“The VCCs helped me to slow down and gain confidence, build community, and engage in challenging, nuanced conversations with other educators.” – VCC participant
Peace of Mind Virtual Community Circles support Peace of Mind educators across the nation and internationally in teaching mindfulness-based social and emotional learning to students in elementary and middle school.
Virtual Community Circles are small facilitated groups of Peace of Mind educators from around the country and the world that meet (virtually) monthly to share mindfulness practices, teaching experiences and support. Educators join a PoM Virtual Community Circle to feel nurtured, connected and prepared to teach with passion and joy.
At the end of the Virtual Community Circle year, Circle participants may choose to become mentors to other educators and leaders in their school communities who prioritize the holistic well-being of educators and students.
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Our Next Cohort Begins Meeting Sept 2021
Our first Year-long virtual Community Circle Cohorts began on September 15th, 2020 and ran through May 2021. Participants said:
“This time was very refreshing and it was good to share joys and struggles with everyone because we are all involved in similar work, bringing kindness, love and peace to our students and the world.”
“I really look forward to this time of growth and working together. This experience is not something I would have had without the VCCs. A great experience!”
“I feel more confident and competent, and more able to meet the needd of my kids.”
“After a full day of virtual school, it was hard to show up for one more zoom meeting, but it was so worth it and I felt so much better in my heart, mind and soul. I’m feeling very grateful.”
We begin again in Fall 2021! Small, facilitated groups of 12 educators are meeting via zoom from September 2021-Dec 2021 and then again from February through May 2022. Participants include classroom teachers, counselors, social workers and others from across the country and around the globe. Register here.
Peace educators and mindfulness and cross-cultural facilitators Dave Trachtenberg and Jelena Popovic will facilitate our sessions and guide this program. Dave and Jelena, experienced in circle facilitation, piloted this circle format with educators at our recent Peace of Mind conference and received a tremendous positive response.
Peace of Mind founder and curriculum author Linda Ryden, a leader in the field of mindfulness-based SEL and full time Peace Teacher at Washington DC’s largest public elementary school, will offer live Q&A sessions periodically throughout the year for participating educators.
Through Peace of Mind Virtual Community Circles, we will offer a monthly opportunity for small groups of educators to meet virtually. Community Circles will be skillfully facilitated and relevant to educators’ work with Peace of Mind. The focus of circles will include:
- Community: building trust, rapport and connection
- Experience: practicing and deepening mindfulness and self-care practices together
- Reflection: sharing experiences and exploring how to apply wellness practices
- Wisdom: Learning from each other. Increasing “tool kit” of best practices around Peace of Mind Curriculum.
- Intentions: creating intentions for transformation and growth.
- Community: Create community among Peace of Mind educators. Facilitate two-way learning and sharing between educators and the Peace of Mind team. Creating a national network of Peace of Mind peacebuilders and Mindful Educators that can support future Peace of Mind educators.
- Learning and Growth: Help educators develop, deepen and sustain mindfulness and other self-care practices. Support educators in embodied teaching, developing facilitation skills related to the Peace of Mind Curriculum and integrating and embodying mindfulness practice in the classroom.
- Development of leaders: Support educators who will work with Peace of Mind to move school communities toward a culture of kindness and inclusion. Support educators so that they may serve as mentors to others teaching Peace of Mind.
- Each Community Circle will include 6 to 9 educators and one or two facilitators.
- Circles will meet for 14 sessions from August 2020 to June 2021, including 3 with guest speakers.
- Circles may be grouped by grade level taught or school role (counselors or classroom teachers)
- Each session will meet for 90 minutes and include:
- Community Building
- Mindfulness Practice
- Peer-to-Peer Learning relevant to teaching Peace of Mind
- Wellness and Self-Care Skills.
For more information, or if you would like to join a Circle, please contact Peace of Mind Executive Director Cheryl Dodwell. Thank you!