Our programs develop the
capacity of educators to create equitable and joyful
school communities.

Our Challenge

Schools are in “survive” not “thrive” mode—unable to meet their promise to empower and support the diverse needs of their students and educators.

Educators play a crucial role in their students’ engagement, yet they are often too overburdened and burned out to cope with the stress and trauma that plays out in their classrooms.

Stress

61% of teachers report being stressed out.

Mental Health

58% of educators say their mental health is “not good.”

Burnout

Public school educators are quitting their jobs at the highest rate on record.

Students face challenges that impact their ability to learn, connect with one another, and develop into healthy adults. The disruption caused by the pandemic has adversely affected young people, especially those experiencing poverty and anti-Black racism.

Research shows that childhood trauma (such as loss, discrimination, or household dysfunction) is linked to behavioral and learning issues in youth and increased risk of heart disease, cancer, or diabetes as an adult.

Trauma

Almost half of children in the U.S. have experienced at least one serious childhood trauma.

Anxiety

Nearly 1 in 3 adolescents will meet criteria for an anxiety disorder by the age of 18.

Stress

Nearly 40% of high school seniors report that they often feel lonely and left out.

Our Response: Cultivate mindful and heart-centered learning communities in which every member is supported to thrive.

Support Adult Well-Being and Empowerment

We begin by providing immediate support to the adults in the school community because their well-being and engagement is foundational to the school culture and learning experience. Our programs guide school staff, administration, and teachers to address stress, reactivity, and negative habits, and to reconnect with their strengths, heal from stress, and become more intentional, grounded, and fully present.

We support adults to:

  • Establish a mindfulness practice to develop self-awareness, calm and regulate the nervous system, and cultivate well-being
  • Unearth bias, negative thought patterns and behaviors, and response to traumas
  • Build resilience, learn healthy habits, and develop coping strategies
  • Learn simple, effective mindfulness practices to use throughout the school day.
  • Deepen compassion and relationships with students

Create Trauma-Sensitive, Culturally-Sustaining Classrooms

Our programming then deepens to sharing mindfulness with students. We guide teachers to make compassionate and mindful choices in their relationships, cultivating expansive learning experiences that foster a sense of belonging, trust, and agency in the youth they serve. Educators share mindfulness practices with students, which helps students to heal from trauma, manage stress, and develop inner-resilience tools to navigate their lives.

We support participants to:

  • Become an effective role model for youth and address their social and emotional needs with warmth and compassion
  • Integrate trauma-informed and inclusive teaching practices
  • Share Mindful Schools’ curriculum and practices to support students with issues of identity, isolation, anxiety, bullying, and stress
  • Remove barriers to learning, supporting youth to connect with one another and fully engage in their academics

Build Equitable and Thriving School Systems

We partner with schools teams to develop their capacity to recognize inequitable systems and decision-making, navigate difficult conversations with mindful awareness and compassion, and work together to create school-wide change that supports all bodies and experiences. Our team is guided by our experience implementing mindfulness in various school settings, and has an approach that is grounded in mindfulness practice, builds on the strengths and values of the community, and complements the school’s existing initiatives.

We support educators to:

  • Assess their readiness for mindfulness programming, determine an appropriate level of implementation, set goals, and track progress.
  • Implement mindfulness into their school systems, structures and routines with respect for the community’s culture and strengths
  • Develop leadership, communication, and facilitation skills
  • Navigate complex conversations and influence systems change
  • Implement mindful decision-making at the school level, creating sustainable, equitable, and thriving learning environments.

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