SOLUTIONS FOR EDUCATORS
Why We Provide Mindfulness Training to Educators
As a preeminent mindfulness organization, we’ve found that expanding our trainings to educators via online courses increases accessibility, expands our reach, and mobilizes leaders looking to create a greater impact in their classrooms, communities, and in the world.
Over the years, we’ve seen that when teachers learn and implement MBSEL practices for themselves and in their classrooms, the personal benefits they experience are profound. Reduced stress, fatigue, and greater job performance occurs when they have more emotionally supportive classroom environments.
By equipping educators with the tools they need to harness the positive effects of mindfulness in their classrooms, we’re helping them avoid teacher burnout and reach their students in connected and meaningful ways. By creating environments where students are allowed to recognize their own emotions, those emotions are less likely to negatively impact a group learning environment.
of teachers are more satisfied wtih their jobs*
of teachers connect better with their students*
*As reported by educators on post-course surveys.
Mindfulness is a feasible and effective method for reducing stress and improving performance.
Our Courses for Educators
FOUNDATIONS FOR MINDFUL EDUCATORS (Available January 2019)
Foundations for Mindful Educators is a new innovative online Personal and Professional Development, PPD, course where cohorts of participants learn Mindfulness Based Social and Emotional Learning, MBSEL, for both themselves and their students. Our 16 week training program consists of the following:
Part 1: Personal Mindfulness Lessons
Cohort members of our teacher training program receive 16 weekly online lessons, 20 minutes each. Lessons provide information and tools for educators to attain greater self-awareness and well-being through internal resources such as emotional resilience and mindfulness.
Part 2: Curriculum Training
In tandem with their personal development lessons, participants will also receive 16 weekly curriculum themes that mirror their Booster Lessons and create a foundational classroom curriculum. Participants will receive Mindfulness First’s proprietary curriculum, recorded example lessons and innumerable resources. Participants will work 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.
Participants Will Receive:
16 Personal Mindfulness Development Lessons and Resources
Our written Elementary Curriculum
Our audio Elementary Curriculum
Our Elementary Journal and Activity Pages
Recorded examples of Mindfulness First teaching each theme
Resources for Each Theme
Optional Add-Ons (Where Available):
In-school lesson modeling with a Mindfulness First Instructor
In-person gatherings (alongside online gatherings)
Instructors: Megan Edwards, Emmanuelle Giumelli, Cheryl Sosnowski, Sunny Wight
CE Credits: TBD
Duration: 16 Weeks
The Mindfulness First Community Circle is a monthly online gathering where mindful educators can network, learn and grow together. Participants can join live monthly meetings or watch the recordings on demand as well as receive CEUs. Each Community Circle meeting will include a mindfulness expert who will share their knowledge and answer questions to facilitate continued growth in the mindful educator community. Participants can expect to be nurtured in a community of practice, while continuing their own learning.
When: 2018: 2nd Saturday of the month, 9am/2019: 2nd Thursday of the month, 11am
CE Credits: 1 hour per month
Duration: 1 hour per month
Cost: $10 per month
Sponsor a teacher for a scholarship in our ‘Foundations for Mindfulness’ course.
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