*New* School-Wide Implementation Program

Become an expert on school-wide implementation.
Bring mindfulness programs to scale.

Key Dates for the 2020-2021 Program:

  • October 22, 2019: Applications open!
  • October 29, 2019, 5:00pm PT / 8:00pm ET: Join an informational webinar and ask your questions
  • November 15, 2019: Early Bird applications are due
  • Online Opening Retreat: July 18, 2020 – July 19, 2020
  • In-Person Closing Retreat: July 11, 2021 – July 16, 2021

The Mindful Schools School-Wide Implementation Program

This program is designed for educators and school leaders who are passionate about integrating mindfulness programs into a variety of school and district settings.

Through this immersive year-long experience, participants will develop key leadership skills and gain expertise on how to positively shift learning environments toward becoming mindful schools.

Program participants will learn how to facilitate teacher learning, create professional development for educators, work with administrators, and design multi-year approaches to implementation. Upon completion, graduates will be positioned to become consultants for educational organizations or to establish their own mindfulness business.

Designed by our experienced faculty of mindful education leaders, this robust program is based on Mindful Schools’ recent work integrating mindfulness programs into a diverse range of K-12 schools.

We look forward to doing this important work together!



*The School-Wide Implementation Program is only offered to graduates of our Mindful Teacher Certification Program for its first year of operation.


Program Overview

Our Core Objectives:

  1. To offer high-quality instruction and personal guidance that creates the conditions for educators of all backgrounds to develop leadership qualities and become experts in school-wide implementation.
  2. To provide practical training and transformational experiences that make it possible for educators to skillfully embody, adapt, and share mindfulness practices across a variety of educational settings.
  3. To enable meaningful connection and support from the vibrant Mindful Schools community and to empower educators as agents for positive change within the growing mindfulness in education movement.

Our Approach

The School-Wide Implementation Program integrates three core skills that support educators to effectively adapt and deliver a mindfulness programs to a number of contexts. 

  1. Mindfulness Practice. Deepening your personal mindfulness practice allows you to cultivate self-awareness and resilience. Learning how to integrate your mindfulness practice while in the midst of leading change is a powerful skill. 
  2. Design Principles. Cultivating design principles for leading change supports you in moving from being a teacher of mindfulness to that of an expert designer who can develop a multi-year mindfulness program in an educational institution.  
  3. Implementation Strategies. Developing the professional skills to effectively implement a nimble and responsive multi-year implementation plan provides a powerful foundation for your work in school-wide implementation.  

Outcomes

This program will empower you to become a leader and expert on implementing mindfulness programs across a variety of school settings. Specifically, you will be qualified to:

  • Design school- and district-wide implementation of mindfulness program plans, implement those plans
  • Use various rubrics to evaluate schools, districts, and other educational settings to determine where they are on the path to becoming Mindful Schools (or educational settings) and provide guidance for the best next steps the organization can take on the journey.
  • Use the Mindful Schools curriculum to create and adapt a mindfulness program to the needs of a specific school setting or content area (e.g. ongoing classroom instruction, science, health, PE, philosophy, supporting sports teams, etc.) and incorporate mindfulness instruction into other types of instruction or classroom routines (e.g. test-taking, counseling, circle time, advisory/homeroom, etc.).
  • Support efforts to design a mindfulness program for school communities or similar institutions, and in general, support teachers and administrators in their work to establish or grow a mindfulness program.
  • Lead professional development sessions related to the field of mindfulness in education, the benefits of teaching mindfulness to youth, and the benefits of youth caregivers having a personal mindfulness practice.
  • Teach adults how to practice mindfulness by offering introductory and beginner-level mindfulness classes. You can also offer mindfulness practice to groups of teachers, administrators, parents, or other interested adults in the school community or institution.

This program will not qualify you to:

  • Teach or certify other teachers to teach mindfulness
  • Represent yourself as an employee of Mindful Schools or teach Mindful Schools courses (e.g. Mindfulness Fundamentals, Mindful Educator Essentials)
  • Offer advanced personal practice support or multi-day/residential practice-intensive retreats for adults
  • Provide mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions (e.g. mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, trauma therapy, etc.)

How Does this program differ from the Mindful Teacher Certification Program?

While the Mindful Teacher Certification Program (MTCP) focuses on supporting participants’ development as a Mindful Teacher and the application of teaching mindfulness in the classroom, our School-Wide Implementation Program (SWIP) focuses on supporting participants’ development as an expert of School-Wide Implementation, with a focus on developing capacities to take mindfulness to scale across a variety of school or district contexts.

Program Leadership

Our faculty’s expertise offers many decades of school-wide implementation experience, professional development creation, mindfulness teaching experience, as well as a wide variety of backgrounds and interests such as self-care and compassion, stress and resilience, the body and movement, neuroscience and the brain, trauma and special needs, curriculum and lesson design, classroom applications, and more.


Program Components

Online and In-Person Retreats

In our blended learning model, the year-long program begins with an online retreat and ends with in-person residential retreat. 

Remote Learning

In between the two retreats there is an intensive 10-month training program. Participants can expect to spend 3-5 hours each week involved in the following activities:

  • Online Content: Instructional videos, readings, reflection assignments, and implementation activities to complete in your educational setting.
  • Live Group Calls: Engaging discussions, lectures, guided sits, and Q&A formats via Zoom video calls. (Most live calls will be recorded for later viewing.)
  • Cohort Group: Participants are grouped into small Cohort Groups that are led by a Guiding Teacher. Groups stay connected, share assignments and receive implementation feedback through monthly one-hour live video calls and online discussions.
  • Affinity Groups: Optional affinity groups allow participants to gather around aspects of their identity, to offer and receive support, and to continue to grow and support the growth of others. 
  • Daily Sitting: Participants are asked to maintain a personal mindfulness practice of at least 20 minutes per day.
  • Expert-led Workshops and Talks: Engaging live talks and webinar-style workshops with our faculty of contributing teachers who are leaders in the mindfulness and education movement.
  • Implementation Lab: Participants will design a multi-year Implementation plan for their school or context and share that plan with their cohort members in order to get feedback from their cohort and share feedback with their cohort members.
  • Additional Learning Experiences: There will be additional opportunities for practice, including teacher office hours, reading groups, sitting groups, and regional meet-up groups where possible.


Program Details:

Retreat Dates and Locations

The School-wide Implementation program begins with an Online Opening Retreat and ends with five-day in-person, Residential Closing Retreat.

Online Opening Retreat

    • Location: Online, sign-in details to follow
    • Opening Retreat Times: 9:00am – 1:30pm PST / 12:00pm – 4:30pm EST
    • Opening Retreat Dates: Saturday, July 18, 2020 and Sunday July 19, 2020

In-Person Closing Retreat

    • Location: Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY
    • Closing Retreat Dates: July 11 – July 16, 2021
    • Room and board for each retreat at this location has ranged from $575 – $775. Please confirm costs with the venue directly.

Program Fees

We strive to keep the costs of the School-Wide Implementation Program as accessible as possible while maintaining the highest levels of quality and excellence in our offering. Tuition fees cover the programming for the Online Opening Retreat and the In-Person Closing Retreat (but not room and board), as well as the 10-month 300-hour remote training program.

Program Tuition

    • Standard Tuition: $3,275 USD – Applications received after February 15, 2020. The application window closes April 1, 2020, and those accepted must register by May 1, 2020.
    • Advance Discount Tuition: $2,975 USD – $300 OFF, must apply by February 15, 2020 and register by March 31, 2020
    • Early Bird Tuition: $2,575 USD – $700 OFF, must apply by November 15, 2019 and register by January 31, 2020

Note: Tuition fees above do NOT include accommodations or travel for the closing retreat. Room and board with the retreat venue and travel arrangements are purchased separately.

Payment Options

    • Pay-In-Full Option: Receive a $300 tuition discount when tuition is paid in full upon registration
    • Payment Plan Option: A $500 non-refundable deposit (100% of which will be applied toward your tuition fees) is required to complete this registration. You will then pay your balance in 3 equal installments:
      • June 1, 2020: 1st installment due
      • October 1, 2020: 2nd installment due
      • February 1, 2021: 3rd and final installment due
    • Purchase Order Option:  If your school or district is paying for your tuition using a purchase order, it is your responsibility to make them aware that the deadline for Mindful Schools to receive payment for your tuition is June 1, 2020. Please note that acquiring a Purchase Order  from your district or organization can take up to three months. Please plan ahead. For more information please see our Purchase Order Policies and Procedures.

Early Bird Tuition

    • This discount applies for those who apply by November 15, are accepted into the program, and register by January 31, 2020.
Please read our detailed Terms, Conditions, and Payment Policies here.

Scholarships

Mindful Schools is aware that many educators face financial hardships, and that is why we will provide scholarships for educators who would otherwise not be able to participate. We receive more requests for financial assistance than we can fulfill and therefore award each scholarship based on the following criteria.

  • Financial Need: Demonstration of significant and demonstrable economic need based on income.
  • Impact: Applicants currently working in a paid capacity in public school or agency environments with high-risk and/or underserved populations.
  • Background: Supporting people from traditionally marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds, including factors such as race, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Scholarship Tuition: $2,775 USD ($500 OFF)

Important Note: Scholarship recipients must be able to cover the cost of scholarship tuition plus retreat lodging and travel. Scholarship recipients must be able to commit to the entire program to be considered for a scholarship. Standard registration fees and payment plan guidelines apply to all scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Application Deadline:  February 1, 2020

Scholarship Dates:

    • First Round: Apply by November 15, 2019  |  December 15, 2019 decision will be communicated; January 15, 2020 participant must register.
    • Second Round: Apply by February 1, 2020  |  February 15, 2020 decision will be communicated; March 1 participant must register.

Program Prerequisites

We ask that all applicants:

  1. Have a regular mindfulness practice.
  2.  Have completed our Mindful Teacher Certification Course.

We do not require applicants to be “Certified Mindfulness Instructors” – only that they have earned Course Completion for MTCP.

How to Apply

Ready to apply? Follow this link to submit your application to the 2020-2021 Certification Program:

Start Your Application

Additional FAQs and Program Information

If you’re working to secure professional development funding through your school or district, here are documents you may find helpful to share with school leadership or staff:

Additional questions? Please reach out to us at support@mindfulschools.org.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Please read our detailed Terms, Conditions, and Payment Policies here or read below.

Program Fees

Program Tuition

  • Standard Tuition: $3,275 USD – Applications received after February 15, 2020
  • Advance Discount Tuition: $2,975 USD – $300 OFF, must apply by February 15, 2020 and Register by March 31, 2020
  • Early-Bird Discount Tuition: $2,575 USD – $700 OFF, must apply by November 15, 2019 and Register by January 31, 2020
  • Final Application Deadline — April 1, 2020
  • Final Registration Deadline — May 1, 2020
  • Note: Tuition fees above do NOT include accommodations or travel for opening and closing retreats. Room and board with the respective retreat venues and travel arrangements are purchased separately.

Scholarships

Mindful Schools is aware that many educators face financial hardships, and that is why we will provide scholarships for educators who would otherwise not be able to participate. We receive more requests for financial assistance than we can fulfill and therefore award each scholarship based on the following criteria.

  • Financial Need: Demonstration of significant and demonstrable economic need based on income.
  • Impact: Applicants currently working in a paid capacity in public school or agency environments with high-risk and/or underserved populations.
  • Background: Supporting people from traditionally marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds, including factors such as race, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Scholarship Tuition: $2,775 USD ($500 OFF)

Important Note: Scholarship recipients must be able to cover the cost of scholarship tuition plus retreat lodging and travel. Scholarship recipients must be able to commit to the entire program to be considered for a scholarship. Standard registration fees and payment plan guidelines apply to all scholarship recipients.

Scholarship Application Deadline:  February 1, 2020

Payment Methods

Payments are accepted via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover) or check in U.S. currency only.

Non-Refundable Deposit

To reserve your spot in our Mindful Teacher Certification Program, please pay a $500 USD non-refundable deposit via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover). This deposit will be applied toward your tuition. If you opt for the Pay-In-Full payment option, the $500 USD deposit does not apply.

Payment Options

  • Pay-In-Full Option: Receive a $300 tuition discount when tuition is paid in full upon registration
  • Payment Plan Option:  A $500 non-refundable deposit (100% of which will be applied toward your tuition fees) is required to complete this registration. You will then pay your balance in 3 equal installments:
    • June 1, 2020: 1st installment due
    • October 1, 2020: 2nd installment due
    • February 1, 2021: 3rd and final installment due
  • Purchase Order Option: If your school or district is paying for your tuition using a purchase order, it is your responsibility to make them aware that the deadline for Mindful Schools to receive payment for your tuition is June 1, 2020. Please note that acquiring a Purchase Order  from your district or organization can take up to three months. Please plan ahead. For more information please see our Purchase Order Policies and Procedures.

Late Tuition Payment Policy

If you have elected our payment plan option or purchase order option, you are subject to the following late tuition payment policy:

  • A $100 late fee will apply if your payments are not received by the payment due dates listed above
  • If payments are not received within 30 days of the due date, your access to the program will be disabled
  • If your tuition payments are not up to date, you may not attend retreats

Room & Board Requirements

Attending all days/nights of both the Online Opening and In-Person Closing Retreats is mandatory for the completion of the School-Wide Implementation Program. Arriving late or leaving early will not meet the requirements for completing your program. For the In-Person Closing Retreat, your room and board fees will be collected directly by our retreat venue, which is the Garrison Institute in New York. To explore the retreat venue, the lodging and cost options, please reach out to the venue directly.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If You Cancel

If you cancel your participation in our program for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply without exception.

  • The $500 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • 90 days or more prior to June 15th, 2020: You will receive a refund for any payments made towards your tuition less any non-refundable deposits.
  • 31-90 days prior to June 15th, 2020: You will receive Mindful Schools credit for any payments made towards your tuition, less any non-refundable deposits and less a $100 cancellation fee. This credit can only be applied toward the 2021-2022 School-Wide Implementation Program.* Additional cancellation fees from our retreat venue may apply. Please contact your retreat venue (Garrison Institute in New York) for details.
  • 30 days prior to June 15th, 2020 or after: You will not receive a refund or credit for any payments made towards your tuition. If you are enrolled in the payment plan, you will be responsible for a $100 cancellation fee. Additional cancellation fees from our retreat venue may apply. Please contact your retreat venue (Garrison Institute in New York) for details.
  • Any credits received will be forfeited if the participant does not enroll in the following year’s program.
  • Mindful Schools is not responsible for any fees associated with the cancellation of travel, room and board.

* Tuition costs vary from year to year; transferring participants will be responsible for paying the 2021-2022 School-Wide Implementation Program tuition rate. Our program is continually evolving to meet the needs of our community, and the content and structure will vary from year to year.

Alternate Routes to Program Completion

Mindful Schools realizes that life events occur that are unforeseeable or beyond our control. If for some reason you are unable to complete your program due to such an event, there may be some alternatives for completing your program, however any changes or exceptions to our policies will be handled on a case-by-case basis and must be approved in writing by our Head of Program. Any changes or exceptions will result in a minimum fee of $500, and depending on the solution, could result in additional fees.

Expulsion From the Program

Mindful Schools takes the personal and professional well-being of our participants and staff very seriously. While we never want to expel anyone from our program, there are instances where expulsion will be a necessary response. There are two categories for which a student may be expelled from our program. The first is for failure to meet course requirements, which includes:

  • Failure to make adequate and timely progress in the course
  • Failure to complete all course content
  • Failure to participate in all elements of the course, including retreats
  • Failure to pay tuition in full by the established deadlines

The second category for expulsion is for behavior deemed inappropriate by Mindful Schools and will result in immediate expulsion. These include:

  • Verbal abuse or inappropriate language used toward any participant or staff member
  • Inappropriate physical contact toward any participant or staff member
  • Racism or bigotry of any kind expressed verbally or in writing within our meetings and forums or to or about any participant or staff member
  • Sexual harassment of any kind expressed verbally or in writing to or about any participant or staff member

Expulsion from the program will result in a forfeiture of all tuition and room and board expenses. No refunds will be issued.

If Mindful Schools Cancels

It is unlikely that Mindful Schools will cancel the program for any reason besides unforeseeable circumstances (e.g. extreme weather conditions or natural disaster). In the event that we cancel the program for any reason, we will refund tuition payments you have paid. We cannot, however, reimburse you for any other costs (e.g. airfare, travel costs, travel insurance, room and board, etc.) you have incurred.

Photo and Video Release

Participation in this program gives Mindful Schools permission to use and/or take photographs or videos of all registered participants for the purposes of growing awareness around mindfulness in education. Videos and/or photos may be used by Mindful Schools for promotional and training materials and other media which may be electronically displayed via the internet, an educational setting, or other public facing outlets. Registered participants certify that they are at least 18 years old and release and discharge Mindful Schools and its employees and agents from any and all claims, causes of action, liabilities and damages based upon or arising out of any use of their name, voice, image, likeness, or appearance in accordance with this release, including without limitation, any and all claims that they have or may have for defamation, invasion of privacy or violation of the right of publicity or notoriety.

Registration Terms

If accepted to the program, registration constitutes agreement to this policy.

Mindful Schools is always working to improve our Programs. As the Programs evolve we may occasionally update these Terms and Conditions.