CHAPTERS

Western USA

Alaska

Arizona

California

Colorado

Hawaii-none yet

Idaho-none yet

Montana-none yet

Nevada-none yet

New Mexico-none yet

Oklahoma-none yet

Oregon-none yet

Texas

Utah-none yet

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-none yet

Florida-none yet

Georgia-none yet

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 (communities of practice) 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.

 

Most chapter meetings are 1-2 hours long and have the following format:

  • Introductions

  • Mindfulness Activity and Reflection Exercise

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

  • Discussion of Topic

  • Build Practice Toolkit for Teaching Mindfulness Practices to Students

  • Sharing and Information Exchange

 

 

By the end of 2020, we are hoping to have a Chapter Coordinator (or Co-Coordinators) in each US state to manage the state chapter's Facebook group and be the main email contact for their state (or country) when educators have questions about chapter meetings and activities. The Chapter Coordinator can also do outreach to find chapter meeting host locations and facilitators in their state or country. 

 

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

 

We have monthly video conferencing Chapter Organization Meetings to help everyone get started and learn from each other. We also have a shared Google folder to share resources between chapters and stay organized. See the calendar below for the Chapter Organization Meeting dates as well as in-person chapter meeting dates (times are shown in US Central time) in each state. All are invited to all meetings listed, including our Board and Conference Planning Meetings.

 

To join a video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/skz-ojdd-dji 

Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 774-512-2453 and enter this PIN: 649 438 164#

 

Once chapters get rolling and membership grows, chapters can also organize expert trainings, retreats, workshops or mini-conferences for educators. Our goal 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.

 

Alaska

Chapter Coordinator:

Monica Claridge

Kodiak, AK

Monica.Claridge@kibsd.org

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

Arizona

Chapter Coordinator:

Meghan Sutherland

sutherland.meghan@gmail.com

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

California

Chapter Coordinator:

Tovi Scruggs-Hussein

Oakland, CA

goddessatwork17@gmail.com

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/

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe to let us know what area of the state you live and once we gather some interested educators and more meeting facilitators, 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/

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

Illinois

Chapter Coordinator:

Tracy Heilers

COSEM Founder & Executive Director

hello@educatingmindfully.org

630 337 7452

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: https://forms.gle/1pTNe6Kh6Ne8JuVc7

Upcoming Events: We will have chapter meetings in each of the sections below during the school year. If you can facilitate meetings in another section of the state, contact Tracy. Subscribe for reminders to IL chapter meetings and other chapter-hosted events.

 

Northwest Suburbs Section 

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

Chapter meetings start at 4:30 on Nov 6, Dec 5, Jan 7, Feb3, Mar 5, Apr 15, May 14, and June 4 at Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Rd. RSVP for chapter meetings HERE.  Questions? Contact ILchapterNWSub@educatingmindfully.org

 

Chicago Section 

Meeting Facilitator: Elspeth Stowe-Grant-U of C Lab Schools, Annmarie Chereso-Bring It! Home

Chapter meetings will be from 4:30-6:00 on Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 21, Mar 17, Apr 14, and May 19. They will be at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. RSVP for chapter meetings HERE.  Contact Elspeth at estoweg@ucls.uchicago.edu if you have questions or are able to co-facilitate the meetings with her.

 

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 will be from 4:30-6:30, on Dec 3, Jan 28, and April 7.  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.

 

Also! We've 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. Details HERE.

 

North Shore Section 

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

Chapter meetings will be on Mondays from 4:30-5:30, on Dec 2 and Jan 27. They will be at North Shore Academy located at 760 Red Oak Lane in Highland Park. RSVP for chapter meetings HERE. Contact Lauren with any questions at lbeversdorf@bannockburnschool.org

 

Dekalb Section 

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

Chapter meetings will be on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00, on Nov 14,  Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 12, Apr 9, and May 14. 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:

Bring it! Home

Grow Mindfully

Grow Through Mindfulness

Inseus MBSR Course

Dr. Kristen Brendel

Resilient Mind Consulting

The Thoughtful Spot

Unity Wellness Group

 

Indiana

Chapter Co-Coordinator:

Michelle Martin

mmartin@brebeuf.org

Chapter Co-Coordinator:

Brooke Frazier

brjschmi@iu.edu

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

Kentucky

Chapter Coordinator:

Monica Delano 

med5219@aol.com

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

Michigan

Note: We are seeking a state chapter coordinator for MI. 

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

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

Minnesota

Note: This is not a chapter, but just an existing educator group that has a Facebook group and meets in the Minneapolis area. Contact us if you'd like to coordinate a MN chapter or facilitate meetings in different areas of the state.

Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/185438905146332/

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Missouri

Chapter Coordinator:

Jennie Young 

info@balancedlearning.net

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

Chapter Coordinator:

Joan Tetrault

P. Brent Trottier Middle School

Southborough, MA

edmindfullynewengland@gmail.com

Massachusetts Section 

Meeting Facilitator:

Gretchen Hibben

P. Brent Trottier Middle School

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: Thank you to the educators who attended our launch event in Southborough, MA in April and our 2nd meeting in Dover, NH in July.  Our third meeting will be in November. Subscribe to learn about upcoming meetings. Contact Joan if you'd like to facilitate chapter meetings in your area/section of our multi-state chapter.

Local Mindfulness Resources: More coming soon

Calmer Choice

CT Teachers for Yoga and Mindfulness in Schools Facebook group

 

New Jersey

Chapter Coordinator:

Our coordinator moved so we are seeking a new one. 

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

New York

Chapter Coordinator:

Sara Oliveiri

Rochester, NY

saraoliveiri@gmail.com

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

North Carolina

Chapter Co-Coordinator:

Melinda Willingham

Alamance-Burlington School System

melinda_willingham@abss.k12.nc.us

Chapter Co-Coordinator:

Candice Davies

Integrity Movement Studio

Cary, NC

dimedia14@gmail.com

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: Thank you to the educators that attended the mindfulness retreat in August hosted by York Elementary! 

Subscribe 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

 
 

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:

Tina Raspanti

Mt. Lebanon School District

CARE Facilitator

BCLCtogether.org

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: Thank you to the 40+ educators who attended our first event at Arcadia University on August 5 from 9-12 in Glenside. Subscribe to learn about our next events. Share your ideas for next events with us!

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/EducatingMindfullySD/

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

Texas

Chapter Coordinator:

We are seeking this position

Allen Section

Meeting Facilitator:

Karen Hunnicutt

karen.hunnicutt@allenisd.org

Facebook group: Coming soon

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

Virginia

Chapter Coordinator:

Julie Chamberlain

Williamsburg, VA

makingmindfulconnections@gmail.com

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

Washington DC

Chapter Coordinator:

Cheryl Dodwell

Executive Director-Peace of Mind

cheryl@dodwell.net

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: Thank you to the educators who attended the Budding Brains one day conference at Horace Mann Elementary School. Here is a video with highlights. We'll host another in January of 2020. Subscribe to learn details on this and chapter meetings. We are seeking chapter meeting facilitators to have monthly meetings throughout the DC area. Until then, let's stay connected on our Facebook group.

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

Wisconsin

Chapter Coordinator:

Our first coordinator is no longer able; we are seeking a new coordinator.

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe 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

 

Canada

Ontario Chapter Coordinator:

Angela Ventrice

letitbemindfulness@gmail.com

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe to let us know what area of the country 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 the Ontario chapter Facebook group.  Let us know if you want to start a chapter in another area of the country!

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 

United Kingdom

Scotland Chapter Coordinator:

David Hooper

mindfulinfo@mindfulnesspracticeltd.co.uk

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

Subscribe to Chapter Updates: Google form coming soon

Upcoming Events: We haven't had any chapter meetings yet. Subscribe to let us know what area of the country 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 the Scotland chapter Facebook group.  Let us know if you want to start a chapter in another area of the country!

Local Mindfulness Resources: Coming soon

 
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