Commit to 1% with COSEM
Since the most important element to developing the skills and aptitudes associated with mindfulness is daily practice, our collaborative Commit to 1% Challenge encourages educators to take the pledge, "We will commit to practicing mindfulness-based SEL with our students for 10 minutes each day."
Ten minutes is approximately 1% of our waking day. It's a very small time commitment that will make a huge difference in everyone's mental health. If we all take this pledge and keep reminding our community and school leaders that learning skills for lifelong well-being is our priority, we can make a big impact.
As part of our challenge, and to inspire others, we invite educators to share what committing to 1% looks like in your class or school. Those who share a video will be entered to win a $1000 resource grant. Details below.
Our challenge culminates each year on #SELday in March with a live Zoom event led by teachers and their students, joining classrooms from across the globe to practice mindfulness-based SEL together. Those who join our challenge will get sent #SELday event details and be entered to win mindfulness-centered giveaways. Details below.
Please join us to help heal trauma and end much of the suffering that millions of students and teachers experience each day as a result of the stress and anxiety that characterizes modern life. Supercharge learning, make mental well-being your #1 priority, and commit to 1% today!
#SELday Event Details-Join Us Again in 2023!
#SELday 2022 was Friday, March 11 and COSEM hosted a showcase event for it where different teachers and students will lead us in a variety of mindfulness-based SEL practices. Thank you to the classes that joined us at one of these times to practice together! Classrooms who joined us will had an opportunity to say hi to each other and share how they are committing to 1% and prioritizing well-being and SEL.
9-9:20 CT; 10-10:20 ET—Laura Gorosh and her 6th grade students from University Middle-High School Academies, Southfield Public Schools, MI leading a practice from the Inner Explorer program
10-10:20 CT; 11-11:20 ET—Nicole Arendt, social studies teacher at Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare, District 19, Brooklyn, NY and her 10th grade advisees leading a body scan practice
11-11:20 CT; 12-12:20 ET—Frank Daley, social worker at Eagle Elementary School, Bethlehem Central School District, Delmar, NY and 5th grade students leading yoga practices from the MoveMindfully program
12:30-12:50 CT; 1:30-1:50 ET—Christina Simonetti-Benson and her kindergarten students from Andrew J. Morrison School, School District of Philadelphia, PA leading a practice from the Peace of Mind program
3:30-4 CT; 4:30-5 ET—Jill Apperson of JabuMind leading an adult SEL-focused iRest practice to end #SELday
Grant Program Details
What does committing to 1% and educating mindfully look like at your school?! Submit a video (deadline has past for 2022 but you can still submit a video to be entered to win future grants) to let us know. We'll share some of the videos on our website, in our newsletters, and on social media so that we can all learn from one another.
We'll randomly select and announce a grant recipient each #SELday from the educators who submitted videos. The $1000 educator grant can be spent on the mindfulness resource(s) of choice to support mindfulness-based SEL at the educator's school. This can include a training, retreat, webinars, programs, curriculums, subscriptions, items and furniture for mindful spaces, books, and more.
If you don't win, you'll be entered to win a grant next year (no need to keep resubmitting). One application per educator, but feel free to share several links in the same form.
The video submittals need to be YouTube links (accounts are free and you can set your video as unlisted if desired). We can only share your video if they are 100% secular in language and don't include singing bowls, etc (we recommend chimes, vibratones, etc).
Videos do not need to be fancy, a certain length, or time-consuming. Below are some examples of past submittals. Your video submission can be as simple as a recording of you leading an in-person or virtual mindfulness practice for your students.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to sponsor an additional $1000 grant.