Mindfulness is a critical, foundational skill for both educators and students who are living in our increasingly complex, 21st century world. When educators integrate mindfulness into their school communities, the conditions for greater well-being, resilience, kindness, and effective learning are cultivated, shifting the outcomes for an entire generation of young people.
We Champion Educators
Over the course of their career, just one educator has the power to impact the futures of thousands of students. Mindful Schools’ approach is to support the professional development and well-being of educators as the first step to fostering healthy and sustainable mindful learning environments.
Why 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, high stakes work that can result in stress, overwhelm, and burnout. Words like “self-care” and “well-being” can 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 provides educators with skills to improve focus and manage stress, allowing them to feel 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 embody the qualities they wish to cultivate in youth–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 – positively shifting classroom culture to cultivate new ways of thinking, learning, and being that permeates through to 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 the 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.
Join the World’s Largest Community of Mindful Educators
Mindful Schools’ strength lies in our community. Our organization has trained more than 50,000 educators, parents, and mental health professionals from across the globe, reaching an estimated 3 million children worldwide. We continually engage with our participants about how we can best meet their needs, and adapt our trainings and content to address the challenges they face in the classroom.
Our community supports each other too. When an educator signs up for a course at Mindful Schools, they are welcomed into a global family of 300,000 mindful educators who share best practices, classroom tips and resources to improve outcomes for students across the world.
“Hands down, the BEST professional development that I’ve done in the 25 years that I’ve been an educator.” – Becky, School Counselor, WI
“I have so much gratitude for this program. It has transformed my teaching. At one point, I felt that I wanted leave teaching I didn’t feel like I was in control, I couldn’t handle the stress, I didn’t feel like I was making a difference. Now, I’m able to better connect with my students and they’re able to focus more. Teaching has become so much more fulfilling.” – Neena, 4th Grade Teacher, CA
“My daughter has been raving about the mindfulness activities in her class. She looks forward to Thursdays because of these exercises. I have noticed a big difference in her anxiety levels and coping skills. I think this is a fantastic initiative and applaud all who have made this accessible to my child and the other students. Keep up the great work!” – Misty, 4th Grade Parent, NV