For Educators

The debate on how to improve our education system is very vibrant and visible these days. It tends to focus on issues like testing, and other mounting stresses on teachers and students. A growing body of research and field practice indicates that working on a more inward level — using secular, accessible mindfulness methods may hold the key to coping with these stresses more successfully, lowering attrition rates and ultimately improving education outcomes. Teachers receive very little training to deal with burnout and stress due to meeting the continuously shifting demands of the classroom. How we handle stress is the greatest indicator of future health. We are committed to bringing mindfulness-based programs to school communities providing a foundation for school success initiatives.


Professional Development Day Workshop
Introduction to Mindfulness: Self Care for Teachers and Support Staff

Most school interventions are geared towards students. Teachers and support staff receive very little training to deal with mounting stresses due to meeting the continually shifting demands of today’s classroom.

This engaging experiential workshop will explore how mindfulness can support educators through guided instruction in basic practices and group discussion. Participants will leave with practical tools they can integrate into their daily lives.

Evidence based research with teachers and caring professionals indicate practicing mindfulness reduces occupational stress and burnout, increases self-compassion, empathy, and effective communication resulting in enhanced classroom environments with greater pro-social behavior.

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Mindfulness for Educators: smartEducation™ 
A 9-Session Renewal Program

smartEducation™ (SMART) is an evidence-based program designed to address the needs of educators (K-12) and professional support staff.

The program involves experiential activities in mindfulness including: secular meditation, emotional awareness, self-regulation, and movement. Weekly meetings include presentations and group discussions.  Participants also benefit from daily at home exercises in support of the program.

Course format

The 20 hour program is delivered in a workshop setting, with a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 25 participants and consists of 8 two hour sessions and a 4 hour silent retreat. The course is non-religious and non-sectarian and is delivered by smartUBC accredited instructors. Successful participants receive a certificate of completion from UBC Faculty of Education in cooperation with channel delivery partners.

Course outcomes

The course trains educators to:

  • Manage stress through a greater understanding and control of emotions
  • Employ self-care techniques to cultivate personal and professional resilience
  • Create effective strategies for relating to challenging situations
  • Have personal experience to support other programs for students in mindfulness
  • Enhance concentration and executive function (planning, decision-making, and impulse control)
  • Revitalize purpose, personally and professionally
  • Improve personal overall mental and physical health
  • Promote happiness through healthy habits of the mind

SMART involves experiential practices that promote:

  • Concentration, attention, and mindfulness
  • Awareness and understanding of emotions
  • Empathy, compassion, and positive interpersonal communication

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Management Program (MBSM)

MBSM1 (Level 1) Foundational Mindfulness Practices
Participants will explore the basics of simple mindfulness practices with an overview of the neuroscience that supports them. Practices will include: mindful eating; awareness of breath; body scan; and mindful walking and movement. Participants will be provided with the basic mindfulness tools to establish a regular personal mindful practice.
This program will include four-two hour weekly sessions with assigned home practice.

MBSM1 (Level 2) Advanced Mindfulness Practices
Participants will review foundational practices from Level 1 and will be guided in applications to cultivate and enhance emotional intelligence. Practices will focus on developing emotional regulation, compassion and kindness, forgiveness and skills to cope with fear and anxiety.
This program will include four-two hour weekly sessions with assigned home practice.

MBSM: Silent Retreat

Guided foundational mindfulness practices completed without dialogue and limited group interaction. Participants will remain silent providing an opportunity for inward reflection to develop a greater clarity of mind.

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John Kabat-Zinn

A recently published white paper points to the benefits of providing mindfulness training to educators and provides recommendations for further research and implementation. Entitled Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students.
The paper was published online March 2012 by Springer Science+Business Media.
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“Research on the neurobiology of mindfulness in adults suggests that sustained mindfulness practice can enhance attentional and emotional self-regulation and promote flexibility, pointing toward significant potential benefits for both teachers and students. Early research results on three illustrative mindfulness-based teacher training initiatives suggest that personal training in mindfulness skills can increase teachers’ sense of well-being and teaching self-efficacy, as well as their ability to manage classroom behavior and establish and maintain supportive relationships with students.

Since 2005, 14 studies of programs that directly train students in mindfulness have collectively demonstrated a range of cognitive, social, and psychological benefits to both elementary (six studies) and high school (eight studies) students. These include improvements in working memory, attention, academic skills, social skills, emotional regulation, and self-esteem, as well as self-reported improvements in mood and decreases in anxiety, stress, and fatigue. The educational goals, target population, and core features of ten established mindfulness-based curricula are described.”