Educators Have a Monumental Task

Students are experiencing record levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. And educators are burned out. But there’s good news. Research shows that mindfulness, nurturing relationships, and school “connectedness” can reverse the impacts of trauma and toxic stress.

Over 70,000 educators have started their mindfulness journey with Mindful Schools. And our results speak for themselves.

Watch the impact of Mindful Schools programs with students at Daniel Webster Elementary School.

Our Results Speak For Themselves

Words fail to encapsulate my experience with Mindful Schools. Each time I experience a course or retreat, I walk away with some healing and enthusiasm about living, which I know makes my teaching even brighter.

– Ingrid, First Grade Teacher in Edmonds, WA

The Impact of Mindful Schools Training

We provide transformational professional development for educators and school staff.

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

84%

are more connected and present in interactions with students

92%

develop strategies for pausing in difficult situations before reacting

95%

learned new strategies to care for themselves when stressed

87%

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:

94%

can better cultivate empathy for their students

98%

are more present and attentive as they teach

94%

learned effective strategies for creating a positive classroom environment

90%

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

Educators in our 201 course also reported the following impact among their students:

  • increased attention
  • stronger emotional regulation
  • greater compassion
  • improved engagement

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.
And we’ve trained over 70,000 educators.

Start Your Mindfulness Journey

Over 70,000 educators have started their mindfulness journey in a Mindful Schools workshop and 101 course. View our Program Catalog, explore upcoming programs, and join us in nurturing a new generation of leaders to create a more equitable and thriving world.

101 and 201 CORE TRAINING

101 Course

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201 Course

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  • Registration Deadline: Apr 23Enroll
  • Registration Deadline: May 21Enroll

ELECTIVE COURSES

Mindful Communication

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Self-Compassion for Educators

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WORKSHOPS

Mindful Games

Wed, Apr 24

Virtual Workshop:
1PM–2:30PM PT | 4PM–5:30PM ET

Join us for this dynamic 90-minute training to experience mindfulness through play to evoke curiosity, spark creativity, foster engagement, and support learning. Learn more.

LIMITED OFFERINGS

Spring Retreat

Learn About Retreat

Sat, Apr 20, 2024

Virtual Mindfulness Retreat
8AM-1PM PT / 11AM-4PM ET

201 Live Intensive

Learn About 201 Live Intensive

July 2024

Join this powerful, 2-week live experience of our 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom course over the summer when you have more dedicated time to dive into the richness of the course content.

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.

Are you a school or district leader? Connect with us to create a customized PD plan for your school community. 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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