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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Visitacion Valley Middle School

Grades 6-8 | San Francisco, CA

Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

As a growing body of research points to positive outcomes from meditation in schools, programs are spreading across the country.

Correction:

The Teachers' Rating Scale of Social Competence is incorrectly attributed to Schonert-Reichl & Miller 2005; it should be attributed to Schonert-Reichl & Lawlor 2010.

Infographic: Maili Holiman



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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal
Facilitator 2014

At Antioch University New England, we have a certificate program for teachers who want to use mindfulness to improve their own teaching practice. It's had great results in terms of helping teacher reduce stress. You can learn more at antiochne.edu or contact Susan Dreyer Leon at SDreyerLeon@antioch.edu (She's also @MindfulEducator on Twitter) I'd really encourage anyone who wants to learn more to be in touch- even if you aren't looking to enroll in a class or program. She's a wealth of resources on this topic.

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Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Staff

Hollie, it looks like Quiet Time is being used by some schools in Chicago, but we can't seem to find a list of them anywhere. You might want to reach out to the David Lynch Foundation. They're doing a lot of outreach on behalf of Quiet Time, and you can find their "progress report" here: http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/pdf/QuietTime_progress_report.pdf

Note that Christ Our Savior Catholic school in Chicago is mentioned in the progress report.

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Staff

Emily, it looks like Lancaster, PA is the place to go. According to the NY Times, "...the school district with possibly the best experience has been Lancaster, Pa., where mindfulness is taught in 25 classes a week at eight schools." You can find the reference here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/16/us/16mindful.html

George Ross Elementary is mentioned specifically in the article.

Brian Sztabnik's picture
Brian Sztabnik
AP Literature teacher from Miller Place, NY
Blogger 2014

I just read 10% Happier, the memoir of ABC anchor Dan Harris. Aside from providing his story as a journalist, he explains how he stumbled upon meditation. The book then becomes more of a self-help guide and Dan offers practical advice on how meditation and mindfulness can make one 10% Happier. It has me intrigued and I'm looking to experiment with this practice and do further reading. I would also like to teach my students about the scientific benefits of meditation, and have them try it, yet I fear their prejudices and judgements. Any advice on how to approach this on the high school level?

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Staff

Brian, there's been a recent wave of interest in introducing mindfulness into schools. You might want to check out this article from Greater Good that looks at 4 relatively recent studies (from 2013): http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/research_round_up_school_ba.... In each case, the results were promising.

Earlier in the conversation, Laura Thomas recommended a resource. You can also check out Mindful Schools. I've not tried them out, but I understand that they provide online classes. Their website is: http://www.mindfulschools.org.

Emily's picture

Samer,
Thank you so much! I will be sure to look up this article as well as the school.

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Staff

Hollie, Emily... you're welcome. I'm happy I could be of service. :-)

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal
Facilitator 2014

At Antioch University New England, we have a certificate program for teachers who want to use mindfulness to improve their own teaching practice. It's had great results in terms of helping teacher reduce stress. You can learn more at antiochne.edu or contact Susan Dreyer Leon at SDreyerLeon@antioch.edu (She's also @MindfulEducator on Twitter) I'd really encourage anyone who wants to learn more to be in touch- even if you aren't looking to enroll in a class or program. She's a wealth of resources on this topic.

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