CHAPTERS

Click your state in the list below for state and local chapter details

 

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

Western USA

Alaska

Arizona

California

Colorado

Hawaii-none yet

Idaho-none yet

Montana-none yet

Nevada-none yet

New Mexico

Oklahoma-none yet

Oregon-none yet

Texas

Utah-none yet

Washington

Wyoming-none yet

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

Nebraska-none yet

North Dakota-none yet

Ohio-none yet

South Dakota

Tennessee-none yet

Wisconsin

Eastern USA

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia-coming soon

Maine

Maryland-none yet

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina-none yet

Vermont

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, 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 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 bi-monthly mentorship meetings to

 

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. Our vision is to create partnerships with large corporations, insurance companies, local community organizations, and family foundations to help bring free and low-cost learning opportunities to educators through our chapters, especially in areas that would not otherwise have access to trainings.

Thank you in advance for your inspired action!

Alaska

Chapter Coordinator:

Monica Claridge

Kodiak, AK

Monica.Claridge@kibsd.org

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Arizona

Chapter Coordinator:

Meghan Sutherland

sutherland.meghan@gmail.com

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

California

Chapter Coordinator:

We are seeking this position

San Diego Section

Meeting Facilitator:

Craig Collins

daddyo238@gmail.com

Santa Clara Section

Meeting Facilitator:

Jennifer Holling-Blake

Jennifer_Holling-Blake@sccoe.org

 

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

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Click the join link above to let us know what area of the state you live and once we gather some interested educators, we'll plan some chapter meetings in the areas where they live. Until then, let's stay connected on our Facebook group.

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Colorado

Chapter Coordinator:

Dave Smucker

dave.smucker@janlevergroup.com

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Delaware

Chapter Co-Coordinators:

Ashlee Upp, Khayree Bey, Teri Lawler

DEChapter@educatingmindfully.org

Facebook group: Coming Soon

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Florida

Chapter Coordinator:

Mary Torres mariposayogatampa@gmail.com

Facebook group: Coming soon

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Illinois

Chapter Coordinator:

Tracy Heilers

COSEM Founder & Executive Director

hello@educatingmindfully.org

630 337 7452

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

Upcoming Events: We will have chapter meetings in each of the locations below during the school year. With COVID, things are a bit up in the air and most meetings will be online. If you can 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 meetings are held using Zoom at 6:00 pm on Tuesdays, Feb 23 and Apr 20, 2021. 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 on Zoom on Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 8, May 6 at 4:00.  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 Facilitators: Jenny Franz-Downers Grove South HS, Gene Olsen-SD 89

Chapter meetings TBA. Meetings are all at CASE DuPage, 22W600 Butterfield Rd in Glen Ellyn and they will provide 2 CEU/PD credits for each. 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 is on Zoom at 3:30 pm on Monday, Jan 25, 2021. 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

Chapter meetings TBA. They will be 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

 

Indiana

Chapter Coordinator:

Jennifer Haston-Maciejewski

jhaston@gcsc.k12.in.us

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Kentucky

Chapter Coordinator:

Cindy Plappert 

cindy.plappert@gmail.com

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Michigan

State Chapter Co-Coordinators

Kristen Ervin---kristinervin@gmail.com

Brittany Wiggins---bwiggins@corunna.k12.mi.us

Grand Rapids Section

Meeting Facilitator: 

Patti Ward

mindfulmomentsinedu@gmail.com

Hancock/Houghton Section

Meeting Facilitator: 

Liz Leach

lizleach@sbcglobal.net

West Shores Section

Meeting Facilitator: 

Lisa Cobb

peaceandlovelisa@gmail.com

Traverse Bay Section

Meeting Facilitator: 

Kristen Ryder

kryder@tbaisd.org

Montcalm County Section

Meeting Facilitator: 

Kire Wierda

kjwierda@gmail.com

SW/St Joseph Section

Meeting Facilitator: 

Kathleen Belonga

kathleen@childlightyoga.com

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Minnesota

Chapter Coordinator

Kathy Flamino

kathy@1000-petals.com

Facebook group: Coming Soon

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Missouri

Chapter Coordinator:

We are seeking this position

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Massachusetts Section 

Meeting Facilitator:

We are seeking this position

Maine Section 

Meeting Facilitator:

Stacey Fetterman

stacyfett@aol.com

New Hampshire Section 

Meeting Facilitator:

Emily Ekis

emily.ekis@sau41.org

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

Upcoming Events: We'll no longer have this regional chapter, but instead will be creating separate chapters for each state. We'll update this webpage soon to reflect this.

Local Mindfulness Resources: More coming soon

Calmer Choice

CT Teachers for Yoga and Mindfulness in Schools Facebook group

 

New Jersey

Chapter Co-Coordinator:

Nicole Meyrick

meyrickn@gmail.com

Chapter Co-Coordinator:

Maral Varjabedyan

mvarjabedyan@gmail.com

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

New Mexico

Chapter Coordinator:

We are seeking this position

Santa Fe Section

Meeting Facilitator:

Yvonne Sebastian

yvonne@mountaincloud.org

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: 

Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute​

 

New York

Chapter Coordinators:

Sharyn Hahn and Ohilda Holguin

nychapter@educatingmindfully.org

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

Upcoming Events:  The next chapter meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, January 26 at 8:00 pm. 

RSVP at nychapter@educatingmindfully.org.

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

North Carolina

Chapter Co-Coordinator:

Melinda Willingham

Alamance-Burlington School System

melinda_willingham@abss.k12.nc.us

Chapter Co-Coordinator:

Candice Davies

Cary, NC

dimedia14@gmail.com

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: 

Integrity Movement Studio

 
 

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:

We are seeking this position

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming Soon

South Dakota

Chapter Coordinator:

Sheila Anderson

Britton, SD

Sheila.a.anderson@k12.sd.us

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Texas

Chapter Coordinator:

We are seeking this position

Houston Section

Meeting Facilitator:

Athea Davis

atheadavis@gmail.com

Facebook group: Coming soon

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Virginia

Chapter Coordinator:

We are seeking this position

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 
 

Washington

Chapter Coordinator:

Renee Metty

Seattle, WA

connect@withpause.com

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

Washington DC

Chapter Coordinator:

Cheryl Dodwell

Executive Director-Peace of Mind

cheryl@dodwell.net

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Wisconsin

Chapter Coordinator:

Molly Holsen

Milwaukee, WI

mollyholsen@gmail.com

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Canada

Ontario Chapter Facilitator:

Angela Ventrice

letitbemindfulness@gmail.com

Ontario Chapter Faciliator:

Lisa Clarke

lisa@lalawellness.ca

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: 

laLA Wellness Yoga and Mindfulness Programs

 

United Kingdom

Scotland Chapter Coordinator:

David Hooper

mindfulinfo@mindfulnesspracticeltd.co.uk

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

Upcoming Events: Coming Soon

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 
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