Our programs invest in the
social-emotional well-being
of school communities.

Our Approach

Today’s schools face rising rates of stress, anxiety, isolation and trauma, which are being amplified and exacerbated by two deadly and often invisible pandemics—the coronavirus and institutional racism. 

Educators serve on the frontlines of navigating our nation’s social challenges, but are often overwhelmed and under-resourced 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 economic, health, and social uncertainties from the pandemic are adversely affecting our most vulnerable students, especially those experiencing poverty and anti-Black racism.

Furthermore, research shows that student stress levels are impacted by teacher stress levels, and if a student lacks a sense of belonging in the classroom, their capacity to learn shuts down.

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: Nurturing joyful and equitable learning environments

Resilient, Effective Educators

We start with educators because research shows their presence is foundational to the student learning experience. Our programs support educators to reconnect with their strengths and passion for teaching by providing immediate tools for self-care and practices to become more intentional, grounded, and fully present.

We support educators 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

Joyful, Engaged Students

Programming then shifts to sharing mindfulness with students. Our teachers make informed and compassionate choices in their interactions, cultivating inclusive learning experiences and a sense of empowerment and agency in the youth they serve. Their students learn practices to manage stress and develop inner-resilience tools to help 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

Equitable, Thriving Communities

We partner with schools to build cultures that prioritize the social-emotional well-being of all educators, students, and families. 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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