Thank you to IL Special Education Leadership Academy and DuPage Regional Office of Education for partnering with us to launch our Wellness Team and Administrator Academy: Implementing Schoolwide Mindfulness for Well-Being, Equity & InclusionIllinois School Board of Education has approved us to lead this course (#3692) for three years. One "Administrator Academy" course per year totaling at least 6 hours (3 hours direct contact) is required for administrative license renewal in Illinois. Educators in other states can also take this course; you'd need to check with your licensure agency to see if it fulfills similar renewal requirements.

Our course is geared to K-12 school administrators and school wellness team leaders, but other school educators are also invited to attend. We recommend school wellness teams take the course together. Non-administrators can receive 6 PD clock hours rather than AA credits. In this case, you would not be required to read the book or complete the application assignment.  CEUs are not available at this time. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from COSEM.

See below for dates and details. Discounts for 5+ participants from same school. Contact Tracy at hello@educatingmindfully.org with any questions or if you'd like to host an in-person event at your ROE or school district. We can also present a similar 3-6 hour instruction session tailored to your learning environment in any US state.


$300/person, which includes a year's access for your whole school to our online Mindful Learning Center ($200 value)

Required Book

Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom by Jeanie M. Iberlin and Mike Ruyle


Required Article

Creating Trauma-informed Schools from the Inside-Out” by Shawn Nealy-Oparah & Tovi C. Scruggs-Hussein, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) EdCal Magazine, 2018

Course Schedule-Dates for fall online offering will be announced soon

  • July 1-9---View online the 6 hr pre-recorded instruction session

  • Read book and article (this can also take place before the course starts)

  • July 9---Attend 1.5 hr Zoom instruction/mentoring session online at 7pm Central 

  • Complete implementation plan application assignment

  • August 6---Attend 1.5 hr Zoom instruction/mentoring session online at 7pm Central


Once payment is received using the registration link above, a window will pop up containing a .pdf document with instructions.

Wellness Team and Administrator Academy: Implementing Schoolwide Mindfulness for Well-Being, Equity & Inclusion

Led by one or more of our experienced presenters:

Tovi C. Scruggs-Hussein

Matt Dewar

Gene Olsen

Lauren Beversdorf

Lindsey Frank


In this specially designed Wellness Team and Administrator Academy for district leaders, school leaders, and wellness teams, participants will become clear on what mindfulness is and is not. They will learn the benefits of mindfulness, the supporting research, and research-based practices. They will learn the most effective ways to integrate mindfulness in schools and classrooms, how mindfulness supports stress reduction, prevention of negative impacts of primary and secondary trauma, interrupts implicit bias, and cultivates empathy. These factors enhance the creation of a positive culture climate in schools, improving academic and more equitable outcomes in our schools.


Participants will explore and strategize how to integrate mindfulness into their K-12 school community in a way that honors its unique environment, culture, and goals. We will also share adaptations for teaching mindfulness in a variety of special education settings.


Part 1

The course will start with 6 hours of instruction from our leadership team, all with extensive experience and expertise in mindfulness-based social-emotional learning. This will take place in-person or via video online, depending on whether participants register for an in-person or online course. 


Part 2

Before or after the initial 6 hours of instruction, participants are encouraged (required for those wanting AA credits) to read the book Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom - effective, low-cost ways for educators to help students manage stress. This will be followed by a 1.5 hour online direct-contact instruction/mentoring session. 


In this session, participants and instructors will share experiences teaching mindfulness strategies in school settings in the categories highlighted in the book: stress reduction, attention, emotional control, positive self-concept, and positive interactions. We will dive deeper into considerations for designing a mindfulness implementation plan based on the leadership roles and school types of the participants.  


Part 3

The course will conclude with an ISBE-required application component (for those wanting AA credits) where participants will design a mindfulness implementation plan for their school. Participants will use the template from Chapter 7 of the course book and provide details on their specific goals, measurements of success, people responsible for carrying out tasks, resources needed, and date for completion of each task. 


This will be followed by a 1.5 hour online direct-contact instruction/mentoring session along with the cohort of participants taking the course at the same time. Instructors will have the opportunity to review the plans prior to this second instruction session and provide feedback and guidance, supporting and learning from each other.


Presenter Bios:

Tovi C. Scruggs-Hussein, COSEM's president, is a visionary educator, author, and award-winning urban high school principal with over 25 years of emotional intelligence and self-mastery experience.  She has served as California’s Regional Executive Director of Partners in School Innovation, founding co-director of the Association of CA School Administrators Equity Leaders Academy and Regional State Equity Representative, and co-founded a secondary school. Tovi is the founding co-teacher of the trauma-informed leadership course at Mills College.  Most recently, Tovi was personally trained with Brené Brown and is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and Courage Catalyst. Her other certifications are numerous and include Integral Coaching by New Ventures West,  Search Inside Yourself, and Niroga Institute.  

Dr. Matthew Dewar is COSEM's Past President and also a high school teacher, well-being coordinator, and learning facilitator at Lake Forest High School who has designed and implemented teacher professional development and school wellness curricula, including mindfulness-based wellness for faculty and students. His work has been featured on TEDx, NPR, and the National Wellness Institute's podcast. He has a forthcoming book with New Harbinger titled The Breathing Workbook for Teens. He is the author of Education and Well-Being: An Ontological InquiryWatch Matt's TEDx Talk.

Gene Olsen supports students, staff and families in programming and planning for successful student outcomes for all children.  He has served as a teacher of students with disabilities, local and building IFT rep, member of the PARCC Educator Leadership Cadre, and has presented at multiple state conferences. His responsibilities include coordinating special education services and supervising staff. He also oversees the district's administration of services for IDEA, 504, McKinney Vento, Social Emotional Learning and DCFS. In his role, he has worked with federal and state initiatives, including PARCC, P20 Council, and CASEL. He is a member of the Illinois State Assessment Review Committee, and the Treasurer of the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE).  

Lauren Beversdorf teaches K-8 Spanish at Bannockburn School in Bannockburn, IL.  With 18+ years of experience working with all age groups, she also coordinates, designs and implements SEL and mindfulness curricula and multi-age lessons for students and fellow educators. She received her mindfulness instructor training through Teacher Advancement Courses, Gina Biegel’s MBSR-T program, the Mindful Schools curriculum and is an experienced certified yoga instructor. Her passion is teaching language and promoting stress-reduction, self-compassion, and self-awareness using mindful techniques to educators, students, and parents. Lauren has lead workshops, mindful groups, spoken at conferences, and presented a variety of mindfulness strategies in schools and workshops. She is also a certified ELL/Bilingual Educator.

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