Join us on Friday, February 26 from 9-4 pm CST for a day of learning, nurturing ourselves, and sharing the impact of mindfulness in education! Our virtual Educating Mindfully Conference (EMCON2021) will have six learning segments each with a different theme as shown below to unfold our special day in a mindful way.


Our goal is to model mindful remote learning and have you leave the day recharged. You'll take away strategies for embedding mindfulness and SEL into your school community as well as next steps and resources for learning more about each session topic.​



Times are shown in Central Standard Time (Chicago) and the schedule is subject to change. Periods 2-5 will each have three breakout session choices. Each 55-minute session will include 25-35 minutes of sharing by the presenter(s), 10-15 minutes of experiential mindful practices, and 10-15 minutes for large group discussion, Q and A, or small breakout room sharing.

1  |  9-9:55 Opening General Session with COSEM Leadership​​

  • Educating Mindfully: Embodiment, Well-Being, and Healing in Schools

2  |  10-10:55  Self-Awareness, Focus, and the Neuroscience of Learning

  • Session choices will be listed here in late-January​

3  |  11-11:55 ​Emotional Intelligence, Self-Regulation, and Resiliency

  • ​Session choices will be listed here in late-January​

Lunch Break | 12-12:55 Recharge with Mindful Eating and Self-Care​

4  |  1-1:55 Relational Mindfulness, Compassion, and Belonging

  • Session choices will be listed here in late-January​

5  |  2-2:55 ​Interconnectedness, Equity, and Systemic Transformation

  • Session choices will be listed here in late-January​​

6  |  3-4:00 Closing General Session with Impact-Focused Ignite Talks

  • Ignite presenters will be listed here in early February​


FREE for COSEM professional members (annual membership is $79.99). Members register here. Become a member here.


Non-member conference rate is $49. Non-members can register and pay here

Create a Zoom account and download the app prior to registering.​ Zoom join links and presentation slides for each session will be shared via a Google folder a week prior to the event to the email address you provide at the time of registration.


Consider asking your school, district, ROE, DOE, cooperative service provider, or other educational association or organization to become a COSEM group member with the help of this template. Individual and group members can attend our virtual conference for free, as well as attend our self-care sessions, mentorship meetings, and PD events throughout each month of the year.



COSEM is an ISBE-approved Illinois state PD provider. All conference participants will receive Evidence of Completion for 5 professional development hours after completing the conference evaluation form and after attendance is verified. We have also applied with IDFPR.com to offer CEUs. We'll post here once we have confirmation that we can offer those as well.


Members have access to view past conference and event recordings on our trackable Member Site! They also have the opportunity to earn 24 continuing education units (for social workers and counselors) or professional development hours (for teachers) for a $30 fee after viewing 24 hours of Member Site content.

We have also applied with University of Sioux Falls to offer 1 grad credit for viewing 15 hours of Member Site content and completing an implementation plan assignment. We will keep you posted here!



​Educator Mini-Retreat  |  10:00-12:00 CST

Educators, please also join us for a post-conference Educator Mini-Retreat. Optional and included in the price of the conference, we'll spend two hours connecting, discussing what inspired us on Friday, and diving deeper into subjects of our choice; as well as setting collective intentions, moving, and meditating together in community. 

Global Event  |  All Ages Every School Mindfulness Class  |  1:00-2:00 CST

Please invite your whole school community to join us for a global mindfulness class for all ages and every school. The hour will start with a guest instructor leading families and school stakeholders in yoga and other mindful practices that increase resiliency and mind-body well-being. Then we will share ideas for creating and using mindful corners in classrooms and homes. Lastly, we will share resources for learning sustainable happiness skills together. More details to come!  We will send a Zoom RSVP link to registrants one week before the event to share with their classroom families and school community members.



We invite members to submit a video by February 24 as part of our Educator Grant Program for a chance to be selected as our next $1000 resource grant recipient. We'll announce the next recipient during the closing session of EMCON2021. See submittal examples and learn more here.


Complete our conference evaluation form at the end of the day for a chance to win one of many giveaway prizes! 


Click here for details on conference sponsorship, joining our Digital Resource Fair, or donating a giveaway prize. Thank you in advance for your support!


Thank you for planning and hosting this spectacular event.  I got so much value from this conference and began implementing techniques I learned immediately in my personal and professional life.  Already, I see a positive difference in my classroom an in myself! Thank you for the gift of mindfulness!

This was absolutely the BEST conference I have ever attended. I thought I was going to learn how to help our kids, but found it was more about helping myself and the teachers. THEN we could help our kids.​

Congratulations on an amazingly successful conference. Unlike most conferences I participate in, I departed feeling connected, authentically me, seen, heard, filled up with wisdom and new ideas, supported and so much more. And I’m just a program provider and presenter. I  can’t even imagine what everyone else is feeling, though I did get a sense of that throughout. Thank you for creating a space for REAL discussion, reflection and honesty. This is TOUGH work. It is no panacea. And, it starts with us and our own practice, self-knowledge and self-care. So much richness these last few days. Thank you!​

I’m back home Japan now and truly grateful to you for the amazing opportunity to attend your conference! Thank you so much for organizing such amazing opportunities for us and connecting us. I’m so glad that I had decided to come to Chicago to attend the wonderful conference.

The conference was an amazing experience of learning and networking with innovative beautiful people. I felt renewed and inspired.

Thank you so very much for gathering us together for the first COSEM conference. I'm so grateful to have been part of this experience and the ways I hope to bring it back to my own context. And I'm so appreciative of all the work it took to create. ​


It was truly inspiring to see such a passionate group of teachers and speakers come together to explore how to bring mindfulness to schools. We really enjoyed being a part of it and wanted to be sure to thank you again for your efforts and vision. 

I left this conference feeling energized and inspired to incorporate mindfulness into my life and school buildings; I was amazed with the amount of resources I was able to bring back to my schools. Highly recommend attending!!

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." -Artistotle

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