“Why Mindfulness/SEL in Education”
(“Why I Teach Mindfulness”)
Photo by Dee DiGioia, program in Folsom, CA
“When we look at low performing schools it’s not that these children are unable to learn, it’s that very often they are unavailable —Jean-Gabrielle Larochette, elementary school teacher to learn.”
While establishing Mindfulness-based Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs throughout San Luis Obispo County, I am compiling a list of important, informational articles and video resources for myself, as well as to share with others, all in one place, right here on this page. There are so many reasons why mindfulness is needed in our schools and communities. Let’s do this!
Contact me, Dee DiGioia, for help getting programs in your schools (during or after school) or organizations in San Luis Obispo County!
“Mindfulness in Education? Skills for the 21st Century” ~ by Dee DiGioia
I will continue to add to this list over time so be sure to check back! (Last edited 11/27/18)
These first few resources are a few of my favs and, therefore, at the top of the list!!!
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(video by Dee DiGioia) VIDEO7 Questions Every School Should Answer
A 19-Year Study Reveals Kindergarten Students With These 2 Skills Are Twice as Likely to Obtain a College Degree (And They Have Nothing to Do With Reading)
Aces Too High
ADHD & Mindfulness: An Interview with Lidia Zylowska MD
Anxiety in Teens – How to Help a Teenager Deal With Anxiety
Can Mindfulness Help Kids Control Their Emotions?
Daily Meditation: A Bold Approach to Reducing Student Stress
Effects of Mindful Awareness Practices on Executive Functions in Elementary School Children
Embodied mindfulness is critical for empowering teachers to support student well-being in an unstable world
(video) Healthy Habits of Mind
Here’s how mindfulness helps schools address depression and anxiety
How Daily Meditation Improves Behavior
How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships
How More Social and Emotional Learning (and Less Academics) Actually Builds Academic Success
How SEL and Mindfulness Can Work Together
How Teens Today Are Different from Past Generations
How to Increase Self-Control in Children – And Why It’s So Important for Their Success
How to Teach Kids About the Brain: Laying Strong Foundations for Emotional Intelligence
Implementing Mindfulness in Schools: Reflections From a Principal
In High School, the Kids Are Not All Right
Integrating Mindfulness Into Education
Integrating Mindfulness & Social-Emotional Learning Programs
VIDEO Into Light (video) “Inot Light” features four teens who successfully use mindfulness to help battle depression.
Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness
Meditation Helps Lower Truancy and Suspensions
Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools
Mental Health In Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions Of Students
Mind-Body Practices Like Meditation And Yoga Help Teens With Anxiety, Study Finds
Mindful children have more brain flexibility, imaging study shows
Mindfulness curriculum promotes prosocial behavior in preschoolers
Mindfulness And Yoga Help Kids Cope With Stress In Low-Income, High-Crime Neighborhoods
Mindfulness Exercises Improve Kids’ Math Scores The link above is an annotated bibliography of studies of mindfulness in education from the Greater Good Science Center (2014).
Although research on mindfulness is still in early stages, studies show that mindfulness holds promise for positive effects on student health, well-being, social skills, and academic performance; read how mindfulness practices may also reduce stress and burnout for teachers and administrators.
Mindfulness in Education Research Highlights
Mindfulness in the Classroom: How it helps kids regulate behavior and focus on learning
Mindfulness Meditation May Help Students Combat High Levels of Stress, Depression
Mindfulness practices buoy students in Sacramento’s Einstein Middle School
Mindfulness Programs In Schools Reduce Symptoms Of Depression Among Adolescents: Study
(video) Mindful Revolution: Exploring How Mindfulness Can Transform Education
Mindful Youth Leadership Transforming School Culture at El Cerrito High School
Miserable Children, Workforce Resilience and Why We Need Mindfulness In Schools
More Focused, Better Behaved Kids, Through ‘Mindfulness’
More Mindfulness, Please: On Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom
Philly school’s new ‘calming room’ offers yoga mats, drawing, and a ‘brain break’
School Stress: Rescuing Our Children
Scientific Evidence for School-Based Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Practices
Sixth Graders on Mindfulness (video)
SIMPLIFYING CHILDHOOD MAY PROTECT AGAINST MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement
Stress is making our children ill; here is what we can do about it
Stress: It’s Not in Your Head, it’s in Your Nervous System
Stopping the Next Shooter: Could Teaching Kids Empathy and Mindfulness Really Help?
Student Stress Is Education’s Overlooked Crisis
Teaching meditation to kids in Chicago swiftly reduced crime and dropout rates
Teach Mindfulness, Invite Happiness
Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All
Teaching Peace in Elementary School
Teaching the ABCs of Attention, Balance and Compassion: Susan Kaiser Greenland at TEDxStudioCityED (video)
Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Students Affected by Trauma and Violence (interview)
Teaching Your Impulsive Child to “Pause”
Teen Brain Benefits from Mindfulness Training
The Child Stress Epidemic
The Elephant In The (Staff) Room – Why We Need To Talk About Teacher Wellbeing
The Limitations of Teaching ‘Grit’ in the Classroom
The Mindful Revolution: Exploring How Mindfulness Can Transform Education (video)
The Power of Mindfulness: How a meditation practice can help kids become less anxious, more focused ~ The Child Mind Institute
The Powerful Impact of Stress
The Skills Colleges and Employers Are Looking For
The 3 Arguments for a Focus on Well-Being
THIS TIME WITH FEELING: INTEGRATING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND COLLEGE- AND CAREER-READINESS STANDARDS
UW-Madison helps students learn through well-being exercises (video)
When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom
Why Are More American Teenagers Suffering From Severe Anxiety?
Why Children Need Mindfulness Just As Much As Adults Do
Why meditation should be taught in schools
Why Mindfulness Belongs in the Classroom
Why Our Children Should Be Taught to Meditate in School
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MK YOU offers mindfulness programs for youth, educators, parents, and community members using evidence-based practices of mindfulness, movement, and social-emotional learning to help reduce stress while cultivating the inner resources needed for well-being in San Luis Obispo & Northern Santa Barbara Counties via community programs/classes/workshops, personal coaching, professional development, mini-retreats, and more. After pioneering a successful mindfulness program for K-5 classrooms at an inner city charter school in Sacramento, CA, Dee hopes to develop programs in our local schools here on the Central Coast of CA. Contact Dee to learn more.
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