201: Mindfulness in the Classroom

Designed by educators, for educators, with 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 201 training, curriculum, and teaching kit integrates critical research in education including:

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

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

Educator Voices from This Course

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

Prerequisites: 101: Mindfulness Foundations required.

Time to Complete: 8 Weeks. 30 Hours. Expect to dedicate ~3 hours per week.

Respected Credentials: Earn a Certificate of Completion from a recognized training organization. Educators may apply for graduate credits.

Live Sessions: This course includes two 1-hour live calls, guided by our faculty.

Instruction + Resources: Learn via video, guided audio, reading, course activities.

Forum: Build connection with peers and faculty for discussion and feedback.

In this comprehensive training, learn how to integrate mindfulness practices and the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum into your school day to nurture social-emotional well-being 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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Then, explore a variety of engagement and instructional strategies for teaching mindfulness to students, using the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum. Gain access to live sessions, teaching demonstrations, student workbooks, and resource manuals for teachers and parents.

Watch Excerpts of Lesson Demonstrations

Full lessons and teaching reflections are included in the course. Watch excerpts below:

April introduces mindfulness to middle schoolers:

(4 min)

April explores “tracks 1 + 2” in a mindful listening lesson:

(5 min)

April reflects on resistance and an asset-based approach:

(2 min)

Watch an Introduction to the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum and Download a Sample

Watch a sample video from the course:

Download a sample PDF of the Mindful Schools K-5 and 6-12 Curricula:

K-5 Curriculum Sample
PDF Download

6-12 Curriculum Sample
PDF Download

About the 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

    Both curricula include extensive supplementary materials on:

  • Incorporating movement breaks
  • Facilitating discussion and inquiry
  • Creating a trauma-sensitive classroom container
  • Teaching mindfulness in an asset-based way


  • 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

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

What You’ll Learn

Modules 1-4

Modules 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.

  • Module 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.
  • Module 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.
  • Module 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.
  • Module 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.

Modules 5-8

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

  • Module 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.
  • Module 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.
  • Module 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).
  • Module 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).

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 the live session, emails, and forums, your Online Course Guide will facilitate discussions, synthesize emerging themes, answer questions and provide ongoing guidance and feedback. Meet our team!

Graduate Credits

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


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.

Educator Scholarships

Mindful Schools aims to expand access for educators who are self-funding their training, e.g., those who aren’t funded by their schools and are training on their own time without stipends. Scholarships currently include:

• $50 OFF the 101 or 101R Course
• $250 OFF the 201 Course

Funding is limited ––apply now.


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Cost: $595

Mindful Schools Training Path

Explore your personal and professional growth path through Mindful Schools’ core training (101 and 201), elective courses (Self-Compassion and Mindful Communication), interactive workshops, retreats, and ongoing practice support. Together, we can build trauma-sensitive, equitable, and resilient schools where students and educators can thrive.

More Educator Voices from This Course

More 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


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