Mindful Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to improving the social-emotional well-being of school communities. We provide a robust training path for educators, support for schoolwide mindfulness implementation, and initiatives to ensure communities in-need can benefit from our programs.
Direct Service: Schoolwide Mindfulness
Our Schoolwide Mindfulness Program partners with five under-resourced schools in San Francisco and Marin to cultivate cultures of resilience, focus, emotional regulation, and kindness. Our team works with school members to implement science-based mindfulness practices that build on the strengths and values of the community, advance equity and inclusion, and integrate into existing structures and initiatives.
These ‘mindful schools’ provide an essential foundation upon which teaching and learning become more effective by improving mental health and well-being, and removing barriers to academic achievement.
Surveys with our partner schools revealed the following outcomes:
of teachers reported that mindfulness in the classroom creates changes in their students’ overall well-being, ability to pay attention, impulse control, and mental health
of students surveyed said that mindfulness is helping their teacher
of students reported using mindfulness to calm down when experiencing difficult emotions such as anger, sadness, or anxiety
“Our students are beset by all kinds of challenges born of poverty, dire racism and consistent inconsistency that has caused ongoing trauma to their young lives. Our school is embracing a comprehensive wellness approach that begins with the development of mindfulness. We need more help in this. Mindful Schools has been an invaluable resource to our administration, our faculty, our students.” – Partner School Principal
Leadership Development: Schoolwide Implementation
Mindful Schools believes the most effective approach to create systemic and sustainable change is from the inside out. Our direct service work in the Bay Area allows us to codify best practices which we integrate into the curriculum of our Schoolwide Implementation Program, which trains educators to lead systems change in schools across the US. Demand for social-emotional support for schools is at an all-time high due to social isolation and stress caused by the global pandemic and recent political and social upheaval. Our team is actively fundraising to keep course enrollment fees low for this program, and to provide scholarships for under-represented or under-resourced educators. Support this program by making a gift today.
Equity in Action: Scholarship Fund
The Equity in Action Scholarship Program provides support for teachers of color, educators in financial need, and those who identify as LGBTQ+ to participate in our high-touch leadership programs––The Mindful Teacher Program and The Schoolwide Implementation Program.
Across the board, Mindful Schools is working to reduce the costs of our courses so that teachers and school communities can take classes, attend retreats, learn, grow, expand–without having to struggle to pay the fees. As a result, children around the world will learn mindfulness and cultivate focus, resilience, emotional balance, and stronger relationships.
Our Impact: Online Courses
The outcomes below were collected from teachers who participated in Mindful Schools’ original course for bringing mindfulness into the classroom. For more comprehensive information on our impact, please visit our research page.
Benefits for Educators
Report lower stress and greater self-compassion
Connect better with students
Deliver curriculum with more ease
Are more satisfied with their jobs
Benefits for Students
Improve emotional regulation
Demonstrate greater compassion