For school programs, will there be any kind of measures of effect like in the research?
Yes. We use both qualitative and quantitative self-report measures addressing the core constructs in our curriculum (stress, self-regulation, impulsivity, mindfulness, self-esteem, and overall quality of life). Measures utilized could include the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, Perceived Stress Scale, Teen Conflict Survey, Healthy Self-Regulation Scale, School Climate Measure, Children’s Self-Descriptive Questionnaire, and the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale for Adolescents.
How much does a school program cost?
School programs are offered on a sliding scale. Schools with a high percentage of students on assisted lunch may pay at the low end of the scale. Though programs vary, cost is approximately $1,200 per classroom. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
How is a school program introduced to teachers?
We emphasize a teacher-first model and introduce the practice with a 20-60 minute initial session. This could take place at an in-service meeting. The initial session is experiential with a focus on self-care and stress-reduction.
What will the teacher training look like in terms of content and time?
A teacher’s personal practice is the key to a successful classroom or school-wide program. Teachers receive support through one-on-one sessions and professional development sessions, generally one before the program begins in the classroom, one at the mid-way point, and one towards the end. Throughout the program, teachers learn alongside their students, then practice daily for 1-5 minutes in the classroom.
When first implemented, what will the intro/training in the classroom be like in terms of content and time?
It's important to frame this work as supporting teachers and providing oppotunities for self-care and wellness -- rather than asking teachers to complete more training. After teachers feel grounded in the practice, we begin delivering a new lesson each week to students. Lessons are approximately 15-20 minutes each.
What will the program look like once implemented in terms of time and content?
Our programs build the capacity for schools to sustain outcomes independently after implementation. This looks like students and teachers leading short practices (1-5 minutes) daily in the classroom. We do recommend regular follow-up check-ins with an instructor. This could look like 20 minutes integrated into a school-wide assembly each quarter or semester. Mindfulness is a great way to start all-school gatherings, helping students settle in for the rest of the assembly. It’s also a great way to begin in-service meetings. Follow up sessions are affordably priced and we are happy to create a plan that meets your school’s unique needs.
Will teachers and parents receive something in writing about the program?
Yes. Teacher manuals and parent manuals will be provided. These include ideas for integrating practice into home and classroom life.