This morning, Mindful Teacher Foundation president Jason Scott and instructor Mia Donovan participated in a conversation with Niala Boodhoo host of The 21st on WILL-AM. They were also joined by Dr. Amanda Moreno, Assistant Professor at the Erikson Institute in Chicago and lead researcher on a multi-year mindfulness-in-education study funded by the Department of Education. We're grateful for the opportunity to share what we've learned with the listeners of The 21st!
We're now enrolling participants for our 2017-18 "Mindful Teacher, Mindful Kids" program in Champaign Unit 4 and the Urbana School District!
Enrollment is limited to 8 teachers/staff per district, but we still have a few openings left. To sign up, please visit the professional development site for your district:
Urbana School District
Champaign Unit 4
The New York Times, Time Magazine, and 60 Minutes have all featured the practice of mindfulness in the last few years. Google and other major companies have included the technique in meetings. Hundreds of studies show engaging in the practice can cause changes in the brain resulting in less stress.
Seasoned practitioners and teachers Ann Flanagan Petry, Mia Donovan, and Suja Thomas will discuss mindfulness and guide you through some exercises to help bring more peace into your life.
Join us at the Champaign Public Library on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00 pm. Open to everyone!
We’re a small, volunteer-run non-profit, and we’re always looking for people to help us keep the Mindful Teacher Foundation and its programs running.
We're specifically looking for assistance in the areas described below. While expertise is helpful, volunteering is also a great way to learn and develop new skills.
- Fundraising & Development - Help us build a strong, engaged donor community and raise the resources we need to fund our programs and achieve our strategic goals.
- Communications & Outreach - Help us increase awareness and support among parents, teachers, school administrators, businesses, organizations, and other stakeholders.
- Programs - Help us develop and provide a mindfulness curriculum for teachers in K-12 schools.
- Research & Evaluation - Help us stay current with the latest research and assess our progress toward achieving program objectives and strategic goals.
- Finance & Legal - Help us ensure that the Mindful Teacher Foundation follows best practices for financial management and complies with state and federal laws.
If you live in the Champaign-Urbana area and would be interested in working with us, please take a moment to fill out our volunteer form.
In the News-Gazette yesterday, seven "Mindful Teacher, Mindful Kids" participants answered the question: "What does mindfulness mean to you?"
"Mindfulness training has been a real gift. I've learned to enjoy life, teaching and relationships in the present moment with kindness and curiosity." -- Jane Kuppler
Respondents include Jane Kuppler (Special Education, Central HS, Unit 4), Judy Pece (Social Studies, Urbana MS, USD), Kristin Monahan (Counselor, Franklin MS, Unit 4), Christine Cahill (Librarian, Carrie Busey Elementary, Unit 4), Mary Malloy (German, Centennial & Central HS, Unit 4), Cindy Sikes (Counselor, Urbana MS, USD), and Mindy Manolakes (Kindergarten, MLK Elementary, USD).
On Thursday, February 18, the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office is hosting a screening of the Mindful Schools documentary Room to Breathe. The event is scheduled for 7 pm - 8:30 pm in Room 22 of the Education Building, and admission is free.
The Mindful Teacher Foundation is participating in the discussion that follows the screening. Please see the flyer below for more details or visit the College of Education website.
We are pleased to announce that the Mindful Teacher Foundation has been awarded an Innovation and Collaboration Tour grant from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation.
The $25,447 grant will fund our "Mindful Teacher, Mindful Kids" staff development program in Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana School District 116 as well as a research project in the fall of 2016.
The Mindful Teacher Foundation is now registered with Amazon Smile!
Teachers and staff in Urbana School District 116 are now able to enroll in "Mindful Teacher, Mindful Kids" for the 2015-16 school year. Please visit the USD 116 professional development website to review the Fall 2015 Offerings Booklet and register online.
Teachers in Champaign Unit 4 are now eligible to enroll in our "Mindful Teacher, Mindful Kids" program for the 2015-16 school year. Please visit the Unit 4 staff development website for more information and to access the online registration form.
Heartfelt thanks to Urbana School District 116 for giving us an opportunity to pilot our mindfulness training course this semester! We learned a lot from our participants and made meaningful improvements for the next school year.
This September, the Mindful Teacher Foundation is offering courses through both the Unit 4 and the USD 116 staff development programs, and we also have exciting news to share about our funding so please stay tuned!
Welcome to 2015!
After many months of planning and preparation, the Mindful Teacher Foundation officially launches its programs this year. This fall, we’re working with Stratton Elementary in Champaign Unit 4 and the Urbana School District.
Also, we're now able to accept PayPal donations through our website. Our goal is to provide these programs at minimal or no cost to our local public school districts, and your support can help make this possible. Please visit the Donate page for more details.
Stay tuned for more news coming up in the months ahead!
This week we received our tax exemption letter from the Internal Revenue Service, recognizing The Mindful Teacher Foundation as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations to the organization are now deductible, and we're eligible to apply for funding and other support that requires federal tax-exempt status. We still have lots of work to do to prepare for fall 2015, but this letter is an important step forward!
The work of our board continues in 2014 as we prepare for the launch of our programs next year. We've formed a committee to develop our mindfulness training for teachers and another to research a curriculum framework for the classroom.
Our application for 501(c)(3) tax exemption is still pending, but we're optimistic that we'll receive a response from the IRS this calendar year so that we may begin our fundraising efforts.
In the meantime, we've prepared a presentation for teachers, administrators, and others who may be interested in our work. We're planning to run practice sessions to gather feedback and help us refine our programs.
If you'd like to participate in one of these sessions, please email us (email@example.com) or send us a message through our contact page.
The Mindful Teacher Foundation continues to make progress!
In April we submitted IRS Form 1023 (our application for recognition of tax exemption), and now we're focused on developing our mindfulness training programs for teachers.
The Programs page has been updated with more detailed descriptions of our outreach programs and workshops.
Also, the Board page now has more information about our officers and directors.
The resources page now includes books and videos. I hope to annotate these selections in the future and explain how they relate to our work. In the meantime, please enjoy, and send along your feedback and suggestions!
The Mindful Teacher Foundation site is now officially live!
We'll use this page to post any news, updates or revisions so please check back here often, or send us an email so we can keep you informed.