Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM) is an educator-led 501c3
grassroots nonprofit supporting school communities by connecting them with learning experiences, mentors, and resources for mindfulness-based social, emotional, and cognitive development. We empower one another to explore, personally practice, and then create a culture of well-being in our schools. By joining forces and assisting each other as we implement holistic approaches to education, we equip our communities with skills to heal and thrive, and create a more equitable, compassionate world.
Support your growth as a mindful educator and connect with other passionate educators through our professional membership.
Annual membership is $79.99 for individuals, $500 for groups of up to 50 people, and $1000 for unlimited people in the same educational organization. Membership dues support all members' learning and well-being, and also fund collaborative projects that advance the field of mindfulness and healing-centered education. Benefits include:
Connect, share, and network on our Member Site with mindful educators from around the world
Attend mentorship, professional learning, and self-restoration events throughout each month
Attend multi-week personal development and stress management programs such as our Mindfulness Fundamentals Series
Access our Member Site's Learning Center for recordings of our past member events and conference sessions
Create and join Member Site groups such as Global Classroom Connect, Mindfulness Lead, and Spanish Resources
Earn PD Hours or CEUs for viewing content in our Learning Center or attending live events
More tax-deductible memberships = more member benefits, collaborative projects, and systemic transformation!
Thank you to our group members for supporting educators in their organizations: Delaware Department of Education, Illinois Regional Offices of Education (3, 4, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21, 30, 32, 39, 40, 41, 45, 50, 54), Learning Technology Center IL, SD U-46 IL, CASE DuPage IL, Indian Prairie SD IL, Forsyth County Schools GA, Boulder Creek Elementary AZ, CHSD155 IL, U of Wisconsin-Stout College of Education, United Way of Greater Nashville, and Mindful Teacher Foundation!
If you don't know whom to contact in your group to gain access to member benefits for free, let us know.
EDUCATING MINDFULLY BOOK
With 40 chapters written by passionate educators representing all grades and roles in schools, and collaborating with 20+ resource organizations, our 355-page anthology utilizes inspiring storytelling to document the emergence of mindfulness in US education while also creating a comprehensive resource and field guide for school communities.
"If you want to know what's actually happening with mindfulness in schools, this is the perfect book for educators. A superb collection of relevant, robust, and real-life examples to build understanding and capacity. As a school superintendent, this will be an invaluable resource for our teams." -Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D, Superintendent, Mt. Lebanon School District, PA
Proceeds from our book support our educator grant program.
Members get 8 clock hours for completing our online book study.
Read the book's endorsements, table of contents, and introduction here.
Our book is perfect for a school book study or as gifts for administrators and colleagues! Place your bulk book order for $10 each here.
Our 4th Annual Educating Mindfully Conference took place virtually February 4-6, 2022.
Each day of EMCON develops adult social-emotional learning (SEL)
competencies and dives deep into how students learn, trauma-informed healing practices, using mindfulness to disrupt bias and increase equity, creating a school culture of compassion and inclusion, and teacher self-care practices to build stress resiliency and prevent burnout.
Past conference session recordings can be accessed on our Member Site. Learn about our professional membership here.
COSEM’s Mindfulness-Based SEL (MBSEL) Micro-Credential Program is for educators committed to the integration of mindfulness-based practices throughout their school day to create a foundation for healing and learning. It will let others know that you have knowledge of best practices and the fundamentals of this subject area and have the skillset to lead basic MBSEL practices and lessons for youth and adults.
Along with a digital badge, participants receive 30 PDHs or CEUs, and there is an option to earn 2 graduate credits as well.
Mentorship is a main pillar of our mission and encompasses all we do. For example, COSEM values equity, belonging, and inclusion, so we provide free mentorship through our Equity-Based Conversation Series. Our goal with this series is to learn from each other, circulate ideas, and share best practices we are using in our schools and classrooms. Quarterly, our past president and now Director of Equity, Tovi Scruggs-Hussein, meets with an equity leader to highlight the intersectionality of mindfulness, equity, and SEL. Participants have access to ask questions and enhance their practices.
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 all across the world--communities where educators practice together, and support and mentor each other as they implement holistic approaches to education at their schools.
Please consider facilitating chapter meetings in your area!
The clip to the right is from a New York State Chapter Meeting.
Start your research by visiting our Resource page to learn about educator-recommended mindfulness curriculums, apps, books, self-care retreats, training courses, and more.
Connecting educators with resources is another mission pillar.
A Resource Fair networking event is held at each EMCON. This is an opportunity to connect with session presenters, resource providers, and other attendees. Each year approximately $10K in giveaways are donated by resource providers.
We also have a fun video-sharing grant program. Using proceeds from our book, we randomly select recipients to receive $1000 resource grants to use at their schools. To enter to win, submit a video of "educating mindfully" at your school (example shown).
A special thanks to our Level 3 Sponsors: Jill Marie Charitable Fund/JabuMind and Racial Healing Allies and our Level 1 Sponsors: Peace of Mind and MoveMindfully. Thank you to Glenbard Parent Series for partnering to bring in expert mindfulness-focused presenters free-to-all.
Our Partners Webpage highlights a variety of programs, products, and trainings; many giving discounts to our website visitors.
Your monetary, in-kind, giveaway donations or promotional support of COSEM will help facilitate the integration of mindfulness in schools. By strengthening critical brain networks and both inter- and intra-personal competencies, mindfulness supports students academically, socially, emotionally, and more. Your support will make a multi-generational impact on mental health in America.