Practicing Peace: Mindful Practices for a Calmer and More Connected Classroom

EDZU 9981 (3 credits / 45 hours)

Location: Online
Instructor: Jessica Janowsky

Start Date: 08/09/2023
End Date: 08/29/2023

Course Syllabus

Educators are faced with many challenging tasks every day. Students have many social and emotional issues which teachers are expected to contend with, oftentimes without any training. Students’ inabilities to calm down and control difficult emotions has put many schools in crisis. Bullying, physically aggressive behaviors, and even school shootings are sources of great anxiety and fear for students and teachers alike. Children cannot learn when they are afraid or stressed out. Teachers do not teach effectively or compassionately when they are too anxious or overwhelmed. Mindful practices help participants learn to calm upsetting or difficult emotions and better self-regulate. When students (and teachers) use mindfulness, they are able to consciously choose how to respond to difficult emotions, instead of just reacting to stimuli inappropriatly. This course will help you and your students become more mindful. In doing so you’ll build a strong community of caring individuals. You’ll do more teaching, students will be better focused to learn, and everyone will feel happier and healthier.


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Professional Development Options:

Graduate: $575.00
Only courses taken for professional development graduate credit can receive an official university transcript.

In-Service or CTLE Professional Development

You can only receive one type of certificate,
please register accordingly. There will be
no switching of certificate status after the
start date of a class.

In-Service: $270.00
Completion of this course taken for in-service credit will provide an NYCTD, Inc. Certificate of Completion


New York CTLE: $270.00
Completion of this course taken for CTLE credit will provide a New York State Verification of Hours Certificate from NYCTD, Inc.

Teachers enrolled in this course will...


  • What mindfulness is
  • Which concepts are integrated as mindful components?
  • Which mindful practices can be appropriately integrated into your classroom to address your specific needs and concerns?


  • How using your senses can be used to create mindful moments
  • How body, breath, and mind become infused in mindful experiences •How the brain and body respond to stress
  • How the brain and body respond to stress
  • How the brain and body are relieved from stress when mindful practices are applied and observed

and Be Able To

  • Use mindfulness to calm yourself prior to addressing a stressful situation
  • Apply mindful lessons that accurately address your classroom dynamics
  • Introduce least one new mindful lesson each week throughout this class
  • Write and implement a mindful lesson that is inspired by an appropriate text for your students’ age/interests
  • Use the data you collect to document which transformations, if any, have occurred since creating a mindful classroom

and much, much more!

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