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Mindfulness in the Austin Independent School District

Week of January 3rd, 2017

Welcome to the #mindfulAISD newsletter for the week of January 3rd. This will serve as a way to highlight the awesome mindfulness work being done across the district as well as offer resources. Have suggestions for material you'd like to see on here? Please email the SEL Mindfulness Specialist: james.butler@austinisd.org


Want to Showcase Your Mindfulness Work?

Send James Butler an email with a brief story and/or photo (if you have photo releases for your students). Or if you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #mindfulAISD and I'll post a link to your tweet on the newsletter.


Recommended Mindfulness Websites

List of mindfulness sites and their recommended level (Elementary, Secondary, All, or For Educators)

**The sites are either completely free or have free portions. They have different guided mindfulness sessions. Test them out and see what works best for you and your students.

AdventuresofSuperStretch.com (Elementary)

Calm.com (All)

CosmicKids.com (Elementary)

GoNoodle.com (Elementary) *Stretching & Calming categories

Headspace.com (Secondary)

MindfulLifeProject.org (Secondary) *Spanish and English Tracks on their Soundcloud

MindfulSchools.org (For Educators)

MindYeti.com (Elementary) *Aligns w/ Second Step curriculum

Smiling Mind.com.au (All) *Link to their Web app

StopBreatheThink.org (Secondary)

Mindfulness--Great for Teachers, too!

Check out this great article & radio clip from NPR about how & why mindfulness is great for teachers.

Previous Newsletters

Links to all the previous newsletters with a highlight or two from each edition.

Week of December 12 (List of mindfulness apps & Mindfulness Challenge recap)

Week of December 5 (Scientifically proven song for relaxation & Mindfulness Tour recap)

Week of November 28 (#mindfulAISD YouTube Playlist link)

Week of November 14 (GIFs for deep breathing & Breathing script for HS--Palm the Present Moment by Donald Altman from "The Mindfulness Toolbox")

Week of November 7 (AISD e-Wellness spotlight)

Week of October 31 (Mindfulness Challenge update)

Week of October 24 (Progressive Muscle Relaxation script)

Week of October 17 ("Just Breathe" mindfulness video)

Week of October 10 (Stop Breathe Think App/Site & Curious Not Furious article)

Week of October 3 (Pokemon poses & Mindfulness and the Brain article)

Week of September 26 (Replacing Detention w/ Meditation article & Guided Breathing tracks in Spanish & English)

Week of September 19 (Teacher Self-Care & Connecting Mindfulness w/ SEL: Mind Yeti)

Week of September 12 (KEYE News feature & Helping Teens Destress)

Mindful Classrooms--Week 17

If you're using Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide, I recommend using Week 17 this week. It's a very loose recommendation though. Please do what's best for you and your students. If you'd like the free electronic copy of the book, please feel out the Google Form at the bottom of this page.

Photos/stories of Mindful Classrooms being used in class are always welcome and would be great for the newsletter! Email James Butler.


Sign Up for Mindfulness Support

If you haven't filled out the #mindfulAISD Google Form (below) and want to highlight your work and/or receive mindfulness support, please check it out. It only takes about 1 minute to complete. Know someone in AISD interested in mindfulness? Send them this newsletter for them to fill out the Google Form.


James Butler

SEL Mindfulness Specialist