201: Mindfulness in the Classroom

Designed by educators, for educators

201: Mindfulness in the Classroom is a comprehensive training that builds on the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum––the long-standing gold standard in mindfulness in education––which teaches students foundational skills in building attention, focus, and self-regulation.

The new, revised Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum (2020) and Complete Teaching Kit integrates critical new research in education including:

  • Implicit Bias
  • Inclusive and Trauma-Sensitive Practices
  • Culturally Sustaining and Critical Pedagogy

Download a sample lesson from the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum

Educator Voices from 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom

“This course was something I looked forward to doing, even while I was on summer vacation. It helped me maintain my own personal practice, while guiding me through a carefully crafted curriculum, tailored to a range of age groups. I gained a wealth of knowledge, experience and resources to help bring mindfulness to my school and incorporate it into our SEL program. I cannot thank the instructors enough for sharing their wonderful experience and demo lessons with me. The experience was truly invaluable and I cannot recommend it enough.” – English Teacher, California

“Mindful Schools did a phenomenally thoughtful job of putting this program together. In this age of Covid where so many of us have resorted to transferring our lives to online learning, Mindful Schools has managed to make a so needed and important topic for today accessible, in an equitable, inclusive, and supportive way.” – Associate Teacher, Connecticut

This produces a radical shift in the way you will think and teach. This course is the start of a journey, towards more compassion, more space, and greater understanding. How much more empathetic and effective the world would be if every student had a Mindful Schools trained teacher! – School Counselor, Chennai, India

“When I started the courses with my school, going all the way back to 101, I thought that mindfulness was crazy and would never work for me or my students. I just want to say how wrong I was. Having and participating in the different mindfulness practices has really changed my life and way of teaching. I have learned a lot about myself and how stressed I was, but now after taking the two courses [101 and 201], I feel so at peace and energized about myself and teaching. I have so many different tools I am so excited to teach my students. I personally want to thank you for changing my life, my family’s life, and all the lives’ of my future students.” – Elementary School Teacher, Missouri

“It will transform your life in the most positive way. 201 not only reinforces the importance of grounding into your practice but teaches you how to teach others. It is well organized, meets all learners and offers time for practice and reflection. Life-changing.” – Parent and Educator, New York

Why Mindfulness in the Classroom?

A student’s capacity to learn is directly impacted by whether they feel emotionally supported in the classroom. Today, with so many young people experiencing stress, trauma, and isolation, we need a new approach to equip educators with new practices, resources, and support to cultivate learning environments in which all students can thrive.

About This Course

8-WEEKS VIRTUAL with LIVE FACILITATION   |   2-3 HOURS PER WEEK   |   4 LIVE SESSIONS   |   CREDITS AVAILABLE

PREREQUISITES: 101: MINDFULNESS FOUNDATIONS

In this comprehensive training, learn how to integrate mindfulness practices and the new, revised Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum into your school day to nurture social-emotional wellbeing and thriving learning spaces.

In this 8-week course, continue to deepen your mindfulness practice from 101: Mindfulness Foundations and your exploration of what it means to teach mindfully. You’ll learn strategies for your own self-care and wellness, as well as ways to support your students through mindful communication. Integrate research-based and trauma-sensitive practices to create inclusive spaces where students feel a greater sense of safety, belonging, and curiosity. 

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COURSE COST:  $595

Graduates of 101: Mindfulness Foundations may be eligible to receive $100 off tuition. Reference your course materials for your code. If you are able to pay full tuition rather than use your code, please do. Your thoughtful generosity will be paid forward by allowing us to provide wider accessibility to our programs.

Explore a variety of engagement and instructional strategies for teaching mindfulness to students, using the new, revised Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum. Gain access to four LIVE Sessions, teaching demonstrations, student workbooks, and resource manuals for teachers and parents.

201: Mindfulness in the Classroom builds on the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum––the long-standing gold standard in mindfulness in education––which teaches students foundational skills in building attention, focus, and self-regulation. The new, revised Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum integrates critical new research in education including: implicit bias, inclusive and trauma-sensitive practices, culturally sustaining and critical pedagogy, and our relationship with technology.

This is the second course in the path toward building a “mindful school” and fulfills the prerequisite for 301: School Implementation Clinic.

Complete Teaching Kit

This course provides multiple models of implementation so that you’ll be equipped to teach lessons in different configurations, time-frames, and classroom contexts.

Classroom Kit

✓    K-5 Curriculum with 20 Adaptable Lessons

  • 138-Page Curriculum includes K-2 modifications
  • 26-Page Student Workbook

    6-12 Curriculum with 24 Adaptable Lessons

  • 226-Page Curriculum with lesson extension activities
  • 30-Page Student Journal

Resources

  • Lesson Demonstration Videos
  • Parent Letters for each lesson in the K-5 Curriculum
  • Classroom Teacher Manual
  • Considerations for Outside Providers
  • Evaluation Materials for Student, Teacher, and Parent Feedback

About the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum and Student Workbooks
Watch a sample video from the course:

Download a sample PDF of the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum

K-5 Curriculum Sample
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6-12 Curriculum Sample
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Course Outcomes

  • Explore the research on teaching mindfully and the role of adults in regulating children’s nervous systems
  • Practice and model self-care, curiosity, and how to work with feelings of stress and burnout
  • Explore interpersonal mindfulness and mindful communication in the classroom
  • Create inclusive, culturally responsive lesson adaptations of the new Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum
  • Understand how mindfulness provides a foundation for social-emotional learning (SEL) programs
  • Integrate trauma-sensitive practices in the classroom
  • Learn how to make mindfulness relevant and age-appropriate for students in different contexts
  • Get support from a Mindful Schools Online Course Guide and connect with peers in four LIVE Sessions and in course forums

What You’ll Learn

Part I: Teaching Mindfully

Weeks 1 – 4: In the first four weeks you’ll continue to deepen your mindfulness practice from 101: Mindfulness Foundations and explore what it means to teach mindfully. You’ll learn strategies for your own self-care and wellness, as well as ways to support your students through mindful communication.

  • Week 1: Grounding in Practice. Define what it means to teach mindfully, and why it is a critical precursor to teaching mindfulness. Explore the research on mindfulness for teachers and how practicing mindfulness can support educators in managing stress, connecting to purpose, and avoiding burnout.
  • Week 2: Embodying Mindfulness in the Classroom. Deepen your understanding of “your nervous system is the intervention” by exploring how your nervous system functions as both a tuning fork and a barometer in the classroom. Explore the concepts of attunement, co-regulation, resonance, and empathy and why they are important in embodied, mindful teaching.
  • Week 3: Heartfulness in the Classroom. Define and practice heartfulness, compassion, and equanimity while teaching, and learn how these practices support transforming relationships with students. Explore practices for managing our own reactivity in the classroom.
  • Week 4: Mindful Communication in the Classroom. Explore the components of mindful communication (observations, feelings, needs, and requests). Consider how the ways in which we communicate with students impact a classroom’s sense of safety. Explore how mindfulness supports us in reframing “resistance” as information, and helps us respond to students’ needs.

* Join two 1-hour LIVE Sessions, guided by a Mindful Schools Online Course Guide. See dates. *

Part II: Teaching Mindfulness

Weeks 5 – 8: Explore a variety of engagement and instructional strategies for teaching mindfulness to students, using the new, revised Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum and Domains of Mindful Teaching. Gain access to teaching demonstrations, student workbooks, and resource manuals for teachers and parents.

  • Week 5: Introducing Mindfulness to Students. Learn the approach of the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum, and familiarize yourself with the curriculum structure. Define the core components of a mindfulness lesson from The Anatomy of a Mindfulness Lesson. Generate ideas for making mindfulness relevant for your students.
  • Week 6: Inclusive Mindfulness, Welcoming All Bodies. Define culturally sustaining pedagogy and critical pedagogy, and how they inform the Mindful Schools approach to teaching mindfulness. Explore verbal and non-verbal strategies for student engagement. Consider age-appropriate modifications for mindfulness instruction. Explore assumptions and blind spots you may hold about your students.
  • Week 7: Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, Welcoming All Experiences. Define what is meant by trauma-sensitive mindfulness instruction, and explain why it is important. Identify specific considerations for teaching mindfulness in a trauma-sensitive way, and consider the adaptations you may need to make for your students. Explore how mindfulness supports social-emotional learning (SEL).
  • Week 8: Sustaining a Mindfulness Culture in the Classroom. Explore ways that mindfulness practices can support your classroom and school community. Determine how you can integrate and sustain mindfulness in your daily school routine (for you and for your students).

* Join two 1-hour LIVE Sessions, guided by a Mindful Schools Online Course Guide. See dates. *

Support From an Online Course Guide

Online Course Guides are experienced Mindful Schools faculty members who support you in all eight weeks of the course. Through LIVE Sessions, weekly emails and updates, and course forums, your Online Course Guide will facilitate discussions, synthesize emerging themes, answer questions, and provide ongoing guidance and feedback.

Graduate Credits

Upon completing this training, educators may apply for and receive graduate level credits. Details

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Next Course:
COURSE COST:  $595

Graduates of 101: Mindfulness Foundations may be eligible to receive $100 off tuition. Reference your course materials for your code. If you are able to pay full tuition rather than use your code, please do. Your thoughtful generosity will be paid forward by allowing us to provide wider accessibility to our programs.

Prerequisites

A mindful classroom begins with you. Teaching and modeling mindfulness techniques is most effective when it stems from a foundation of personal practice. Before taking 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom, please complete the prerequisite 101: Mindfulness Foundations, which provides an overview of mindfulness science and practices, and more importantly, an introduction to the way Mindful Schools approaches mindfulness in education.

101: Mindfulness Foundations (tuition currently reduced to $145, versus standard $195) provides all educators a common understanding of and vocabulary for secular mindfulness. It also addresses components of mindfulness that are particularly relevant for educational settings, including trauma-sensitive practices, neuroscience research, equity and inclusivity, and an exploration of implicit bias. Learn more in our FAQs.


Educator Voices from 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom

“This course has changed the way I teach. I didn’t realize how far-reaching mindfulness could be in the classroom; everyone should practice it. I feel like I know the trainers personally. Their positivity, knowledge and compassion guides you effortlessly through the course.” – 3rd Grade Teacher, Toulouse, France

“The 201 class from Mindful Schools was an inspiring experience. Throughout the experience, the importance of being authentic and practicing on a personal level was emphasized and supported. It was well-paced and full of opportunities to learn and practice in a variety of ways. It has made an incredible difference in both my personal life and teaching. I highly recommend this class.” – Preschool Teacher, New York

“201: Mindfulness in the Classroom is truly transformative. It helped me strengthen my own personal practice and help me bring a sense of clarity, equanimity and connection to my classroom. I have seen a great impact on my students and my classroom environment since utilizing so many of the strategies and lessons learned throughout the course. I am so grateful to have had the experience and will continue to implement these practices in my personal life and in my teaching, and grow these practices even more. The course is very user-friendly, engaging, relevant, and the Mindful Schools teachers and facilitators are responsive and engaging as well. I would highly recommend this course or any course at Mindful Schools!” – Kindergarten Teacher, New Jersey


Training Path

201: Mindfulness in the Classroom is the second course in the path toward building a “mindful school” and fulfills the prerequisite for 301: School Implementation Clinic.

Register

Next Course:
COURSE COST:  $595

Graduates of 101: Mindfulness Foundations may be eligible to receive $100 off tuition. Reference your course materials for your code. If you are able to pay full tuition rather than use your code, please do. Your thoughtful generosity will be paid forward by allowing us to provide wider accessibility to our programs.


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