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APRIL 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

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How mindfulness supports social justice conversations in elementary school?
What's in the Peace of Mind Social Justice Lesson Supplement for Grades 3-5?
How you can integrate social justice lessons into your ELA Curriculum?


Bring your questions, experiences and ideas to our Spring Community of Practice Gathering on Thursday April 7th!  Third grade teacher Syreetta McArthur and  Peace Teacher Linda Ryden, author of the Peace of Mind Social Justice Lessons, will share their insights followed by Q&A and group discussion.  We'll open and close with mindfulness practice for our own well-being, as we do. 

Free * All Welcome * Register now!
Register for Community of Practice

Calling all DCPS and DCPCS educators - 

Teaching Peace of Mind: Taking a Trauma-sensitive Approach
Tuesday, April 26 * 4-5 p.m. * on Zoom * Free * 1 PLU


In this interactive session we will highlight the essential components and approaches that make Peace of Mind transformative for students.  We will dive into the importance of a trauma sensitive approach and  talk about how to identify  and respond to signs of student dysregulation during mindfulness practice.   You will have the chance to try on key lesson components including leading mindfulness practices and engaging mindfulness helpers in trauma-sensitive ways.

This training is intended for educator and school staff serving grades preK-Grade 8. Washington DC Public School and Public Charter School educators will receive 1 professional learning unit (PLU) for full participation. 

Register for April "Mini PD"

POM COMMUNITY NEWS

Mission Moment: "Preparing our children for a time such as this."

Over the next few months, we will be sharing Mission Moments from Peace of Mind Educators and parents: short stories of how the skills students learn in Peace of Mind support their own well-being and allow them to stand up for the well-being of others.  We start with a powerful story from Syreetta McArthur, who will be one of the speakers at our Community of Practice next week, about how her students drew on their mindfulness skills on the day after January 6th, 2021.

Third Grade Teacher Syreetta McArthur talks about how her students were able to draw on their Peace of Mind skills when it really mattered.

 

MONTHLY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

Gravity Hands is a great practice to use when things feel a little overwhelming.  Find more practices in Peace of Mind's free video library!
Peace of Mind Video Library

WHAT'S NEW IN THE SHOP

Peace of Mind's Social Justice Resources

The social justice oriented lessons in Peace of Mind resources are all built on a foundation of mindful compassion for self and others and metacognition skills that help us notice what we are thinking. Our goal is to encourage compassionate curiosity about ourselves and others and to help children consider what they believe in and how they want to act on those beliefs. 

Peace of Mind Social Justice Lesson Supplement for Grades 3-5
17 lessons designed to be taught alongside The Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grade 3 and The Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grades 4 & 5.  The Core Curriculum guides teach the critical foundation for these conversations: self awareness, self regulation, compassion for self and others. Once these skills are being practiced regularly in the classroom, introducing the Social Justice lessons can help educators enter into challenging conversations about stereotypes, bias, discrimination, race, racism and standing up for what you believe in.  

The Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Middle School
Building on the foundation of mindfulness self-awareness and regulation, compassion, inclusion and kindness built in the preceding units, the final 12 lesson unit of this curriculum are focused on identity, stereotypes, bias, discrimination, race, racism and standing up for what you believe in. 

Social Justice Curriculum

GRATITUDE

Thank you!

We are excited to share that we welcomed two new foundation funders in March!





We are so grateful to The Healthier, Greener and Kinder Foundation for their  generous grant supporting the development and publication of our 7th storybook, tentatively titled The Worry Channel.  This book will help young children use the practice of metacognition to notice what they are thinking about and "change the channel" away from worries.   It's wonderful to be able to share this powerful practice with children sooner rather than later!   We're honored to receive support from this new and vibrant Foundation!



We are so grateful to The Nora Roberts Foundation for their generous grant supporting the implementation of effective, innovative mindfulness-based social and emotional learning in our schools.  This grant ensures we can keep our resources free and low-cost to help educators equip students with the skills to notice and manage big emotions, build healthy relationships, solve conflicts peacefully, and stand up for the well-being of others in this challenging time.  We are so inspired by the Foundation's belief in our mission and honor their commitment to funding children's programs and other critical causes!

In peace,
Cheryl, Linda and The Peace of Mind team 

 
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