How and why we take an anti-racist approach to teaching mindfulness, social emotional learning and social justice
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 short, interactive courses before you begin teaching the Peace of Mind Curriculum. When you finish, you will receive a certificate of completion. These courses are designed for early childhood and elementary educators.
Note: If you are teaching our Core Curriculum for Middle School, please contact us for training options.
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 for PreK-5 or for those looking for additional support if they have already begun.
Course # 3: Budding Brains. How and why we teach brain science in elementary school.
Peace of Mind Virtual Community Circles
We offer monthly Peace of Mind Virtual Community Circles during the school year for Peace of Mind educators seeking ongoing community and support. These facilitated conversations offer an opportunity for self-care, reflection, Peace of Mind Curriculum related discussions, and connection for educators teaching the Peace of Mind Curriculum. For more information and to join, please click HERE.
Peace of Mind Community of Practice Gatherings
We host free Community of Practice gatherings for educators who are using the Peace of Mind Curriculum or interested in learning more. We start with a mindfulness practice for 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:
In-Person or Virtual Professional Development
We are happy to provide in-person training related to implementing the Peace of Mind Curriculum. 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 Annual Conference in January 2022. Find informative highlights from our 2019, 2020 and 2021 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.
The Coalition for Schools Educating Mindfully offers 8-week free Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Courses free to members. Joining COSEM and taking this course will support your own practice and your mindfulness teaching. Find out more at educatingmindfully.org.
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. 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.