Join the DC Area Chapter: Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM)

We are stronger together: PoM is launching the COSEM DC Chapter, and we hope you will join our Facebook Group here.

 

We created Peace of Mind to provide resources and a community of practice for educators exploring the power of mindfulness to support their students’ social, emotional and academic development.  We know what it’s like to feel alone in your classroom, or in your home, trying to figure this out – and we don’t want you to feel that way! To keep us all connected, and to broaden our network of educators sharing mindfulness with their kids, we have just joined with the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully to launch their new DC area Chapter!  The recent COSEM conference, co-sponsored by Mindful Schools,  Peace of Mind and many other wonderful organizations, was a rich, warm and inclusive experience full of real conversations about how to support the well-being of our children.  We’re thrilled to help support this kind of educator-to-educator dialogue and want to make sure our PoM educators and families are included in the future. So please, like our PoM page, join the COSEM DC Facebook Group, and start sharing your ideas and questions!  

Invitation:  If you are in the DC area and looking for a way to gather in person, please join us at our Parent Mindfulness Evening Wednesday, March 13th at 7 pm at Lafayette Elementary School in the Peace Room!  All welcome. RSVP teachpeaceofmind@gmail.com

Cheryl & the Peace of Mind Team

Online Training Courses Go Live!

Have you wanted to take a Peace of Mind training but don’t have time or live outside the DC metro area? We are excited to announce our new online training courses are now available here. These courses represent months of carefully curated content, including research results, teaching videos, podcasts by Linda and Jillian, and other engaging materials. If you’ve wanted to learn more about mindfulness-based social emotional learning, then course #1 is for you. If you’re interested in diving deeper with the Peace of Mind curriculum, then course #2 is for you. And if you’d like to try both courses you can bundle them for 25% savings! In addition to that savings, all new users can use the promo code NEWUSER for another 25% off any course selection or bundle. Each course offers 2 hours of professional learning, with a downloadable certificate upon completion.  If you’ve already taken our courses in Beta mode, please help spread the word to friends and colleagues, and know we have added new content as well. And THANK YOU!

Jillian and the Peace of Mind team

One Week to Go! Workshop Offerings for Budding Brains

We are officially down to the final days before our Budding Brains Mini-Conference. All registrations include a FREE copy of the Rosie’s Brain storybook by Linda Ryden, and a FREE Brain Anchor chart designed by the Peace of Mind team for teaching neuroscience to children. Just a few spaces are left –  register today at Eventbrite. 

In addition to our fabulous Neuroscientist keynote speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman, workshops at the conference will be offered by Linda. Liz, Janine, and Jillian. Read below for descriptions of their informative breakout sessions:

Teaching Mindfulness & Neuroscience to Early Childhood Students with Jillian Diesner, Ed.S., LPC – Participants will walk through several lessons from the Peace of Mind Early Childhood Curriculum with the author, using the Brain Anchor Chart, Brainy the Hand Puppet, and original scripts to help young children understand what is happening inside their brains.

Teaching Mindfulness & Neuroscience to Upper Elementary Students with Linda Ryden, Peace of Mind Founder – Participants will walk through several lessons from the Peace of Mind 3-5th grades Curriculum with the author, using the Rosie’s Brain storybook and original skits to help older children understand what is happening inside their brains.

Establishing a Personal Mindfulness Practice (for beginners!) with Janine Rudder, MA – In this interactive workshop participants will explore mindfulness principles and how they can be applied to developing a beginning mindfulness practice.

Establishing a Group Mindfulness Practice (for those who’d like to expand their own practice), with Liz Whisnant, Principal – Interested in establishing or strengthening a mindful learning practice across your school community? Join the principal of Mann ES, which began its journey a few years ago, to learn about possible models, entry points and levers for success. Participants will brainstorm positive scenarios for action in their own school communities, including pushing mindfully through obstacles in the path.

Special thanks to our sponsors for this event:

Neuroscience For the New Year

Happy New Year! We are busy preparing for our upcoming conference on teaching neuroscience to children. Sound like too complex a topic to be introducing to children as young as four? Well, we know the brain is a highly sophisticated organ, but we believe it is so important to have a basic knowledge of what it does that we make it a cornerstone of our work with children. Not only is mindfulness based on brain science, conflict resolution becomes a much easier task when children understand what’s going on in their brains. How do we know this? Because we’ve seen it in action, over and over, during the past decade of working with our students during Peace Class!

For our first-ever mini-conference, we’ve decided to focus on this topic in order to help other educators and parents bring this information to the children they care about. Not only will we hear from a local neuroscientist on the latest research in the field, we will also have breakout sessions for learning more about  HOW we teach this complex subject matter to elementary-aged children. For the New Year, resolve to bring this important information to your students. Reserve your spot today at Eventbrite! 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Gratitude & the Negativity Bias

The past few weeks in Peace Class we have been digging deeper into gratitude. We have also been learning about the brain’s Negativity Bias – the tendency of our brains to focus on and remember bad things and to let good things slide out. Our brains have evolved to do this in order to keep us safe.  If we touch a cactus and hurt ourselves once our brains will remember that and we won’t do it again. That’s great! Unfortunately our brains can’t tell the difference between something that is truly dangerous and something that is simply unpleasant – like being embarrassed. We can help override this Negativity Bias by making a point of noticing all of the big and little good things in our day-to-day lives.

To practice this, we got out cups and marbles and worked with our Kindness Pals.  We labeled one cup “good” and one cup “bad” and we told our Kindness Pal everything we could remember about the day so far. As one person talked,  the other put marbles in the good side or the bad side.  When we were done most of the kids were completely surprised by all of the good things that happened that they had barely noticed: things like waking up in a warm bed, having breakfast, having someone to bring you to school. getting to play with friends before school, reading a great book in library, having Peace Class, learning a new song in Music Class and so on.  This practice can become a habit that can make us much happier and healthier in the long run.  It’s so important not to let our Negativity Bias be in charge and to really stop and notice all of the little good things that make up our lives.  Try it with your kids and see which one of your marble cups is more full!

-Linda & the Peace of Mind team