Some of the Research

Integrating Mindfulness Training Into K-12 Education

Integrating Mindfulness Training Into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students 

Over the past decade, training in mindfulness—the intentional cultivation of moment-by-moment non-judgmental focused attention and awareness—has spread from its initial western applications in medicine to other fields, including education. This paper reviews research and curricula pertaining to the integration of mindfulness training into K-12 education, both indirectly by training teachers and through direct teaching of students. Research on the neurobiology of mindfulness in adults suggests that sustained mindfulness practice can enhance attentional and emotional self-regulation and promote flexibility, pointing toward significant potential benefits for both teachers and students. 

To read more:

http://www.stillquietplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/IMEK-12-ARTICLE-IN-JOURNAL-MINDFULNESS-ONLINE-VERSION-1.pdf 

Enhancing Cognitive and Social–Emotional Development

Enhancing Cognitive and Social–Emotional Development Through a Simple-to-Administer Mindfulness-Based School Program for Elementary School Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial

The authors hypothesized that a social and emotional learning (SEL) program involving mindfulness and caring for others, designed for elementary school students, would enhance cognitive control, reduce stress, promote well-being and prosociality, and produce positive school outcomes.  

To read more:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

/pmc/articles/PMC4323355/ 

Research Round-Up: Mindfulness in Schools

Research Round-Up: Mindfulness in Schools 

Research is trying to keep pace with the explosion of interest in school-based mindfulness programs. The last decade has seen a huge spike in secular applications of mindfulness, the practice of focusing our attention on our thoughts, feelings, and environment in the present moment. While the first wave of mindfulness-based programs were for adults, more recent efforts have targeted the well-being of children and adolescents; as a result, mindfulness programs in schools are becoming more and more widespread. This article from the Greater Good Science Center summarizes some recent findings.

To read more: 

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu

/article/item/research_round_up_school_

based_mindfulness_programs 

Additional Resources

Mindfulness Meditation May Lessen Anxiety, Promote Social Skills, And Improve Academic Performance Among Adolescents with Learning Disabilities. 

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/

10.1177/1533210107311624

James Beauchemin, MSW, Tiffany L. Hutchins, PhD, and Fiona Patterson, DSW Complementary Health Practice Review, Volume 13 Number 1; January 2008 

Additional Resources

Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits.

https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/12

/exercising-the-mind-to-treat-attention-deficits/?_r=0   

Retrieved from Goleman, D.; New York Times.  (2014, May 12).