Minds Inc Evaluation 2016 Exec Summary

Executive Summary

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 othersIn 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.