Peace Class teaches our children how to be part of a community that is kind, cooperative, intelligent and emotionally healthy.Janet Zwick, former 3rd grade teacher and parent at Lafayette Elementary School
I love the fact that I can combine this curriculum seamlessly with Responsive Classroom and yoga classes we already teach. – Kindergarten Teacher at a college preparatory independent school.
What is Peace of Mind?
Peace of Mind is an innovative mindfulness-based Social and Emotional learning program for Early Childhood through Fifth Grade. Peace of Mind recognizes mindfulness as essential to students’ acquisition and mastery of social and emotional skills and conflict resolution tools.
Peace of Mind teaches students how to: calm themselves, focus their attention, empathize with others, and resolve conflicts peacefully. Peace of Mind supports the 5 CASEL Core SEL Competencies and aligns with ASCA standards.
The Peace of Mind Curriculum Series includes 32 fully scripted lessons that focus on mindfulness practices, kindness and empathy, brain science and peaceful conflict resolution. Materials required include a bell or chime and readily-available storybooks (find a full list here).
The Peace of Mind Curriculum is extensively classroom-tested, reflecting best practices distilled from over 16,000 hours of teaching this material by curriculum authors Linda Ryden and Jillian Diesner. It is research-based, effective and flexible.
Peace of Mind works beautifully and has maximum impact as a school-wide, weekly curriculum, and may be integrated into many aspects of the school day.
Peace of Mind gives teachers and counselors the tools to shift the culture of a classroom, and a school, toward kindness and inclusion.
Curriculum developer Linda Ryden’s work and the Peace of Mind program have been recognized in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and on CBS, ABC and Fox5, and in the recently released film A Joyful Mind.
What Training Do You Recommend?
We have created the Peace of Mind Curriculum Series with professional educators in mind. Each Curricula includes the detailed guidance and fully-scripted lessons to allow you to pick it up and put it to work immediately for the children you care about.
We do not currently offer formal Peace of Mind training but are available for phone or zoom call consultation as you need it. We are passionate about this work and supporting others taking it up.
That said, we do highly recommend and encourage you to consider mindfulness training for yourself or your staff who will be teaching Peace of Mind. MindfulSchools.org may offer what you need in this regard.
We host Community of Practice Gatherings twice a year in the DC area to which all Peace of Mind teachers are invited. To receive an invitation, please join our mailing list here. We are looking at ways now to include the growing number of Peace of Mind educators outside of the DC area in these rich conversations as well. These are wonderful opportunities for Peace of Mind teachers to share stories, ask questions of the curriculum authors, and exchange ideas. Stay tuned!
Do You Offer Family Resources?
Once you have purchased Peace of Mind, we are glad to provide you with a sample Peace of Mind Family Letter and Fact Sheet and a sample monthly Peace of Mind Newsletter to help you introduce Peace of Mind to your students’ families. Just contact us at TeachPeaceofMind@gmail.com.
We offer videos of Peace of Mind‘s foundational mindfulness practices on our website to enable students to practice at home and to share what they are learning with their family members. Kids and parents love them; look for more soon!
More Peace of Mind parent companion resources are in the works. Stay tuned!
Where is Peace of Mind being used?
Home School: Over the last decade, teacher and curriculum author Linda Ryden and school counselor Jillian Diesner have actively developed the Peace of Mind Curriculum Series with their students at Lafayette Elementary School, the largest public elementary school in Washington DC. Together, they have invested over 16.000 hours in developing and teaching this curriculum.
DCPS Pilot Schools: Horace Mann Elementary School in Washington D.C., under the inspired leadership of Principal Liz Whisnant and Peace Teacher Courtney Hundley, successfully piloted the Peace of Mind program with their 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders in the 2016-2017 school year. Mann continues to use Peace of Mind with all grades.
Our DCPS pilot schools for the 2017-2018 school year include Orr Elementary School, West Education Campus, and Ross Elementary School. Pilot schools offer us the opportunity to learn together through surveys, reflection, and ongoing informal communication.
Peace of Mind Schools: The Peace of Mind Curriculum and Storybooks are being used in a growing number of public and independent schools in the Washington DC area, across the country and internationally. If you are interested in becoming a Peace of Mind school, please let us know!
For more information
- The Peace of Mind Curriculum Series
- Peace of Mind Storybooks and Puppets
- Bringing Peace of Mind to Your School
- Program Cost
- Grants for Title One Schools
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