Mindfulness

“Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.” (Greater Good Science Center). “By helping students become aware of and then embody the connection between their emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations, students are better able to regulate their emotions, which then impacts things such as their behavior, stress levels, relationships, and ability to focus.” (Lantieri & Zakrzewski, 2015).

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Teacher Interview: Why debrief at the end of an SEL lesson? (video)

A teacher describes how she sets aside time for students to process and debrief a class activity in order so students recognize that they're developing social and emotional skills.

SOURCE: Anchorage Public Schools

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration mindfulness videos SEL competence teacher training model SEL schools elementary school grades instructional practices classroom level

Three Signature Practices handout for summer school staff

Handout used to introduce summer school staff to the 3 Signature SEL practices, with examples, alignment with existing priorities, and additional prompts for building community in a summer school setting.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS mindfulness three signature practices teacher tool social awareness self awareness instructional practices culture and climate building community

Three Signature Practices handout for challenging times in classrooms

Additional prompts for openings and closings are added to the standard 3 Signature Practices handout to place a greater focus on communication, trust, and connection during times students feel stressed, anxious, troubled, or other times when the classroom community needs a boost.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS mindfulness three signature practices teacher tool social awareness self awareness instructional practices culture and climate building community

Three Signature Practices handout for classroom teachers

Handout summarizing the 3 Signature SEL Practices, examples of each, and alignment with SEL competencies and school priorities.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS mindfulness three signature practices teacher tool social awareness self awareness instructional practices culture and climate building community

SEL 3 Signature Practices Playbook

CASEL's full guide to using the 3 Signature SEL practices, including a library of example activities and ideas and templates for adapting the playbook for your district.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS SEL and Academic Integration mindfulness three signature practices teacher tool toolkit social awareness self awareness instructional practices culture and climate building community SEL leadership

Norms of Collaboration

Washoe County's 7 norms of collaboration for group processes.

SOURCE: Washoe County School District

TAGS Adult SEL mindfulness social awareness self awareness relationship skills SEL competence teacher training building community professional learning

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Creating Shared Agreements

This tool from CASEL's Guide to Schoolwide SEL outlines a 4 step process for a school or district team to develop shared agreements about how they will work together to achieve a shared vision and nurture adult SEL.

SOURCE: CASEL

TAGS Adult SEL mindfulness teacher tool toolkit teacher training advisory/homeroom building community professional learning SEL leadership

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How to Develop Working Agreements for Any Group

Oakland's step-by-step instructions for establishing working agreements for a group, and returning to them regularly to check in.

SOURCE: Oakland Unified School District

TAGS Adult SEL mindfulness teacher tool teacher training advisory/homeroom building community professional learning

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Transforming Education: Resources for Educators

A collection of tools and toolkits, research, and webinars on mindfulness, self efficacy, self-management, social awareness, and the growth mindset.

SOURCE: Transforming Education

TAGS mindfulness teacher tool toolkit social awareness self management reading lists - staff SEL overview instructional practices classroom level professional learning

SEL and MTSS District Office Organizational Chart

Austin's organizational chart -- in this district, SEL and MTSS are housed in one department and includes support for health, counseling, dropout and truancy prevention, and disability.

SOURCE: Austin Independent School District

TAGS district organizational charts mindfulness human and financial resource alignment counselors MTSS integrate with district priorities

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