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 culitvate 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.
IMPORTANT DATES & MESSAGES
ONLINE SUMMIT & MINDFUL LEARNING CENTER
Thank you to all who joined us for our free online Educating Mindfully Summit April 23-26, 2020! You can access the content here.
Each day we provided 12 learning choices, including informative sessions recorded at our 2019 and 2020 Educating Mindfully Conferences, inspirational interviews and chapter author chats, as well as learning content from aligning organizations.
Session topics included:
Teaching Mindfully During the Coronavirus Crisis
Panel: Race, Equity and Bias in Schools and Its Connection to Mindfulness
Teaching Mindfulness-Based Conflict Resolution: Skills that Work Beyond the Classroom
Student Mindful Mentors and Mindfulness Rooms
Mindful Culture and Mindful Self: Cultivating Staff Wellness to Impact Student Learning
Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma: Using Mind-Body Interventions
Growing Up Mindful, Capable and Resilient
A Mindful Approach to Healing Education-Based Trauma
Taking in the Good: Mindfulness for Teens and Young Adults
SEL and Mindfulness to Build Student-Teacher Connection
How to be a Racial Healing Ally in Your School
Six Sustainable Happiness Skills Fostered by Mindfulness
The Language of Mindfulness in the Early Years
Chair Yoga for Classrooms: Get Kids Moving and Ready to Learn
Taking Mindfulness to Scale: Whole-School Implementation
Cultivating Seeds of Compassion
Transformative Educational Leadership
Receiving mentorship from over 40 school educators and experts in the field, and learning about many mindfulness-based SEL resources, you'll be empowered to cultivate both a personal practice and a culture of mindfulness in your school community.
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 May 1, 2020, through April 30, 2021, including all four days (48+ sessions) of summit content, 30+ additional conference session recordings, interviews with school leaders and educators, webinars, and our Equity-Based Convo Series - as well as discounts from our resource provider partners.
Summit Finale with Special Guests
BOOK & GRANT PROGRAM
Proceeds from our new book support our educator grant program, state chapter activities and operating expenses. 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
Contact for bulk orders of 10 or more.
Book Intention and Description
THERE WILL BE NO IN-PERSON CONFERENCE THIS SCHOOL YEAR.
Our 2020 Educating Mindfully Conference was a huge success with attendees from 21 states and multiple countries. It 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 SEL (social and emotional learning) competencies and dives 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 had 30+ breakout session choices with an extensive array of mindfulness topics and programs covered with a focus on resources and furthering your professional development.
Saturday started with an interactive workshop led by James Butler, District SEL Mindfulness Specialist at Austin ISD, followed by a panel of educational equity thought leaders and ended with 15 breakout session choices with schools from across the globe sharing unique ways they are integrating mindfulness.
Thursday and Sunday had 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.
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.
Many pre and post-conference full and half-day workshops and
trainings are also held at EMCON.
Visit Other Events page for information on other workshops and learning events throughout the year; online and nationwide.
A Resource Fair networking event was held on 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 free webinars and special conversation series and share interviews with leading-edge educators and researchers in mindful education. Subscribe to join and you will get our newsletters that will keep you in the know, including COSEM and non-COSEM events and ways to connect with 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 Wellness Team and 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 made monetary donations or give a percentage of their program sales 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. Donate HERE.
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!!