- Price: $595 USD
- Course Duration: 8 weeks
- Location: Online
- Content Availability: New content is provided weekly
- Suggested Allocated Time: 2 to 3 hours per week
- Educator Graduate Level Credits Availability: Yes
- Prerequisite: 101: Mindfulness Foundations
In this article, learn more about:
- Professional Credits
- Weekly time commitment
- When can I access the course?
- Is the course self-paced? Can I go through it on my own schedule?
- What if I am unable to complete the course within the eight weeks?
- Will I receive verification of course completion?
- What does this course cover? What will I learn?
- Course Work
- Does this course include LIVE Sessions?
- Will I receive ongoing access to course materials after the course is over?
- Can I teach mindfulness to adults after completing this course?
- Can I train others to teach mindfulness to students after completing this course?
- Financial Assistance
What are the prerequisites?
Our 101: Mindfulness Foundations course is the first step in the Mindful Schools training path and a required prerequisite for 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom.
101: Mindfulness Foundations is an introduction to mindfulness, and more importantly, an introduction to the way Mindful Schools approaches mindfulness in education.
This course provides all educators who will continue in our programs with a common understanding of and vocabulary for secular mindfulness. It also addresses components of mindfulness that are particularly relevant for educational settings, including trauma-sensitive practices, neuroscience research, equity and inclusivity, and an exploration of implicit bias. With this foundation in the “Mindful Schools Way” of understanding and practicing mindfulness, participants will be fully prepared for our programs that explicitly address teaching mindfulness to youth.
Other mindfulness trainings do not fulfill the prerequisite for this course.
How can I receive professional credits for this course?
Educators may apply for and receive Educator Graduate Level Credits after completing their course. Educator GLCs are offered through our partner organization, Courses 4 Teachers, an affiliate of University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.
For more information, please see our article on professional credits.
For participants of our courses who cannot benefit from Educator GLCs, we recommend discussing our courses with your governing board to see if you can receive professional development credit for completing our trainings.
Often graduates will submit their Certificate of Completion to their governing board. Participants who complete any Mindful Schools course before the official end date will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate of Completion is generated during the Closing Activities of the course and will reflect the session of the course, the name of the Online Course Guide, and the number of hours allotted to the course.
How much time will I need to devote to the course each week?
For most participants, our 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom course takes between 2 to 3 hours per week.
When can I access the course material?
You can login and access the course any time, according to your own schedule. We release new content each week. This means that you won't be able to access week two of your course unless you've completed week one AND one week has passed since the course began.
Is the course self-paced? Can I go through it on my own schedule?
Unlike some online courses, Mindful Schools courses are designed with a set start date and a set end date. This allows us to more fully support your practice and your learning as you progress through the course with others, and with support from your Online Course Guide.
You're not required to be online at any specific time, and can work through the weekly course content at your own pace. That said, we highly recommend you keep up with the course from one week to the next to ensure you can interact with classmates and your Online Course Guide while learning the new material.
Please note, in order to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion, participants must complete the course before the set end date.
Extensions are not available for 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom.
What if I am unable to complete the course within the eight weeks?
While we highly recommend participants keep up with the course from week to week, we understand that interruptions can occur. To assist with these interruptions, we do provide a two-week Grace Period after the eight weeks of course content. During this Grace Period, the course will remain open and participants are able to complete course material.
However, the Online Course Guide will not be available to answer questions during the Grace Period. To ensure you will be able to take advantage of the Online Course Guide’s support, it is important to remain current during the eight weeks of course content.
Will I receive verification of course completion?
Participants of 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom who complete the course material before the official end date will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate of Completion is generated during the Closing Activities of the course and will reflect the session of the course, the name of the Online Course Guide, and the number of hours allotted to the course.
What does this course cover? What will I learn?
201: Mindfulness in the Classroom is the second course in the Mindful Schools training path toward building a "mindful school". During the eight weeks of content, participants will be guided through the following:
Part I: Teaching Mindfully (Weeks 1-4)
- Research on the Role of the Adult in Regulating Children's Nervous Systems
- What is Embodiment? A Deeper Dive Into Teaching Mindfully
- Self-Care, Managing Stress, and Sustaining a Mindfulness Practice
- Establishing a Container and Creating Safety and Inclusivity in the Classroom
- Trauma-Informed Research, ACES, and Classroom Practices
- Mindful Communication and Facilitating Classroom Discussion
Part II: Teaching Mindfulness (Weeks 5-8)
- Introduction to the new Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum
- Anatomy of a Mindfulness Lesson, Demonstrations, and Adaptations
- Establishing Relevance: Building Relationships, Agreements, and Working with Resistance
- Making Mindfulness Inclusive: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
- Making Mindfulness Trauma-Sensitive: SEL Connections and Other Interventions
- Sustaining a Mindful Classroom Culture: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy
What does the course work entail?
Our 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom course includes a combination of videos with trainer instruction, reading, guided practices, and course activities.
Does this course include LIVE Sessions?
201: Mindfulness in the Classroom includes four LIVE Sessions that will take place in Week 1, Week 3, Week 5, and Week 7 of the course. LIVE Sessions are guided by an Online Course Guide and typically include a guided practice, a review of course concepts, and an opportunity to connect with other course participants. We strongly encourage you to attend the LIVE Sessions -- we often receive feedback from participants that the LIVE Sessions were a highlight of their course experience.
You can find the dates of the LIVE Sessions for your course session here. (These dates are subject to change if necessary. Please confirm dates when you enter your course.)
We highly recommend attending the LIVE Sessions, but if that is not possible, recordings of the sessions will be made available to all participants.
LIVE Session recordings are only viewable while the course is open. Recordings will not be included in the view-only course materials made available after the course closes.
Will I receive ongoing access to course materials after the course is over?
Participants who complete 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom before the set end date will receive ongoing access to a view-only version of the course materials after the course ends.
Can I teach mindfulness to adults after completing this course?
201: Mindfulness in the Classroom offers training to teach mindfulness to youth and children. The course is not designed to equip graduates with the skills to teach mindfulness to adults, which requires a distinct skill-set and entails additional training.
Can I train others to teach mindfulness to students after completing this course?
No. The 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom course is not a train-the-trainer program. This course does not authorize participants to train other adults in how to teach mindfulness to children and adolescents.
Are scholarships or financial assistance available for this course?
Mindful Schools seeks funding to keep our course fees low and create access for the community. We have reduced the fees for 101: Mindfulness Foundations as part of this effort, and have established a Equity in Action Scholarship Fund for our two year-long leadership programs, Mindful Teacher and the Schoolwide Implementation Program. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have the financial capacity to offer reduced fees for 201: Mindfulness in the Classroom. We encourage you to approach your school for support, or explore resources such as DonorsChoose.org.