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.
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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.
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Visitacion Valley Middle School
Enrollment257 | Public, Urban
Per Pupil Expenditures$4567 School • $4567 District • $5455 State
Free / Reduced Lunch88%
42% English-language learners
19% Special needs