What a time we are in! We know you are adapting in so many ways as our world responds to Covid-19. If you are looking for a way to help your students understand and manage their anxiety and stress, and looking for some personal support as well, Peace of Mind can help.
Message to Educators from Peace of Mind Founder and Curriculum Author Linda Ryden
Peace of Mind Video Library
Peace of Mind Founder Linda Ryden continues to teach Peace of Mind Class to over 700 children a week. We are so glad to share her virtual lessons with you here. We hope they help!
Peace of Mind Community of Practice Gatherings
Feeling like you’re in need of community connection and support?
We host free Community of Practice gatherings for educators who are using Peace of Mind or interested in learning more. We start with a mindfulness practice fro self-care and then educators share their experiences and exchange ideas and support. 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:
NEW! Peace of Mind Virtual Community Circles
For educators who cannot attend Peace of Mind training and events in person, we have developed Peace of Mind Virtual Community Circles, launching in Fall 2020. These facilitated conversations provide an opportunity for self-care, reflection, support, information and connection for educators teaching the Peace of Mind Curriculum. For more information and to join, please click HERE.
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
Please join our mailing list to receive information regarding our next Peace of Mind Conference in January 2021. Find informative highlights from our 2019 and 2020 Conferences here.
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.
Here are two of our favorite books on the topic:
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.