Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

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.

February 22, 2012
Photo credit: Daniel Jarvis
All students at this urban middle school participate in a daily program of quietude and optional meditation.


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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

Resources for Learning Meditation

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

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School Snapshot

Visitacion Valley Middle School

Grades 6-8 | San Francisco, CA
257 | Public, Urban
Per Pupil Expenditures
$4567 School$4567 District$5455 State
Free / Reduced Lunch
33% Asian
24% Multiracial
22% Black
16% Hispanic
2% White

42% English-language learners
19% Special needs

Data is from the 2010-11 academic year.

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