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Foundations Training for Mindful Educators- July 20, 2020

For Grades K-12

Foundations Training For Mindful Educators
Dates: July 20, 2020- November 2, 2020


COURSE OVERVIEW

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.


WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Section 1: Personal Development - Mindfulness Booster Lessons

Personal Mindfulness Lessons (aka “Boosters Lessons”) are the Personal Development component of this Personal and Professional Development (PPD) course. Participants receive 20 minute lessons with information and tools for educators to attain greater self-awareness and well-being through internal resources such as emotional resilience and mindfulness. During the 16 week session, lessons become available each week and can be watched anytime, at the participant's convenience. Online community discussions are ongoing each week and facilitated by Instructor, who is also available individually via email and office hours.

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.

Optional Add-Ons (Where Available)
  • 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?

The cost of the Foundations Training for Mindful Educators E-Course is our Introductory price of $616.00. (New course price will increase in 2020) A limited number of scholarships are available for those who qualify. Participants who pay for the course create sustainability and keep our scholarship fund robust. If you’re interested in applying for yourself or someone else, please see the FAQ section below for details.


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)

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on July 20, 2020 and finishes on the week of November 2, 2020. Graduates will have permanent access to this course and its contents. Graduates will also be able to take an Advanced Training For Mindful Educators course with Mindfulness First (extra cost involved) to take a deep dive into curriculum ideas.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have permanent access to the contents of this course and its resources.
If I need to cancel my registration, can I get a refund?
Refunds for students who withdraw after tuition has been paid, but 5 days before the first day of classes, will receive 100% of the tuition. After the beginning of classes, refunds will be calculated as follows: A refund of 50% for withdrawal during the 5 days before class and during the first week of class. No refund will be made after the first week of the course.
When will I have access to the forum?
You will be given access when registered for class.
How do I access the forum?
The forum can be found on www.mindfulnessfirst.org or Link: https://mindfulnessfirst.discussion.community. Once registered into forum you will receive a welcome email with instructions on setting up your log in and password. After last week of course please reach out to us if you did not receive your welcome email to forum: [email protected]
Who should take the course?
This is a great course for anyone who works with children. It is designed to provide resources for a classroom setting but these resources are helpful wherever you may be working with kids.
Are there prerequisites?
There are no specific prerequisites. In this course we teach mindfulness for you, and we give you themes and ideas for how to then teach mindfulness to children. We ask that you have a genuine desire to self-reflect during your personal mindfulness lessons, a team spirit so that you can learn and grow with your cohort members, and a sense of commitment for the journey to mindfulness.
I am registered now what?
You will receive your receipt for purchase. Your instructor will contact you about a week before class starts to get you oriented.
How do I access the course?
You can access Mindfulness First's "teachable.com" school via your computer or phone. Download their App to your phone for quick, user-friendly access on-the-go (we recommend the App!). And for when you are sat at your desk, just keep the URL bookmarked and you will be able to quickly log in to the course anytime.
How long is my course?
This course is 17 weeks long. The first week is an introduction and review of what's to come and then a total of 16 lessons. It takes time and reflection to learn mindfulness in a way that will be sustained. The 16 weeks are designed to fit into your existing schedule, and give you a running start for a mindful life and skills as a mindfulness teacher.
Do I need to buy any additional resources or materials to participate?
Not from us. We have a lot of resources for you to print out if you desire, everything is stored digitally for your convenience.
Do I need to be online at certain times to participate?
The vast majority of this course is available for you to watch and read at your convenience. There will be three online gatherings to help build learning and create community. You will be given advance notice of these dates (they may already be included on this page). Should you have any scheduling conflicts, please reach out to your instructor.
I am not a classroom teacher. Would I still benefit from taking the online course?
Absolutely! If you are interested in learning mindfulness for yourself and receiving resources for sharing mindfulness with children, then this is a great course for you.
Can I earn continuing education credits with Mindfulness First's online courses?
Yes! We offer a 10 hour certification. At completion of your course please email us at [email protected] if you would like to receive a certification. Note: Please check with your specific district and education department to ensure that Mindfulness First CEU's will be accepted. Mindfulness First offers no guarantee regarding CEU acceptance due to the wide variety of educational standards across the United States.
Cancellation of an online course
Mindfulness First strives to provide the highest level of quality, and we reserve the right to cancel or postpone an event when necessary. If you are registered for an event that is cancelled, fee paid will be held on account for a future event or refunded.
When should I register?
Courses may fill up fast, be sure to register early. Limited spots available.
Do you provide financial assistance?
We have a limited number of scholarships per cohort. Please feel free to apply here: https://bit.ly/applyforascholarship. If you are not able to receive one for this session, we will add you to the waiting list (for the next session) in the order received.
Do you offer a payment plan?
For this course, we offer payment options for new registrants up until about a week prior to course start date. You will find the options at the check out. After that time, new registrants will be required to pay in full at the time of sign-up.
What is the Community Circle?
Our Community Circle is an online meeting space for Mindful Educators to network, learn and grow together. Once a month we meet online via Zoom (meetings are recorded for your convenience) and at other times we talk online via our private forum. Our monthly online meetings always include a guest speaker who shares about their field of expertise; CEUs are usually available.
When will I be enrolled in the Community Circle?
You will be enrolled shortly following your course registration.
How do I access the Community Circle once I'm enrolled?
When you log into your Mindfulness First Teachable account and select "My Courses" in the upper top bar of main page you will see the "Community Circle" as one of your courses. Click on it to view.
How long will I have access to the Mindfulness First Community Circle?
Once registered into your course we will enroll you into the Community Circle. You will be given a free subscription.
What is the Mindfulness First Community Forum?
Mindfulness First has created a private online discussion community site to be used to facilitate communication and collaboration between mindful educators. As a user you will be able to create your own profile, send public or private messages, form or join groups, share status updates, network, participate in forum discussions and much more. This is a place where you can seek support, make connections, swap ideas, inspire each other and share your experiences. Our Forum is dedicated to discussion on all topics related to mindfulness and self-improvement a community where people interested in mindfulness can explore and share resources, events and experiences related to mindful living.
When will I have access to the Forum?
You will be given access shortly after you have been enrolled into your Foundations Course. Please keep in eye out for a welcome email to our Mindfulness First Community Forum. You will have lifetime access to forum.
How do I access the forum once enrolled?
The forum can be found on www.mindfulnessfirst.org or Link: https://mindfulnessfirst.discussion.community. Once registered into forum you will receive a welcome email with instructions on setting up your log in and password. After last week of course please reach out to us if you did not receive your welcome email to forum: [email protected]
Do you have an affiliate program that I might be interested in?
Yes! We call it our Ambassador program. Mindfulness First Ambassadors who share our online classes with their friends, family, and colleagues will receive up to $25 per referral by using the unique Ambassador Code assigned to you. Mindfulness First Ambassadors will receive a 4.1% commission of earning from all sales using their unique code. Codes cannot be used on enrollees who are awarded scholarships.
How do I become an ambassador?
To become a Mindfulness First Ambassador, simply follow the steps and directions found on our Ambassador webpage. Or email us at: [email protected]
Can I support Mindfulness First with a charitable gift?
Yes! Gifts help us continue to develop outstanding courses and offer reduced tuition and scholarships to students in need. You can donate here at: www.mindfulnessfirst.org If you would like to support particular student enrollments, please get in touch with us at [email protected]
Can I sponsor a student in taking one of your courses?
Yes! If you would like to sponsor a student or a group of students, please get in touch with us at [email protected]

For more information about Mindfulness First please visit our website. If you have any questions that we haven't answered here, please contact us at [email protected]. Thank you!

This course is closed for enrollment.