with support from the team.

I am currently enrolled in the Year-Long Certification program. It started off with an incredible retreat in California this summer. This week really inspired me to continue my personal practice and commit to the mission of bringing mindfulness to my students back home in Queens, New York. It included a few days of silence, community building activities, lots of lectures, mindful walking, mindful eating and much, much more. The remainder of the coursework is done online, which can be challenging at times. (I have to remember to be gentle with myself when I fall behind!) There is a lot of information to digest and a commitment to continue your personal practice. You’ll find that there is support from the team, as well as from your cohort. We check in with each other on a weekly basis through online office hours. We have specialists in the field of mindfulness visit our office hour meetings as guests speakers. There are videos posted, weekly teachings, suggested readings and reflections. The year-long program will end how it began . . . with another outstanding week-long retreat.

I am doing my best to savor each part of the process. Each time I teach a mindfulness lesson from the Mindful Schools curriculum I think to myself, yes. . . this is exactly what the students need — regardless of the classroom that I’m in or the students that I’m standing in front of. I look forward to becoming certified as I continue on with my training this year. I really do feel so fortunate to be a part of this amazing work.

~ Danielle M., Mindfulness Educator, New York

Now Hiring: Director of Marketing

Position: Director of Marketing (Full-Time Employee)
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Mindful Schools Office (Emeryville, CA)
Classification: Exempt
Compensation: Base salary depending on experience; generous benefits package including medical, dental vision, 4 weeks vacation time, and retreat time after 6 weeks of employment


Mindful Schools, a worldwide leader in training educators and enabling the integration of mindfulness into their K-12 classrooms. Thousands of adults have taken our courses, impacting over 250,000 children and adolescents to date, and we want to reach a larger portion of the many educators who would benefit from our work.

Mindful Schools is looking for a passionate, experienced, and capable Director of Marketing to help us build a strategic, broad marketing platform grounded in mindfulness, honesty, and integrity. The ideal candidate must be deeply inspired by our cause, with extensive online experience marketing to consumers, combined with a keen eye for design and communication. The candidate should have the ability to think strategically while being able to work tactically on the ground in an early-stage, small, and efficient organization, and should have outstanding oral and written communication skills. Experience building organic, grass-roots movements is a plus.

This is a salaried, exempt position. The candidate must be passionate about the mission of Mindful Schools and our commitment to supporting the research community in proving the benefits of mindfulness to educators and youth.

Key Responsibilities

  • Help define and nurture our brand and positioning:
    • Positioning (ongoing strategic orientation relative to evolving marketplace)
    • Branding/Look & Feel (creation, extension of brand across all media and products)
    • Customer/Market Analysis to influence product development
    • Pricing Analysis
  • Ensure that the right external people are engaged with our work by overseeing:
    • The Mindful Schools Website
    • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc.)
    • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    • Advertising (Online and Print)
      • Campaign positioning, design, budget, and management
      • Design of ads
      • Click-conversion
      • Other channels
    • Product launches
    • Events
    • Identify strategic article placements in web sites and periodicals
    • Press releases
    • External communications
    • Organizational partnerships & association memberships
  • Support our internal teams in carrying out our mission:
    • Support our internal Educational Services and Community departments with collateral and other marketing materials/activities
    • Help to identify new channels and markets to share our work
    • Participate in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system design and implementation

Please click here to apply.


We’re hiring for three positions!


Mindful Schools is seeking passionate and experienced candidates for the following three positions:

Click to learn more and apply by Sunday, March 22nd:

  • Director of Marketing: Help build strategic, broad awareness of our work, grounded in mindfulness, honesty, and integrity.
  • Sales and Service Specialist: Play an integral role at Mindful Schools by supporting our program participants and internal team with course registration and logistics.

Thank you for your interest and please help us spread the word!

~ The Mindful Schools Team

Mindful Schools Launches Certified Instructor Directory to Support Schools Nationwide

Mindful Schools Launches Certified Instructor Directory to Support Schools Nationwide
The first online directory of Mindfulness in Education instructors

Emeryville, CA (February 18, 2015) – Mindful Schools, a leading provider of online and in-person mindfulness training for educators, announced today the launch of its Certified Instructor Directory to support mindfulness in education. This directory meets the growing demand for simple, effective ways to find and connect with certified instructors teaching mindfulness to diverse youth populations.Untitled

The directory will allow schools and youth services agencies to locate trained providers in their geographic area. It will also make it easier to locate instructors who specialize in integrating mindfulness into therapeutic settings with special needs youth (e.g. youth on the autistic spectrum, with ADHD, etc.).

The directory fuels a larger movement to bring basic self-awareness, emotional regulation, and empathy training to diverse school communities.

9_hG7O2__400x400Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Schools Advisor, stated: “My first exposure to a teacher bringing mindfulness into her classroom in a systematic and structured way was over 20 years ago in a public elementary school in Utah. That teacher, a lone pioneer, had taken an MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) program at a local hospital and found it so personally beneficial that she decided to integrate elements of what she had learned into her fourth and fifth-grade curriculum. Back then, there was no larger movement among educators aimed at bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of public and private education. People hardly even knew the term mindfulness, never mind what it meant. Now there is a large and growing grassroots movement promoting mindfulness in primary and secondary education, and Mindful Schools is at the cutting edge of training educators to effectively integrate mindfulness practices and perspectives into their classrooms. This directory is a major step forward toward furthering that movement by providing a listing of teachers and other youth workers who have completed the Mindful Schools professional training curriculum and have been certified.”

Tish_Jennings-150x150“As this movement evolves, access to in-depth training becomes more and more critical. With the launch of this directory, Mindful Schools has made a significant contribution to maintaining a high level of quality and instruction,” said Dr. Patricia (Tish) Jennings, Mindfulness for Teachers author, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, and Mindful Schools Advisor.

A Mindful Schools Certified Instructor has undergone a minimum of 300 training hours in the Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification program and has been evaluated by Mindful Schools. Certified Instructors have made a significant commitment to the theory and practice of mindfulness in education.

Mindful Schools Certified Instructor Directory: www.MindfulSchools.org/CID

About Mindful Schools
Mindful Schools is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. integrating mindfulness into education and youth mental health. Mindful Schools has provided online and in-person training to thousands of educators and mental health professionals across all 50 U.S. states and 60 plus countries, impacting approximately 250,000 youth globally to date. For more information, visit MindfulSchools.org.

Media Contact:
Jamie Aaronson


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