Thinking Differently About Education
Building capacities for awareness, attention, connection, and compassion are essential skills for educators and students of the 21st century.
Our research-backed professional development trainings are based on our work in schools and over a decade of experience training educators. Mindful Schools courses are designed to empower educators to develop and deepen their mindfulness practice and access K-12 curriculum and adaptable strategies to spark positive change in their work with youth.
Educators, start your journey.
6-Week Online Course
Be the change. Children reflect the nervous systems of adults around them. To create a mindful environment, first focus on your own experience in this Fundamentals course. Learn how to develop your personal mindfulness practice and your ability to be fully open, aware, and active in the present moment. Practice alongside fellow educators.
Mindful Educator Essentials
6-Week Online Course
Teach youth. Building on your mindful foundation, learn strategies to integrate and adapt mindfulness into your classroom using our research-backed K-12 Mindful Schools Curriculum. Prerequisite: Mindfulness Fundamentals.
8-Week Online Course
Deepen your practice. Transform your communication patterns, and explore how to cultivate trust, cooperation, and collaboration to build stronger relationships.
Working with Difficult Emotions
6-Week Online Course
Learn practices to regulate your emotions and create greater emotional freedom. Based on the latest scientific research.
Mindful Teacher Certification Program
Invest in yourself as an educator and change the future of education through our immersive, year-long Certification Program. Prerequisites: Mindfulness Fundamentals, Mindful Educators Essentials.
Did you know we offer Group Discounts?
Learning with friends and colleagues enriches the course experience and is a step toward building your sustainable school-wide program.
Invest in mindfulness as a professional development training for yourself, your faculty, and your staff to create new possibilities for learning, growth, and development at your school.
Why Mindful Educators?
Why is Mindful Schools so critically focused on the development of mindful educators?
Because teaching is incredibly challenging work.
Educators need more support. Education is a calling that draws some of the most hard-working and dedicated people on the planet. It’s challenging work and the stakes are high; and overwhelmed and under-resourced educators are prone to burnout. Words like “self-care,” “sustainability,” and “wellbeing” may seem at odds with the goals of a modern, performance-oriented educational system. We think differently.
Mindful educators feel more calm, effective, creative, and confident; they’re less likely to burn out and we’re less likely to miss out on their talents. Mindfulness is a practice that supports educators with skills to improve focus and better manage stress. Mindfulness also offers self-care strategies, so educators feel more nourished and energized to support students in the classroom.
Because apps can’t model the power of presence.
Mindful Schools resources include easy-to-use guided audios and lessons; but we know that children absorb and learn more through observation, mirroring, and modeling. Educators with a mindfulness practice bring a presence into the classroom and model the essential principles of mindfulness through their curious listening, caring words, and un-reactive actions. It’s not just what we teach, but how we teach it.
Because curriculum alone doesn’t change culture.
Mindful Schools resources include research-backed, adaptable K-12 curriculum; but we know that mindfulness has its great benefits beyond the curriculum. The mindful educator can skillfully integrate mindfulness into all aspects of learning activities – gradually and positively shifting culture in the classroom and school to cultivate new ways of thinking, learning, and being together that foster well-being for everyone in the school community.
Because we’re in this for the long game.
We’re committed to long-term, sustainable solutions. Educators are at the heart of our approach because they are the heart of school communities. The enduring health of our schools is dependent on the continuity of educators who create and nurture school relationships, traditions, and culture. These are educators who have the inner resources to support the daily challenges on campus, who are not going to burnout, and who share beneficial impact of their mindfulness practice with every individual they interact with: students, peer educators, parents, and others who are part of the wider community.
Testimonials from Educators and Students
“Training with Mindful Schools changed my life, no doubt about it.”
– Christine de Guzman, Elementary School Educator
Learn more about the Mindful Schools’ Certification Program that changed the lives of two school teachers.
“There have been a lot of days where I wouldn’t have been able to go to school, or wouldn’t have had the motivation to, and because of doing mindfulness, it’s the only reason I ever went.”
– Dylan, High School Student
Dylan’s teacher, Ms. O, is a graduate of the Mindful Schools online trainings and Certification Program. Watch how mindfulness impacted Dylan’s life.