George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work

Visitacion Valley Middle School

Public, Urban
Grades 6-8
San Francisco, CA
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Meditation Helps Lower Truancy and Suspensions

    Surrounded by poverty and escalating violence, a San Francisco middle school committed to peace and embraced a program of meditation that has made students feel safer, teachers more productive, and brought unity and purpose to the school. 
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    How Daily Meditation Improves Behavior

    With levels of violence and poverty rising around them, San Francisco middle school students find social and emotional healing—and a new readiness to learn—in a bold program of daily meditation.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Resources & Downloads for Meditation in Schools

    Educators from Visitacion Valley Middle School, in San Francisco, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    How to Start a Meditation Program in Your School

    Training, consistency, and trust are keys to successfully implementing a meditation program in school.
    Mariko Nobori
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    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.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Risking Peace at a Troubled School

    Violence and poverty were flooding the community. Stress and anxiety gripped the classrooms. Here’s how a bold schoolwide program of meditation turned the tide and made learning possible again.