Mindfulness Practices For Afterschool Program Staff, Students And Parents (Published on BoostCafe.org)

Mindfulness Practices For Afterschool Program Staff, Students And Parents

By Stu Semigran on February 26, 2019

Why take the time to pause and introduce mindfulness as a practice that enriches the lives of our students, parents, and program staff? How might mindfulness also benefit us as educators?

Soon after the presidential election in November 2016, many Latino and Muslim students and families in our partnering Los Angeles schools were experiencing a lot of anxiety and fear. In addition to obtaining information about community resources, the students, parents, and staff in our afterschool programs were also open to learning mindfulness techniques to help them deal with their mounting stress.

Social Emotional learning is fundamental in preparing students for college, careers and academic success

There is now a strong consensus that young people need more than reading and writing skills if they are to be successful in school, work, and life.  According to the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division, “there is a growing body of research proving that social and emotional learning (SEL) is fundamental to academic success, and must be woven into the work of every teacher in every classroom and every after school and summer enrichment program, if we truly want to prepare all our students for college and careers.” (When we refer to “SEL”, we are also referring to social emotional skills).

The Practice of Love and Forgiveness in the Lives of Youth

By Stu Semigran

(August 2002)

The hearts of our children often ache from the hurts and hardships that they keep so hidden and secretive. We quietly hope that they can nonetheless move through life with a resilient spirit that can overcome the troubles they face. Though we may pray that they somehow miraculously gather the necessary abilities to maneuver through life’s challenges, we are quietly sensing that more has to be done to provide them with ample tools to draw upon. 

Thank A Teacher

Published in the Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 

Re “He ran toward the gunshots,” Feb. 16

The tragedy in Parkland, Fla., has me reflecting on many things. One for sure is remembering how tremendously valuable teachers are in improving the lives of so many young people. (“Victim and hero: Florida football coach ushered his students to safety before the gunman came for him,” Feb. 15.)