Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM) is an educator-led
501c3 nonprofit that supports school communities by connecting them with mentors, resources, and trainings for mindfulness-based social, emotional, and cognitive learning. We empower educators to explore, personally practice and then cultivate a culture of mindfulness in their school communities. By joining forces and assisting each other as we implement holistic approaches to education, we equip the world's youth with skills to thrive and create a more equitable, compassionate world.
With our professional membership, you can support COSEM in more fully affecting systemic change while also supporting your personal and professional growth as a mindful educator or mindful school. Annual membership is $79 for individuals and $499 for schools and organizations. Members also have the option of earning 24 PDs/CEs each May.
Members have access to our online community using the Mighty Networks platform, connecting mindful educators and schools worldwide and allowing us to more fully join forces and affect change. Benefits include support groups, member mentorship meetings, self-care sessions, book clubs, professional development sessions, courses, and more--each led by experienced members and field experts.
EDUCATING MINDFULLY BOOK
With 40 chapters written by passionate educators representing all grades and roles in schools, our collaborative book utilizes inspiring storytelling to document the emergence of mindfulness in US education while also creating a comprehensive resource and field guide for school communities.
"If you want to know what's actually happening with mindfulness in schools, this is the perfect collection for educators. A superb collection of relevant, robust, and real-life examples to build understanding and capacity. As a school superintendent, this will be an invaluable resource for our teams." -Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D, Superintendent, Mt. Lebanon School District, PA
Read the book's reviews, table of contents, and introduction here.
Contact for bulk orders of 10 or more.
Proceeds from our book support our educator grant program, state chapter activities and operating expenses.
Book Intention and Description
THERE IS NO IN-PERSON CONFERENCE DURING THE 20-21 SCHOOL YEAR.
Both our 2019 and 2020 Educating Mindfully Conferences were a huge success with attendees from 21+ states and multiple countries. EMCON2020 was at the Westin Northwest in Itasca, IL, just west of Chicago O'Hare airport, on February 27-March 1, 2020.
Each day of EMCON develops adult social-emotional learning competencies and dives deep into how students learn, trauma-informed ACE (adverse childhood experience) healing practices, using mindfulness to disrupt bias and increase equity, creating a school culture of compassion and inclusion, restorative justice practices, and teacher self-care practices to manage stress and prevent burnout.
Mentorship is the first pillar of our mission and encompasses all we do. For example, COSEM values equity, belonging, and inclusion, so we provide free mentorship through our Equity-Based Conversation Series. Our goal with this series is to learn from each other, circulate ideas, and share best-practices we are using in our schools and classrooms. Every other month, our president Tovi Scruggs-Hussein meets with an equity leader to highlight the intersectionality of mindfulness, equity, and SEL. Participants have access to ask questions and enhance their practices.
Start your research by visiting our Resource page to learn about educator-recommended mindfulness curriculums, apps, books, self-care retreats, training courses, and more.
Connecting educators with resources is our second mission pillar.
A Resource Fair networking event is held at each EMCON. This is an opportunity to connect with session presenters, resource providers, and other attendees. In the past, there was over $10K in giveaways donated by resource providers.
The third pillar of our mission is trainings--created and led by COSEM members as well as connecting educators with other organizations' trainings. Many pre and post-conference full and half-day dive deep workshops and trainings are held at EMCON.
COSEM received federal grant funding from ISBE through ICSPS/SELA to design our Wellness Team and Administrator Academy:
Implementing School-wide Mindfulness for Well-Being, Equity & Inclusion. It is geared to school administrators but helpful for all members of a school's wellness team. An online version is being offered 3 times a year.
Visit our Partners webpage for information on other trainings, curriculums and learning events throughout the year; online and nationwide. Some even provide discounts to our website visitors.
Chapters are the heart of our mission and where inspired grassroots action happens. Our vision is to have free chapter meetings throughout each school year, happening all across the world, with educators practicing together, and supporting and mentoring each other as they implement holistic approaches to education at their schools.
Please consider facilitating chapter meetings in your area!
A special thanks to DuPage Regional Office of Education for providing participants with CPDUs or CEUs for each day of our conference. Along with ICSPS/SELA, they also partner with us for our Wellness Team and Administrator Academy. Thank you to CASE DuPage and NSSED for hosting multiple chapter meetings in Illinois this school year.
The other partners shown below have made monetary donations or give a significant portion of their program sales to COSEM.
Our Partners Webpage highlights a variety of programs, products and trainings; many giving discounts to our website visitors.
Your monetary, in-kind, give-away donations or promotional support of COSEM will help facilitate the integration of mindfulness in schools. By strengthening critical brain networks and both inter- and intra-personal competencies, mindfulness supports students academically, socially, emotionally, and more. Your support will make a multi-generational impact on mental health in America. Donate HERE.
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Daily practice is the most important element in developing the skills and aptitudes associated with mindfulness. To encourage educators and schools to practice ten minutes of mindfulness each day with their students, we are launching "Commit to 1%", an educator-led well-being campaign.
If we say that student mental wellness is our #1 priority, then dedicating at least ten school day minutes (approximately 1% of our waking day) to learning proactive brain-altering mental wellness practices is the next logical step. Daily mindfulness practice can help heal trauma and end much of the suffering that millions of students AND teachers experience each day as a result of the stress and anxiety that characterizes modern life.
If we all join the campaign and keep reminding our community and school leaders that mental wellness is our #1 priority, we can make a big impact. Big transformations start with just one mindfulness champion in a school community. . .that's you. . .and we are here to help!
Thank you for planning and hosting this spectacular event. I got so much value from this conference and began implementing techniques I learned immediately in my personal and professional life. Already, I see a positive difference in my classroom an in myself! Thank you for the gift of mindfulness!
This was absolutely the BEST conference I have ever attended. I thought I was going to learn how to help our kids, but found it was more about helping myself and the teachers. THEN we could help our kids.
Congratulations on an amazingly successful conference. Unlike most conferences I participate in, I departed feeling connected, authentically me, seen, heard, filled up with wisdom and new ideas, supported and so much more. And I’m just a program provider and presenter. I can’t even imagine what everyone else is feeling, though I did get a sense of that throughout. Thank you for creating a space for REAL discussion, reflection and honesty. This is TOUGH work. It is no panacea. And, it starts with us and our own practice, self-knowledge and self-care. So much richness these last few days. Thank you!
I’m back home Japan now and truly grateful to you for the amazing opportunity to attend your conference! Thank you so much for organizing such amazing opportunities for us and connecting us. I’m so glad that I had decided to come to Chicago to attend the wonderful conference.
The conference was an amazing experience of learning and networking with innovative beautiful people. I felt renewed and inspired.
Thank you so very much for gathering us together for the first COSEM conference. I'm so grateful to have been part of this experience and the ways I hope to bring it back to my own context. And I'm so appreciative of all the work it took to create.
It was truly inspiring to see such a passionate group of teachers and speakers come together to explore how to bring mindfulness to schools. We really enjoyed being a part of it and wanted to be sure to thank you again for your efforts and vision.
I left this conference feeling energized and inspired to incorporate mindfulness into my life and school buildings; I was amazed with the amount of resources I was able to bring back to my schools. Highly recommend attending!!