Become an SMP School Partner
You have a question. You probably have lots of questions, but the first one is: “How can I get The School Mindfulness Project to partner with my school.”
Well, you’ve come to the right page. Here’s what you need to do:
In the 2019-20 academic year, we partnered with La Academia Antonia Alonso, a Wilmington, Delaware, bilingual K-5 Charter school to implement Phase I of SMP programming and to raise funding for the continuation of programming with Phases 2-5. In 2020-21 we will continue to provide programming to La Academia and are pleased to announce that we will begin programming at Kenderton Elementary school, located in North Philadelphia.
An integral component of the SMP model is to impact neighborhood communities. For this reason, we expect to provide our programming to schools, neighborhood by neighborhood, and will select one region of Philadelphia in which to focus our efforts upon completion of our pilot programming at Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School and Kenderton Elementary School.
If you are a school administrator, superintendent or principal and would like your school to be considered for our program, please complete and submit an application below.
INFORMATION AND FAQ’S TO HELP WITH YOUR PLANNING
WHEN AND WHERE ARE CLASSES AND TRAININGS HELD?
All five phases of training take place on-site at your school in accordance with the provided timeline and chart. As you can see from, the first three phases are completed in 16 weeks, at which point your staff are prepared to integrate the teachings into the school day as needed. Phase 4 takes place in the way of oversight from our staff for an additional four weeks. The optional Phase 5 yoga classes, which continue indefinitely, can begin at the end of Phase 4 or as early as the end of Phase 3.
Birds-eye View of SMP Programming
Phase 1, Mindful Teacher Immersion
Requires a space large enough for all school staff to gather on yoga mats, such as a cafeteria or gymnasium. This is a 6-week (7.5 hour) program for your staff. Classes are 75 minutes in length and can take place before or after school hours. This portion programming can qualify for professional development for your staff.
- Who: All School Staff
- Where: Gym or Cafeteria with yoga mats provided
- Duration: 6 weeks
- Class Time: 75 minutes
- When: Weeks 1-6, Weekly, After School, or on PD days
Phase 2, The Mindful Student Training
This portion of programming is held in each individual classroom with students at their desks and your staff present and observing or participating. Classes are 60 minutes and take place over a 12-week time period. So if your school has thirty classrooms, we’ll be providing a total of 360 classes during this phase.
- Who: All Students with their classroom teachers present and participating
- Where: Individual classrooms with students at their desks
- Duration: 12 weeks
- Class Time: 45-60 minutes, for each classroom
- When: Weeks 4-15, weekly, during the school day
Phase 3, The Mindful Teacher Training
This portion of training is 11.5-hours and takes place in 75-minute sessions over 9 weeks and is taught to your entire staff at one time in a desk and chair setting, ideally in a classroom learning environment that can accommodate your staff. Phase 3 can take place before school, after school, or during weekly Professional Development days. This part of the programming may also qualify as professional development hours for your staff.
- Who: All Teachers
- Where: In a classroom setting with desks and chairs
- Duration: 10 weeks
- Class Time: 90 minutes, weekly
- When: Weeks 7-15, before school, after school, or during weekly PD.
Phase 4, Integration Support
Here we provide oversight and support for your staff as they begin to teach The SMP mindfulness and mindful movement curriculum to their students. This takes place in the classroom as our staff observes and assist yours for 4 weeks post-training for an average of 30 hours per week.
- Who: All Teachers
- Where: In their classrooms
- Duration: 4 weeks
- Time: Our staff is provides oversight for one to two hours per week/per classroom
- When: Weeks16-20, during the school day
Phase 5, weekly on-the-mat yoga classes
The programming is designed to follow your students through their academic life with your school. With this phase your school receives a full-time SMP yoga instructor, who in addition to being a registered children’s yoga teacher is an SMP trained educator. Classes will take place once per week for each class in your school in a designated “yoga classroom” or other space that will accommodate 25 students on yoga mats.
- Who: All students
- Where: In a yoga room, or converted classroom
- Duration: 18 weeks the first year, 32 weeks per year thereafter
- Class Time: 50-60 minutes
- When: During the school day
HOW IS THE SMP PROGRAM FUNDED?
As a 501c3 organization, The SMP aims to raise 97% of funding for its programming. We request that schools assume fundraising responsibility for 3% of the total program cost, or 14% of that which can be classified as professional development. The overall cost of school-wide implementation in one school year varies based upon school size and further fluctuates if we include a research component. Total program cost per school can vary from $250,000 to $400,000 depending upon the size of the school. For planning purposes, partnering schools can anticipate a requested effort to raise funds in the range of $7,000 -$11,000 or can utilize their professional development budget to cover this. The annual cost for full implementation of all five phases of programming for one classroom and select staff (training one classroom per year until all classrooms have been trained) is approximately $36,000.
IF MY SCHOOL IS UNABLE TO RAISE 3% OF THE FUNDS, WILL YOU STILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE PROGRAMMING OR ACCEPT OUR APPLICATION?
We will provide programming so long as we’ve been able to raise the necessary funding on our end to cover that 3%.
We will accept an application and consider your school for partnering so long as you are committed to making a best effort, even if you are uncertain that you will be able to raise anything.
DOES THE SMP RETURN AFTER THE FIRST YEAR? HOW IS THE PROGRAM FUNDED IN SUCCESSIVE YEARS?
HOW CAN MY SCHOOL PARTNER WITH THE SMP?
Once the commitment is there, please have your school principal reach out to our Executive Director, Gail Silver, at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know to keep an eye out for your School Partner Application.