An online mindfulness course designed especially for educators
Would you like to learn how to bring mindfulness to your classroom?
Do you feel like you could use some practical strategies for managing the stress of teaching?
MINDFULNESS is a powerful tool for teachers AND students!
“Mindfulness training can enhance teachers’ sense of well-being. It can also provide a buffer against the stress that arises from the demands and challenges of the classroom environment.”
-- Lisa Flook, University of Wisconsin-Madison
A 2016 study revealed that the most stressed-out profession in the United States was TEACHERS.
If you're a teacher, I know you're not surprised by this information. The demands of teaching and the accumulation of daily stress can take a toll on us, causing our physical and mental health to suffer (not to mention our relationships and our families!)
And as if it weren't stressful enough to know all of that, our stress impacts our students' stress levels, too! It can impair our relationships with young people, and even impact their educational success.
But as stressed-out as we are, we are committed to the important work of teaching. We came to this profession with a desire to nurture, educate, and inspire the next generation. We want to teach with passion, purpose, and presence.
We deserve all the support we can get in that endeavor. But too often, our professional development focuses on things like rubrics, state testing, or technology. And while those topics are important in allowing us to be successful in our work, we must also take time to ensure that we are not just good at what we do, but that we are fulfilled by what we do.
Luckily, the research doesn't just tell us we're stressed out, it tells us what can help! Several studies now point to the positive impact of mindfulness for teachers. Specifically, we know that when teachers practice mindfulness, it can lead to:
✔︎ better relationships with colleagues
✔︎ reduced symptoms of burnout
✔︎ lowered levels of stress
✔︎ greater resilience to stressors
✔︎ improved teaching effectiveness
✔︎ more successful classroom management
✔︎ improved relationships with students
MINDFULNESS FOR TEACHERS is an online, self-paced course. All of the content (see the outline below) is delivered one week at a time, and can be accessed across all of your devices. There is no need to be online at a particular time, and you have LIFETIME access to the content once you complete the course!
“Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.”
Sarah is a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor, and the Executive Director of Brilliant Mindfulness. She has taught mindfulness to thousands of people in workshops and trainings for teachers, students, parents, and families, and in her online courses. A teacher with 17 years of classroom experience, she also writes about mindfulness and joyful living on her popular blog Left Brain Buddha, and was featured in the August 2016 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. She has had a personal mindfulness practice for many years, and describes mindfulness as life-changing.
"Standing before a classroom every day is undeniably a courageous act.... You deserve whatever support is possible to make this endeavor both effective and fulfilling.”
Included in the course:
Mindfulness for Teachers
powerful personal &
“Sarah is the real deal! No gimmicks, no pressure. She guides participants on a journey that is uniquely their own, using the latest scientific research to feed the brain, and gentle mindful exercises that feed the heart.”
— Amy S., Professional Development Coordinator
“My daily work often requires me to make quick decisions and ‘fix’ things. I am constantly problem-solving and often feel the weight of having to come up with a solution to make things better for others. In the short time I spent in Sarah’s class, I have become much more reflective. I have slowed my reactions and take more time to just listen and process.”
— Sue I., Teacher and Gifted and Talented Coordinator
“Mindfulness has allowed me to more fully attend to the present moment, to stop chasing unproductive thoughts, and to exercise a greater degree of compassion towards myself. I’m a better teacher as a result of Sarah's class. Just ask my students!”
---High School Teacher
Continuing Education Credits
CEU's can be earned for this course; upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate documenting 20 clock hours (2 CEU's). You will need to check with your local continuing education committee to ensure that this course will be approved. This course satisfies Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies requirements for teacher licensing.
If you or your local committee has any questions, you can contact me here.
"Happy teachers will change the world."
Thich Nhat Hanh
What teachers say about mindfulness training with Sarah Rudell Beach:
"I have more patience with students at school, and unexpected problems stress me out less than they did before." ~middle school teacher
"If we can learn to hold ourselves and others with compassion, we will transform our lives. If we can teach this skill to children, we will change the world."
Sarah Rudell Beach