Teaching is incredibly challenging work. Education is a calling that draws some of the most dedicated people on the planet. It’s a tough, high-stakes profession, that can result in stress, overwhelm, and burnout.
Mindful educators, mentors, and parents feel more calm, effective, creative, and confident; they’re less likely to burn-out, and our students are less likely to miss out on their talents. Mindfulness provides us with skills to improve focus and manage stress, allowing us to feel nourished and energized to support students in the classroom, at home, and beyond. Learn more about Our Approach.
About This Course
The central objective of this course is to introduce you – as an educator or parent – to mindfulness meditation and help you explore and cultivate a personal mindfulness practice. Educators and MHPs may earn credits for this training.
If you are interested in integrating mindfulness into your work with youth, this course fulfills the prerequisite for second the course in our pathway to becoming a mindful educator, Mindful Educator Essentials, which will lead you through teaching strategies and adaptable K-12 curriculum.
Watch trainings and practice talks that will support your learning journey
Easy access with a commitment of roughly 2-3 hours per week
Educators and MHPs are eligible for Graduate Level Credits and CEUs
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and curiosity. It has a variety of research-backed impacts, including reduction in stress, and improvements in job satisfaction, emotional regulation, and focus.
This six-week online course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation through a series of videos, readings, reflections, and guided mindfulness practices. This course covers current scientific research on mindfulness and the brain, emotion regulation, and compassion. You will learn:
- Techniques to practice mindfulness meditation and integrate mindfulness into your daily life
- Neuroscience on mindfulness and how it affects the brain
- Strategies for meeting and navigating intense emotions
- The role mindfulness plays in communication and interaction
- Practices that cultivate positive states of mind like gratitude, kindness, joy, and compassion
- Strategies and support for developing a regular sitting practice
The course is facilitated by a highly experienced Guiding Teacher who will direct your learning process by answering questions, providing ongoing feedback, and synthesizing emerging themes. All of our Guiding Teachers have over a decade of mindfulness practice and broad teaching experience.
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
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Who Is This For?
Both beginners and those with significant experience find this course extremely worthwhile.
We invite you to join this course if you are curious about exploring and practicing mindfulness alongside a like-minded community of peers who are dedicated to the well-being of children.
The Mindful Schools community includes educators, counselors, parents, and a wide range of school community members who are excited to share mindfulness with students.
A guiding principle in the Mindful Schools community is the idea that – even before we formally teach mindfulness to students – our own self-care, self-awareness, and personal mindfulness practice serves as an essential model for our students. And as educators, we wouldn’t ask our students to do something we haven’t tried ourselves.
This is why Mindfulness Fundamentals is a prerequisite for taking the second course in our pathway to becoming a mindful educator, Mindful Educator Essentials, which will lead you through teaching strategies and adaptable K-12 curriculum.
The Mindfulness Fundamentals course is designed and taught by Megan Cowan, Chris McKenna, and Matthew Brensilver, PhD. This team has over 50 years of combined mindfulness practice and over 30 years of teaching mindfulness and emotional intelligence to children and adolescents, as well as experience training many thousands of adults.
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