#mindfulAISD (11/7)

Mindfulness in the Austin Independent School District

Week of November 7th

Welcome to the #mindfulAISD newsletter for the week of November 7th. 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.


Mindfulness Challenge UPDATE--Sign Up Extended to Wednesday

UPDATE: There has been amazing interest in the Mindfulness Challenge, so the deadline has been extended. The last day to sign up is this Wednesday, November 9th. You can register for the challenge and set your goal below. The campus with the most staff members who meet their goal will be featured in one of Dr. Cruz's weekly newsletter.

November is a crazy time of the year for teachers with all the grading and holiday craze, so we're going to have a district-wide Mindfulness Challenge. The idea is to help us be intentional about taking care of ourselves. In this instance, through meditation and/or yoga. You can do this is any way that works for you (i.e. Calm app, yoga class or at home, etc.).

This is completely optional, but if you'd like to participate, fill out the Google Form below to set your goal (it will take 1 minute to complete). At the end of the month, I'll send a follow up email so you can check in about your goal. Participants who meet their goal will be eligible for the raffling of a $25 Visa gift card.


AISD E-Wellness

E-Wellness: Enroll, Engage, Empower is AISD’s Employee Wellness program.

The AISD E-Wellness program sends out great newsletters on the first Monday of every month. They involve different wellness ideas and programs for AISD employees. SELf-care, just like our Mindfulness Challenge. If you don't already do so, I encourage you to check out their newsletters. The newest one was sent out today and they have past newsletters on their site (link above). You can also follow them on Twitter.

Mindful Classrooms--Week 12

If you're using Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide, I recommend using Week 12 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