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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).