Supporting Educators & Students, Strengthening Relationships
A Mindfulness-Based Social-Emotional Learning Program for Middle and High Schools
"If something doesn't go my way or the outcome isn't what I want...if it's not something super important then okay, it's not the end of the world, it's going to be fine...I try to just take a few deep breaths and just move on from it."
- 9th Grade Be CALM Student Participant
MAKING MINDFULNESS MEANINGFUL
The Be CALM Program is a mindfulness-based Social-Emotional Learning program for 6th - 9th graders. Our program builds educators' capacity for mindful teaching and compassionate engagement with students to support them in learning and applying social-emotional skills in the classroom and beyond.
Our research-based program was developed with users in mind. We focus on teachers' as well as students' wellbeing, and program developers provide ongoing support within a professional learning community to enhance program sustainability.
Our Unique Approach
START WITH THE TEACHER
Building capacity for mindful teaching with intentionality, awareness, and curiosity. Promoting relationships with students that support their skill development.
MAKE MINDFULNESS MEANINGFUL
Focusing on application of mindfulness to situations that are relevant to educators and students. Giving educators and students choice and flexibility to find what works best for them.
LEVERAGE DAY-TO-DAY INTERACTIONS
Coaching students to apply SEL skills in real time to manage stress, difficult peer-to-peer interactions, and other situations as they arise.
UTILIZE COLLABORATIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES
Making learning and instructional methods active and student-focused. Using an inquiry-based approach to guide reflections and discussions.
"I was a tough nut to crack with mindfulness, but it was a success. Now I start everyday with mindfulness."
- Middle School Counselor Participant
C is for COOL
Press the Pause and Breathe
Dealing with thoughts and strong emotions in healthy ways, especially when facing stress and conflict.
L is for LOGICAL
Be Curious about what is happening
Being curious about your own and others' values, identities, and perspectives.
A is for Attentive
Tune In to the present moment
Noticing what is happening in your mind and body as well as in your environment.
M is for MATURE
Be Kind to yourself and others
Working out conflicts with others to support healthy relationships.
The How and Why of Mindful Teaching
This two-day foundational training for educators builds knowledge and skills for integrating mindfulness into teaching and student interactions. It broadens awareness, cultivates curiosity, and promotes relationships with adolescents that support SEL skills development.
Virtual Mindfulness Practice Series
Building a Personal Practice
This series consists of 6 (45-minute) weekly group sessions tailored to support a personal mindfulness practice for educational professionals working with adolescents.
Curriculum Training & Support
Teaching the Be CALM Curriculum
Upon completion of the Foundational Training and enrollment in or completion of the Mindfulness Practice Series, participants are eligible to engage in a one-day training to teach the Be CALM curriculum. To support program implementation during program delivery, bimonthly virtual support meetings are offered in a professional learning community.