Mindful Educator Essentials

About This Course

Learn how to integrate mindfulness into your work with youth using our research-backed K-12 Mindful Schools Curriculum. Our curriculum – used by educators, mental health professionals, social workers, and parents across the U.S. and over 100 countries – is adaptable for classrooms, after-school programs, clinical settings, and home. It uses developmentally appropriate language for explaining key mindfulness concepts and practices to youth. You can see a sample module here.

Educators who have completed this course report strong improvements in students’ emotional regulation, focus, and engagement, as well as improved connection with students and ability to deliver school curriculum. 98% of our graduates recommend this course.


Video

Watch trainings and demos that will support your learning journey

Online

Easy access with a commitment of roughly 2-4 hours per week

Credits

Educators and MHPs are eligible for Graduate Level Credits and CEUs


Course Objectives

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This six-week online course is designed to give you everything you need to start teaching mindfulness to your K-12 students. This course provides an overview of mindfulness in education and how it’s being integrated with interventions like SEL and Conflict Resolution, a deeper dive into the research and neuroscience, and access to the Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum, student workbooks, evaluation tools, and stakeholder presentations. You’ll access the following training and resources:

Teaching Kit

Prepare to teach mindfulness using the Mindful Schools K-12 curriculum, which includes over 50 adaptable lessons that you can integrate easily throughout the school day. You’ll gain access to:

  • Curriculum for all ages
    • PreK–2 Curriculum: 24 modules for ages 3-6 from Center for Healthy Minds
    • K–5 Curriculum: 30 modules for ages 5-12
    • Middle and High School Curriculum: 25 modules for ages 12-17
  • Student workbooks
  • Manuals on facilitation, classroom management, plus a Parent Manual and Classroom Manual
  • Summaries of neuroscience concepts
  • Program evaluation tools

Facilitation Skills-Building

Explore how the qualities you’ve developed in your personal practice start to show up in teaching and group facilitation. You’ll practice specific skills that address:

  • Working with youth at different developmental stages
  • Group facilitation and classroom management skills

Research

Take a deeper dive into research and biology:

  • Learn to accurately present the research on mindfulness and youth
  • Understand the neuroscience of attention and emotion

Stakeholder Presentations

Access tools and resources to present to administrators, school, and agency staff.

Graduate Support

Once you complete this course, you will have access to the following graduate resources:

  • Join our vibrant, supportive private community of graduates
  • Get unlimited access to course content
  • Over 150 resources for teaching mindfulness to youth in our online Resource Center, including best practice guides, powerpoint presentations, lesson plans, games, classroom activities and more

Each Mindful Educator Essentials course has a Guiding Teacher. The Guiding Teacher directs the learning process by synthesizing emerging themes, answering questions, and providing ongoing participant feedback. All of our Guiding Teachers have over a decade of mindfulness practice and broad teaching experience with different youth populations.

Credits

Upon completing this course:

  • Educators can receive up to 3 graduate level credits Details
  • Eligible Mental Health Professionals can receive up to 12 CEUs Details

Prerequisites

Mindfulness Fundamentals course

One of the core principles of the Mindful Schools community is the concept that a mindful classroom begins with you. Teaching and modeling mindfulness techniques to youth is most effective when it stems from a foundation of personal practice.

In support of this principle, we require that participants establish a personal mindfulness practice prior to this training by completing our Mindfulness Fundamentals course or any one of the trainings listed here.

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Who Is This For?

The Mindful Schools community includes educators, counselors, parents, and a wide range of school community members who are excited to share mindfulness with students.

We invite you to join this course if you are curious about teaching and practicing mindfulness alongside a like-minded community of peers who are dedicated to the well-being of children.

Our Trainers

The course is taught by Megan Cowan, Chris McKenna, and Vinny Ferraro. This team has over 50 years of combined mindfulness practice and over 30 years of teaching mindfulness and/or emotional intelligence to children and adolescents, as well as experience training many thousands of adults. Their work is featured in documentary films Healthy Habits of Mind and Room to Breathe, and MTV’s “If You Really Knew Me”.


More questions? Please visit our FAQ page.