Getting Started with Empowering Minds
Program Welcome Guide
Welcome to the Empowering Minds program! The Empowering Minds program was designed for teachers by teachers to be effective, easy-to-implement, and fun. We know that if teachers and students don’t want to do a program, it’s not going to work. That’s why our program requires minimal prep but is full of fun and engaging lesson plans with evidence-based interventions and a direct connection to CASEL’s five SEL competencies.
Read more on SEL and mindfulness, check out our tips for program implementation, and review some trauma-informed reminders in our getting started guide. Questions? Email us!
Setup your Classroom for Success
It can be really helpful to set up your classroom so students have a safe and calm area to go to in the classroom. In order to teach students how to self-regulate, a designed space with tools to help students can be very helpful. A calming corner can reduce negative behaviors by giving students a place to go and self-regulate.
Set up your own calming corner with these tips.
Prep the Materials for Engagement
Every Empowering Minds lesson has a corresponding journal entry. These help students review the lesson content and reflect. Each lesson plan ends with a printout for the journal page but many teachers find it easier to print them all at once and create binders for each student for the whole year. You can also find a poster to print out for your classroom.
Empowering Minds Training Opportunities
School licenses include 2 hours of live professional development to get schools going or deepen your use of SEL. School licenses also include yearlong support through email and video conferencing for administrators and teachers.
Each Empowering Minds lesson comes with explicit guidance on implementation and the program comes with over 20 videos guiding teachers and showing examples in the classroom.
Coming in June 2020: video modules of onboarding and trauma-informed trainings for schools and individual teachers.