Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM) is an educator-led 501c3 grassroots nonprofit supporting school communities through learning experiences, communities of practice, mentors, and resources for mindfulness-based social and emotional learning (MBSEL). We empower education professionals to explore, personally practice, and create an inclusive culture of well-being in our schools through advocating and developing embodied sustainable systems of care. By joining together as we integrate holistic approaches in education, we equip ourselves, our students, and our communities with skills to heal and thrive, and create a more equitable, mindful, and 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 $1,000 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 each month
Attend multi-session 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, 11, 39, 40, 41, 45, 50), Learning Technology Center IL, SD U-46 IL, Forsyth County Schools GA, U of Wisconsin-Stout College of Education, United Way of Greater Nashville, Mindful Teacher Foundation, and more!
If you don't know whom to contact in your group to gain access to member benefits for free, let us know.
CONFERENCE & SHOWCASE
Our 5th Annual Educating Mindfully Conference was held virtually for COSEM professional members on March 10-12, 2023.
We also hosted a Resource Showcase on March 9. This event was free-to-all and highlighted a variety of mindfulness, SEL, and wellness resources for schools. View the Digital Resource Guide!
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.
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
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. In each, Tovi Scruggs-Hussein meets with an equity leader to highlight the intersectionality of mindfulness, equity, and SEL.
COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
Launching this fall. More details coming soon!
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 Showcase 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 $1,000 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, Pure Edge, Center for Educational Improvement, and Barbara Larrivee; and our special partnership with Inner Explorer. 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.