Mindfulness Teacher Training (Course # 20DIV0305A)



Registration open through 3/2/2020 11:59 PM EST


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Course Description

After a lot of research into best practices, we chose to work with Mindful Schools. They have created a network of educators from all 50 U.S. states and 100+ countries impacting more than 1,500,000 children and adolescents worldwide.

Mindfulness is a highly effective strategy to help teachers and students meet their psychological needs in school and throughout life. Providing students with the tools of mindfulness has the potential to improve their self-concept, interpersonal relationships, academic achievement, mental and physical health. Learn practical tools and strategies to incorporate mindfulness activities in the classroom and school.

Phase 1: Teacher Wellness (Prerequisite)
Mindfulness Fundamentals: Develop a personal mindfulness practice to deepen self-awareness and increase well-being. The central objective of this course is to introduce you to mindfulness mediation and help you cultivate a personal mindfulness practice. In this six-week blended learning course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation through a series of videos, readings, reflections, and guided mindfulness practices.
Online course: Mindfulness Fundamentals - March 6 - April 16
Face-to-Face Meetings: Thursdays, March 5, March 26, and April 16, 4:30 - 6:00 pm at Kent ISD, ESC Building, Parking lot #11
Cost: $125.00

Phase 2: Teach Mindfulness
Mindful Educator Essentials: Teach mindfulness to youth to build attention, self-regulation, and empathy. Learn how to integrate mindfulness into your work with youth using researched backed K-12 Mindful Schools Curriculum. In this six-week blended learning course, you will learn the basics of teaching mindfulness to students.Research finds that youth benefit from learning mindfulness in terms of improved cognitive outcomes, social-emotional skills, and well-being.
Online course: Mindful Educator Essentials - April 17 - May 28
Face-to-Face Meetings: Thursdays, April 30, May 14, and May 28, 4:30 - 6:00 pm at Kent ISD, ESC Building, Parking lot #11
Cost: $425.00

Classroom visits will be scheduled to either give you feedback e.g. coaching on a lesson you teach or to do a demonstration lesson in your classroom with your students.


Patti Ward, M.Ed.


Patti has been practicing mindfulness for many years and will confirm that it has changed her life in immeasurable ways. She has been teaching the Mindful Schools Curriculum since the spring of 2013. She has taught K – 12th graders in both private and public-school settings. She graduated from the Mindful Schools Yearlong Teacher Certification program in 2015, served as a mentor for the last two years and is now a Guiding Teacher for this program. She has also received training in Making Friends with Yourself, Learning to Breathe, and Koru Mindfulness.

With over 35 years of experience in the field of education and a M. Ed. in the area of Learning Disabilities, she has loved every aspect of her career. Whether it was as a special education teacher, a teacher consultant, a curriculum director, a professional learning consultant, title I director, adjunct instructor at Aquinas, CMU, or GVSU, educational consultant for Kent ISD or a supervisor for special education interns for GVSU, each role has taught her so much about the stressful and yet amazing educational system. Evidence is mounting about the positive effects that Mindfulness can play in our schools. Perhaps this is the future of education, and it can begin with us.

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Course Cost

The course cost is $125 for phase 1 and $550 for both Phase 1 & 2

Credit Information

Course: Hours - 45

SCECHs- 18-45


Kent ISD/ESC Building, LOT #11

2930 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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