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.
8 Week Mindfulness Teacher Training Program
Mindful Teachers Training Program (MTTP) is a 8-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, 2-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.
Mindfulness Kids and Teens Series
Teens will learn mindfulness through games, group activities and focus awareness practices. Research has found that mindfulness training for children and teens increases attention and social emotional awareness.
Mindfulness Based Self-Compassion
The series will be led by the Only Certified MSC Teacher in Florida, trained by Christopher Germer, Ph.D., and Kirstin Neff, Ph.D., creators of the MSC program. This program is an adventure in self-discovery, self-kindness, and a common sense of humanity. The research-based curriculum is designed to cultivate the skills of self-compassion and to teach core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions and pain with a kind perspective and understanding. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves, care for others, and be fully human.
Mindfulness Inmersion (MI) is a 4-day, 28-hour psycho-edu. group intervention based on the curriculum of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, with modifications designed to activate stress-reducing internal mechanisms, cultivate compassion, and increase effectiveness in interpersonal communications
Taught 4 times per year by a senior mindfulness teacher, former trainer with the Center for Mindfulness in University of Massachusetts Medical School.