Our News page includes articles about mindfulness and mindfulness in education published in newspapers and news magazines. Articles published in psychological, education and scholarly journals can be found on our Evidence page.
Teacher Burnout and Student Stress May be Linked
Neuroscience News, June 27, 2016
A study of teachers and students in BC found higher levels of teacher burnout in classrooms where student’s cortisol levels were elevated. The study’s lead author said that the findings may indicate that stress contagion is occurring. Read the article.
Meditation Replacing Detention in Schools
Newsweek, 30 Sept. 2016
Students in schools from Baltimore to California are being taught meditation to reduce disruptive behaviour and help children self-regulate. The article points out the problems with disciplinary methods such as suspension and the promise of mindfulness techniques. Read the article.
Children should be taught yoga and meditation
Telegraph, 7 Sept. 2016
A UK education minister, Edward Timson, has suggested that schools should begin teaching mindfulness as a part of the normal school day. Speaking during a debate in Parliament, Mr Timson warned that “children cannot unplug from their online world, and that is changing the shape of many of their relationships”. Mindfulness may provide a way for children to improve their mental and emotional health and well-being. Read the article.
Positive Education: the Next Big Thing
Education World, 11 July 2016
The International Positive Education Network is holding the first Positive Education Festival in Dallas to bring together leaders and educators to discuss the importance of focusing on positive education. Positive education means broadening a school’s focus beyond academics to include student character and wellbeing. There is mounting evidence to support the claim that this shift can boost academic performance in addition to other benefits. Read the article.
Using Meditation to Help Close the Achievement Gap
Well Blogs, NY Times, 2 June 2016
Some schools in California have shown that meditation can help improve the academic performance of poor inner-city kids. A major factor preventing these children from learning is the stress they encounter on a daily basis. Chronic stress can impair healthy brain development and the ability to learn, mindfulness practices can reduce stress and its manifestations and improve academic outcomes. Read the article.
Mindfulness and School Anxiety
Education World, 30 May 2016
Teaching high school students about the brain and nervous system, along with a daily meditation, can have a dramatic impact on stress and anxiety. Read the article.
Study of Chicago Schoolchildren Examines Benefit of Meditation
The Atlantic, 21 May 2016, Atlanta BlackStar 29 May 2016
Two articles discuss the results of a $3 million dollar federally funded study that followed 2,000 K through grade 2 students in high-poverty Chicago schools. This ongoing research is the largest mindfulness study of children ever undertaken in the US and the only one to focus on whether the practice improves academic achievement for young children of colour from low-income families. Preliminary results are promising. Setting aside time for mindfulness appears offer a range of benefits and, surprisingly, to increase the time available for instruction by helping children regain focus during transitions and calm down more quickly after disruptions. Read the Atlantic article. Read the Atlanta BlackStar article.
Meditation Goes Mainstream
Metro, 16 May 2016
David Beal introduced his young students to meditation to help them cope with test anxiety. The results convinced him to devote himself full-time to promoting meditation in schools. Read the article.
The Mindful Child
NY Times, 10 May 2016
After reviewing a number of studies that show clear benefits for children from meditation, this column points to a review published in March that meditative practices have the potential to change the structure of the brain in ways that foster academic success. Principles of neuroscience suggest that meditation can have its greatest impact on the brain in its earliest stages of development. Perhaps teaching meditation to children will be eventually be as much a part of smart parenting as teaching healthy eating or regular exercise. Read the article.
UK Students Test Mindfulness Benefits for Themselves
BBC News Magazine, 10 Mar. 2016
A group of 14-year-olds preparing for their GCSEs decided to test the benefits of meditation. Using an online test to evaluate their ability to concentrate, they found five minutes of meditation a day for two weeks resulted in improved performance on the test. Read the article.
UK Study Finds Benefits of Mindfulness Programs
Frontiers in Psychology, 12 Jan. 2016
Two UK psychologist have published an in-depth analysis of the effectiveness of Mindful Schools Paws b program for children aged 7 -9. The training significantly reduced negative affect and enhanced meta-cognition. The report concludes: “The potential role of mindfulness as an early and preventative approach in children that targets both cognitive and effective aspects of self-regulation highlights considerable possible benefits for children.” Read the report.
Mindfulness Training Found to Result in Better Classrooms
Education Week, May 4, 2016
A study that looked at some 224 teachers from 36 NY city public schools found that those who had completed the course: Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) were more emotionally positive and better able to meet the emotional needs of their students. Read the article.
A Mindful Day at Work
Mindful Schools, April 21, 2016
Dr. Takesha Cox, a social worker at Luke C. Moore High School in Washington DC describes what it’s like to teach mindfulness in a DC school where students are struggling with problems ranging from homelessness to being teen parents. Read the article.
Mindful Schools, April 8, 2016.
Mindful schools looks at Heartfulness, which aims to infuse the practice of mindfulness with qualities of kindness, generosity and compassion. This article describes how to develop a heartfulness practice of your own. Read the article.
SEL Beyond the Classroom
The Greater Good, March 31 2016
New research suggests that students who learn SEL skills at school may be reluctant to apply them outside the classroom. This article looks at the cultural reasons that could cause this disconnect and what they suggest about teaching SEL. Read the article.
Mindful Fun: How to Create a Glitter Jar for Kids
Mindful Magazine, March 30, 2016
This activity may be aimed at kids and teens, bu I know some adults who are going to want to make a jar of their own. And the accompanying article shows how to use the project as a mindfulness exercise. Read the article.
Should Schools Teach Kids to Meditate?
WBLZ Bangor Maine, March 4, 2016
Maine television looks at the growing popularity of school meditation and yoga programs to help youth deal with the stress they face. While many are enthusiastic about the programmes, finding the money to pay for them can be tough. Read the article, See the clip.
Mindful about Mindfulness
Slate, March 2, 2016
Journalist Elissa Strauss isn’t convinced when her son’s preschool teacher starts a mindfulness programme, but after some research and talking things over with the experts she changes her mind. Read the article.
First SUNY Mindfulness Conference
The Buffalo News, February 16, 2016
The State University of New York hosted its first mindfulness conference in Buffalo on March 4th. The conference considered mindfulness in healthcare and mental health and in learning. The article contains an interview with conference organizer Dr. Lisa Napora. Read the article.
Mindfulness Program Helps Teens
Hamilton Spectator, February 3 2016
A teen mindfulness group at McMaster Children’s Hospital has given teens with mental health issues a new lease on life. The program, first offered last year, will now run twice a year and is open to teens aged 14 to 18. Read the article.
Calming the Teenage Mind
Fox2now, February 8, 2016.
Marblehead High School in Massachusetts is just one of hundreds of schools across the US that is turning towards meditation to help its students deal with every increasing levels of stress. The program has improved the climate at the school and helped students recognise that they are under stress and give them tools to deal with it. Read the article.
Mindfulness in the Classroom: Does it Belong?
Tricycle, Spring 2016
Two experts offer opposing views on mindfulness in the classroom. Dr. Candy Gunther Brown, Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington argues that mindfulness programs may combine elements of cultural imperialism. In addition such training may implicitly place responsibility on children for symptoms of systemic problems like poverty and racism,. Dr. Saki Santorelli, Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School argues that mindfulness is not exclusively or essentially a Buddhist practice and can be taught in a way that respects the religious and spiritual beliefs of students while helping them cope with ever-mounting levels of student stress. Read the article.
UK Universities Embrace Mindfulness
The Guardian, January 26, 2016
Amid growing concern about high levels of stress among students, UK universities are offering mindfulness and meditation training. At Cambridge the university counselling service now provides an eight week course as part of its Mindful Student Study, a three-year pilot designed to examine the rising number of students across the nation turning to mental health services. Read the article.
Meditation for Special Education Students
The Chronicle of Social Change, January 6, 2016.
Five Acres school in southern California targeting pupils with serious emotional and behavioural issues is finding mindfulness training can help students stay in the classroom and minimise emotional outbursts. Students responded positively to the program and there was a dramatic improvement in classroom behaviour after just one semester. Read the article.
Helping Youth with their Emotions and Behaviour
Youth Today, November 30, 2015
This article examines an “explosion” of interest in mindfulness to help youth struggling with mental health issues. While doctors, psychologists and social workers are embracing the practice, there are few scientific studies specifically looking at young people and mindfulness. Amy Salzman MD, a professor at Stanford University and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education, says existing studies are 20 years behind the work on adults, but generally show substantial benefits. Read the article.
Restoring Humanity to the Classroom
Greater Good, November 23, 2015
Julie Mann has been teaching school for 21 years. After immersing herself in the study of social and emotional well-being and mindfulness in eduction last summer, she made some changes in her classroom. Julie now starts every class with a mindfulness exercise, works to cultivate positive emotions among her students and takes a compassionate approach to homework. Read the article.
Mindfulness in the Classroom: a how-to guide
Education Week, November 16, 2015
Linda Yaron teaches high school in Los Angeles and offers her thoughts on creating a mindful classroom, and how she has discovered that incorporating mindfulness skills into her day is as important as teaching academic skills. Read the article.
Mindful Students: Citizens or Robots
Salon, November 8, 2015/Democracy and Education Journal 2015.
In an extensive article in Salon, writer David Forbes argues that school mindfulness programs are being used to turn students into passive, compliant consumers and cooperative workers in an increasingly corporatised society. Academics, Andrea Hyde and James LaPrad at Western Illinois University take the opposite position in their research paper: Mindfulness, Democracy and Education. In it they explore how mindfulness can enhance democracy in schools. The authors specifically address the concern raised by Forbes: that mindfulness is fundamentally apolitical and an individual practice. The paper includes vignettes from the Coalition of Essential Schools examining how mindfulness practices can enhance democratic awareness and create democratic schools. Read together the two illustrate both sides of what promises to be a fascinating debate. Read the Salon article. Read the Democracy & Education paper.
“Mindful Nation UK” Report Released
Huffington Post, October 28, 2015
UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness has just published its findings, concluding that mindfulness “is an important innovation in mental health which warrants serious attention from politicians, policymakers, public services in health, education and criminal justice as well as employers, professional bodies, and the researchers, universities and donor foundations who can develop the evidence base further.” Read the article. Read the report.
British MPs Get Mindful
BT.com, October 21, 2015
Nearly 200 British MPs, peers and their staff have taken advantage of the mindfulness training set up by former Labour MP Chis Ruhane and Lord Richard Layard. The figure was announced with the publication of the All Party Report on mindfulness (above). Read the article.
Meditation Beats Medication
Michigan Radio, October 12, 2015
Rita Benn, director of the Faculty Scholar’s Program at the University of Michigan’s Department of Family Medicine and Carl Clark, a teacher at Ann Arbor’s Open School discuss how mindfulness works in the classroom and what it will take to expand its use to Michigan Schools. Read the article and listen to the program.
Mindfulness Can Help Teens Deal with Stress
Calgary Herald, September 9, 2015
De Peter Neiman argues that the Canadian Paediatric Society should support teaching mindfulness to teens in order to move away from the ever increasing reliance on prescription medications to deal with anxiety and depression. Read the article.
Mindfulness Summit: You are invited
The Huffington Post, September 9, 2105
You can participate from anywhere in the world. Some of the leading experts in mindfulness will be taking part. It starts October 1st and 37,000 people are already signed up. Read the article.
The Emotional Labour of Teaching
The Huffington Post, September 8, 2105
Mindfulness can be useful in professional development for teachers. By combining Social and Emotional Learning and mindfulness skills, Mindfulness First helps teachers learn to deal better with some of the challenges they face in the classroom. Read the article.
Australian MPs Learn to Meditate
News.com.au, September 7, 2015
A British MP, who learned to meditate while working as an elementary school teacher, turned to the practice when he lost his seat. Recently he met with Australian MPs to explain how they can benefit from learning to meditate. Read the article.
Falmouth School Labyrinth
Wicked Local Falmouth, September 3, 2015
An elementary school in Massachusetts has a new outdoor attraction: a labyrinth. The spot should provide students and teachers with opportunities for relaxation, mindful focus and meditation. Read the article.
When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom
The Atlantic, August 31, 2015
From troubled teens in a Bronx schoolroom to fancy Massachusetts boarding schools, mindfulness is being embraced by educators across the country. This article looks at some of the evidence supporting the hype but also wonders if supporters may be exaggerating the benefits. It considers the overlap with SEL programs and discusses the possible links between the two. Read the article.
Mindfulness May Help Teachers Avoid Burnout
The Huffington Post, August 24, 2015
Elizabeth Frias now works educating teachers but she used to be an elementary school teacher. In this article she wonders if mindfulness could have saved her from burnout that causes so many teachers to give up on their chosen career. Read the article.
Mindfulness Study To Track Effects of Meditation on Teens
The Guardian, July 15, 2015
Psychologists and neuroscientists from Oxford University and University College London plan to recruit children aged 11 to 16 from 76 secondary schools as part of a seven-year study. They said it would be the largest trial of its kind ever conducted and it would test some of the increasingly ambitious claims about the power of mindfulness meditation to tackle illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Read the article.
Brain Exercises Could Help Teens Resist Peer Pressure
The Dailiy Mail, July 15, 2015
Mindfulness should be taught in schools to keep teenagers away from drink and drugs, top academics have said. Research suggests brain exercises which focus on self-control may enable youngsters to resist peer pressure and stop them engaging in risk-taking behaviours such as joining gangs, binge-drinking and taking drugs. Discussing the study mentioned in the Guardian article above, this article looks at some of the benefits supporters of the practice have claimed for it. Read the article.
Meditation Could Be Useful In Schools
The Independent, June 30, 2015.
A recent meta-review of 15 studies involving 1,800 students from the UK, Australia, Canada, India, the US and Taiwan showed meditation is beneficial in most cases and led to three broad outcomes for students: higher well-being, better social skills and greater academic skills. Read the article.
Implementing a School-Wide Mindfulness Program
Edutopia, June 15, 2015
Patrick Cook Degan shares ten tips on implementing school-wide mindfulness programs based on his years with Inward Bound, as a classroom teacher and now an independent consultant. While there is no one way to get it right, with more and more schools adopting such programs a consensus on best practice is beginning to form. Read the article.
Making a Case for Teaching Mindfulness to Youth
Huffington Post, May 29, 2015
Theo Koffler, founder and executive director of Mindfulness Without Borders, argues that while we are constantly telling young people to pay attention, we very rarely provide them any instruction in how to do so. Increasingly educators around the world are looking to mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL) to help students live happy, productive lives. Read the article.
Mindfulness included in Huffington Post campaign
Huffington Post, May 2015
Mindfulness has been included as a category in The Huffington Post’s The Next Ten crowdsourcing campaign, alongside the environment, free speech, healthy food, and 6 others. Included in the mindfulness category are Mindfulness Without Borders, iBme and 7 others. See the campaign.
TDSB Excellence Awards
Two DM members were among those honoured at the TDSB annual awards. Lois Lorimer Nunn from RH King Academy created Mindful Minutes as part of her ongoing mental health initiative, giving students an opportunity to breath and relax. Longtime DM supporter Shawna Watson was one of five teachers from City View Alternative PS recognised for creating a unique learning environment by challenging students to consider broader issues and alternative perspectives and to show civic responsibility. More info.
Schools Rethink Health Class
Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2015
by Sophia Hollander
More independent schools are pushing to redefine what it means to teach health, shattering the stereotype of awkward classes and squirming students. Many New York schools are incorporating mindfulness training to help students handle stress and replacing lectures on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases with interactive sessions on life skills, such as communication and decision-making. Read the article.
Mindfulness Without Borders & The YMCA Academy: Transcendental Education for the 21st Century
Huffington Post, May 4, 2015
by Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D
When the YMCA Academy adopted Mindfulness Without Borders’ MAC program, it became a nexus for co-learning, promoting 21st century skills and emotional intelligence, while healing Educational Trauma. Beyond innovative, it represents transcendental education for the 21st century. Read the article.
How Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Can Work Together
Huffington Post, April 14, 2015
by Vicki Zakrzewski and Linda Lantieri
If you’re an educator interested in developing students’ social and emotional well-being, it can be hard to know where to start. Which social-emotional learning (SEL) program should you choose? Or would it be better to focus on mindfulness? Read the article.
Teaching Mindfulness Across Cultures
Mindful Teachers website, April 12, 2015
This is an interview with Ronit Jinich, the Educational Programs Advisor & Senior Facilitator for Mindfulness Without Borders, which offers educational programs in mindfulness-based social and emotional learning. Questions include Is it necessary for teachers to have a mindfulness practice before they start teaching it to their students? and What do you do in your own personal mindfulness practice, and how does it help you with your work? Read the article.
Present, Sir: Benefits of a Mindful Classroom
The Telegraph, March 22, 2015
The Daily Telegraph looks at the benefits of a mindful classroom. The article examines a range of mindfulness practices being introduced at private and state schools throughout the UK. While they speculate it may one day be part of the national curriculum, for now its supporters want to see it grow organically. Read the article.
Training Critical for SEL to Boost Learning
NPR, February 26, 2015
In an article titled “5 Lessons Education Research Taught Us In 2014”, the 5th lesson is based on a three-year-long, randomised control trial that looked at 276 classrooms in 24 schools from second to fifth grade. It found an emphasis on social and emotional learning (SEL) significantly boosted reading and math learning, but only if teachers received extensive training. Read the article.
What a Happy Cell Looks Like
The Atlantic Monthly, February 10, 2015
Steven Cole at the University of California is looking at how happiness may effect human biology by bringing about changes in the human body at the cellular level. There is even some evidence to suggest that practices such as meditation could alter not just our immune systems but even our genetic material. Read the article.
The Seattle Seahawks ARE Mindfulness
Huffington Post, January 26, 2015
This is a very exciting week at my Arizona-based children’s charity, Mindfulness First. All of our Instructors start back in the school districts teaching Mindfulness to K-12th Grade children. We love our jobs, and if I do say so, we have phenomenal Instructors. This week is particularly fun because the Seahawks are in town for the Super Bowl and they have become the kid’s biggest role models in Mindfulness. Since 2011, Coach Pete Carroll has empowered his team with the gift of Mindfulness training. Read the article.
Mindfulness Exercises Improve Kids’ Math Scores
Time, January 26, 2015
In adults, mindfulness has been shown to have all kinds of amazing effects throughout the body: it can combat stress, protect your heart, shorten migraines and possibly even extend life. But a new trial published in the journal Developmental Psychology suggests that the effects are also powerful in kids as young as 9—so much so that improving mindfulness showed to improve everything from social skills to math scores. Read the article. Read the study (also posted on our Evidence page)
Ethnic studies, mindfulness and computer science classes could be coming to a high school near you
U.S. News & World Reports, December 29, 2014
Across the country, interest in mindfulness, ethnic studies and computer science as high school subjects has been bubbling up, but these courses have yet to become available to many teens. While these subjects are on the verge of hitting the mainstream in 2015, they are not without their critics. Some have raised concerns over the content of these classes and the motives behind them entering public high school classrooms. Read the article.
Mindfulness featured on 60 Minutes
60 Minutes, December 14, 2014
On a mindfulness retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn, reporter Anderson Cooper learns to appreciate silence, as well as life without a cell phone. “I realized on this story, sitting in that meditation retreat, this is exactly what I need,” he tells 60 Minutes Overtime. “It sounds like I’ve sort of drunk the Kool Aid, but in a way I have sort of drunk the Kool Aid.”. Watch the video.
Mindfulness helps teens cope with stress, anxiety
Education Week, December 2, 2014
Portland is known for its progressivism, so it should be no surprise the idea of teaching mindfulness is being embraced here. Students at Wilson say the class has been a boon for them. Read the article.
Ontario College of Teachers Magazine – “Pop Quiz” on Mindfulness
Professionally Speaking, December 2014
Michele Chaban, co-founder and director of the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Program at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work talks about mindfulness and how it can help teachers. Read a pdf of the article. Read the article in Professionally Speaking (p.18).
Winooski Vermont: the World’s First Mindful City?
VPR, October 28, 2014
What would happen if an entire city practices mindfulness? The Vermont Community Fund set out to answer that question by awarding the Center for Mindful Learning an Innovations and Collaborations Grant to teach and integrate mindfulness into the core institutions of Winooski. Read the article.
Mindfulness on the Curriculum at Grandview Heights School
CBC News Edmonton, October 20, 2104
Grandview Heights is the first K-9 school in the province to incorporate mindfulness into its curriculum. Principal Doug Allen started to think about the possibilities of a school-wide mindfulness program three years ago. He aligned himself with a California-based organization called Mindful Schools, which offers online and in-person training for teachers. By and large, parents have been supportive. Read the article.
Inner City School Kids Benefit from Mindfulness Training
The New Zealand Herald, October 10, 2014
A teacher at an inner-city Auckland primary school reported “an enduring sense of calm” after her students had six weeks of training in “mindfulness”. The program is now being evaluated and Ms Clements hopes the results will convince the Ministry of Education to make it part of the health curriculum in all schools. Read the article.
Brisbane Grammar School Teaches Mindfulness Through Photography
Education HQ, September 22, 2014
Education HQ examines how one school in Australia is teaching ninth-grade boys to use their smart phones to become more present and grounded. Read the article.
Suzuki Foundation Reports on the Benefits of Teaching in Nature
David Suzuki Foundation Blog, September 18, 2014
David Suzuki discusses the benefits of green time for teachers and students. Few studies focus on the benefits of green time for teachers, but the evidence indicates that teaching in nature has great effects, making educators more confident and enthusiastic about their work, and more innovative in their teaching strategies. Read the post.
Claremont Academy Brings Mindfulness to Challenging Students
Telegram, September 17, 2014
Ivy Child International, a nonprofit providing young people with mindfulness-based health education programs grounded in the concept of positive psychology, launched a pilot programme with some of the most challenging children at Claremont Academy in Worcester. A year later, you would hardly recognise them. Read the article.
Study of Head Start Teachers: Mindfulness Aids Victims of Childhood Trauma
Futurity, September 15, 2014
A study involving Head Start teachers in Pennsylvania shows mindfulness training resulted in better health outcomes for teachers who had a history of childhood trauma. Read the article.
Mindful Classrooms Start with Teachers
Chronogram, September 1, 2014
An article in Chronogram looks at how, as mindfulness catches on in schools in the US, Canada and the UK, it’s clear that training the teachers is the first step to creating mindful schools. Read the article.
SEL Training Can Help Stop Bullying
Greater Good, August 26, 2014
Training in such social and emotional skills as mindfulness, has been shown to create more positive peer relationships, build higher levels of caring and empathy, increase social engagement, and reduce problem behaviors, and specifically bullying. Read the article.
Free Course – The Science of Happiness
Greater Good Science Center, September 9, 2014
Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the 8-week course zeroes in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social ties and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good. Students will learn about the cross-disciplinary research supporting this view, spanning the fields of psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and beyond. Starts September 9, but you can sign up after that, watch the video and have access to all course materials. Click here for more info and to register.
Movement toward mindful education is growing
Chronogram, September 1, 2014
Thanks to a blend of advances in neuroscience, creativity among educators, and sheer desperation, a movement toward mindful education is growing steadily—and the results are looking promising indeed. Teachers who institute a simple contemplative procedure into daily classroom routine report that kids rapidly come to love it and make the skill of centering their own, leading to improved academic performance and fewer disciplinary issues. Read the article.
Mindfulness Education – Going beyond the classroom
Alive, September, 2014
Although children are inherently attuned to open-minded curiosity and acceptance while enjoying experiences in the moment, external stresses and chaotic lifestyles can make it difficult for them to know how to relax, or even how to notice and understand their emotions. Schools across the nation as well as around the world have recognized these growing challenges, and as a result, many are incorporating the practice of mindfulness within their curricula. Read the article.
Outrage ‘won’t stop mindful classrooms’ – expert
New Zealand, August 29, 2014
Kiwis could soon be seeing more “mindful” classrooms, as the calming technique gains traction overseas, experts say. The proposed use of “mindfulness” at Riversdale School in Southland has already angered some parents, who are distrustful of its Buddhist origins and believe the practice will allow “the devil” to get inside children’s heads. Read the article. Read earlier article.
New Book for College Students – Mindful Way to Study
Mindfulness in Education Network Digest, August 12, 2014
The primary audience is college students with limited or no knowledge of mindfulness and professors who want to introduce mindfulness into any of their courses. The best use may be as supplementary course reading material.
The Mindful Way to Study has been read and reviewed by a wide range of readers (see Amazon). It has recently appeared as #1 on the Amazon study skills list and it has been recommended for reading by organizations like the Mindfulness in Schools Project and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education.
The book can be purchased from Amazon by going to www.mindfulwaytostudy.com or going directly to the Amazon site.
New Meta-Analysis of Mindfulness-based Interventions in Schools
Frontiers in Psychology, June 29, 2014
This analysis suggests that mindfulness-based interventions for children and youths are able to increase cognitive capacity of attending and learning by nearly one standard deviation and yield an overall effect size of g = 0.40. The effect is stronger in studies where more mindfulness training and home practice has been implemented. Read the study.
How to introduce mindfulness into your classroom: nine handy tips
The Guardian, UK, July 23, 2014
Mindfulness, the technique of mastering “living in the moment”, helps us to combat distractions in a busy world. On a personal level, practising mindfulness can be really beneficial for teachers, but studies are increasingy showing that it can be helpful for students too. But how can you use it in the classroom? We ran a live chat on the topic recently. Plenty of teachers shared their advice, tips and tricks – here’s a round up of the ideas that were shared. Read the article.
Penn State gets $1.4 million grant for Learning to Breathe
University Park, PA, July 9, 2014
Teaching adolescents mindfulness practices that may strengthen their attention, executive function and emotion regulation skills, and in turn improve their academic and social functioning, is the focus of a new grant received by the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State. The three-year, $1.4 million grant from the Institute on Education Sciences will enable the integration of mindfulness practices and teachings into the regular high school health curriculum by completing the development of the Learning to BREATHE (L2B) program. Read the article.
Mindfulness in Schools Research in Wisconsin
Madison.com, July 1, 2014
Thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the UW-Madison Center for Investigating Healthy Minds will start a three-year project this year with 700 fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Madison Metropolitan School District to see if using centuries-old mindfulness techniques can improve grades, attitudes and behaviours. Read the article.
Bringing Mindfulness to the School Curriculum
Macleans, June 15, 2014
More and more kids across Canada are learning meditation techniques. Not everyone thinks it’s a good use of time…
Despite that ominous subtitle, this article does a good job exploring the use of mindfulness in schools, the resistance it faces, and its many successes. Read the article.
Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits
New York Times, May 12, 2014
Written by emotional intelligence expert Daniel Goleman. Poor planning, wandering attention and trouble inhibiting impulses all signify lapses in cognitive control. Now a growing stream of research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its adult equivalent, attention deficit disorder. Read the article.
High School Mindfulness program earns Toronto DSB Excellence Award
Toronto District School Board, May 8, 2014
The Mindfulness Project at Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute earned an Excellence Award from the TDSB, recognizing the work of teachers Robin Daniels and Whitney Aziz, social worker Marjorie James and Principal Sandy Kaskens. The Mindfulness Project teaches Grade 9 students techniques for coping with stress and anxiety through a series of mindfulness sessions embedded in the school day and facilitated by staff. The initiative has caught on throughout the school, engaging both staff and students, who are experiencing the benefits of the training. This innovative program stands out as an example for how to support students and staff in the area of mental health and wellness, a key goal of the Years of Action plan. More info.
Becoming aware: Nashville schools bring mindfulness into the classroom
Chalkbeat Tennessee, May 8, 2014
Mindful Schools is now being used in 2 middle schools in Nashville, one private and one public. This article details how this came about, how it’s been implemented, and the outcomes for students and teachers. Read the article.
Why we will come to see mindfulness as mandatory
The Guardian, May 6, 2014
This increasingly popular tool for calming the mind, once seen as a New Age fad, could play a role in hospitals and schools. More info.
Videos of the 2014 MiEN Conference are now online
Mindfulness in Education Network, April 10, 2014
MIEN’s Seventh Annual Conference was held March 14 – 16, 2014 at the American University in Washington, D.C. Speakers included Congressman Tim Ryan, Mark Greenberg, Mirabai Bush, and founders of the Holistic Life Foundation. Click here to see the videos.
Ontario Education Strategy Released
April 7, 2014
On April 7, 2014, Ontario’s Ministry of Education released its new education strategy document, called “Achieving Excellence – A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario.” There’s plenty of good news! For more info – click here.
The Science of Mindfulness
University of Toronto Magazine, Spring 2014
Researchers are producing mountains of evidence that meditation can boost satisfaction, improve health and reduce burnout. By Cynthia Macdonald. Read the article.
UK Schools Could Teach Pupils Mindfulness
Daily Mail, March 13, 2014
Children in state primary and secondary schools could be trained in meditation to help them cope with stress. UK Schools minister David Laws says he is ‘very interested’ in promoting mindfulness in schools. He said evidence suggested the sessions could help boost pupils’ attitudes and motivation. Read the article.
The Mindful Revolution
Time Magazine, February 4, 2014
Mindfulness has hit the mainstream when it makes the cover of Time Magazine as it did in February. Kate Pickert describes her own experiences with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program. The article goes on to examine the mounting evidence on the many benefits of mindfulness and to discuss moves by educators and the American armed forces to introduce the practice in schools and the army. Click here to see the preview. Payment is required to read the full article.
Davos: Mindfulness, Hotspots and Sleepwalkers
Huffington Post, January 26, 2014
Otto Scharmer, a senior lecturer and the founding chair of the Presencing Institute returned from the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland convinced that mindfulness is reaching a tipping point. The conference brings together many world leaders and top corporate executives. Discussions usually focus on issues like GDP projections and inflation targets. This year mindfulness was the hot topic. Read more.
An Antidote for Mindlessness
The New Yorker, January 29,2014
This piece includes a look at the work of cognitive psychologist Ellen Langer as well as neuroscientist Amishi Jha’s study of University of Miami students. Read the full article.
A parenting trend with an anti-guilt clause
Globe and Mail, January 20, 2014
Used in formal meditation practices and clinical settings to help with anxiety and depression, meditation is now used in schools as a tool to help exam-riddled adolescents and teens – and their teachers – cope. And as researchers continue to measure its benefits, anecdotal evidence is mounting that it can help kids build social and emotional skills, including resilience and compassion. Read the full article.
Mindfulness Helping High School Students
CTV News, January 17, 2014
The Toronto District School Board is using Learning to Breathe, a mindfulness program for middle and high school students, to help them deal with day to day issues. Watch the video.
Summer 2014 Educator Retreat Scholarships Announced
January 15, 2014
If you’re interested in a mindfulness retreat of between 5 – 30 days this summer, the Hemera Foundation is offering scholarships of up to US $2,500 for fees, lodging and meals (travel is not covered) to educators who either currently work full-time in K-12 education or are enrolled in a Master’s degree program in education. The application deadline for Hemera’s Summer 2014 Contemplative Fellowships for Educators is March 21, 2014. Fellowship awards for Summer 2014 will be announced on April 15, 2014. For more information go to hemerafoundation.fluidreview.com.
Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools
SF Gate, January 12, 2014
San Francisco schools Superintendent Richard Carranza says research is showing that transcendental meditation program Quiet Time is having big effects on student performance, and that new standards emphasize social and emotional learning. Read the full article.
Mindfulness Flash Mob at York University
December 26, 2013
Click here for footage from a flash meditation mob at York earlier in the year, organized by the Healthy Student Initiative, a program that offers free one-hour mindfulness tutorials to York University students, in-person and online.
New master’s degree at SFU marries education with mindfulness
December 16, 2013
In a society where people are stressed and education systems are fraught with frustration, SFU’s Faculty of Education is introducing North America’s first Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches in Education. The application deadline is March 15, 2014. Read the full article.
Separating Anxiety From the Present Moment- Is Mindfulness the Key?
Huffington Post, November 21, 2013
Andrew Cunningham argues that anxiety and the present moment are mutually exclusive events. Read the full article.
Forget Delayed Gratification: What Kids Really Need Is Cognitive Control
Time Magazine, October 7, 2013
Teachers in New York say a short breathing exercise for grade 2 students makes them more focused and calm through the rest of the school day. Read the full article.