Mindfulness Newsletter

January 2019--#mindfulAISD

Mindfulness Resources Featured in This Newsletter...

  • Mindfulness for Staff -- Compilation of Resources
  • Professional Learning -- Spring HCP Courses
  • For Families -- Including Families in School Mindfulness
  • Equity -- Mindfulness For The People
  • Books of the Month -- 3 New Books
  • Technology -- Video Recommendations (besides our YouTube videos obviously) :)
  • Athletics -- Nick Foles Interview: "Staying In The Moment"
  • SEL Newsletter & Blog -- Equity & SEL
  • Mindful Happenings in AISD -- Highlights

Please feel free to email me suggestions for what to include in future newsletters.

Reminder: For more regular mindfulness updates, please follow me on Twitter, @mrbutler629. I post regularly, providing tips and highlighting mindfulness happening across the district. Also, feel free to use #mindfulAISD when posting about mindfulness.

Mindfulness For Staff -- Compilation of Resources

Mindfulness in schools starts with the adults. Here's some goodness for y'all. :)

This meme cracks me up, but it's also a bit too real. Teaching is stressful y'all, and that's why it's so important to take care of yourself. I've put together a compilation of mindfulness related self-care resources and plan on adding to it with more and more resources and free/discounted mindful stuff that I can get for y'all. :)

I'll include this link every month in addition to the monthly features from now on.

Mindfulness Professional Learning through HCP

Check out the Spring 2019 Mindfulness In Schools Sessions! Space is limited due to sub funding, so sign up soon. Click on the links to go directly to HCP to sign up.

Tuesday, March 26th Mindfulness 101 AND 201 8:30am-3:30pm @ Blanton Museum

Thursday, March 28th Culturally Responsive Mindfulness 8:30am-3:30pm @ Amala Foundation

Thursday, April 25th Mindfulness 301 8:30am-3:30pm @ Blanton Museum

Tuesday, April 30th Librarian Mindful Maker Spaces 1pm-4pm @ Blanton Museum

Tentative Sessions...Not in HCP yet, but if there's enough funding for subs they'll be in the system by the end of January.

Tuesday, February 26th Mindfulness 101 8am-11am @ Blanton Museum

Tuesday, April 23rd Mindfulness 201 8am-11am @ Blanton Museum

Mindfulness for Families -- Including Families in School Mindfulness

Here are a few ways that Austin ISD schools have included families in their school-wide mindfulness efforts. Please let me know if you have any questions about these ideas...

  • Mindfulness presentation/session at Parent Coffee w/ Principal
  • SEL Family Night
  • Mindfulness table at any Family Event
  • Volunteer opportunities to create a Mindfulness Room/Garden
  • Mindfulness "homework" where students get opportunities to teach their family about mindfulness (the photo to the right is from Overton's project like this)

As a reminder, you can always find family resources on bit.ly/mindfulfams.

Mindfulness & Equity -- Mindfulness For The People

I'd like to share info about an awesome organization that I admire a lot. The links below are to their Facebook page and website. Check them out. The image to the right is from their FB page.

Mindfulness For The People is a Black-owned social change agency dedicated to bridging racial justice and collective wellbeing through techniques of mindfulness, compassion, and self-compassion.

You can also check out the MFTP site to learn more and sign up for their mailing list.

Mindfulness Books of the Month

Mindful Technology -- Recommended Videos

Fly & The Samurai -- 3 minute animated video without words that teaches a lesson about mindfulness and acceptance.

How Mindfulness Empowers Us -- 3-minute animated video about the Native American parable, Two Wolves, and how mindfulness connects to the message of inner conflict and which wolf to feed.

All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes -- 10-minute extremely popular TED Talk about mindfulness.

Breathing Love Into Communities -- 18-minute video about the amazing work done by the Holistic Life Foundation in Baltimore. The kids in the video are amazing.

Why Mindfulness Is A Superpower -- 3-minute mindfulness video that I share at almost all mindfulness PDs. It does such a great job of explaining mindfulness and breaking down some myths about mindfulness.

Mindfulness & Athletics -- Postgame Interview w/ Nick Foles: "Stay In The Moment"

Full disclosure: I realize this is Cowboys country, but Nick Foles is from the Austin area so I thought that might make this a little easier. :) And best of luck to the Cowboys in the playoffs!

When the Eagles upset the Rams in LA in December, they interviewed Eagles QB Nick Foles (who led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory last year as a backup quarterback) and he kept mentioning how he stayed in the moment. He didn't say the word "mindfulness" but it doesn't matter, that's exactly what he was talking about. Here's an article that highlights the interview and his mentality.

SEL Newsletter & Blog--Focus on Equity

Mindful Happenings in Austin ISD

Here are a few mindfulness highlights from across the district. Email me or tag your tweets with #mindfulAISD so I can highlight your work in future newsletters.

Mindful AISD in American School Board Journal

American School Board Journal included a bit about our mindfulness work in AISD in a feature titled, "Mind Body Connection" in their December edition where they focus on mental health.

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Mindful Moments on Weekly Newscasts at Gullett

Gullett mindful moments is a regular part of their weekly newscast. I was able to be with the 5th graders as they filmed mindful moments using that awesome book, Mindful Classrooms. :)
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Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide

Those of you who are using Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide, I recommend Weeks 18-21 for January. As a friendly reminder, the book will be published by Free Spirit Publishing soon and I won't be able to give away free copies anymore soon. AISD staff, sign up for a free electronic copy of the book while you can in the support form at the bottom of this newsletter.

#mindfulAISD archives

Mindfulness Newsletter Archives (One link to access all newsletters from 16-17 & 17-18)

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 a moment to complete. Know someone in AISD interested in mindfulness? Send them this newsletter for them to fill out the Google Form.


James Butler, M.Ed.

SEL Mindfulness Specialist

2014 Austin ISD Teacher of the Year