WHAT IS IT?
Foundations for Mindful Educators is a new innovative online Personal and Professional Development (PPD) course. Throughout the 16 week session, participants will be guided by Mindfulness First Program Director, Megan Edwards, as they learn Mindfulness Based Social and Emotional Learning (MBSEL) for both themselves and their students.
As a fully online course, participants can create a schedule and time commitment that best suits their needs. Our Personal Development lessons require about 20 minutes each week. Our Curriculum Training lessons take approximately 15-35 minutes per week and include recorded and written curriculum for participants to review, learn from, and become familiar with. We recommend dedicating a total of 55 minutes per week to learning from the course; with additional time spent enjoying discussions with session members and Instructor, Jessica.
Personal Development Lessons
Personal Mindfulness Lessons (aka “Boosters Lessons”) are the Personal Development component of this Personal and Professional Development (PPD) course. Participants receive 20 minute lessons with information and tools for educators to attain greater self-awareness and well-being through internal resources such as emotional resilience and mindfulness. During the 16 week session, lessons become available each week and can be watched anytime, at the participant's convenience. Online community discussions are ongoing each week and facilitated by Instructor Jessica Smith, who is also available individually via email and office hours.
Professional Development Lessons
Curriculum Trainings are the Professional Development component of this Personal and Professional Development (PPD) course. In tandem with personal development lessons, participants receive 16 weekly curriculum themes that mirrors the Personal Development Lessons and creates a foundational classroom curriculum. Participants will be given Mindfulness First’s proprietary curriculum, recorded example lessons, and innumerable resources and curriculum resources will be made available every week, and can be reviewed at leisure. Utilizing these resources, each participant is encouraged to nurture their own way of bringing MBSEL to students, whether it be their own style of teaching or specific to the population they work with. Ongoing community curriculum discussions will be available online, as above.
ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING
16 Personal Mindfulness Development Lessons and Resources
Our Written K-8 Curriculum
Our Audio Curriculum
Our Children’s Journal and Activity Pages
Recorded Examples of Mindfulness First Teaching Each Theme
Resources for Each Theme
Permanent Membership to Our Private Mindfulness Forum
Optional Add-Ons (Where Available)
In-School Lesson Modeling with a Mindfulness First Instructor (Additional Cost)
In-Person Gatherings (In Tandem w/Online Gatherings)
Certification and Continuing education credits
All participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion, and a certificate for 10 CPD credit hours.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
*Early Bird Pricing $416 until April 30th* *Payment Plan (2x payments) available at checkout* The cost of the Foundations for Mindful Educators E-Course is $616.00. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who qualify. Participants who pay for the course create sustainability and keep our scholarship fund robust. If you’re interested in applying for yourself or someone else, please see the FAQ section below for details.
77% of teachers are more satisfied with their jobs as a result of Mindfulness.
Meet Your Instructor For Your Summer 2019 Cohort
Jessica, an experienced elementary school teacher, mindfulness teacher and certified yoga instructor, discovered the benefits of mindfulness through her own difficult times. Jessica has found that the dramatic personal benefits of mindful practices have helped her navigate life’s struggles, and allowed her to be more present in her life. Jessica is passionate about helping schools, teachers and students create a culture based in Mindfulness Based Social Emotional Learning. At Mindfulness First, Jessica provides onsite lessons for students, creates curriculum and trains/mentors teachers. Outside of Mindfulness First, her mission to share the healing benefits of yoga and mindfulness lead her to found the Rooted Community Yoga Project in 2015. RCYP strives to make yoga more accessible to all people including individuals with disabilities, the homeless, veterans, inmates, and more. RCYP has helped over 30 NPOs by spreading awareness and donating class proceeds. Jessica lives in Gilbert with her loving husband Chris and their 4 kids.
Mindfulness is an effective method for reducing stress and improving performance in teachers.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course start and finish?
Our Summer course starts May 27th and lasts for 17 weeks (1 x intro week, and the course is 16 weeks).
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have permanent access to the contents of this course and its resources. Graduates will also be able to take an Advanced Training For Mindful Educators course with Mindfulness First (extra cost involved) to take a deep dive into curriculum ideas.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Refunds for students who withdraw after tuition has been paid, but 5 days before the first day of classes, will receive 100% of the tuition. After the beginning of classes, refunds will be calculated as follows: A refund of 50% for withdrawal during the 5 days before class and during the first week of class. No refund will be made after the first week of the course.
Who should take the course?
This is a great course for anyone who works with children. It is designed to provide resources for a classroom setting but these resources are helpful wherever you may be working with kids.
Are there prerequisites?
There are no specific prerequisites. In this course we teach mindfulness for you, and we give you themes and ideas for how to then teach mindfulness to children. We ask that you have a genuine desire to self-reflect during your personal mindfulness lessons, a team spirit so that you can learn and grow with your cohort members, and a sense of commitment for the journey to mindfulness.
How do I access the course?
You can access Mindfulness First's "teachable.com" school via your computer or phone. Download Teachable’s App to your phone for quick, user-friendly access on-the-go (we recommend the App!). And for when you are sat at your desk, just keep the URL bookmarked and you will be able to quickly log in to the course anytime.
How long is my course?
This course is 16 weeks long plus one introductory week. It takes time and reflection to learn mindfulness in a way that will be sustained. The 16 weeks are designed to fit into your existing schedule, and give you a running start for a mindful life and skills as a mindfulness teacher.
Do I need to buy any additional resources or materials to participate?
Not from us. We have a lot of resources for you to print out if you desire, everything is stored digitally for your convenience.
Do I need to be online at certain times to participate?
The vast majority of this course is available for you to watch and read at your convenience. There will be three online gatherings to help build learning and create community. You will be given advance notice of these dates (they may already be included on this page). Should you have any scheduling conflicts, please reach out to your instructor.
I am not a classroom teacher. Would I still benefit from taking the online course?
Absolutely! If you are interested in learning mindfulness for yourself and receiving resources for sharing mindfulness with children, then this is a great course for you.
Can I earn continuing education credits with Mindfulness First's online courses?
Yes! We offer a 10 hour certification.
Cancellation of an online course
Mindfulness First strives to provide the highest level of quality, and we reserve the right to cancel or postpone an event when necessary. If you are registered for an event that is cancelled, fee paid will be held on account for a future event or refunded.
When should I register?
Courses will fill up fast, be sure to register early. Limited spots available.
Do you provide financial assistance?
We have a limited number of scholarships per session. Please feel free to apply here. If you are not able to receive one for this session, we will add you to the waiting list (for the next session), in the order received.
Know a teacher that needs a scholarship? Let us know my nominating them.
82% of teachers connect better with their students as a result of mindfulness.
Here’s What Some of Our Clients Have to Say About Us
“We were fortunate to have Sunny and her team join our staff retreat session to share the healthy benefits of mindfulness with us! It was an informative experience, fun, and the perfect way to start our strategic planning meeting! Getting to our center and focusing on the present helped make our day even more productive.”
-TERRI WOGAN CALDERON, SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS, EXEC. DIRECTOR
“The Vitalyst Health Foundation hired Mindfulness First to conduct an in-house training for our staff, and we found it to be a very helpful and rewarding experience. The instructor was both professional and engaging, and it was of real benefit to the staff who participated. I heartily recommend them.”
- SUZANNE PFISTER, PRESIDENT & CEO, VITALYST HEALTH FOUNDATION
“The learning I received through Mindfulness First taught me about the brain and the way I think about student behavior. It taught me how to recognize when I need my own mindful minute as well as be able to offer that as a solution for my students. I owe many thanks to Sunny and the staff of Mindfulness First.”
- MEREDITH HILL, ROOSEVELT SCHOOL DISTRICT, ART TEACHER