Schoolwide Implementation Program

Become an expert on schoolwide implementation.
Bring mindfulness programs to scale.


Applications Are Open for the 2021-2022 Program

* Join our 2021-2022 notification email list to receive important program updates. *


Important Upcoming Dates

  • Info Session: Our faculty recently hosted an informational call, providing updates about Mindful Schools programs, including SWIP 2021-2022––watch the recording. Join the notification email list to receive program details and updates.

  • January 16, 2021––Half-Day Retreat:

Saturday, January 16, 2021 **Half-Day Virtual Retreat**

Mark your calendar: January 16, 2021, 8:00am-12:30pm PT / 11:00am-3:30pm ET

Please join a half-day virtual retreat with the Mindful Schools faculty and grad community to get a window into our in-depth year-long programs.

The retreat will include silent practice guided by our faculty, as well as interactive and activity-based elements to connect as a community. Since you will be joining us from home, our faculty will create an online retreat container that is both firm enough to hold your experience, and also flexible enough to meet our varied living circumstances.

How to join: Make sure you’re on our SWIP notification email list––we will be sending information about how to prepare for the retreat as well as zoom instructions.

Is it free? There is no cost to attend. Programming this supportive retreat for our community represents a tremendous investment of time and care from our faculty and program teams. If you have the capacity, we invite you to consider supporting our Equity in Action (EIA) Fund to support equity, inclusivity, and access in our programming. Please learn more and make a gift here.

  • July 31, 2021 to August 1, 2021––SWIP Opening Retreat: We have scheduled our Virtual Opening Retreat, which kicks off the MTCP 2021-2022 program. Mark your calendar for the weekend virtual retreat: Saturday, July 31, 2021 through Sunday, August 1, 2021.

The Mindful Schools Schoolwide Implementation 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. Join us!

Mindful Schools is deeply committed to equity and inclusivity, and we believe that representation matters in all elements of our trainings. This year we established an Equity in Action Scholarship Fund to invest in educators who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+. If you have the resources and capacity to support the EIA Fund, please make a gift here. Learn more about the EIA Scholarship in the Program Details section below.

“Starting SWIP is exactly what I need right now. I am so thrilled to be with you all––the expertise and compassion combination is abundant.”

–– Mary C, 2020-2021 Cohort

Program Overview

Our Core Objectives

  • 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 schoolwide implementation.
  • 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.
  • 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 Schoolwide Implementation Program integrates three core skills that support educators to effectively adapt and deliver 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 schoolwide 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. 101: Mindfulness Foundations, 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom)
  • 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 Schoolwide Implementation Program (SWIP) focuses on supporting participants’ development as an expert of Schoolwide 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 schoolwide 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.

Components

Immersive Retreats

In our blended learning model, the year-long program begins and ends with extended retreat experiences. Retreats offer a uniquely rich and immersive practice experience that supports growth and development in two ways:

  • Mindfulness Practice Guided by Experienced Teachers: Each retreat begins with silent and guided mindfulness practice, which serves as the foundation of our teaching work and embodied presence.
  • Professional Skills Development in Community: The second half of the retreat offers an opportunity to develop your teaching skills and benefit from the tremendous expertise and experience of the community. This includes body movement, group discussions, and fun activities, as well as unstructured time for networking and collaboration.

“All my hesitations about doing this program during COVID were quickly calmed once the retreat started. Thank you for all the time and thought that went into planning and carrying out the retreat. The flow and information were supportive and an excellent way to start this adventure in learning together. After this weekend together, I know this program will be just what I need to be supported as I take the steps to feel more comfortable and confident in my ability to not only teach what I love, but reach more students and teachers in my school district. I also appreciate the Mindful Schools approach, that always supports me to be a better person in the world, not just in the classroom.”

–– Corinne S, 2020-2021 Cohort

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, 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

Join our 2021-2022 Notification List to receive program updates.

Prerequisites

In the application, we invite you to share your background in the following areas: education, school systems, personal mindfulness practice, teaching mindfulness in the classroom, and leading schoolwide mindfulness programming. We welcome participants with differing levels of experience in each of these areas and believe that the program benefits by having participants with many different professional and practice backgrounds. In preparation for the program, we ask that all participants meet the following requirements by May 2021:

Complete the Mindful Schools Mindful Teacher Certification Program

  • Applicants in this pool will be asked to submit a teaching video in the application (unless you completed the practicum video during your certification process).

OR

If you are not a Mindful Teacher Certification Program graduate, we will evaluate applications that demonstrate competency in the areas below:

  • Deep end personal practice with retreat experience: Established personal practice of 4+ years or equivalent practice-intensive program AND at least 7 days of retreat.
  • Certification in an alternate mindfulness program AND have experience bringing mindfulness to youth.
  • “Master teacher” of mindfulness with youth: Have taught mindfulness for at least 4 years.

Applicants in this pool will:

Note to prior course graduates: If you have completed Mindfulness Fundamentals and Mindful Educator Essentials courses, please indicate those in your application and we will provide you with additional guidance.

Dates

Anticipated Opening Retreat: Virtual, July 31, 2021 – August 1, 2021

Anticipated Closing Retreat: 5-Day Retreat. Late June or Early July 2022, Virtual or In-Person TBC

Retreat dates and plans are in development in response to COVID. We will update this page regularly. Please join our Notification List to receive updates.

Tuition

Tuition fees cover the programming for the two retreats, the 10-month virtual training program, and the certification process.

  • Early Bird Tuition: $5,100 USD––Save $700. Must apply by January 5, 2021 and register by February 15, 2021.
  • Standard Tuition: $5,800 USD. Applications after January 5, 2021.

Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2021. Registration must be completed by May 15, 2021.

Note: Tuition fees above do NOT include accommodations or travel for retreats. Room and board with the retreat venues and travel arrangements are purchased separately. * Retreat dates and plans are in development in response to COVID. We will update this page regularly. Please join our Notification List to receive updates.

See our Terms, Conditions, and Payment Policies

Equity in Action Scholarship

Mindful Schools is deeply committed to equity and inclusivity, and we believe that representation matters in all elements of our trainings. This year we established an Equity in Action Scholarship Fund to invest in educators who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ and support their participation in our year-long trainings with affinity group experiences and significantly reduced tuition. We anticipate we will receive more requests for EIA scholarships than we can fulfill, so applications are evaluated on a combination of factors including applicants’ financial need, population served, and the impact of their work in the field.

Scholarship Tuition: $2,000 USD. We strongly encourage you to apply by the Early Bird deadline, January 5, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis. 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.

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 and secure your space. You will then pay your balance in 3 equal installments. The first installment will be due by June 1, 2021.
  • 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 of the deadlines. Mindful Schools must receive an official Purchase Order by May 1, 2021, and payment must be received by June 1st, 2021. Please note that acquiring a Purchase Order from your district or organization can take up to three months.

Applications are open for the 2021-2022 program


Watch the Recording: December Call with Faculty

In December, our faculty Megan Sweet and Alan Brown hosted an informational session about Mindful Schools program updates including the Schoolwide Implementation Program 2021-2022. The call starts with a practice talk and guided mindfulness practice. The informational presentation begins at 26:50. Watch below.

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