Austin ISD Mindfulness Newsletter
In an effort to streamline mindfulness resources, we're going to have an updated format for our newsletters. Equity, Books of the Month, Family resources & Athletics (topics from last year) will be woven throughout.
- Personal Practice
- Professional Learning
- Staff/Campus Mindfulness
- Classroom Implementation
- Mindful Happenings in AISD
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.
Photo: Darrell K. Royal -- Texas Memorial Stadium (I wanted to put a photo of my beloved Ohio Stadium, but I'd rather not get fired) ;)
Personal practice is key to classroom implementation. I'm highlighting Headspace this month because they recently came out with their own FREE subscription service for educators. So cool that these mindfulness apps are recognizing the power of educators practicing mindfulness! Click on the link above and fill out the brief survey and you'll be all set!
Book of the Month
Review from Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage and Taming the Ox
"King's approach is revolutionary in the deepest sense because it addresses our racial problems at their root, which is consciousness, or the mind itself. Mindful of Race is rich in anecdotes and examples that will, I believe, cause a reader to smile and perhaps even say, 'Thank you.' Mindful of Race is a trustworthy guide for claiming our birthright – happiness and freedom."
Due to multiple requests from educators, we are going to do a Fall AND Spring AISD Staff Mindfulness Retreat this year! The Fall AISD Staff Mindfulness Retreat will be Saturday, November 2nd 9am-1pm. We are still working on location and HCP sign up, but mark your calendars! And I'm excited to announce that award-winning hip-hop duo/overall incredible people, Riders Against the Storm (featured in photo) will be our keynote and also teach some classes during the Retreat! I'm so excited y'all! Stay tuned!
Mindfulness 101, 201 & 301 HCP links are coming soon! Apologies for my HCP struggles. They'll be in October/November and more will be offered in the Spring and Summer. Remember, Isolating Race is a prerequisite for Mindfulness 101, 201 & 301. See last month's newsletter for details behind the "why."
Isolating Race Workshop links below. These fill quickly and more will be offered in the future.
Staff Mindfulness Courtesy of Amala Foundation
Is your campus interested in a regular mindfulness practice opportunity for staff members?
The SEL Department has partnered with the Amala Foundation to provide this opportunity to a select number of campuses. The service is free of charge to campuses.
Fill out the embedded form or click here to apply. Applications due October 1st.
Books of the Month
From Amazon: Did you know you can stretch and grow your own brain? Or that making mistakes is one of the best ways your brain learns? Awarded as one of the best growth mindset books for kids, Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It teaches all the ways that the brain can develop with exercise, just like the rest of our bodies. Educator and psychologist Dr. JoAnn Deak offers a fun and engaging introduction to the anatomy and functions of the brain that will empower each young reader to S-T-R-E-T-C-H and grow their fantastic, elastic brain!
From Amazon: Mindfulness is the easy way to gently let go of stress and be in the moment. It has fast become the slow way to manage the modern world - without chanting mantras or finding hours of special time to meditate. Bring these simple 5- and 10-minute practices into your day to find freedom from stress and ultimately, more peace in your life.