Would you like to spend a morning with like-minded educators learning, connecting and getting inspired?
Come to The Peace of Mind Conference 2022!
Saturday, January 29th, 2022 * 10:30 am to 2:30 pm EST * on Zoom
All welcome – Pay what you can – $35 suggested donation
We warmly invite you to join our annual gathering of teachers, counselors, social workers and others interested in teaching mindfulness-based SEL, conflict resolution and social justice to students in PreK-8. You can expect an interactive, rich and enjoyable few hours of learning, mindfulness and community.
Through panels, workshops, small group discussions and whole group conversations we will explore what our kids actually need now, how Peace of Mind is being implemented in trauma-sensitive ways in a variety of school settings, and how mindfulness can be a powerful foundation for exploring and addressing social justice challenges.
We have a “pay what you can” conference fee this year. We want to make it possible for all to attend while also paying honorariums to our speakers, most of whom are educators and school mental health professionals taking time out of their full lives to share their perspectives and wisdom with us.
Please join us! Register here
MIndful Meet-Ups in November
November 9th and 15th at 4 pm EST; November 10th and 18th at 8 am EST
Mindful Meet-ups give you an opportunity to meet other mindful educators on this journey and to learn more about what Peace of Mind can offer you and your students. On zoom; 45 minutes long. Drop in or stay the whole time. Free and all are welcome. See you there!
Register here: Mindful Meet-ups
Fall Community of Practice Gathering!
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 from 4 pm to 5:15 pm EST
Our Peace of Mind Fall Community of Practice is Wednesday, October 20th. We’d love to have you there (on zoom)! 4 pm to 5:15 pm. Come for:
- Mindfulness for self-care guided by Jelena Popovic
- Interactive conversations with curriculum author Linda Ryden and each other about how to fully engage our students in mindfulness practice and how to take a trauma-sensitive approach
Register here for the zoom link. All welcome; no charge!
Registration for Fall Virtual Community Circles now open!
Beginning Tuesday September 21, 2021 at 4:30 pm EST
Our next Virtual Community Circles will begin again in September 2021! Our VCCs are designed for teachers, counselors, social workers and others teaching, or preparing to teach, The Peace of Mind Curriculum. Each Circle includes a skillfully facilitated session of mindfulness for self-care, community building and practical support for teaching Peace of Mind.
During school year 2021-2022, we will have two sessions: monthly gatherings from September through December and then again from February to May. Sign up for one or both sessions. The cost for each 4-month session is $40. Scholarships are available upon request. Pre-register here.
Past events – video recordings are available for many!
Curious about how Peace of Mind invests your contributions? Join us for our upcoming virtual donor Open House! Executive Director Cheryl Dodwell will offer a brief presentation about our accomplishments over the past year and current and upcoming projects. RSVP to Cheryl for the zoom link!
Join us for an hour of community and fun as we debut our new Peace of Mind video, take a behind the scenes look at the production of our latest storybook, Marleigh is Mindful, and hear from our Peace of Mind student ambassadors.
Our spring fundraising goal is $25,000. Thanks to generous donors who have already contributed $14,000, we are more than halfway there! Donations of any and all amounts are so welcome and will help us close the gap. All funds raised will help us continue to develop our mindfulness-based social justice resources and to keep them accessible for all educators and schools.
See you there! Warmly, Linda, Cheryl & the Peace of Mind Board of Directors
PS: We will send a signed copy of our new book, Marleigh is Mindful, to all those who donate $200 or more. Thank you!
Peace of Mind FOCUS GROUP – What can Peace of Mind do for you and your students?
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST
As part of our Strategic Planning process, we’re holding a series of focus group in March and April to find out more about what our stakeholders want and need. We’d love to know what your greatest needs are in meeting the social and emotional needs of your students, what you think is needed to create more inclusive and equitable schools, and how Peace of Mind can help. Thank you!
Peace of Mind Community of Practice Gathering
Thursday, April 8, 2021
4:15 to 5:30 pm EST. FREE. Virtual.
Looking for new practices to bring to your students? Wondering how to adapt or create practices to meet your students’ needs? Wishing you could incorporate more fun, music and movement into your mindful moments?
Join us for our next Community of Practice Gathering! These experienced Peace of Mind Educators will share practices they enjoy teaching and find helpful in their school communities:
- Ms. Linda Ryden, PoM Curriculum author and Peace Teacher Grades 1-5
- Ms. Tanzania Coles, SEL Coach, and Ms. Kendra Roberts, 7th grade Science Teacher and Mindfulness Coach, Ida. B. Wells Middle School
- Ms. Jodi Widrick, Early Childhood Educator, St. Andrews Episcopal School
- Ms. Jerrett Wright and Ms. Carmen Stewart, Early Childhood Educators, Lafayette Elementary School
Student Mindful Mentors will join us to share the practices that work best for them. We invite you to bring a practice to share, too!
COSEM Equity-based Conversation Series: August 3 at 5:30 EST
Register here to be part of this powerful conversation about how mindfulness can help us not only address the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the pandemic of systemic racism.
National Summit on Revolutionizing Education
TEACHING AND LEADING THROUGH A PANDEMIC AND RECESSION
Keynote addresses by Peace of Mind’s Linda Ryden and
Rev. Dr. William Barber (We’re excited!)
Tuesday, July 7th from Noon to 3:30 pm
Free to all educators, July 7, 12-3:30 pm EST. More information here.
The spread of COVID-19 is creating challenges and stresses on our nation’s education system and impacting students, teachers, education support professionals, families, and school administrators across the country. As traditional ideas of “school” are challenged and replaced with varying degrees of online instruction and distance learning, this moment further exacerbates great inequities in our nation’s education system. Amidst these challenges, anti-racism protests have been sparked across the country, focusing our attention on the value we place on Black lives.
Yet, still, even in moments of crisis our educators manage to do what they do best: teach and care for students. Recovery requires a bold vision for the future grounded in equity from teacher leaders, and an unwavering commitment to protecting the emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of all students.
Through the National Summit on Revolutionizing Education, NNSTOY will:
1. Address the challenges of teaching in the COVID-19 era; focusing on recovery, restart, and racial justice.
2. Share strategies for achieving equity for all students, by ensuring expert teachers are leading the national
conversation with policymakers and the public about the future of education.
3. Celebrate the stories of teachers and students across the country;
4. Highlight examples and share best practices for teaching during a pandemic.
Give Local Together!
National Social Media giving campaign
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
All day on your favorite social media
Peace of Mind is excited to join the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s local campaign to raise funds for DC area nonprofit organizations. CFP is the local partner of the national Giving Tuesday organization which is rolling out this day to support small nonprofits around the world doing essential work in our communities. Please join in and inspire others to as well!
Introductory Virtual Community Circle Gathering
Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
3:45 pm EST to 5:15 pm EST.
A chance to experience the Virtual Community Circle format with our wonderful facilitators, Jelena Popovic and Dave Trachtenberg. Interested in joining? Please contact Cheryl at .
Three circles of 8 educators each will meet monthly via zoom from August 2020 through June 2021. There will be no charge to participate, but we do ask that educators commit to monthly gatherings (scheduled at a time convenient for group members) for the full 2020-2021 school year.
We would love to have you join us, but space is limited. If you are interested, please contact Peace of Mind Executive Director Cheryl Dodwell by May 30, 2020 or click HERE to tell us about your interest.