Mindful Educator Essentials

Teach mindfulness to youth to build attention, self-regulation, and empathy.

About This Course

Learn how to integrate mindfulness into your work with youth using our research-backed K-12 Mindful Schools Curriculum. Our curriculum – used by educators, mental health professionals, social workers, and parents across the U.S. and over 100 countries – is adaptable for classrooms, after-school programs, clinical settings, and home. It uses developmentally appropriate language for explaining key mindfulness concepts and practices to youth. You can see a sample module here.

Educators who have completed this course report strong improvements in students’ emotional regulation, focus, and engagement, as well as improved connection with students and ability to deliver school curriculum. 98% of our graduates recommend this course.

This six-week self-paced course includes:

Training Kit

  • K-5 Curriculum (30 modules for ages 5-12)
  • Middle & High School Curriculum (25 modules for ages 12-17)
  • Student workbooks
  • Manuals on facilitation, classroom management plus a Parent Manual and Classroom Manual
  • Summaries of neuroscience concepts
  • Program evaluation tools
  • Over 150 resources for teaching mindfulness to youth in our online Resource Center

Research

  • Learn to accurately present the research on mindfulness and youth
  • Understand the basic neuroscience of attention and emotion

Facilitation Skills-Building

  • Working with youth at different developmental stages
  • Group facilitation and classroom management skills

Stakeholder Presentations

  • Resources to present to administrators, school, and agency staff

Graduate Support

  • Join our vibrant, supportive private community of graduates
  • Get unlimited access to course content and future update
  • Participate in our online educator Resource Center, with over 150 resources, including best practice guides, powerpoint presentations, lesson plans, games, classroom activities and more

View a Detailed Course Syllabus here

Credits

Upon completing this course:

  • Educators can receive up to 3 graduate level credits Details
  • Eligible Mental Health Professionals can receive 12 CEUs Details

Our Principles

One of the core principles of the Mindful Schools Community is the concept that a mindful classroom begins with you.

Teaching is a profession and an expression of personal values. Many of you sought careers in education as a means of expressing your appreciation of learning and your aspiration to support the healthy development of youth. When you teach mindfulness to your students, you are not merely a passive vehicle for delivering a curriculum – your own self-care and personal mindfulness practice serves as a model and a guide for your students.

In support of this principle, we strongly recommend that the first course you take be our personal practice course, Mindfulness Fundamentals.

Please visit our FAQ page for other practice recommendations.

Faculty

The course is taught by Megan Cowan, Chris McKenna, and Vinny Ferraro. This team has over 40 years of combined mindfulness practice and over 30 years of teaching mindfulness and/or emotional intelligence to children and adolescents, as well as experience training many thousands of adults. Their work is featured in documentary films Healthy Habits of Mind and Room to Breathe, and MTV’s “If You Really Knew Me”.

Megan Cowan

Chris McKenna

Vinny Ferraro

In addition to the Program Team, each Mindful Educator Essentials course has a Guiding Teacher. The Guiding Teacher directs the learning process by synthesizing emerging themes, answering questions, and providing ongoing participant feedback. All of our Guiding Teachers have over a decade of mindfulness practice and broad teaching experience with different youth populations. Your Guiding Teacher is available to answer questions throughout the course.

Argos Gonzalez

Peter Montminy

Sarah M. Waxman