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.
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
Introduction to implementing Quiet Time in the classroom
- Bell Schedule
Bell schedule at Visitacion Valley Middle School
- Code of Conduct
Visitacion Valley Middle School code of conduct for students
- Parent Letter
Parent letter outlining the Quiet Time program at Visitacion Valley Middle School
- Parent Permission Form
Permission form for students to be trained in Transcendental Meditation* as part of the Quiet Time program
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
Mindfulness: A Teacher's Guide -- From PBS.org
Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids -- From the Greater Good Science Center
How To Teach The Relaxation Response -- A series of seminar videos by Herbert Benson, graduate of and associate professor at Harvard Medical School
Resources for Learning Meditation
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) -- Secular form of meditation that has been studied extensively and has been shown to improve a number of health indicators and shows strong potential for reducing stress
Relaxation Response -- Herbert Benson's Relaxation Response is a physical state of deep rest that can be achieved through meditation; it has been shown to reduce physiological symptoms brought on by stress in numerous peer-reviewed studies
Mayo Clinic YouTube Video -- Video developed by Mayo Clinic about iPhone application for daily meditation practice
* Transcendental Meditation® and TM® are registered or common law trademarks and are used under sublicense.