Peace Class teaches our children how to be part of a community that is kind, cooperative, intelligent and emotionally healthy.Janet Zwick, former 3rd grade teacher and parent at Lafayette Elementary School
I love the fact that I can combine this curriculum seamlessly with Responsive Classroom and yoga classes we already teach. – Kindergarten Teacher at a college preparatory independent school.
A message from Dr. William Blake, Director of Social and Emotional Learning for DC Public Schools
What is Peace of Mind?
Peace of Mind is an innovative mindfulness-based Social and Emotional Learning program for Early Childhood through Sixth Grade. Peace of Mind recognizes mindfulness and brain science as essential to students’ acquisition and mastery of social and emotional skills and conflict resolution tools.
The Peace of Mind Program includes grade-level appropriate, weekly, full-year Curricula, with optional scripts for each lesson; Storybooks, Classroom Resources, Training, both in-person and online, an annual Conference, and a Community of Practice and support for parents.
The Peace of Mind Curriculum teaches students how to: notice and manage their emotions, focus their attention, empathize and connect with others, and resolve conflicts peacefully. Peace of Mind supports the 5 CASEL Core SEL Competencies and aligns with ASCA standards.
Peace of Mind gives teachers and counselors the tools to shift the culture of a classroom, and a school, toward kindness and inclusion.
The Peace of Mind Story
A Video Peek into Peace of Mind. Curriculum developer Linda Ryden’s work and the Peace of Mind program have been recognized in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and on CBS, ABC and Fox5, and in the recently released film A Joyful Mind.
How do I bring Peace of Mind to my school?
Downloadable “Welcome to Peace of Mind” Packet for you to share.
We have created the Peace of Mind Curriculum Series with educators in mind. Each Curricula includes the detailed guidance and optional scripts to allow you to pick it up and put it to work immediately for the children you care about. For more information:
- The Peace of Mind Curriculum Series
- Peace of Mind Storybooks and Puppets
- Grants for Title One Schools
- A Guide for Homeschoolers using Peace of Mind
Educator Training and support
Peace of Mind offers online and in-person training to support educators. See our “For Educators” page.
We also host Peace of Mind Community of Practice Gatherings and an Annual Conference in the DC area to which all Peace of Mind educators are invited. To receive an invitation, please join our mailing list here.
Resources for Families
Once you have purchased Peace of Mind, we are glad to provide you with a sample Peace of Mind Family Letter and Fact Sheet and a sample monthly Peace of Mind Newsletter to help you introduce Peace of Mind to your students’ families. Just contact us at .
We offer videos of Peace of Mind‘s foundational mindfulness practices on our website to enable students to practice at home and to share what they are learning with their family members. Kids and parents love them; look for more soon!
The Peace of Mind Community
The Peace of Mind Community includes teachers, counselors, administrators, families, and students at schools around the country passionate about mindfulness-based social and emotional learning. We are based in Washington DC, where Peace of Mind has been developed at DC’s largest public elementary school since 2003.
Where is Peace of Mind being used?
Over the last decade, teacher and curriculum author Linda Ryden and school counselor Jillian Diesner have actively developed the Peace of Mind Curriculum Series with their students at Lafayette Elementary School, the largest public elementary school in Washington DC. Peace of Mind is now being used as the SEL Curriculum at many schools in the DC area and many more around the country. For more information, visit our “PoM Schools” page.
If you are interested in becoming a Peace of Mind school, ">please let us know!
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