PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

COSEM's professional membership includes an online community that connects mindful educators and schools worldwide, allowing us to more fully join forces in creating a compassionate and equitable world. Our membership vision is to transform both ourselves and our educational systems, with cooperative learning and mentorship at the heart.

Professional membership dues and benefits run annually and you can become a member at any time. You can join COSEM as an individual member or as a school or organization member.

 

Details for each membership plan are below. Note the special discounts through September 30. Click here for financial aid.

Professional membership informational meeting

We'll grow together starting with learning about each other through our member profiles using the Mighty Networks platform. We can then share posts, articles, and events, and create small support groups and larger groups for state and local chapters, for educators who want to connect their classrooms, etc. 

Throughout the year, our membership planning committee will coordinate a variety of professional development and self-care offerings on Zoom, many led by our experienced members. With our platform, members can easily create free and/or fee-based events and courses--allowing us to learn about each other's research, specialized lesson plans, and more. Learn more about joining our Sharing Team here.

 

Many schools cover professional membership dues and/or professional development up to a certain amount. Here is a template that can be submitted to your administrator for payment or reimbursement of individual or school membership dues. 

 

And as a co-op, the more members that join, the more benefits and expert trainings our members can receive. Contact Tracy Heilers at hello@educatingmindfully.org with any questions. Learn about Sponsor Membership Plans here. 

 

We hope you will join us in our professional community of mindfulness-based practice and learning!

Free Trial Membership Events (Use Passcode: COSEM)
Ambassador Program

The Mighty Networks platform has an Ambassador Program feature where we can give rewards to those who help grow our membership. When you invite in as few as two new members, you’re adding rocket fuel to what our community can accomplish together. Each August, we will send out a special discount link to our bronze, silver, and gold ambassadors to use when they renew their membership. The platform automatically tracks everyone's invites so you don't need to sign up to be an ambassador. Our Member Site also has invite buttons to easily send invite emails or join links to your colleagues.

  • Bronze Level Ambassadors sign up 2 members within the year and receive 10% off Tier 2 Membership for the next school year

  • Silver Level Ambassadors sign up 10 members within the year and receive 50% off Tier 2 Membership for the next school year

  • Gold Level Ambassadors sign up 25 members within the year and receive 100% off Tier 2 Membership for the next school year

Non-Member Benefits
Tier 1 Individual Professional Membership for $99/year ($79 thru Sept 30)

  • Connection with all members using the Mighty Networks platform​

    • Create your personal profile and start meeting people with common interests

  • Mentorship through Monthly Member Mentorship Meetings ​

    • First 45 minutes: mindfulness practice with and mentorship by an experienced COSEM member 

    • Second 45 minutes: Q and A and then split into small breakout groups and support each other using discussion prompts

    • The first year we will have chapter authors from our Educating Mindfully book lead these meetings in a book club-style

    • The recording will be included in our Mindful Learning Center for all of Tier 1 and Tier 2 to view afterward 

  • Support each other in small groups

    • Ability to create your own groups on our Member Site with anyone you meet there

    • Ability to be matched up with a small support group that meets monthly during the school year. Learn more here.

    • Monthly discussion prompts and support group guidelines will be provided for your online chats and virtual meet-ups

  • Share short posts or write longer article/blog-style posts

    • This could include resources, research, events, lessons plans, inspirational quotes, questions, polls, and more 

    • Stay up-to-date on everything in the mindfulness in education field

  • Learn together

    • Ability to attend free and fee-based events and PD courses hosted on our Member Site

    • Ability to upgrade to Tier 2 for $199 for more PD and learning opportunities

  • Transform your life

    • Research on the benefits of daily mindfulness practice is undeniable and noteworthy

    • Our supportive membership community helps make your well-being a priority, increasing your stress resiliency and more

    • Using a provided measurement tool, record how membership benefits are increasing your social-emotional competencies

Tier 2 Individual Professional Membership for $299/year ($249 thru Sept 30)

Tier 1 Benefits plus:

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  • Weekly Self-Care Sessions

    • First 45 minutes: self-care practice led by an experienced COSEM member (yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, EFT, reflexology, etc)

    • Second 45 minutes: time for informal Q and A/share/chat/support/breakouts/etc (optional)

    • The recording will be included in our Mindful Learning Center for all of Tier 2 to view afterward​

  • Monthly PD Sessions 

    • Led by experienced members, authors, and experts; varying in length, topic, and design

    • The recording will be included in our Mindful Learning Center for all of Tier 2 to view afterward​

  • PD Courses

    • Led by experienced members, authors, and experts; varying in length, topic, and design

    • Ability to TAKE additional free (included with Tier 2) and fee-based (additional cost) courses (trainings, workshops, etc)

    • Ability to LEAD courses, membership meetings, self-care sessions, and PD sessions on our Member Site. Learn more here.

  • Mindful Learning Center 

    • Ability to re-watch most past EMCON sessions, mentorship and book club meetings, and self-care and PD sessions

    • This area of our Member Site is also where we house PD courses 

    • This area has course creation and video tracking features like Teachable

  • Continuing Education Credits

    • Ability to receive 24 CEs in May for an additional $30 for viewing 24 hours of Mindful Learning Center content

    • CEs will be given by COSEM or another CE provider (TBD)

  • And more!

    • As a co-op, we can include more expert-led offerings as the number of members in Tier 2 grows

    • Tier 2 members can help decide which additional trainings, author-led book clubs, and other PD that we do

    • Members could choose to produce an Educating Mindfully Journal to document the field's successes, research, and stories

 

All of this for less than the cost of a conference!!

Tier 2 Professional Membership + Administrator Academy for $349/year ($299 thru Sept 30) 

Tier 1 and Tier 2 Benefits Plus:

  • Wellness Team and Administrator Academy

    • This course is geared to Administrators, School Mindfulness Leads, and Wellness Team Leaders

    • 6 hours of pre-recorded instruction by Tovi Scruggs-Hussein, Matt Dewar, and Lauren Beversdorf from EMCON2020

    • One three-hour synchronous Zoom instruction/mentoring session with Tovi Scruggs-Hussein and Gene Olsen

      • Select session date on your Membership Application: November 5, January 20, OR April 20

      • Each three-hour session starts at 4pm PT / 6pm CT /  7pm ET

    • Illinois Administrator Academy credits or 6 PDs provided by DuPage Regional Office of Education (or CEs as part of Tier 2)

    • Details on course instructors and content HERE​

Tier 2 School or Organization Professional Membership for $999 

To truly become a coalition of schools, we are encouraging educators to go to their admin and request they support interested educators through a school membership. A professional membership can be for any education-related organization including an ROE, BOCES, special education cooperative, etc. Membership cost is as low as $20/person when you register as a school or organization. It is $999 for up to 50 people and $20 for each additional person.

Here's How It Works:

  1. Org decides if they will offer COSEM membership for free to their team or if they will recoup the cost (for instance charge $20/person). They could also give out a certain number of memberships for free based on their budget.

  2. Org emails out a survey to gauge interest and/or sign up interested people. COSEM can create a personalized graphic if desired (see below for an example). Also see our email templates.

  3. One rep from org registers/pays (using first gray box above) or contacts hello@educatingmindfully.org if there are more than 50 people or if PO/check is being used.

  4. We will email you instructions to forward to your team to become members.

  5. Org could give out 24 PDs/CEs in May for educators who view 24 or more hours from the 100+ hours of member benefit PD content on our video-tracking Member Site. We’ll provide a detailed spreadsheet showing dates and which PD content each person viewed so that you have that for your records for processing PDs. OR: Members have the option to purchase CEs through COSEM for $30 in May.

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