CHAPTERS

Click your state in the list below for chapter details

 

Contact Director of Chapters, Lindsey Frank, with any questions: lindsey.frank2016@gmail.com

Western USA

Alaska

Arizona-none yet

California-none yet

Colorado-none yet

Hawaii-none yet

Idaho-none yet

Montana-none yet

Nevada-none yet

New Mexico

Oklahoma-none yet

Oregon-none yet

Texas-none yet

Utah-none yet

Washington

Wyoming

Central USA

Alabama-none yet

Arkansas-none yet

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa-none yet

Kansas-none yet

Kentucky

Louisiana-none yet

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi-none yet

Missouri-none yet

Nebraska-none yet

North Dakota-none yet

Ohio-none yet

South Dakota

Tennessee-none yet

Wisconsin

Eastern USA

Connecticut-none yet

Delaware

Florida-none yet

Georgia

Maine-none yet

Maryland

Massachusetts-none yet

New Hampshire-none yet

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island-none yet

South Carolina-none yet

Vermont-none yet

Virginia

Washington DC

West Virginia-none yet

International

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 virtually or in-person all across the world--communities of practice with educators supporting and mentoring each other as they implement holistic approaches to education at their schools.

 

Most chapter meetings are 1-1.5 hours long and have the following format:

  • Introductions

  • Mindfulness Practice

  • Presentation of Learning Topic (examples: guest speaker, a chapter from a book, lesson plan from a curriculum)

  • Discussion of Topic

  • Build Practice Toolkits for Teaching Mindfulness Practices to Students

  • Sharing and Information Exchange

We are seeking a Chapter Coordinator (or Co-Coordinators) in each US state (or country) to be the main email contact for their state (or country). The Chapter Coordinator does outreach to find chapter meeting host locations and facilitators in their state or country.  They also mentor their state's local chapter meeting facilitators. We host quarterly support meetings for chapter leadership. 

 

Each state or country's chapter will grow slowly and organically as more and more chapter meeting facilitators volunteer to host meetings in their areas. No mindfulness expertise is needed to be a chapter coordinator or meeting facilitator; just a personal practice and passion for connecting educators, building your leadership skills and growing the movement.

 

Once state chapters get rolling and membership grows, they can also organize expert trainings, retreats, workshops, or conferences for educators with the support of our nonprofit's infrastructure. We envision forming partnerships with large corporations, insurance companies, local community organizations, and foundations to help bring free and low-cost learning opportunities to educators through our chapters--joining together to create flourishing communities.

Thank you in advance for your inspired action!

Alaska

Local Chapter Contact:

Monica Claridge

Kodiak, AK

Monica.Claridge@kibsd.org

 

Delaware

Chapter Co-Coordinators:

Ashlee Upp, Khayree Bey, Teri Lawler

DEChapter@educatingmindfully.org

Upcoming Events: Our next chapter meeting is ​Wed, Oct 20, 4-5:15p ET; RSVP Here ​​

 

Georgia

Chapter Co-Coordinators:

Kimberly Bennett, Caitlin Nisos, and Ashley Baer 

GAChapter@educatingmindfully.org

Upcoming Events: Our next chapter meeting is Tue, Nov 30, 7-8p ET; RSVP HERE. ​

COSEM GA Chapter Website

COSEM GA Chapter Facebook Group

 

Illinois

Chapter Coordinator:

Tracy Heilers

COSEM Founder & Executive Director

hello@educatingmindfully.org

630 337 7452

Upcoming Events: During COVID times, we are joining our local chapters to have virtual quarterly meetings altogether with meeting facilitators taking turns leading them.

Our next chapter meeting is Thur, Nov 18, 7-8p CT;  RSVP Here.

 

If you would like to facilitate meetings in another section of the state, contact Tracy. 

 

We partnered with Glenbard Parent Series to bring the author of Alphabreaths and Raising Resilience, Dr. Chris Willard, to our area on Mar 10 and 11, 2020 (see photo below).

Northwest Suburbs Section 

Meeting Facilitators: Lindsey Frank-Arlington Heights SD59, Ella Prejzner-Grow Mindfully

Upcoming chapter meeting TBA. RSVP for chapter meetings HERE.  Questions? Contact ILchapterNWSub@educatingmindfully.org. Chapter website HERE.

 

Chicago Section 

Meeting Facilitator: Elspeth Stowe-Grant, U of C Lab Schools

Upcoming chapter meetings are TBA. To RSVP and for questions, contact Elspeth at estoweg@ucls.uchicago.edu.

 

In the future, they will be at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Directions: The street address is 5835 S. Kimbark. The meeting will take place in Judd Hall C116. Participants should enter the building through Gordon Parks Arts Hall located at the corner of 58th and Kimbark. Everyone will need to ring the bell and check-in with security.

 

West Suburbs Section 

Meeting Facilitator: Jenny Franz-Downers Grove South HS

Chapter meetings TBA. Register for each chapter meeting separately HERE. Contact Jenny with any questions at jfranz@csd99.org.

 

North Shore Section 

Meeting Facilitators: Lauren Beversdorf-Bannockburn School, Matt Dewar-Lake Forest High School

Next chapter meeting TBA. Non-COVID times, at North Shore Academy located at 760 Red Oak Lane in Highland Park. For questions and to RSVP, contact Lauren at lbeversdorf@bannockburnschool.org.

 

Dekalb Section 

Meeting Facilitator: Miriam (Mimi) Ojaghi-SEL Consultant at Dekalb Regional Office of Education

Next chapter meeting is TBA.  Non-COVID times at Dekalb ROE, 2500 North Annie Glidden Rd in Dekalb. For questions and to RSVP, contact Mimi at mojaghi@dekalbcounty.org.

 

Local Mindfulness Resources (contact Tracy to add to list):

Bring it! Home

Dr. Doug Bolton

Gail Kolbeck, MEd, Behavior and Trauma-Informed Practices Strategist, Presenter and Mindfulness Practitioner in Springfield

Grow Mindfully

Grow Through Mindfulness

Inseus MBSR Course

Dr. Kristen Brendel

Mindful Practices

Mission Propelle

Resilient Mind Consulting

Unity Wellness Group

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Indiana

Chapter Coordinator:

Jennifer Haston-Maciejewski

jhaston@gcsc.k12.in.us

 

Kentucky

Chapter Co-Coordinator:

Cindy Plappert 

cindy.plappert@gmail.com

Chapter Co-Coordinator:

Catherine Graber 

cgraber@virginia.edu

 

Maryland

Chapter Coordinator:

Mia Donovan

MDchapter@educatingmindfully.org

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdMindfullyNewEngland/

Upcoming Events: Our next chapter meeting is Tue, Nov 9, 4-5p ET;  RSVP Here

 

Michigan

Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education (MC4ME) is an established nonprofit that has a mission much like COSEM.  Rather than forming a Michigan COSEM chapter, if you are an educator from Michigan, we'd like to connect you with this outstanding organization.

 

Minnesota

Chapter Coordinator:

Kathy Flamino

kathy@1000-petals.com

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

 

New Jersey

Chapter Coordinator:

Maral Varjabedyan

mvarjabedyan@gmail.com

 

New Mexico

Chapter Coordinator:

We are seeking this position

Santa Fe

Meeting Facilitator:

Yvonne Sebastian

yvonne@mountaincloud.org

 

New York

Chapter Coordinator:

Sharyn Hahn

nychapter@educatingmindfully.org

Wantagh Section

Meeting Facilitator: 

Jennifer Vizina

bluebuffaloyoga@gmail.com

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdMindfullyNY/

Upcoming Events:  The next chapter meeting is  Thur, Oct 28, 7:15-8:45p ET; RSVP Here

 

North Carolina

Chapter Co-Coordinator:

Melinda Willingham

Alamance-Burlington School System

melinda_willingham@abss.k12.nc.us

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdMindfullyNC/

Local Mindfulness Resources: 

Integrity Movement Studio

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Pennsylvania

Chapter Coordinator:

Cindy Goldberg

Mindfulness Consultant and Coach

Jenkintown, PA

mindfulnesswithcindy@gmail.com

215 901 4383

Philadelphia Section 

Meeting Facilitator:

Stacey Mandel

Founder of Bubbles and Flashlights

Bryn Mawr, PA

bubblesflashlights@gmail.com 

Pittsburgh Section

Meeting Facilitator:

Ursula Lesic

urlc@verizon.net

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdMindfullyPA/

Upcoming Events: Our next chapter meeting is Wed, Oct 20, 4-5p ET;  RSVP HERE

South Dakota

Chapter Coordinator:

Sheila Anderson

Britton, SD

Sheila.a.anderson@k12.sd.us

 

Virginia

Chapter Coordinator:

Laurie Seidel

Roanoke, VA

lseidel@rcps.info

 
 

Washington

Chapter Coordinator:

Renee Metty

Seattle, WA

connect@withpause.com

Washington DC

Chapter Coordinator:

Cheryl Dodwell

Executive Director-Peace of Mind

cheryl@dodwell.net

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Wisconsin

Chapter Coordinator:

Molly Holsen

Milwaukee, WI

mollyholsen@gmail.com

 

Wyoming

Chapter Coordinator:

MWe are looking for a new coordinator; 

our previous one moved

 

Canada

Ontario Chapter Facilitator:

Angela Ventrice

letitbemindfulness@gmail.com

 

United Kingdom

Scotland Chapter Coordinator:

David Hooper

mindfulinfo@mindfulnesspracticeltd.co.uk