#mindfulAISD (12/12)

Mindfulness in the Austin Independent School District

Week of December 12th

Welcome to the #mindfulAISD newsletter for the week of December 12th. 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 Apps

List of mindfulness apps and their recommended level (Elementary, Secondary or All)

**The apps 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.

Breathing Bubbles (Elementary)

Calm (All)

Calm Kids with Mamaphant (Elementary--Early Childhood)

Chakra Chime (All) *just the chime, no sessions

Headspace (Secondary)

Insight Timer (All)

Mindful Life Project (Secondary) *Spanish and English

Settle Your Glitter (Elementary)

Smiling Mind (All)

Stop Breathe Think (Secondary)

Super Stretch Yoga (Elementary)

November Mindfulness Challenge Recap

Check out the impressive numbers from the Mindfulness Challenge follow-up forms I received. During the month of November, participants practiced mindfulness...

Total: 87,002 minutes (1,450 hours)

Average/person (month): 335 minutes (over 5.5 hours)

Average/person (day): ~11 minutes

Odom Elementary had the most staff members complete their mindfulness goals. They will be featured in an upcoming "News from Dr. Cruz" newsletter. Way to go, Odom!

Stephanie Hawkins, 5th grade teacher at Doss Elementary, was randomly selected for the $25 VISA gift card.

Thanks to great feedback, I look forward to making the April Mindfulness Challenge even better with more support.

Previous Newsletters

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

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 16

If you're using Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide, I recommend using Week 16 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