Learn How to Model and Promote Well-being to Your Students
Designed for educators looking to enhance classroom productivity, decrease stress and cultivate a caring and peaceful classroom, our mindfulness training course helps teachers enhance the sense of well-being among their students and school community. In this course, we will introduce learners to the concept of the Mindful Classroom, utilizing real-world scenarios to drive home the tenets of this program.
In a mindful classroom, teachers are able to encourage collaboration, foster a sense of excitement about learning, and reduce stress and increase success for students and staff. While this may sound too good to be true, educators across the nation are implementing mindfulness strategies to create a happier, healthier and more productive classroom experience.
Who Should Attend?
This course will introduce teachers/educators to the concept of mindful education, including real life applications that help reduce stress and increase success among students and staff. This course is ideal for:
- Teachers seeking to enhance their own personal and professional well-being
- Teachers searching for a way to cultivate a compassionate, caring and creative classroom while enhancing quality instruction
- Teachers that regularly work with students that have a physical, mental or emotional disability.
- Educators that who work with abused, traumatized or neglected students, including those in foster care
- Teachers tasked with the challenge of integrating diverse cultural, socio-economic or other highly variable populations into a cohesive and peaceful whole
Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours
Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grade K-12) seeking to enhance their own personal and professional well-being, including entire school staffs searching for a way to cultivate a compassionate, caring and creative classroom while enhancing quality instruction. Administrators and school nursing staff, counselors and coaches will also benefit from this course.
Course Materials: No textbook requirement
Experienced Faculty Instructor
Shannon Perez: Shannon Perez, M.B.A., MHSE, with studies in Health Behavior from the University of Florida. Former VP of Clinical Research for a health service management company; was privileged to work with many of the leading health related organizations throughout the nation, including the Centers for Disease Control, WebMD, MDLinx and others.
"The vast majority of what I learned and the resources I used, I still use in my personal and professional life." -- Lisa Halpin, DoDEA Educator
"I really enjoyed the class! Reading materials and videos were informative. Thank you." -- Loan Wendt, Educator, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach, California
"The most valuable thing that I have learned is that being in tune with all aspects of yourself (body, mind, breath) means being present. I have realized that I am not always present, and that I have a mind that is trained to consume and move on to the next thing. I have already made steps to change my mindset, and hope to continue to do so." -- Andrew Herrmann, Educator, Havertown, Pennsylvania
"I really enjoyed the class. The instructor gave great feedback and food for thought. I am able to take what I have learned and immediately apply it to my personal and professional life." -- Laura Caffo, Educator, San Diego, California
"Overall, the course was very useful to me as a professional. I have a toolkit of resources from this course that will be utilized in my classroom." -- Joanna Heath, Educator, Chula Vista, California
Mindful Classroom Course Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. I am interested in incorporating mindfulness into my classroom. Will this course give me insight on how to weave it through my curriculum?
A. Absolutely! This course is designed with “real life” application in mind but is flexible enough to address the needs of teachers, administrators, school nurses, counselors or other educational staff. Many personal and professional goals will be explored throughout the course.
Q. Are there any challenges to adding mindfulness into the classroom?
A.Yes! In fact, an entire module of the course is designed to address commonly encountered concerns so ALL stakeholders (staff, students, parents, etc.) feel comfortable and understand the benefits of a properly implemented program.
Q. Is this something I can learn in this course, and then share with my colleagues who may also benefit from these skills?
A.Definitely! Many participants report a high level of interest from parents, other staff and even administration once they see the benefits. Throughout the course you will have an opportunity to create presentations, interventions and other resources perfect for sharing with others.
Q. What is the focus of this course?
A. This course is deliberately designed to address personal and professional goals while providing a solid foundation for the implementation in an educational setting. An emphasis on real life application for students and self is emphasized throughout the course.
The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission (WASC).