What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a state of awareness and a practice; it involves attending to the present moment and cultivating an attitude of curiosity, openness and acceptance of one’s experience. It is a secular (non-religious) practice that is backed by a growing body of compelling scientific evidence that indicates a wide range of potential benefits, from improving physical and mental health to promoting pro-social behavior. Mindfulness can play a vital role in helping students and teachers create a classroom environment conducive to learning and personal growth.

Learn More about Mindfulness

Below, you can download our Mindfulness Toolkit—a 90-minute professional development session designed for educators seeking research-based strategies to help their students build this particular competency.

Why Download the Mindfulness Toolkit?

Our free toolkit provides educators with a variety of resources and strategies to support the development of mindfulness.

The toolkit includes:

  • More information on what mindfulness is and why it matters;
  • A range of strategies teachers can integrate into their practice at all grade levels;
  • A video on student and parent perspectives on mindfulness; and
  • A facilitators guide (including an abbreviated guide for a 45-minute session).
“We must resist thinking in siloed terms when it comes to social-emotional learning (SEL), academics, and equity. Rather, these elements of our work as educators and partners go hand in hand.”

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