There has never been a more turbulent time in the world of education. According to the CDC, 1-in-5 youth meet criteria for a lifetime mental disorder. Schools are not set up to handle this growing trend. For most schools, the guidance counselor and nurse are the first and only resources schools have for helping students who are struggling emotionally. There are not enough human resources or money to mitigate the growing prevalence of behavioral, emotional and developmental needs in every classroom.
Mindfulness in the classroom can help.
Zensational Kids helps schools integrate mindful breath and movement practices, to assist administrators, educators, and students in developing states of well-being and their capacity to:
- Manage emotions
- Direct attention with purpose
- Teach and lead with compassion
- Connect to others through kindness
- Cultivate positive mindsets
- Develop social and emotional competencies
- Learn with greater ease
Through our implementation model we help you and your faculty:
- Understand the research behind the practices and the relationship to learning and behavior
- Utilize and share proven and practical tools of breath, movement and mindfulness
- Easily integrate the practices into the (already packed) school day while creating more learning time by facilitating optimal learning states
- Sustain a culture of educating and learning mindfully, with greater presence and awareness
It may seem simple, but it’s not easy. This is NOT a “once and done” model. The integration and adoption of these tools becomes sustainable through a tiered model of implementation. It works on creating change within the school, by first creating change within every individual who participates. We help you create calmer classrooms, by teaching you the tools to create a peaceful mind and body. Transformation happens from the inside out. We provide in-class support and follow-up, a mentorship/consultation program.
Embedding these states of calm, focus and resilience takes consistency, repetition and commitment. We support you in establishing these practices so they enhance your teaching practices, curriculum and the climate of your school.
We offer assistance with grant writing, data collection, surveys, guidance for further program growth and development.
Social emotional learning is a major area on the forefront of education today. And rightfully so! Zensational Kids programming has assisted our district in meeting these crucial needs for both our staff and students and has had a positive impact on classroom climate. Learning how to implement mindfulness in the classroom as short practices, our teachers have tools to create a healthy balance in the classroom where students are better able to cope, regulate their feelings and reduce anxiety. We look forward to our continued work with Zensational Kids because their workshops and teacher trainings have had such a positive influence on our district.
—Flora Encarnacao, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, PK-12, Kearny Public Schools