Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM) is an educator-led
501c3 nonprofit that supports school communities by connecting them with mentors, trainings, and resources for mindfulness-based social, emotional and cognitive learning. We empower educators to explore, personally practice and then embed mindfulness in their classrooms. 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 compassionate world!
Our 2019 inaugural Educating Mindfully Conference was a huge success with attendees from 18 states and 4 nations. Our 2020 conference will be at the Westin Northwest in Itasca, IL, just west of Chicago O'Hare airport on February 27-March 1, 2020.
Each day of our Educating Mindfully Conference will develop adult SEL (social-emotional learning) competencies and dive deep into how students learn, trauma-informed ACE (adverse childhood experience) healing practices, using mindfulness as an equity tool, creating a school culture of compassion and inclusion, restorative justice practices, and teacher self-care practices to manage stress and prevent burnout.
Friday aligns with Kane and DuPage County's Teacher Institute Day and will have an extensive array of mindfulness topics and programs covered with a focus on resources and furthering your professional development.
Saturday will start with an interactive workshop led by James Butler, District SEL Mindfulness Specialist at Austin ISD, and will end with schools from across the globe sharing unique ways they are integrating mindfulness.
Thursday and Sunday will have full and half-day workshops and training intensives focused on deepening our understanding and practice of yoga and mindfulness, and in some cases, gaining confidence using specific curriculums.
MINDFUL LEARNING CENTER
Can't attend? Support our mission by purchasing an annual membership to our Mindful Learning Center - $100/individual and $200/school. You will then have access to our growing video library through mid-April 2021, including conference presentations, interviews with school leaders and educators, webinars and our Equity-Based Convo Series - as well as discounts from our resource provider partners.
Don't want to miss a conference session? Conference attendees get 50% off if purchased at the time of registration.
BOOK AND GRANT PROGRAM
Proceeds from our new book support our educator grant program, state chapter activities and operating expenses. With over three dozen chapters written by passionate educators, our collaborative book utilizes inspiring storytelling to document the emergence of mindfulness in US education while also creating a comprehensive resource for school communities.
Dive in with us for a multi-perspective exploration of how establishing a foundation of mindfulness prioritizes well-being, supercharges all learning, and creates compassionate learning communities that are safe, inclusive, and equitable.
"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
Many pre and post-conference full and half-day workshops and trainings will be held on the Thursday and Sunday of EMCON2020.
One of the pre-conference offerings is our new Administrator Academy: Implementing School-wide Mindfulness for Well-Being, Equity & Inclusion. It is geared to school administrators and helpful for all members of a school's wellness team. An online version is also being offered 3 times a year.
Visit Other Events page for information on other workshops and learning events throughout the year; online and nationwide.
A Resource Fair networking event will be held on the Friday of EMCON2020 after the breakout sessions and before the School Mindfulness Champion Dinner. This is an opportunity to connect with session presenters, resource providers and other attendees. Last year there was over $10K in give-ways donated by resource providers.
Please visit our Resources page to learn about mindfulness curriculums, apps, books, self-care retreats, training courses, and more.
It's free to become a member of our Coalition of Schools and we are similar to a PTA in that 'you are already a member'! We'll host webinars, create mentoring groups, share interviews with leading edge educators and researchers in mindful education, get you discounts on professional development, share grant opportunities and more. If you officially join, you will get our newsletters and you can join our online Forum to meet, share ideas with, and support others who are also passionate about mindfulness in education.
Chapters (communities of practice) 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 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 Administrator Academy. Thank you to CASE DuPage and NSSED for hosting multiple chapter meetings in Illinois this school year.
Our main non-profit partner is Mindful Schools; thank you for your promotional support and Mindful Room Exhibition at EMCON2020. The other partners shown below have donated money or services, hosted fundraisers, paid for ads in our conference program, or are affiliates - some offering discounts to our Mindful Learning Center members, many also giving a portion of sales back to COSEM.
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.
Laser Family Foundation
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!!