Course Details

P005-9862.1S21 - Developing Students’ Mindfulness Practice to Support Engagement, Self-Regulation, and Achievement

Course Details
Course Description: Mindfulness, or paying attention to the present moment without judgment, has been shown to support students meet the academic demands and pressures of an increasingly changing and challenging world. 21st century students must balance a wide array of responsibilities and make sense of vast amounts of easily accessible information that adults have never had to contend with. Understanding the diverse needs of New York City students requires educators to employ a variety of intentional strategies to support student academic and social-emotional needs. It also means teachers must engage and support a critical inquiry to better understand the ways they can support or have inadvertently limited student’s potential and learning. This course will support teachers in understanding and employing mindful strategies that help them be more responsive to their students’ social-emotional and instructional needs as well as help students develop 21st Century Skills. The course prepares educators to weave simple and effective mindfulness activities into their classroom on a daily basis. The course begins by describing some of the emotional and academic demands students face and the impact it has on their nervous system and executive brain functions. Students are increasingly stressed or face overwhelming circumstances that cause anxiety. It can be even harder for students living in poverty or who have experienced trauma. Their bodies and minds are also changing rapidly as they are beginning to find their place in a complex and increasingly interconnected but isolating world. The course defines mindfulness awareness practices, details the ways mindfulness practices can support students’ varied needs, and reviews guidelines for sharing mindfulness activities with students. Learners also explore the ways mindfulness supports Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, critical consciousness and differentiation. Additionally, the course offers guided audio and video recorded practices and other resources to help teachers experience and facilitate mindfulness activities. Attention is also given to ways educators can weave mindfulness practices into class routines to support planning and preparing, classroom instruction, classroom climate, and meeting professional demands as described in the Danielson Framework for Teaching. Throughout the course participants will reflect on the ways they are currently supporting their students and appraise ways mindfulness can bolster those strategies, including understanding their own implicit biases and habitual ways of thinking and acting that can impact students. As educators better understand their positionally in the classroom, their community and the world at large, and how their lived experience influences their thoughts and actions, they can become more sensitive to the varied needs of students, helping them become more effective and compassionate teachers. In discussion boards they will describe the particular needs their students face, ways they differentiate and are responsive to those needs, as well as ask for and give suggestions and tips to effectively engage students. The course ends by exploring ways to implement mindfulness activities into classroom routines and ways to engage families and the community at large to garner support for mindfulness initiatives. The final project will build on the authentic tasks, reflections and discussion board assignments by asking participants to design an action plan to implement mindfulness practices and activities into their classroom routines to support student learning, social emotional intelligence, critical inquiry, and 21st Century skills like collaboration and communication and global awareness.
Status: Closed for Registration Registration Deadline: 04/19/2021 Start Date: 02/01/2021 End Date: 05/28/2021
Location: Online CTLE Hours: 45 No. of Credits: 3 Categories: Socioemotional Learning
Restricted: No CTLE Area: Pedagogy Grades: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Danielson Components 2b : Establishing a Culture for Learning
3e : Demonstrating Flexibility and Responsiveness
Education Partner Information
Education Partner: CE Credits Online Contact:
Instructor # 1: Argos Gonzalez Instructor # 2:
ASPDP Fee: $125.00 Education Partner Fee: $149.00 Materials Fee: $0.00 Total Fees: $274.00
ASPDP Payment Instruction: Step 1: Register – Register and pay a non-refundable course fee of $125 on the ASPDP website. Once payment has been made with the ASPDP, the participant will receive an email confirmation from ASPDP. Step 2: Enroll – Enroll and pay a $149.00 Education Partner fee by credit card at Please note that participants must complete both steps of the registration process to receive P credit.