Parent and Teacher Mindfulness and Mental Health Resources
Below are Resources for Teachers, Parents and Carers. The Teacher Resources, highlight Mindfulness in Education assets in no particular order. The left panel includes The Guardian Teacher Network links and Resource Hubs.
Click the image for the Free 10 Page Conference Brochure from the 2018 MiSP on the Future of Mindfulness and Education.
by Thich Nhat Hanh; Katherine Weare
Happy Teachers Change the World is the first official, authoritative manual of the Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village approach to mindfulness in education. Spanning the whole range of schools and grade levels, from preschool through higher education, these techniques are grounded in the everyday world of schools, colleges, and universities.
30 October 2018
How is mindfulness being implemented in schools? What are the proven benefits? How can this impact my work? Our new Research Quarterly will help you assess the field.
Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Our aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils.
We offer schools CPD programmes to teach children attention, awareness and teamwork skills for greater well-being and success in the classroom.
Mindful Music partners schools to deliver evidence based music and reflection programme underpinned by the mindful values of curiosity and awareness.
Child in Mind
Resources to help parents and carers understand and manage child and family mental health problems.
Podcasts aimed to help Parents and Carers understand and manage child and family mental health problems.
Talking mental health with young people at secondary school. Free download for Parents and Carers.
Supporting mental health and wellbeing in secondary schools. Download booklet for Secondary School Staff.
The following free film 'Healthy Habits of Mind' describes why mindfulness belongs in education, covering neuroscience, educator training, and showing mindfulness implemented in the classroom. www.mindfulschools.org/resources/healthy-habits-of-mind/
This is a simple way for teachers to learn about Christian meditation. Our aim is to encapsulate the “essential teaching” of Christian meditation in a series of six short courses so that they can pass on the gift of meditation to children and students.
This course is run over a weekend and is suitable for professionals who are working with children, either as school teachers, yoga teachers or in other areas. Applicants need to have their own meditation practice. The course includes skills and tools to help bring the benefits of mindfulness to children, building their resilience and ability to cope with stress and difficult situations. It also gives teachers techniques to support their own practice.
Stressed Teens is celebrating its 13th year. This evidence-based program has been serving the adolescent community for over a decade. This course is an intensive program that provides certification in the Stressed Teens program upon completing the ten-week course.
This professional development program is intended for those who wish to deepen their mindfulness-based skills with adolescents. It is suggested for those interested in mindfulness from varying disciplines and background. Parents, educators, doctors, mental health and health professionals are welcome to attend.
The Mindfulness for Students Network is made up of mindfulness teachers who are interested in supporting the practice of mindfulness in higher education. We have come together to create a forum for sharing resources, information and good practice.
The practice of mindfulness in universities and colleges is a relatively recent development and we hope to encourage more institutions to offer their students mindfulness training to help them manage the normal stresses of student life effectively so as to be able to work in a way which is enjoyable, creative and productive.
Teaching secular mindfulness to pupils, teachers and parents using the .b courses. Pronounced (dot-be), stands for "stop, Breathe and Be!". This simple act of mindfulness provides the kernel of a nine lesson course for schools.
A primary school mindfulness curriculum called ‘paws .b’ for children in years 3 to 6 (7-11 year-olds) and is offered formally as a series of PSHE lessons, and informally through integrating the learning and practice of mindfulness in all National Curriculum subjects and in the children’s everyday lives.
Mindful Schools was founded in 2007 as a program of a single school in Oakland CA. Today, it is a not-for-profit training organization with online and in-person courses, content, and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 U.S. states and 100+ countries.
Explores the personal transformations that happen for students, their families, and educators as mindfulness is introduced in a truly challenging public school environment. By providing a raw and realistic look at the experience, it shows how integrating mindfulness, along with patience, skill, collaboration and more, can transform even the most difficult classrooms. Watch the Trailer and full film on this link: www.mindfulschools.org/resources/room-to-breathe/
Modern Mindfulness for Schools helps parents and educators empower youth with the ability to focus and relax. Our interactive online curriculum teaches you how to
teach mindfulness to youth while supporting you with expert-led exercises and videos.
Modern Mindfulness represents a collaboration between mindfulness experts at the Center for Mindful Learning (CML) with decades of experience teaching mindfulness, and professional classroom educators at Smilie Memorial School with decades of experience teaching in schools.
In this mindfulness and social emotional learning platform you have access to personal and professional development through audio, video, webinar, worksheets, and social media. For your personal development we have 12 audio mindfulness practices and a mindful movement video that you can download and utilize as a progressive training. For your professional development there are 12 videos and worksheets on how to teach mindfulness to students. You can also tune in to monthly webinars to continue learning from experts and to ask questions about integrating these lessons. Upon completion of the course participants will be certified to teach from The Mindful Education Workbook.
If you work within a school or educational institution you can now apply for the new online training that we have carefully designed to help your staff increase mindfulness and resilience. Click here for information from MindSpace.
An international charity dedicated to equipping young people with the skills needed for developing character and for building a more sustainable society. Mind with Heart offers:
- a complete social and emotional learning curriculum
- tools for developing attention, resilience and awarenes
- a whole-school approach to cultivating mindfulness and compassion
- trainings and events for all education professionals, including policy-makers
- packs and videos to support youth events on the role of compassion in society
Bath Spa University and EHCAP have been commissioned by Public Health , Somerset County Council to provide Emotion Coaching Training to the children and young people’s workforce in Somerset. The training is based on Bath Spa’s Aware Schools Programme and both organisations’ work on emotion coaching, inspired by Professor John Gottman’s research in the USA.
Cultivating Mindfulness in Education
Plum Village and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh have been working in mindfulness in education across the world for over 20 years with retreats, inspirational and practical books and publications, courses in universities and work in schools.
We use mindfulness, the energy of being aware and awake to what is happening inside and around us in the present moment, to nourish education communities that excel in social emotional learning, moral/ethical education, experiential learning, stress reduction, and inner resilience. In doing this the classroom and school become a family, enabling participants to lead happy, healthy, and meaningful lives.
"This is a practical and instantly likeable introduction to bringing mindfulness to the classroom." – The Guardian
Support young people to improve focus, reduce stress, and build compassion.
♦ Modern Mindfulness was developed in a public school as a collaboration between mindfulness experts and professional educators.
♦ The program teaches young people the skills of focus and relaxation in order to improve social, emotional, and academic learning.
♦ Our online software-assisted curriculum includes daily mindfulness exercises, weekly videos, and a practice-based online teacher training.
An evidence-based, CASEL accredited social and emotional learning program that reduces stress, improves academic performance, strengthens abilities for concentration, encourages emotional regulation, and nurtures optimism, empathy, and happiness in the classroom.
For the past 20 years the Human Values Foundation has been promoting mindfulness as an integral part of its programmes.
The Human Values Foundation is a highly regarded supplier of transformational values-themed teaching resources for successful educationalists throughout the world. For nearly two decades it has enabled teachers and others mentoring and guiding children and young people to provide a truly inspiring, holistic education.
Connected Kids™ – How to Teach Children Meditation Training Programme & Online Course
Teach Children Meditation
Connected Kids Training Programmes are run in Dublin, Edinburgh and London. The online course covers everything in the level 1 Connected Kids™ course including 5 modules (approx 25 hours of study) that brings the Calm Kids book to life! More
The course has been awarded a silver award from 'Mom's Choice - Honoring excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.'
Mindfulness in Schools resource tops the list of Resources of 2013 on The Guardian Teacher website.
The Guardian Teacher Network team pick out their favourite resources of the year. From fortune tellers to question tokens, these ideas will give your 2014 lesson planning a boost.
This web-based mindfulness course allows participants to learn the technique at home (or anywhere with a computer) and at their own pace.
Be Mindful Online costs £60 and is designed to last for four weeks, although you can learn at your own pace.
Join our weekly meditation meeting at 18:30 every Thursday at Gilpin House, 14 Rodney Road, New Malden, Kingston upon Thames (tel: 079 3201 1848). The format is one hour of guided meditation, music and silence. If you have the time stay and chat over a cup of green tea. More
There are no requirements for membership, nor any dues or fees. The main goal of the group is to empower its members to get the most from our mindfulness meditation practice and provide members with the spiritual nourishment we need to grow and connect with our inner peace.
If mindfulness is to become an established part of the education
of children and young people, it is very important that the highest
standards of professionalism and evidence-based integrity are
We believe that this is in the interests of all those teaching mindfulness and the young people learning it. The prerequisites of the certification course for .b are here: More
Guardian Teacher Network
All teachers want their students to be calm, focused, alert, aware
and creative, which is essentially what mindfulness is all about,
so it's no wonder the term has become a bit of a buzzword, even
in mainstream education.
The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help introduce mindfulness to young people at school (and at home) and to help them develop some essential life skills.
Mindfulness: A Teacher's Guide
This document provides a working definition of mindfulness, an overview of the scientific rationale for offering mindfulness to children and adolescents, a review of the professional and personal benefits of practicing mindfulness, specific suggestions for developing your own mindfulness practice (which is a prerequisite to sharing mindfulness with your students), and two examples of practices you can use in your classroom. More
Amanda Bailey explains how she teaches mindfulness skills in school to help staff and students manage stress and improve concentration.
Over the last few years I have undergone a gentle transformation through the development of a personal mindfulness practice. I didn't notice the impact at first; but now I can see the positive effects of mindfulness in my life every day . . . More