About Mindful Schools Workshops

Expand your toolkit for practicing, teaching, and implementing mindfulness in your school. Mindful Schools offers 90-minute live virtual workshops to take a deeper dive into the most important topics in mindfulness in education. Join us in these experiential and inspirational sessions, and learn tools and strategies to immediately integrate into your work with youth.

Every 90-minute live virtual workshop integrates:

  • Mindfulness: Experience mindfulness practice to support your well-being
  • Skill-Building: Learn tangible skills that expand your instructional capacity and professional competency
  • School Culture: Explore strategies and considerations to create a culture of mindfulness and well-being at your school

Our experienced Mindful Schools faculty guide these live events. All of our trainings are designed by educators, for educators.

Register for Upcoming Workshops


2022-2023 Workshop Calendar

Wed, Feb 22, 2023

Self-Compassion and Resilience

Wed, Apr 12, 2023

Curriculum Deep Dive:
Mindful Schools Lesson Study


Wednesday,
September 28, 2022

Registration Deadline: Sep 27

This workshop is offered on a sliding scale basis. $145 suggested tuition for families making over $75,000 a year. Register below:

Meet the Mindful Schools faculty guiding this workshop:

Fontashia Johnson

Sarah Rudell Beach

Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for Educators

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
4PM–5:30PM PT | 7PM–8:30PM ET
with Fontashia Johnson and Sarah Rudell Beach

As educators, we don’t (and shouldn’t) leave our emotions at the door when we’re working with young people. Attending to our own social and emotional needs is critically important, especially if we’re tasked with teaching social emotional learning (SEL) to our students.

In this workshop, we will share strategies that you can use during the school day to navigate challenging and stressful classroom moments. The latest research shows that teachers and principals are experiencing increasing stress rates––in fact, twice the rate of the general working public (1). This workshop is designed to resource you for the year ahead. Join us to explore mindfulness practices that support your well-being and your own social-emotional competencies as an adult. 

Workshop objectives:

  • Learn how mindfulness is a powerful foundation for and complement to SEL
  • Explore mindfulness exercises that support SEL competencies for adults
  • Understand how educators that embody SEL skills support greater learning 
  • Develop strategies that can be used during the school day to navigate challenging moments

All registrants receive a recording one week after the workshop. The recording expires 90 days after the workshop.

Certificate of Attendance is provided for attendees who meet the criteria, see FAQs.

Registration Deadline: September 27 at 11:59PM PT

Register Here for $195 – Sliding Scale

Register Here for $145 – Sliding Scale

Register Here for $95 – Sliding Scale

This workshop is offered on a sliding scale basis in an effort to create access for as many educators as possible. We depend on you to select the option that most closely represents your financial capacity. Our intention is to uphold this sliding scaled option for as long as it is sustainable. We thank you for your thoughtful selection. $145 suggested tuition for families making over $75,000 a year.

Meet the Mindful Schools faculty guiding this workshop:

Fontashia Johnson (she/her), Mindful Schools Faculty
Restorative justice teacher; founder of a non-profit serving underserved communities focusing on financial literacy, mindfulness, and workplace readiness skills in Raleigh; graduate of the Mindful Schools Teacher Certification Program; parent of four boys

Sarah Rudell Beach (she/her), Mindful Schools Faculty
Over 20 years in education; high school social studies teacher for 17 years in Wayzata Public Schools and honored as an Esteemed Teacher seven times by the district; Curriculum and Research Manager at Mindful Schools


Wednesday,
November 9, 2022

Registration Deadline: Nov 8

This workshop is offered on a sliding scale basis. $145 suggested tuition for families making over $75,000 a year. Register below:

Meet the Mindful Schools faculty guiding this workshop:

Dia Penning

Lucy MacGregor

Mindful Communication in the Classroom

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
4PM–5:30PM PT | 7PM–8:30PM ET
with Dia Penning and Lucy MacGregor

Communication is at the heart of what we do as educators, and the practice of mindful communication can be transformative in the classroom.

Join this experiential workshop to explore different ways to connect, practice empathy, and create solutions collaboratively––rather than trying to persuade, “win” arguments, or force compliance. Learn how to pay closer attention to your own feelings and needs in order to attune to those of others. Discover techniques you can apply in interactions with colleagues and students to build connection and healthier relationships.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Learn the fundamental components of mindful communication
  • Understand the ways in which student behavior is a form of communication 
  • Practice identifying feelings and needs––both yours and others’
  • Discover strategies to foster greater trust and collaboration in your classroom

All registrants receive a recording one week after the workshop. The recording expires 90 days after the workshop.

Certificate of Attendance is provided for attendees who meet the criteria, see FAQs.

Registration Deadline: November 8 at 11:59PM PT

Register Here for $195 – Sliding Scale

Register Here for $145 – Sliding Scale

Register Here for $95 – Sliding Scale

This workshop is offered on a sliding scale basis in an effort to create access for as many educators as possible. We depend on you to select the option that most closely represents your financial capacity. Our intention is to uphold this sliding scaled option for as long as it is sustainable. We thank you for your thoughtful selection. $145 suggested tuition for families making over $75,000 a year.

Meet the Mindful Schools faculty guiding this workshop:

Dia Penning (she/her), Mindful Schools Faculty
Over 15 years in education as a teacher trainer, program administrator, Director of Education and Curriculum, and Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the SF Bay Area

Lucy MacGregor (she/her), Mindful Schools Faculty
Over 20 years in education in classroom and therapeutic settings ranging from pre-K to teens; co-founder and facilitator of professional communities of practice cultivating restorative school communities


Why Workshops for Educators?

In our 101 and 201 courses, educators learn that mindfulness practice and facilitation skills are not something that we “achieve” and then check off as complete. We are in an ongoing process of learning and investigation into ourselves, our experience, and the experience of the students we work with. Workshops provide ongoing opportunities to build competencies in the Mindful Schools Domains of Mindful Teaching framework (see pg 4), supporting educators to create mindful learning environments that nurture curiosity and compassion.

Faculty

Mindful Schools courses and training programs are designed by educators, for educators.

Workshops are developed and guided by the Mindful Schools faculty. Our team of classroom teachers, administrators, and implementation specialists draws from lived experiences and expertise in classrooms, schools, districts, and a wide variety of educational settings. You can learn more about our Program Facilitators on our “Meet Our Team” page.


Workshops FAQs

How do I join the live event? When you register, you will receive an email with call-in instructions to join the zoom room as well as a 1-hour reminder on the day of the event.

What if I can’t make the live event? If you’re unable to attend the live event, you may still register to access the event recording. The recording will be sent one week after the event. The recording expires 90 days after the event.

Who is this workshop for? Do I need a certain level of mindfulness experience to participate? Our workshops are appropriate for all levels of experience. Mindful Schools programs are designed for educators, counselors, parents, and a wide range of school community members who are excited to share mindfulness with young people. While there is no prerequisite for registration, we encourage workshop participants to take our 101: Mindfulness Foundations course so you may participate with a shared understanding of the Mindful Schools framework of secular mindfulness.

Cancellations: In order to receive a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled event. Refunds will not be granted after this time. If you need to cancel and request a refund, please contact support@mindfulschools.org.

Certificate of Attendance:
To be eligible for a Certificate of Attendance, participants are required to:

  • Register and pay for the workshop by the registration deadline (published on the event page)
  • Attend in full. Attendance will be verified if you complete the following:
    • Join the workshop, by web browser or Zoom App (not dialing in by phone) within the first 10-minutes of the start of the workshop.  
    • Join the workshop using the same email as used to register.
    • Stay logged-in, and engaged, for the duration of the workshop.
  • Complete the event survey within 1 week of receiving the link to access the survey. The survey link will be emailed on the day of the event.

Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to those who complete the attendance requirements and submit the survey within the stated time frame. Certificates will be emailed 2 weeks after the event.

Important Notes:

  • Certificates are available only for those who complete the attendance and survey requirements, without exception. 
  • It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure adequate internet reliability and bandwidth. 
  • Incomplete attendance nullifies eligibility for the certificate. Attendance is considered incomplete if the participant joins more than 10 minutes after the start time, has gaps in attendance, or leaves early. We are unable to give partial credit for incomplete attendance. 
  • There is a $20 fee to reissue certificates, and certificates are available only if the attendance and survey requirements were met.

Past Workshops

Wednesday,
August 10, 2022

Registration has closed for this workshop.

Meet the Mindful Schools faculty guiding this workshop:

Alan Brown

Solissa McKay

PAST WORKSHOP:

Building a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
4PM–5:30PM PT | 7PM–8:30PM ET
with Alan Brown and Solissa McKay

Discover strategies to create welcoming and safe learning spaces, and nurture healing relationships with students.

Whether or not we are aware of it, every classroom is impacted by the effects of trauma. Join this workshop to examine a nervous system framework and understand the ways that traumatic stress shows up as recognizable behaviors in both students and educators. In this training, we will explore practices that support nervous system settling––in ourselves and our students. Learn strategies to be both proactive and reactive when traumatic stress is triggered.

Workshop objectives:

  • Learn how trauma impacts the brain and behavior, and how it shows up in the classroom
  • Experience mindfulness practices that empower you to settle your own nervous system
  • Explore strategies, practices, and classroom routines that support nervous system regulation

All registrants receive a recording one week after the workshop. The recording expires 90 days after the workshop.

Certificate of Attendance is provided for attendees who meet the criteria, see FAQs.

This workshop is offered on a sliding scale basis.
Registration has closed for this workshop.

Meet the Mindful Schools faculty guiding this workshop:

Alan Brown (he/him), Mindful Schools Faculty
Educator for over 15 years as a teacher, dean, and Director of Integrative & Co-Curricular Learning in NYC; advisor for GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network)

Solissa McKay (she/her), Mindful Schools Faculty
Over 10 years in education; 7th grade teacher; college academic counselor; program manager for a non-profit youth college access program in Kansas City


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