An Innovative Education-Based Initiative

Providing students and teachers in

Philadelphia Schools

with greater physical and emotional well-being, paving the way for compassionate classrooms, and creating space for academic success.

An Innovative Education-Based Initiative

Providing students and teachers in Philadelphia Schools with greater physical and emotional well-being, paving the way for compassionate classrooms, and creating space for academic success.

Our Mission

Many schools throughout the country are recognizing the benefits of integrating mindfulness in the classroom, but are faced with figuring out how to successfully educate their school staff while providing a foundation in mindfulness to their students.

At The School Mindfulness Project, we’ve developed an educational model that aspires to improve the physical, emotional and academic well-being of entire school communities by providing sustainable mindfulness education and mindful movement education to staff and students on a school-wide basis.

School Mindfulness Project founder and CEO, Gail Silver, has been providing yoga and mindfulness to children in schools since 2002 through Philadelphia’s Yoga Child Inc. As a mindfulness educator and author with first-hand experience reaching students through engaging curriculum,  Gail knows the that the key to implementing and sustaining mindfulness in schools is to support and educate all students and all staff, from inception to complete integration. MIndful schools are comprised of mindful students and mindful teachers. The School Mindfulness Project is here to help you find the mindfulness in your school.

Our Mission

Many schools throughout the country are recognizing the benefits of integrating mindfulness in the classroom, but are faced with figuring out how to successfully educate their school staff while providing a foundation in mindfulness to their students.

At The School Mindfulness Project, we’ve developed an educational model that aspires to improve the physical, emotional and academic well-being of entire school communities by providing sustainable mindfulness education and mindful movement education to staff and students on a school-wide basis.

Partnering Schools

The SMP will partner with two K-8 schools in the 2018-2019 academic year when programming begins. These schools are: Stanton Elementary School, a South Philadelphia based K-8 school, and La Academia Antonia Alonsa, a Wilmington Delaware, K-5 Charter school.

An integral component of the SMP model is to impact neighborhood communities. For this reason, we provide our programming to schools, neighborhood by neighborhood, and for the first three years of programming, preference will be given to South Philadelphia based schools wishing to partner with The SMP.

If you are a school administrator, superintendent or principal and would like your school to be considered for our program, please contact us. We currently have three spots open for the 2019-2020 academic year and can add your school to the waitlist for the 2018-2019 academic year.

How It Works

When The School Mindfulness Project (SMP) comes to your school, your school receives a dedicated SMP educator, your staff receives 21 hours of on-site training, education, applied practice and integration support, and your students receive a 12-week foundation in mindfulness and movement education from our SMP staff. Upon completion of the program, you have the option of providing your students’ ongoing on-the-mat yoga classes.

As we conclude our program with your students and transition to a neighboring school, your staff are equipped with the necessary tools, knowledge and skills to assume their role as mindfulness educators and to integrate mindfulness education into the classroom setting with daily lessons from our curriculum. ACT 48 professional development hours are available for a total of 21 hours of educational training.

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Evidence-Based Research Tells Us That School-Based Mindfulness Education Supports Positive Outcomes

For Students

Improved self-regulation

Improved ability to focus

Improved memory retention

Improved ability to learn

Improved self-awareness

Improved emotional and physical  and academic wellbeing

For Staff

Ease of classroom management

Reduced job stress

A peaceful teaching and learning environment

Improved communication with students

Greater job satisfaction

The many joys that accompany cultivating a mindful classroom

For Your School Community

The cultivation of a more compassionate community

Greater academic success

Sustained emotional, physical and academic well-being

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501 (c)(3) Status

The School Mindfulness Project has applied for tax exempt, 501(c)(3) status. Support can currently be provided to The SMP, and your contributions will be tax-deductible at such time as we receive 501(c)(3) status. While our tax-exempt status is pending, you may instead wish to support our initiative by making donations directly to the non-profit community partner organizations of the schools in which we are scheduled to begin working. Please contact us. We’re happy to tell you more.

The School Mindfulness Project is located in Philadelphia, PA 19147 and provides services to schools in Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia region.