#mindfulAISD (2/13)

Mindfulness in the Austin Independent School District

Week of February 13th, 2017

Welcome to the #mindfulAISD newsletter for the week of February 13th. 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.


Mindful Brain Poster

There is a free download of a Mindful Brain poster on Teachers Pay Teachers. Check out the link below to access it.

Free Continuing Ed Credit & Video w/ "Godfather of Mindfulness" Jon Kabat-Zinn

The following is an excerpt from an email form PESI. Yes, it's an hour-long video, but Jon Kabat-Zinn is widely known as the "godfather of mindfulness" and has great tips for taking care of yourself. Maybe consider watching it before going to bed? The offer was too good to not share with y'all.

Do you have enough time and energy left over to take care of yourself?

It's so easy to get caught up in everyday details. That's why we're inviting you to set aside some time with Jon Kabat-Zinn to learn just how important it is to take care of yourself first.

This hour-long video is absolutely free - even the CE!

But hurry, this offer won't be around forever.

Get your free CE now.

Your partners in education and success,
The PESI Team

Previous Newsletters

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

Week of February 6 (GoNoodle Mindfulness Document & Mindfulness Research Newsletter)

Week of January 30 (Rodriguez ES Mindfulness Studio & Mindful Coloring pages)

Week of January 23 (3 Simple Remedies for Stressed-Out Mind & Kindfulness article)

Week of January 17 (Science of mindfulness & Breathing Sticks activity)

Week of January 9 (SEL in Austin Family Magazine & Link to De-Escalation Strategies Poster)

Week of January 3 (List of mindfulness sites & mindfulness is good for teachers article)

Week of December 12 (List of mindfulness apps & Mindfulness Challenge recap)

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 23

If you're using Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide, I recommend using Week 23 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