Our Mindfulness in Schools Program offers K-12 students a chance to cultivate mindful awareness through inquiry and exploration. We use a trauma-informed, research-backed curriculum developed by Mindful Schools, a leader in worldwide mindfulness education.
Throughout the span of 20 to 24 weeks, preschool and K-12 students learn mindful practices and tools to add to their Mindful Toolbox–a resource they can carry with them wherever they go. And the good news is, there is no expiration date; these tools last a lifetime.
Each weekly lesson is 20-30 minutes. Lessons are taught once per week and implemented into the classroom’s pre-existing schedule through coordination with the school’s administration and individual teachers.
Goals of the course include:
Help students make connections about how to use mindfulness throughout their day
Support students in their capacity for self-awareness and self-regulation
Provide time for direct experience with mindfulness through formal practice
Create a safe environment for students to share and explore their inner experiences
Interested in bringing mindfulness to your school or district?
If you are an administrator, teacher or parent interested in incorporating mindfulness at your school, our staff will discuss how we can best integrate MMP courses into your pre-existing classroom schedule.
What is included in MMP's Mindfulness in Schools program?
- Introductory meeting with MMP teacher
- 45-minute presentation and Q&A about mindfulness, program goals, expectations and how to collaborate
- Middle and end-of-program meetings: 30-45 minutes meeting with faculty to answer questions and discuss next steps
- Student workbooks: One mindfulness workbook per student
- Ongoing communication with MMP Teacher for support
What does a lesson look like?
Each lesson follows the same sequence, and introduces students to a new mindful practice. At the end of our program, students have dozens of mindful tools in their Mindful Toolbox, which they can apply to future life situations.
- Opening practice
- Check-ins and Share-outs
- Setting up the practice through inquiry and discussion
- Guided practice and exploration
- Closing practice
I learned that you can use mindfulness anytime you need it like when I get mad and it calms me down and when I go to bed and think about stuff in the day.3rd Grader
Mindfulness has helped me focus better at my soccer games.2nd Grader
When I am really sad, I take what I learned about mindful breathing and calm myself down. Then I feel better.Jane4th Grader
I have learned how to calm down and really dial in and focus on tests and just realize and appreciate and think. On a test I got kind of stressed out but then I remembered to be calm and just take a break and take some deep breaths. At my old school in Indiana we did not learn mindfulness but it is cool that I get to learn it here.Jane3rd Grade Student
Mindfulness sessions have been a huge asset to my classroom and the school. Even when the students don't realize it they are practicing strategies that Miss Sara has helped teach and demonstrate to them. As a teacher I have benefited gratefully from the sessions to help reset and focus myself.Morning Star Teacher