Mindfulness for Teachers
Teach with passion,
presence, and purpose

This course meets the requirements for the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners License Renewal.

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?

Discover how 
can be a powerful tool for you AND your 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
lower levels of stress
greater resilience to stress
improved teaching effectiveness
improved classroom management

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! To earn credit toward license renewal, you will complete short written reflections on the course content. 

“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."
Educator Parker Palmer
Your Instructor:
Sarah Rudell Beach, M.Ed.
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. Her first book will be published in the spring of 2018.

“The foundation for teaching mindfully is always our own mindfulness practice.”

Daniel Rechtschaffen

Course Outline
Week One: The Art (and the Heart) of Teaching

We'll begin with learning to slow down as we explore the art, and heart, of teaching:

practice basic mindfulness and relaxation strategies that invite you to give yourself permission to slow down and take care of yourself
connect to your purpose and your passion as an educator, and explore how to show up each day with intention and commitment
share your education journey with other members of the course as we explore and honor our identity as teachers
learn about the research-based formulas (yes, they exist!) for joyful and meaningful living so you can set yourself on a path of success and fulfillment 
Week Two: Mindfulness 101

This week we'll learn about mindfulness, and the research supporting its implementation in the classroom, and in our own lives.

learn what mindfulness is, and what it is NOT (there are a lot of misconceptions out there, especially in education!)
begin to practice mindfulness with guided meditations especially for teachers

explore the science of mindfulness and discover the fascinating ways mindfulness changes the brain

learn strategies for working with your thoughts and emotions
Week Three: Managing the Stress of Teaching

Next, we'll explore how mindfulness can help us meet the unique challenges of the classroom and the demands of teaching.

discover how your stress-response system is supposed to work, and how it is probably ACTUALLY working
learn mindfulness practices that help soothe the body's stress response
explore your classroom "triggers" and learn "in the moment" practices to keep your cool when your classroom feels crazy
discover the two primary ways we can manage our stress, and how to determine which type of mindfulness strategy to use
Week Four: Teaching Mindfully

One of the most important factors in student achievement, and in our own personal happiness, is our ability to be present and attuned as we do the crucial work of teaching.

learn about the fascinating field of interpersonal neurobiology, and understand how your attuned presence in the classroom impacts your students
discover the importance of being the stable nervous system in the classroom, and the amazing science behind our ability to help students self-regulate
find out the most important components of lesson delivery that have nothing to do with your lesson content
explore ways to structure your classroom in order to minimize disruptive behaviors
Week Five: The Mindful Classroom

In our final week together, we'll explore how to bring mindfulness into our work with young people.

learn simple, age-appropriate mindfulness practices to introduce to your classroom (pre-K through high school)
create simple mindfulness routines that will improve students' ability to focus and self-regulate
discover the important things you need to know before you bring mindfulness to your students
learn mindfulness-based positive behavior intervention strategies
Why Should You Take This Course?
This course will be great for you if you are looking for:

A course for teachers taught by a teacher
I taught high school social studies for 17 years, and I am still in schools every week, teaching mindfulness to kids ages 5-18, and helping teachers manage the stress of teaching. I've been there, and I get it.
A chance to reflect and connect
Rarely do teachers get time to reflect on WHY we teach. We don't often get to have honest conversations with other educators about our passion for teaching, and the challenges we face. You'll get that in Mindfulness for Teachers.
Stress-management strategies that actually work
I'm not going to tell you to go get a massage, or repeat vague platitudes like "Let it go." In Mindfulness for Teachers, you'll learn research-based practices that lead to less stress and greater joy, AND that fit into your busy day!
Practical ways to bring mindfulness to your students
Whether you teach pre-schoolers or seniors, you'll learn effective strategies for helping your students pay attention and work with their emotions. You'll discover powerful ways to teach and model mindfulness for kids!

"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.”

Kirke Olson

Included in the Course:
Guided Meditations 

Guided practices made especially for teachers!  You can download these to your device, so you can take a moment to pause and breathe any time during your day. 

Written Lessons and Reflection
Deepen your understanding of mindfulness, and explore the latest research on mindfulness for teachers and students
Instructional Videos
Easy-to-follow lessons with guided practices, clear explanations, and classroom take-aways
PDF Downloads & Classroom Handouts
You'll get printable reflection/journaling pages, key idea summaries, and handouts for classroom use
Teachers say this course has helped them...
care for themselves

“Sarah is the real deal! 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., Teacher and Professional Development Coordinator

slow down and listen

“As a teacher, 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 

be a better teacher

"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

"Happy teachers
will change
the world."

Thich Nhat Hanh
How Mindfulness Is Helping Teachers
"I have more patience with students at school, and unexpected problems stress me out less than they did before."
middle school teacher
 “I’ve become more understanding of others, and I’ve been better at communicating with my colleagues.”
high school English teacher
I am truly listening to my students. I am much more aware of the wait time each student needs and I find myself really listening to the questions my students are asking.”
high school math teacher
“I am more aware of my thoughts and being in the momentI can tell my heart isn’t racing as frequently or intensely.” 
4th-grade teacher