Mindfulness-Based SEL in Action

February 2019

Welcome! This monthly newsletter will offer resources and strategies to use with students, adults, or personal application of mindfulness-based social emotional learning. Each month, you will find a highlights on topics such as SEL, Mental Health Education Framework, Mindfulness, brain research, and trauma informed practices. Our intention is to offer support, build capacity and inspire growth and learning personally and professionally!

Mindfulness in Action

12 Ways to Be Mindful in 5 Minutes or Less

You don't need to set aside tons of time. Begin with five minutes or less with these simple suggestions!

Daring Classrooms ~ Brene Brown

Brene Brown has shared that her goal in life is to make the world a braver, more wholehearted place. Set aside 30 minutes to watch this talk on Daring Classrooms where she discusses the role we play as educators who she says are "working on the hardest edges of love".

The Importance of Self Care - Connecting to the Mental Health Education Framework

With the goal of developing a positive school climate and culture of mental health, well-being and awareness through instruction in K-12, NYSED and the Mental Health Association of NYS collaborated on the development of the Mental Health Education Framework and Comprehensive Guide. One of the key indicators under the standard of Self -Management is Self-care to promote mental health and overall well-being. This is an equally important indicator for all of us as educators! It involves our ability to use self-care strategies to stay balanced, take action to positively impact our mental health, and develop coping skills for navigating challenging situations. We often dismiss the need for consistent self-care practices, usually stating that we do not have enough time. Why is self-care so important? As Parker Palmer states in The Courage To Teach, we teach who we are. We transmit our inner state before we even say anything. If we are not present, balanced, or regulated this registers with everyone with whom we interact. Students, especially those with trauma experiences, are particularly attuned to this transmission. It is said that if we did nothing else but offer our complete presence to our students, this alone would be an intervention. Self-care and mindfulness are necessary practices that strengthen our ability to nurture our inner state.

Check out our Self-Care Saturdays and other offerings to learn more. Oh, and there is an app for that! Check out two of our favorites: Insight Timer and Calm (free for teachers).

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SEL- ebrations

A big shout out to the seminar teachers at G. Ray Bodily High School, at the Fulton City School District, for opening their classrooms to Mindfulness. They have taken their first steps in sharing the practice to help students become or stay emotionally regulated. They continue to have courageous conversations that support the emotional growth of their students. Thank you for the work that you do!

Seeking Support with Mindfulness, SEL or Trauma-Informed Practices?

Liane and Kate are here to support you in a variety of ways. We spend a good portion of our time in classrooms modeling these practices with students, offering workshops, facilitating learning experiences in small group settings, coaching, book studies and more! Please check our catalog for offerings that may be of interest. You can also sign up for our email blast of offerings ~ see below!

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