Miami-Dade County Public School 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for Educators
MKM's primary program is the groundbreaking, system-wide collaboration with M-DCPS to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to teachers, counselors, psychologist and social workers throughout the district. The program's successful pilot led the M-DCPS Board to renew the MBSR programs and its partnership with MKM. National experts are convinced the most effective method of teaching mindfulness to children/teens is through mindfulness-trained teachers who embody mindfulness behavior in the classroom by a calm moment-to-moment awareness and kind presence toward every student.
For the 2016-17 school year MKM will provide training to more than 300 M-DCPS educators at different venues across the county. We expect the training will have an immediate benefit on educators in productivity, satisfaction and ability to connect with students.
Students themselves are expected to: improve focus, attention, self-regulation, kindness, compassion, performance, and reduce disciplinary referrals. Give Miami Day Donations underwrites the deep discounts M-DCPS Educators receive.
12- Week Mindfulness Teacher Training Program
Mindful Teachers Training Program (MTTP) is a 12-week fun, experiential training for educators and health providers preparing to teach age-appropriate mindfulness practices, skills, games and activities. These methods train youth to increase attention and focus, reduce stress, improve emotional regulation and impulse control, regulate behavior, and cultivate kindness for themselves and others reducing bullying, aggression and violence.
The Program has four, 4-week modules:
- Mindful Movement increases awareness and takes kids out of automatic pilot.
- Mindful Games & Exercises teaches children how to pay attention and to increase focus.
- Mindful Relaxation relaxes children through guided awareness and attention, helps regulate over- stimulation and teaches proper breathing.
- Kindness Practices increases compassion and understanding of differences.
Camp Honey Shine Summer program
8 week summer program, held in the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, teaching Mindfulness practices to 3rd and 4th grade girls. These experiential practices help them develop a greater self-compassion, a better emotional regulation, and is aligned with the Honey Shine's objectives to help girls find their own voice and sense of direction in life, and to build social skills, physical and mental skills,
Educate Tomorrow/Summer Scholars Program
Public Defender's office requested Mindful Kids Miami present an Introduction to Mindfulness workshop for teens engaged in the Educate Tomorrow program, which assist youth aging out of the foster care system. The workshop included video presentations, educational information, experiential practice and open discussion with the group and handouts.
Child Bereavement Center Mindfulness Workshop
Half day workshop Introducing Mindfulness to the South Florida volunteers of the CBC. Participants experienced both formal Mindfulness Practices for themselves, as well as short Mindfulness practices to use with the children with whom they work.