Schools Have a Monumental Task

Students are experiencing record levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. And educators are burned out and leaving the profession.

But there’s good news. Research shows that mindfulness, nurturing relationships, and school “connectedness” can reverse the impacts of trauma and toxic stress.

Do you want to go further to create a school culture of well-being? Are you invested in multiple initiatives (new literacy curriculum, SEL curriculum, equity action plans) but need the glue that connects the dots? Mindful Schools is excited to partner with you.

Watch the impact of Mindful Schools programs with staff at Paterson Public Schools.

With Mindful Schools, mindfulness isn’t just one more thing.
It’s the one thing that makes everything else more effective.

We are proud to be a partner of choice for over 500 schools across the country.
We’ve trained over 70,000 educators!

Our Results Speak For Themselves

“Mindful Schools is our go-to organization when it comes to training and resources––what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. We were searching for that, literally for years.

– Robert Caplinger, Elementary School Principal, Laveen, AZ

The Impact of Mindful Schools Training

We provide transformational professional development for school staff and work with leadership teams to shift culture and ensure sustainability.

Graduates of our 101: Mindfulness Fundamentals course, which focuses on educator wellbeing, shared this feedback:


are more connected and present in interactions with students


develop strategies for pausing in difficult situations before reacting


learned new strategies to care for themselves when stressed


feel a greater sense of well-being

For educators who go on to participate in 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom, the feedback is just as strong:


can better cultivate empathy for their students


are more present and attentive as they teach


learned effective strategies for creating a positive classroom environment


are more able to build and strengthen relationships with students, families, and colleagues

Participants in our 201 course also reported the following impact among their students: increased attention, stronger emotional regulation, greater compassion, and improved engagement.

A Trusted Partner

Mindful Schools’ programs have been vetted and supported by state and local government agencies, foundations, and corporate partners, including Cigna Foundation, the NY Office of Mental Health, The Trust for the Meditation Process, and over 500 schools and districts across the country. Get started on your journey today.

Meet Our School Partners

We work with hundreds of schools and districts across the United States, custom tailoring a program that works for each leader and community. Here are some of our larger partnerships.

“Mindfulness has been a very powerful experience for my staff. My work with Mindful Schools helped me reach a better understanding of how mindfulness could be taught to children and profoundly affect the culture of a whole school.”

– Kit Flynn
Principal, Ann Arbor, MI

Not All Mindfulness Programs Are Created Equal

A review of school-based positive psychology interventions found that “the structure of the interventions was as important to success as the content of the programs.” We design our programs with this in mind.

We have also learned by doing. We have 15 years of experience, and over that time, the basis of our whole-school approach has been validated by research: students learn better from trusted teachers than from outside providers.

Mindful Schools starts with supporting educators first, knowing that the entire classroom and school community will benefit.

Research also shows that whole-school approaches work better than individual interventions.

Mindful Schools works with each school and district to understand their culture, context, assets, and needs, and we emphasize:

Voluntary participation

Mandatory self-care doesn’t work

Use of multiple methods

Because everyone learns differently

Context-specific design

Each school or district community is unique

Group or cohort experience

Practicing together deepens community

Professional instructors

Experienced practitioners make a big difference

Weekly cadence

Consistency is key

You can read more about the research on mindfulness in education, and hear from our Executive Director Seewan Eng in this article:

A Recent Study Found a School-Based Mindfulness Program Doesn’t Work—Let’s Unpack That

Researchers and key figures reflect on the results and implications of one of the largest studies on mindfulness in schools ever conducted. The bottom line: the structure and approach matter.

“You can have the best curriculum in the world, in any subject area, if you’re not able to show up in good shape, it’s eventually going to go sideways.

Mindful Schools has long had curricula for students, but the whole school approach really begins with adults first. We offer teachers as many entry points as possible. As a teacher, I need a community to support me, not just pressure to do it all on my own. I need an invitation and a reminder to practice, not just another mandate to do more. As more people learn together each year, and capacity builds, this is how a culture of care takes root and sustains.” – Seewan Eng, Mindful Schools

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