Mindfulness for Teachers

Mindfulness- The Key

Mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety as it promotes a healthy level of self-care and wellness, eventually minimizing the risk of burnout and other health issues. A regular mindfulness practice helps teachers to be fully present and compassionate in the classroom, ensuring more effective teaching and classroom management. Student-teacher communication highly benefits from mindfulness practice, as it fosters a greater level of self-regulation and equanimity.

Studies show mindfulness training gives teachers:

  • Fewer symptoms of stress and burnout
  • Less emotional exhaustion
  • Greater sense of self compassion
  • Less emotional reactivity
  • Increased responsiveness to students’ needs
  • Better organization providing more time to teach lessons
  • Healthier relationships between teacher-student
  • Enhanced classroom climate

“When teachers learn mindfulness, they not only reap personal benefits such as reduced stress and burnout but their schools do as well.  Studies show that teachers who learned mindfulness reported greater efficacy in doing their jobs and had more emotionally supportive classrooms and better classroom organization.”

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Introduction: Mindfulness & Stress Reduction

Created for professional development, specifically for educators to help manage stress and create balance and calm.  Teachers will discover how mindfulness can impact their classroom’s learning and dynamics, and their relationships with students.

  • Format:
    • One session, 1.5 – 3 hours.
    • Delivery in person
  • Training includes:
    • Basic mindfulness concepts
    • Neuroscience and supportive research
    • Benefits of mindfulness for educators
    • Instructions to establish a personal mindfulness practice
    • Variety of guided practices
    • Strategies to help manage stress in and out of the classroom
    • Guided audio practice for use in classroom or home

Setting Foundations: Mindfulness for Teachers & Staff

Educators learn to develop a mindfulness practice, ways to handle stress, improve well-being, and communicate mindfully with students creating improved relationships with students and more compassioante classroom environment.

  • Format
    • Typically 10-14 hours needed over 6 – 10 sessions.
    • Customizable program which can be administered to fit the timing and scheduling of your school.
    • Delivery in person
  • Training includes
    • Essential mindfulness concepts
    • Essential self-compassion concepts
    • Weekly guidance in developing a mindfulness practice
    • Neuroscience
    • Efficient strategies for handling stress for classroom and home
    • Research on mindfulness for well being and in education
    • Hard copy or electronic materials to support learning
    • Guided audio practices to reinforce learning between sessions

“51% of teachers surveyed admitted to feeling “great stress” during the school week… But emotional support systems in schools are lacking… and scant professional training addresses teachers’ chronic stress.”


Jill did some wonderful work with teachers at LMS this fall… Her lessons were carefully conceived, organized well, and engaging. I particularly liked Jill’s open and approachable manner; she put everyone at ease. I feel like I have gained an incredibly valuable skill that I will use throughout my lifetime. And the evidence base is undeniable.

Andrea Clyne, Louisville Middle School Psychologist, CO

All students grew in terms of being able to redirect themselves and apply mindful strategies to lessen stress and empower themselves towards self direction and away from outside distractions.  Jill is organized, gentle, professional, and focused.  She manages children well and goes out of her way to be sensitive to how each child is different.  Specifically, she realizes that there is not one mindfulness method that works for everyone, so she adjusts approaches to that everyone can access her program.

Karen Fohrman, 4th grade teacher, Louisville Elementary School, CO

Her in class guidance was calm and relaxing easily taking each participant to the level of awareness they were ready for without pressure…I would highly recommend Jill to guide teachers, or anyone through the mindfulness approach!

Rebecca Bragg, Spanish Teacher, Louisville Middle School, CO


Teachers play a critical role in nurturing children’s well being. Unfortunately because the state of education today, teachers are overwhelmed.

Demands at the district level, meeting the needs of all students, lack of classroom support, keeping track of data, test preparation,  constant changes in curriculum, lengthy evaluation and documentation processes, and increasing class size, all contribute to the high levels of teachers’ stress and anxiety.

These factors may inhibit the degree to which teachers are able to create effective lessons and form optimal, meaningful relationships with their students. Just as important, stress has significant, negative health consequences. In the end, teachers are left feeling exhausted and frustrated.

Program Benefits

  • Increased ability to handle stress
  • Increased ability to focus and give attention
  • Greater capacity for relaxation
  • Greater self confidence
  • Greater sense of efficacy in doing their job
  • Greater self compassion
  • Promotes healthy relationships between teacher and students
  • Smoother classroom transitions
  • Improved classroom organization

“The participants [teachers who completed mindfulness training] reported that feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout all went down compared with a control group. In addition, when teachers were more mindful, ‘yelling went down’ and classrooms were rated as more emotionally positive and productive for students”

-KQED News Mindshift