Mindfulness in?Schools: Resources for Teachers

Mindfulness, defined simply, means ?paying attention.? With the publication of over 2,000 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles in just the last few years touting the benefits of mindfulness, schools are now realizing the critical role of mindfulness in teaching and learning.

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.

John Kabat-Zinn

Sample the Curriculum

Experience the full depth of Empowering Minds with these free sample lessons. Each lesson includes a Core Content Lesson, Academic Extensions, and a Teaching Companion Video that you can try in your classroom today.


Mindfulness in Schools

Resources & Curriculum


Mindfulness &?SEL

Mindfulness?teaches students how to pay attention to the present moment. Our comprehensive, mindfulness-based social & emotional learning curriculum equips you and your students with all of the tools you need to reduce the impact of trauma and improve student outcomes. Enhance your teaching practices by using our step-by-step sample lessons in your classroom today.

Empowering Education offers the only fully-integrated mindfulness and SEL curriculum in the industry.?

Empowering Education’s trainings were informative, engaging, and generated the buy-in we needed to hit the ground running. Our teachers have a whole new way of understanding and responding to challenging behaviors.

Frank C.

K-8 Administrator, Denver Public Schools


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Provide Choice

Trauma occurs when one’s active response to threat does not work. In simple terms – the most traumatic situation is one where all of our choice is taken from us and we cannot escape. Sadly, teachers and administrators with positive intentions regularly create these...

Create Nourishing Routines

Students thrive on routine, especially students with trauma. While you may already have scheduled and predictable routines built into your school day, consider including or expanding the amount of ‘self-care rituals’ built into these routines. If students know that...


“To control the breathing is to control the mind. With different patterns of breathing, you can fall in love, you can hate someone, you can feel the whole spectrum of feelings just by changing your breathing.” - Marina Abramovic Our breath has been referred to by many...

Respond to Student Body Language

As we increase awareness of our own internal and external states, we also become more aware of these cues in others. Students are constantly communicating with us, mostly without any words at all. By paying attention to student’s body language we can adjust our...

External Modeling

Consider how subtle physical cues, including your body language, breath rate, pace of speech, tone of voice, and facial expressions, create reciprocal responses in your students and classroom culture. Attempting to create order by yelling or using controlling and...

Internal Modeling

A large part of a well-developed mindfulness practice involves bringing awareness to your emotional state from moment-to-moment and how your emotions influence those around you. Parents of young infants will understand this intuitively – when you are angry or upset,...