Resources & Downloads for Meditation in Schools

Educators from Visitacion Valley Middle School, in San Francisco, have provided these resources for you to use in your school.

Educators from Visitacion Valley Middle School, in San Francisco, have provided these resources for you to use in your school.
Students at their desks meditating; teacher

All students at this urban middle school participate in a daily program of quietude and optional meditation (left). Trainer Noah Schechtman (right) explains how the benefits of meditation can help students achieve their goals.

Credit: Daniel Jarvis

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Documents to Help You Get Started

  • Quiet Time Primer PDF

    Introduction to implementing Quiet Time in the classroom

  • Bell Schedule PDF

    Bell schedule at Visitacion Valley Middle School

  • Code of Conduct PDF

    Visitacion Valley Middle School code of conduct for students

  • Parent Letter PDF

    Parent letter outlining the Quiet Time program at Visitacion Valley Middle School

  • Parent Permission Form PDF

    Permission form for students to be trained in Transcendental Meditation* as part of the Quiet Time program

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Additional Resources on the Web

School Meditation Programs

  • Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education (CWAE) --The nonprofit organization responsible for implementing the Quiet Time program at Visitacion Valley Middle School; specializes in high-impact, whole-school transformation through meditation-based stress-reduction and readiness-to-learn programs

  • MindUP -- An educational initiative of The Hawn Foundation, is a mindful-awareness program developed in consultation with University of British Columbia professor Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

  • Inner Kids -- A mindful-awareness practices training program researched by UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center

  • Learning to BREATHE -- A mindfulness-based curriculum for adolescents, developed by Patricia Broderick, a research associate at the Penn State University Prevention Research Center and former director of the Stress Reduction Center at West Chester University of Pennsylvania

  • David Lynch Foundation -- A nonprofit that funds the implementation of stress-reducing techniques including Transcendental Meditation for at-risk populations

  • Mindful Schools -- A program using mindfulness to teach kids how to manage emotion, handle stress and resolve conflict

  • The Lineage Project -- A program using awareness-based practices such as yoga and meditation to teach mindfulness to at-risk and incarcerated teenagers

  • The Impact Foundation -- A program that trains K-12 teachers in mindfulness through its SMARTinEDUCATION eight-week program

Guidelines to Lead Meditation

Resources for Learning Meditation

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* Transcendental Meditation® and TM® are registered or common law trademarks and are used under sublicense.

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This article originally published on 2/22/2012

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