We have written the PoM Curriculum for you: teachers, counselors, home-schooling parents and others who want to bring the transformative gifts of mindfulness, kindness, gratitude and conflict resolution skills to the children you care about. This is life-changing work, and we know you need support. Hope these offerings help!
Peace of Mind Community of Practice Gatherings
Twice a year we host free Community of Practice gatherings for educators using Peace of Mind or interested in learning more. Educators share their experiences and offer support to each other, and Peace of Mind Curriculum authors are on hand to answer questions. Join our mailing list to receive invitations to future gatherings. Highlights from past events:
Peace of Mind Online Training Courses
Peace of Mind’s online training courses are available here: https://peace-of-mind-training-courses.teachable.com. We strongly encourage you to take these two interactive courses before you begin teaching the Peace of Mind Curriculum. When you finish, you will receive a two-hour certificate of completion.
Course # 1: Introduction to Mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning: This course will be of interest to anyone engaging in this work, and offers an overview of relevant research and impact data.
Course # 2: Getting Started with the Peace of Mind Curriculum. Specifically for educators preparing to teach the Peace of Mind Curriculum, or looking for additional support if they have already begun.
In-Person Professional Development
If your school is in the DC metro area, we are happy to provide in-person training related to implementing the Peace of Mind Curriculum. You’ll find some useful information here: PoMTrainingOverview. Please contact us with any questions.
Peace of Mind Annual Conference
Mindfulness Teacher Training
If you are looking for additional support in developing your own mindfulness practice, or in teaching mindfulness to kids, consider taking an online course through Mindful Schools. Mindful Schools offers high-quality, well-rounded PD for educators in the areas of developing your personal practice and teaching mindfulness to kids.
We also found these two books really helpful:
Jennings, P. (2015). Mindfulness for teachers: Simple skills for peace and productivity in the classroom. The Norton Series on the Social Neuroscience of Education.
Rechtschaffen, D., & Kabat-Zinn PhD, J. (2014). The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-being in Teachers and Students. Norton Books in Education.
Caring for yourself
One of the best ways to support your students is to support yourself by nourishing your own mindfulness practice. This is one of the best ways to prepare to teach Peace of Mind, too!
There are many wonderful resources out there in addition to Mindful Schools. Here are a few that we use and like:
The 10% Happier App and Podcast by Dan Harris offer great introductions to mindfulness as well as support as you develop your practice.
Headspace.com and Calm.com are secular, simple, step-by-step mindfulness program apps you might also want to check out.
Finally, please take time outside of school to practice the mindfulness skills you are teaching your students, such as heartfulness, take five breathing, and keeping a gratitude journal. These are all ways to support yourself on a daily basis in the work you do.