#mindfulAISD (9/12)

Mindfulness in the Austin Independent School District


Welcome to the first edition of the 2016-2017 #mindfulAISD newsletter. Thank you for signing up. I look forward to using this newsletter as a way to highlight the awesome mindfulness work being done across the entire 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.


Check out a few highlights of mindfulness happening in AISD from the past week.

KEYE Features Mindfulness at Overton Early College Prep

KEYE's Chris Saldaña has a weekly segment called "Cool at School" and this past week, he featured Pre-K students at Overton ECP learning mindfulness.


Helping Teens De-Stress

According to a recent study, training teens in a "growth mindset" can reduce their stress and improve their grades.

Connecting Mindfulness w/ Explicit SEL Lessons

Mindfulness is a great tool that supports Social and Emotional Learning happening in your classroom. If interested, please ask your campus SEL Specialist how to intentionally link mindfulness with your SEL (Second Step, School Connect, etc.) lessons.

Mindful Classrooms--Week 4

If you're using Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide, I recommend using Week 4 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.

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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.


James Butler

SEL Mindfulness Specialist