Mindfulness for educators Year-long ONLINE program

Our yearlong program is designed for educators and school leaders who are passionate about transforming their schools and skillfully growing the impact of mindfulness in their classroom, school and across the district.  The skills, context, and experiences in the program will enable educators to share the practice of mindfulness in a wide range of educational settings and to adapt programming to their interests and needs.

 The Mindfulness for Educators Year-Long Program is fully ONLINE and starts September 12, 2020 – June 12, 2021

Get more details – Contact Stephanie Curran and Lisa Baylis at BaylisCurran@gmail.com

Core Objectives:

To offer high-quality trauma-informed instruction and personal guidance that creates the conditions for educators of all backgrounds to deepen their own mindfulness practice.

 

To provide practical training and transformational experiences that make it possible for educators to skillfully embody, adapt, and share mindfulness practices across a variety of educational settings and platforms.

 To enable meaningful connection and support from the growing mindfulness community in education and to empower educators as agents for positive change within their classrooms, online learning platforms and schools.

 

 To integrate mindfulness and self-compassion for both educators and students, as critical practices of SEL in both online and in-person learning.

Program Overview

Utilizing an online learning model, the program begins and ends with half-day retreats. In between retreats, participants will engage in regular, ongoing collaboration and mentorship throughout the training program.

The Retreat Experience – Retreats offer a uniquely rich and immersive experience that supports growth and development in two ways:

  • Mindfulness practice: Immersion in dedicated practice time. 
  • Professional development: Workshops, skills and community building

The Ongoing Training In between the two retreats, the year-long training program maintains a high degree of personal, interactive learning supported by the facilitators and fellow practitioners.  Participants can expect some of the following activities:

Week 1: Theme introduced

Instructional videos, readings, and reflection assignments track the course’s key themes as they unfold over the year.  Materials and resources for the month will be sent this week – A practice will be assigned to try with students and/or colleagues.

Week 2: LIVE Personal practice (60 min) (Second THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

Personal practice time together led by Stephanie or Lisa

Week 3: Cohort Group 

Participants are grouped into small Cohort Groups. Groups stay connected and receive teaching feedback through online discussions.
Individuals will take turns practicing and leading meditations for the group.
 

Week 4: Zoom meet-up (60 min) 

Full group meet-up and break-out rooms to discuss monthly themes through classroom and school/online experiences and reflect on the practice assigned in week one.


Daily Sitting:
Participants are asked to maintain personal mindfulness practice of at least 20 minutes per day.

Program Outcomes

The Mindfulness for Educators yearlong program integrates three core skills that support educators to effectively adapt and deliver a mindfulness curriculum to youth in the context of the school classroom and other settings.

Mindfulness Practice

Embodied Teaching

Curriculum Delivery

Establishing and deepening your own personal mindfulness practice benefits you as an educator while making it possible for you to help others in profound ways.  This is the essential transformational experience of our program.

Cultivating mindful self-awareness and compassion in your practice greatly enhances your instructional effectiveness, giving you an embodied presence and a wholehearted connection with those you teach.

Developing professional skills to share mindful practices and curriculum effectively provides a powerful foundation for your work as a mindful educator.

 

    • Use a mindfulness curriculum and adapt programming to the needs of specific school settings, classroom routines, and content areas, as well and integrate mindfulness instruction into various types of learning.

       

    • Confidently share the fundamental practices and principles of mindfulness with colleagues (i.e. leading a practice group in your school)

       

    • Lead professional development efforts related to mindfulness practice, the field of mindfulness in education, the benefits of teaching mindfulness to youth, and the benefits of youth caregivers having a personal mindfulness practice

       

    • Support efforts to grow, share and adapt mindfulness programming within school communities.

Stephanie Curran, a practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Victoria, BC, is a long time practitioner of meditation.  She has completed teacher training course work in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (with MBSR founder Jon Kabat-Zinn), Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting, Listening Mothers and Mindful Schools. 
As a parent, Stephanie is deeply moved and inspired to share the benefits of mindfulness with children, families and her community. She facilitates mindfulness programming in schools, to the general public and leads postpartum mindfulness classes in Public Health Units. She
enjoys offering presentations about mindfulness at educator conferences, ProD school events and for PAC groups, helping to bring mindfulness into schools and homes in our community.

Website: www.elementscentre.ca

Lisa Baylis is a Positive Educator and Counsellor in the Greater Victoria School District. She offers workshops to bring tools and strategies to educators in order to help them create wellness habits for themselves and the students in their classrooms. She has presented at conferences locally, provincially and internationally about positive education, mindfulness, and teacher wellbeing.  

Lisa has completed the Mindful Schools curriculum and is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher.  

She is passionate about teaching mindfulness to educators.  As a parent, whose children are in the public school system, she is a strong advocate for enhancing educator’s well-being and self-awareness.

Themes Explored

Throughout the year we will explore many different themes with guest experts sharing their knowledge each month with us.

 

Embodied Teaching

Deeping personal practice, understanding nervous system architecture, establishing an intention as an educator

Creating the Container/

Trauma-

informed

Building relationships, behaviour and classroom management

Teaching the Mindful Lesson

Adapting lesson variants by needs/age group and in-class/online

Inclusivity and Social Justice

Implicit bias and working across identities

Science and Research

Scientific literacy, the neurobiology of meditation and positive neuroplasticity 

Self-

compassion 

Working with educator burnout, building resiliency through self-compassion

Making Adjustments

Difficult conversations, challenging relationships

Mindfulness as Intervention

Clinical considerations, mental health awareness, anxiety, depression, trauma, and special populations

Complementary Frameworks

Social-emotional learning, positive-education, restorative justice, whole-school implementation

Registration Details:

All participants must have completed an 8-week mindfulness course, with registration priority given to those who have participated in the Mindfulness for Educators program until August 31, 2020, and then will open up to all others interested.

Fee schedule:

 

  • $200 (+gst) non-refundable e-transfer deposit to hold space
  • $100 (+gst)  monthly investment  from September to June 

(10 installments via PayPal)

DATES – please put the following dates directly into your calendar

Week 1 – info will be emailed out to participants

Week 2 – Personal practice 4:00 – 5:00pm

Week 3 – Cohort (can set time together during the third week)

Week 4 – Group Collaboration 4:00 – 5:00pm

RETREATS via 

ZOOM

Personal Practice 

via ZOOM 

4:00 – 5:00pm

Group ZOOM meet-up

4:00 – 5:00pm

September 12

September 17

October 1

October 15

October 29

November 12

November 26

December 10

January 14

January 28

February 11

February 25

March 11

April 15

April 29

May 13

May 27

June 12

June 10

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