Alison Cohen » Certified Instructor Directory

Find qualified outside service providers to deliver mindfulness programs in your school.

What is a Certified Instructor?

A certified instructor has undergone a minimum of 300 hrs of training in our Mindful Teacher Year-Long Certification Program and has had their teaching evaluated by Mindful Schools. Certified Instructors have made a significant commitment to the theory and practice of mindfulness in education.

How Do I Use This Directory?

The first way to use the Directory is to search for instructors in your region. You can also search by age ranges worked with (e.g. K5) and specializations (e.g. autism). Reading instructor biographies will give you an even better sense of who is the best fit for you.

Note: We do not conduct criminal or personal background checks on Certified Instructors. This is the responsibility of the schools or agencies hiring them for services (the vast majority of schools and youth service agencies are already mandated to do background checks on all employees and contractors by law). Mindful Schools is not liable or responsible for any actions of the Certified Instructors listed here. This directory is meant to be a resource for those seeking mindfulness services for youth populations. If you choose to use the directory, you do so at your own risk.

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Alison Cohen

Mindfulness Educator, Trainer, and Speaker

Brooklyn NY USA

(202) 306-0531

About My Work


  • Other


  • 6th-8th
  • 9th-12th
  • Higher Ed
  • Other


  • After School
  • Agency / Mental Health
  • Education / Classroom Program
  • Families & One-on-One
  • Foster Care / Probation
  • Other


Alison specializes in teaching mindfulness to young adults (middle school, high school, and college students) and the adults who work with them: administrators, educators, mental health professionals, and others.


As a white child growing up in Washington, DC, Alison attended public middle and high schools that were predominantly African-American. She found herself asking endless questions about race, class, education, and the effects of well-intentioned adults’ unexamined biases on students’ school experiences and life trajectories. These would act as guiding questions as she moved into the world of teaching. After graduating from Harvard College and living and working in Ghana, West Africa, Alison moved to Brooklyn to begin her teaching career. During her early years as a public high school teacher, teacher advice columnist, and teacher trainer in the Brooklyn public schools, Alison began practicing mindfulness; she found it transformed her teaching, allowing her to become compassionately present with her students, colleagues and herself in ways she had not previously realized possible, and to productively question and confront her own biases, especially those about race and class, so that she could best meet her students’ needs.

Alison quickly became passionate about the role high-quality mindfulness instruction can play in closing not only the achievement gap, but also the gap in access to safe spaces that offer people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to learn how to skillfully navigate their inner world, biases, relationships, and environment. She cherishes having the opportunity to teach all members of school communities – students, school staff,and parents – how to integrate mindfulness into their lives inside and outside of the classroom, in order to lead lives of courage, honesty, personal growth, meaningful connection, and joy. In addition, Alison also facilitates mindfulness trainings for community organizations and nonprofits.

All of Alison’s workshops integrate training in growth mindset, restorative practices, mindful communication, and bias awareness, with a specific emphasis on unconscious (also known as implicit or unexamined) bias.