Transforming School Culture
Through mindfulness, positive psychology in education & SEL/SEAD
Welcome to Mindful SEAD
Mindful SEAD inspires innovative teaching and learning through mindful practices by fostering community, personalized learning, developing leadership and embracing each individual’s unique genius. We are a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to teach youth and adults to become mindful as they manage their emotions, gain perspective and have an understanding of those around them.
Student outcomes won't change until adult behaviors change.
It is imperative that educators and parents practice their own mindful awareness and self management in order to be a positive model for children and teens.
The mission of SEADLink is simple:
Connect the world’s educators to make them more mindful and socially and emotionally competent and confident.
the official Mindful SEAD online community. SEADLink offers a supportive opportunity for every member in the education space to become more mindful and socially and emotionally competent in their personal and professional lives, and engage with like-minded peers to collaborate and discover new strategies and practices so that members feel supported and encouraged to become SEAD Leaders in their communities.
The SEAD Center is a virtual support system and statewide community of educators developing social, emotional and academic development skills that reinforce equitable educational environments and student success.
See you in the community!
aka Pay Attention
Mindfulness means paying attention in a meaningful way. Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective ways to optimize learning through the deep development of cognition and metacognition.
Mindfulness is a foundation for education; mindfulness provides the optimal conditions for learning and teaching and also supports all pedagogical approaches.
Mindfulness in Education
The practice of mindfulness promises a number of benefits for both students and teachers.
For example, there is growing evidence that mindfulness training improves our ability to:
- Regulate emotion (which also helps us think more clearly!)
- Improve attention
- Enhance executive function (a set of mental operations that involve focus, attention, problem solving, planning, and working memory)
- Increase motivation and learning
- Enhance empathy and promote prosocial behavior
- Reduce stress and improve well-being
While studies that look specifically at the effectiveness of mindfulness in a school setting are still somewhat limited, it is clear that the skills listed above offer advantages for increasing teachers’ efficacy and students’ academic success.
Social Emotional Learning
Social-emotional learning (SEL), as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”1
Often taught in the classroom, social-emotional learning gives tomorrow’s workforce the tools for success, while educators find it contributing to a positive school climate and increased academic success. Beyond immediate outcomes in the classroom, SEL prepares employees to solve problems, manage emotions, and communicate.
1 “What Is SEL?” The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, www.casel.org/what-is-sel/
Social, Emotional and Academic Development (SEAD)
What is Social, Emotional, and Academic Development? Social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD) is the comprehensive development of the whole student throughout K-12 education. At its core, SEAD calls for the integration of social and emotional development with academic learning. In much the same way that academic skills can be cultivated, research demonstrates that social and emotional competencies can be nurtured and developed over the course of a student’s school experience. While a range of language is used within the field, SEAD is a term that communicates the integration, as opposed to separation, of academic, social and emotional development.