We Are Building American Buddhism

Mindful Schools

1260 45th Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
Website: www.mindfulschools.org

Description of Organization

The mission of Mindful Schools is to train, guide and connect educators who are on a journey to deepen their mindfulness practice and cultivate mindful learning environments that allow everyone in their school community to thrive. Programs equip educators to apply research-based mindfulness techniques for student emotional regulation, resilience, and focus. When teachers learn mindfulness, they experience reduced stress and burnout, report greater efficacy in doing their jobs, have more emotionally supportive classrooms that are better organized. Studies find that students benefit from improved cognitive and academic outcomes, social-emotional skills, and well-being. Through practice, teachers and their students apply mindfulness during challenging moments– resulting in improved school climates.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2021, a Pay it Forward grant in the amount of $50,000 was awarded to support a Customer Relationship Management System.  The infrastructure investment will add capacity to track program implact at the school and district level, decrease organization costs and inefficiences, and allow flexibility to innovate and add new products and services in the future.

In 2019, A grant in the amount of $7,500 was awarded to help support the Schoolwide Mindfulness programs at under resourced schools that serve for low income populations; Training in building a personal meditation practice for K-12 teachers, 86% who are women; Community Building amongst K-12 teachers to share best practices in mindfulness education and build a strong peer network; Scholarships for year-long mindfulness teacher trainees who serve diverse under-resourced Communities; Collaboration among aligned organizations and meditation experts to create new courses and write curriculum and organization capacity building through strengthening fundraising, following new strategic plan steps, and increasing revenue through course sales.

 

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