Click your state in the list below for chapter details
Contact Director of Chapters, Dina Evans, with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Dakota-none yet
New Hampshire-none yet
Rhode Island-none yet
South Carolina-none yet
West Virginia-none yet
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:
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!
COSEM Founder & Executive Director
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.
If you would like to facilitate meetings in another section of the state, contact Tracy.
Northwest Suburbs Section
Meeting Facilitators: Shawna Hoots-Prospect Heights SD23, Ella Prejzner-Grow Mindfully
Thursday, November 17th @ 7:00 p.m. (virtual)
Meeting Facilitator: Elspeth Stowe-Grant, U of C Lab Schools and Darcy Aksamitowski, Roycemore Early Childhood & Lower School Division Head
Wednesday, November 19th @ 6:30pm (Virtual)
Wednesday, December 14th @ 6:30pm (Virtual)
Wednesday, January 11th @ 6:30pm (Virtual)
February meeting will be in person - location/day to be determined
West Suburbs Section
Meeting Facilitator: Jenny Franz-Downers Grove South HS
North Shore Section
Meeting Facilitators: Matt Dewar-Lake Forest High School
For questions and to RSVP, contact Lauren at email@example.com.
In-person at North Shore Academy located at 760 Red Oak Lane in Highland Park.
Meeting Facilitator: Miriam (Mimi) Ojaghi-SEL Consultant at Dekalb Regional Office of Education
For questions and to RSVP, contact Mimi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In person at Dekalb ROE, 2500 North Annie Glidden Rd in Dekalb.
Meeting Facilitator: Amanda Cliburn and Kevin Soto, Mindful Life Project
For questions and to RSVP, contact Amanda at email@example.com
Local Mindfulness Resources (contact Tracy to add to list):
Gail Kolbeck, MEd, Behavior and Trauma-Informed Practices Strategist, Presenter and Mindfulness Practitioner in Springfield
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.
Mindfulness Consultant and Coach
215 901 4383
Founder of Bubbles and Flashlights
Bryn Mawr, PA
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdMindfullyPA/