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Department of Education
We teach students reading and math, but we leave stress management skills entirely to chance.
Why Focus on Resilience and Stress Management?
Unmitigated stress impacts both students and teachers. For students, stress is the enemy of learning and impacts their ability to focus, remember, pay attention, self-regulate their emotions, and manage their behavior, thus jeopardizing their academic, social and emotional development. Children who have experienced early, chronic trauma such as family or community violence can develop emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and relationship difficulties that can make it very difficult for them to learn and function well in school (Cole et al. 2005). For teachers, meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of students can take a toll making burnout and emotional fatigue a present reality. Both teachers and students can benefit by supports and skills that can help them cope healthfully with their stress, build their resiliency and flourish in the academic setting and in their personal lives.
The goals of the project are to:
Requirement: For classroom-based teachers with a consistent roster of students from public, private, or charter K-12. A minimum of two teachers per school must apply together. Spring 2020 was the final cohort.
What Orange County teachers are saying about the impact of the training...
Presentation of the RML Project to the California Dept of Education Student Mental Health Policy WorkshopA slide deck on the project with the latest research outcomes from a control group study of pre- and post-training teacher outcomes.
Mindfulness for Students and the Adults Who Lead ThemSchool administrators have complex jobs. Mindfulness offers strategies and practices to help leaders manage and care for themsleves, so they can mange and care for others. ACSA
Mindfulness-based Practices for SchoolsMindfulness is a promising approach to teaching educators and students self-awareness and self-regulation skills associated with success in school and through adulthood. WestEd
NPR: Mindfulness Trainers Reaching Out to School PrincipalsA podcast about the Resilient Mindful Learner Summer Institute by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, 1/71/17
Self-Care and Stress Management for LeadersThis one-hour presentation offers a brief overview of stress, the relaxation response, and ways to build a personal stress-reduction plan to become more resilient.
Summary and collection of peer-reviewed research on the emerging field of mindfulness education in schools.
Self and Collective Care of Youth-Serving Adults This archived webinar video by REL and WestEd presents a rationale for providing stress-management supports to adults who serve youth. One of the programs highlighted is the OCDE Resilient Mindful Learner project that provides stress management and mindfulness training for teachers and training to integrate into the classroom routine stress-reduction practices for students.
Resilient Mindful Learner Project: Mrs. Young's 5/6th Grade Lesson from Orange County Dept. of Education on Vimeo.
Resilient Mindful Learner Project: Mrs. Aro's 4th Grade Lesson from Orange County Dept. of Education on Vimeo.
From March 2013 through March 2014, fourteen teachers from 7 Title I schools in Orange County participated in a year-long professional development program to integrate resilience and stress management strategies into their daily classroom management practices. Participating schools included James Madison Elementary and Palm Lane Elementary in Anaheim Elementary School District, Danbrook Elementary in Centralia Elementary School District, Rea Elementary in Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Los Positas Elementary in La Habra City School District, Lambert Elementary in Tustin Unified School District, and Christ Cathedral Academy. The teacher cohort met monthly at the Orange County Department of Education. An evaluation was completed on both teacher and student outcomes. Key teacher outcomes include: