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We’ve all been told to pay attention, but how?

We strengthen our ability to focus by pausing to notice our thoughts, feelings, and sensations, and surroundings and not beating ourselves up when our minds move to thoughts of ‘what’s for lunch?’ or worries like ‘did I upset my friend yesterday when I said x?’. We simply and gently return to the chosen object of our focus. When strong emotions like anxiety or anger arise, we become more able to choose our response rather than rely on habitual patterns of reaction. The two wings of mindfulness help students soar.

Why Mindfulness in Education?
2016-17 School Climate Index (SCI) Report Card at large SF Bay Area community school showed:[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/5″][vc_single_image image=”355″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/5″][vc_single_image image=”357″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/5″][vc_single_image image=”370″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/5″][vc_single_image image=”371″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/5″][vc_single_image image=”372″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

    • 1/3 of students sensed a lack of caring relationships, opportunities for meaningful participation, safety, and a connection to school.
    • 1/4 of students experienced chronic sadness.
    • Only one in four students was motivated to learn.

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Mindfulness improves student achievement.

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), students who participated in social-emotional learning programs across U.S. showed an 11-percentile-point gain in achievement compared to controls.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]WHOLE SCHOOL MODEL

The central objective of the whole school mindfulness model is to create a caring, reflective climate spearheaded by the administration, which permeates the entire school community.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”335″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Teachers express greater job satisfaction and students are able to achieve their academic goals as well as meet 21st century learning expectations including creative problem-solving, self-management, conflict resolution, and contributing to their community.


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 and a mindful writing workshop series during collaboration time. Trauma-informed classroom management and instruction strategies as the primary focus. Demonstration lessons build teacher confidence to lead practices and SEL-embedded reading and writing lessons on their own.

Introductory Classroom Mindfulness Course (8 20-minute sessions)

Objectives: Allow teachers and their students to reset their nervous systems, strengthen their focus and self-compassion, develop their emotional intelligence and build community.

Description: In this course we will practice with various anchors of attention including sights, sounds, words, body awareness and breath. We will strengthen our self-awareness and our ability to sit with strong emotions, so that we can respond rather than react when triggered. Mindful movement, mindful games, journaling, and reflective listening practices will be shared.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][vc_posts_slider count=”All” interval=”5″ slides_content=”teaser” slides_title=”1″ orderby=”date” order=”ASC” title=”Testimonials” posttypes=”post” categories=”Mindfulness”][/vc_column][/vc_row]