Foundations Training for Mindful Educators- July 20, 2020
For Grades K-12
Foundations for Mindful Educators is a new innovative online Personal and Professional Development (PPD) course.Throughout the 16 week session, participants will be guided by Mindfulness First Instructor, as they learn Mindfulness Based Social and Emotional Learning (MBSEL) for both themselves and their students.
As a fully online course, participants can create a schedule and time commitment that best suits their needs. Our Personal Development lessons require about 20 minutes each week. Our K-12 curriculums are available for review each week, and include both written and video examples to review, learn from and become familiar with. We recommend dedicating a total of 55 minutes per week to learning from the course; with additional time spent enjoying discussions with session members and Instructor.
Section 1: Personal Development - Mindfulness Booster Lessons
Section 2: Professional Development - Curriculum Training
Curriculum Trainings are the Professional Development component of this Personal and Professional Development (PPD) course. In tandem with personal development lessons, participants receive 16 weekly curriculum themes that mirrors the Personal Development Lessons and creates a foundational classroom curriculum. Participants will be given Mindfulness First’s proprietary curriculum, recorded example lessons, and innumerable resources and curriculum resources will be made available every week, and can be reviewed at leisure. Utilizing these resources, each participant is encouraged to nurture their own way of bringing MBSEL to students, whether it be their own style of teaching or specific to the population they work with. Ongoing community curriculum discussions will be available online, as above.
What’s Included in the Deliverables
- 16 Personal Mindfulness Development Lessons and Resources
- Written K-4 Curriculum
- Written 5-8 Curriculum
- Written 9-12 Curriculum
- Audio K-4 Curriculum
- Monthly group online check-in gatherings
- Children’s Journal and Activity Pages
- Recorded Examples of Mindfulness First Teaching Each Theme
- Resources for Each Theme
- Permanent access to course and all future updates
- Permanent membership to our private mindfulness forum
- Permanent membership to Mindfulness First Community Circle
Monthly online check-in gatherings
You will be able to meet our instructors, ask questions, share experiences and network with like-minded educators.
- In-school lesson modeling with a Mindfulness First Instructor (extra cost involved)
- In-person gatherings (alongside online gatherings)
Certification and Continuing Education Credit Hours
Participants receive a certificate of completion and a certificate for 10 CPD credit hours.
Full or Partial Scholarships Available
We have a limited number of scholarships per cohort. Please feel free to apply here by 7/13/20: https://bit.ly/applyforascholarship.
How Much Does it Cost?
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Smith
Jessica, an experienced elementary school teacher, mindfulness teacher and certified yoga instructor, discovered the benefits of mindfulness through her own difficult times. Jessica has found that the dramatic personal benefits of mindful practices have helped her navigate life’s struggles, and allowed her to be more present in her life. Jessica is passionate about helping schools, teachers and students create a culture based in Mindfulness Based Social Emotional Learning. At Mindfulness First, Jessica provides onsite lessons for students, creates curriculum and trains/mentors teachers. Outside of Mindfulness First, her mission to share the healing benefits of yoga and mindfulness lead her to found the Rooted Community Yoga Project in 2015. RCYP strives to make yoga more accessible to all people including individuals with disabilities, the homeless, veterans, inmates, and more. RCYP has helped over 30 NPOs by spreading awareness and donating class proceeds. Jessica lives in Gilbert with her loving husband Chris and their 4 kids.
Here's what our past students have to say:
"This was a great course!"
-Jamie (February 24, 2020)
"I liked how it was very self-paced--perfect for very busy educators."
-Ashley S (February 17, 2020)
"The interaction with the instructor was really good. She was very understanding and the communication with her helped me to understand the purpose of the course."
-Larissa D. (February 6, 2020)
"I chose this course because I am a first year teacher. This really helped me throughout the weeks. I was able to apply and share some of the exercises and videos in my classroom."
-Anonymous (February 20, 2020)
"This was a great course and I am glad that I signed up."
- Simis Elementary Kindergarten Teacher (February 17, 2020)
" I want to incorporate this not only in my personal life but into my classroom, as well. Teaching Kindergarteners means teaching them life skills and how to manage their big emotions. And I think this is a great way to introduce that."
-Morgan N. (February 3, 2020)
“This course was amazing. I entered the course feeling like I already had a basic understanding of mindfulness. I am now leaving the course with so much more. I feel I have tools and strategies to help me be successful in implementing mindfulness into my classroom no matter what age I may teach. You really went above and beyond for each of us in this course. I loved every minute of this class and do plan on taking the second class in the future."
-Loni S. (January 5, 2020)
“This was very necessary to give me information to sustain my soul and plant myself before reacting in front of students. This helped grow me as well as affected my surrounding environment.”
-Temeka G. (January 3, 2020)
"The Mindfulness Foundations Course is an exceptional course for all educators who are interested in learning how to teach mindfulness using a student-centered format and instruction is provided in a secular, formal, structured way. If you have been teaching mindfulness at any level, this course will enrich your teaching with new learning and participatory experiences for your students. The formal structure on Teachable includes rich media resources: videos, audio files, lesson plan PDF's and special booster lessons. In addition, in the 16 weeks, you are guided in specific areas of mindfulness that directly compliment and support SEL standards. You will have many video conference opportunities to provide and receive feedback! This course is also extremely valuable for health and wellness educators, and should be included as a requirement for all educators. I have reviewed many online mindfulness programs and highly recommend this course for all educators at any level."
-Roxann R. (December 24, 2019)
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Mindfulness First. I felt the kindness and genuine nature of the instructors and classmates fully. The class builds mindfulness from within, while giving you the tools to share mindfulness with others. I am so energized to continue my journey with mindfulness. I want to read more, teach more, and learn more."
-Megan W. (December 22, 2019)
"Thank you so much for the lessons and the practice. I feel like I have really evolved as as educator this year. I am grateful for the new ideas to better help my students grow to their fullest potential. Please keep me in mind for the Advanced Mentorship Training starting in August, I am very interested."
-Maureen L. (June 2019)
"I am so grateful I got to participate in the Winter Cohort-Foundations Training for Mindful Educators. I was able to use the tools and curriculum immediately in the yoga/mindful classes I teach at Montessori Schools in the East Valley. The format of the program was incredibly accessible. It gave a Curriculum to use in a classroom, Journal pages, Activities ideas, inspiration, and book recommendations. I found the Live videos of teachers demonstrating how to teach the lesson to a classroom very beneficial. I am looking forward to the Advance Training for Mindful Educators in August. Thank you Sunny!"
-Kit W. (May 10, 2019)
"Thank you so much for this class. I have learned so much and have enjoyed all the practices and time with my kids teaching them and watching them grow. I can't wait to start mindfulness earlier in the school year and see it unfold to it's full potential. teaching in a multi-age classroom, I'm excited to see how my soon to be 2nd graders will respond and continue to carry on being mindful (same goes to my new first graders as well)."
-Courtney S. (June 2019)
"Thank you for this program. I've been wanting to take this class for awhile now and I'm so glad I had this opportunity! I find that the lessons are very appropriate and user friendly for my young students. I look forward to starting the school year with the program this next fall. There are so many great resources that I'm excited to add to my program. Also, I appreciate the focus on us as professionals to create and practice our own mindfulness practice first. Practice what we teach."
- Tiffany G. (June 2019)
"I really enjoyed it, and would like to further my studies. Thank you!"
-Foothills Academy Elementary Teacher (June 5, 2019)
"I loved the video's and the personal experiences that the instructors shared. This course has been very helpful to me, Thank you!
-Anonymous (May 18, 2019)
"Thank you very much! I enjoyed the lessons and feel it was time well spent for myself and my classroom, my family too."
-Anonymous (May 12, 2019)