Minds Inc. carried out an evaluation of the perceived impact of the Peace of Mind Program on students and teachers at Lafayette Elementary for the 2015-2016 School Year. Lafayette is Peace of Mind’s “home school,” where the program has been developed. At most schools, Peace of Mind class is called “Peace Class” for short.
Results from this study indicate that the vast majority of students and teachers surveyed report the perceived benefits of Peace Class at Lafayette for improving student mindfulness, conflict resolution/social skills, and readiness to learn. Almost universally, teachers and students report Peace Class helps students get along better with and be kinder to others. In addition, approximately three quarters of students and teachers report Peace Class helps students be more ready to learn in the classroom. Almost all of the students (97%) report Peace Class has been helpful to them. Particularly helpful tools that students report learning and using outside of Peace class are mindfulness skills to help them calm down when upset or stressed, conflict resolution skills to better negotiate conflict and compromise, and “heartfulness” skills to be kinder to others. Using knowledge about how their brain works at school and home, while helpful to the majority of students, was not as resoundingly endorsed as mindfulness or social skills. In sum, the vast majority of students and teachers report numerous perceived benefits of Peace Class for the students and their social-emotional skills. -from Peace Class at Lafayette Elementary School Results: Spring 2016 by Minds Inc.
Complete survey results: Lafayette Survey Results 2016
Testimonials: from Lafayette teachers and parents.
Student and Parent Surveys were carried out again in School Year 2017-2018. Analysis and report preparation was carried out by Peace of Mind staff.
Student Survey Results:Lafayette Student Survey 2018 Executive Summary
Pilot School Pre and Post Surveys: Year 1
In 2016-2017, Horace Mann Elementary participated in a pilot of the Peace of Mind Program with their 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders. Analysis and report preparation was carried out by Peace of Mind staff.
Pilot School Pre and Post Surveys: Year 2
In 2017-2018, 3 DCPS public schools, including two TItle I schools, and one area college preparatory independent introduced Peace of Mind to their students.
At the beginning of each pilot year, we carried out pre-pilot surveys with teachers and students. We will close the year with post-pilot surveys. Peace of Mind hired Dr. Laura Fegans Gould, a researcher whose work focuses on school-based mindfulness programs, to provide guidance and analysis for this study and to author the final report.
Executive Summary of Findings: coming shortly
Discussion of measures used: coming shortly
For research studies that support our work in mindfulness-based social and emotional learning for elementary school, please visit our research page here.