Why Mindfulness in Education?
According to a 2011 meta-analysis of 213 studies by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), students who participated in SEL programs across the U.S. showed an 11-percentile-point gain in achievement compared to controls.
WHOLE SCHOOL MODEL
The central objective of the whole school mindfulness model is to create a caring, reflective climate spearheaded by the administration that permeates the entire school community.
Teachers express greater job satisfaction and students are able to achieve their academic goals as well as meet 21st century learning expectations including self-management, creative problem-solving, and conflict resolution.
SUSTAINED, PERSONALIZED, ON THE GROUND TRAINING
A PD training before the school year begins introduces faculty to mindfulness practices and develops a shared language grounded in current neuroscience research. The mindfulness climate is supported throughout the calendar year with opportunities for faculty to engage further with mindfulness practices during collaboration time or in a mindful writing workshop series. Compassionate, trauma-informed classroom management and instruction strategies are the primary focus. Demonstration lessons build teacher confidence to lead short mindfulness practices and SEL-embedded reading and writing lessons on their own.