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Teaching Transformative Life Skills to Students: A Comprehensive Dynamic Mindfulness Curriculum is one of just four mindfulness programs that has met the strict CASEL – Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning research criteria for Social Emotional Learning programs.
Our Transformative Life Skills program is evidence-based and trauma-informed. The practice and instructional language of Dynamic Mindfulness helps students to feel safe in their own bodies and regain control of their behavior and emotions.
With this curriculum, your students will have the tools for increased learning readiness, and better management of their stress and emotions. Students are better able to handle trauma and often display increased prosocial behavior.
The four 12-lesson units progressively build on each other
in these key areas:
- Stress Management
- Emotion Regulation
- Healthy Relationships
With 48 lessons lasting 15 minutes each, the Dynamic Mindfulness curriculum can be delivered in an academic semester (three times/week x 16 weeks). Use the published version to lead your students through Dynamic Mindfulness at your own pace. We also offer a multimedia curriculum with videos of every lesson, you and your class can practice and learn together.
To build your own mindfulness practice and knowledge, take one of our professional development trainings. You will learn the science of Dynamic Mindfulness and to learn how to implement the Transformative Life Skills program in your school.
Praise for the Curriculum
“This book offers well-designed lessons to teach students important life skills and habits that will help them succeed in school, in relationships, and in life. The authors offer systematic and evidence-based strategies that will help students and educators more effectively manage their stress, regulate their emotions, and establish and maintain positive relationships. This is a valuable resource for educators, human service providers, and professionals who help young people develop strengths to navigate daily life and challenges effectively.”
—Roger P. Weissberg, PhD, Chief Knowledge Officer, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
“For many students and educators, schools are stress-filled rather than stress-free environments. Teaching Transformative Life Skills (TLS) hopes to change that, providing a wonderfully simple roadmap for moving in that direction. As educators grapple with the best way to create and sustain rich environments for social and emotional learning, TLS offers an accessible, thoughtfully designed and research-based approach. There’s little doubt that the time spent implementing TLS will pay dividends across the board for students, teachers, and the broader school-community.”
—S. Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs, Institute for Educational Leadership
Bidyut Bose’s program, laid out here in exquisite detail, meets every student with great compassion and respect. Its goal, as the title suggests, is transformation, helping young people transform not only their thoughts and emotions, but also their relationship to their own lives and the lives of others. Readers will discover how beautifully and skillfully this can be accomplished through the use of yoga postures. A revolutionary approach. A revolutionary book.
—Richard Brady, M.S., Co-Founder of the Mindfulness in Education Network
“A comprehensive, empirically-supported, social-emotional-skills-accredited approach that powerfully helps youth develop self-awareness, self-regulation, and empathic connection with others. Applying fundamental principles of mindfulness to accessible movement techniques, this wonderful book offers teachers a clear and useful guide to “dynamic mindfulness” and how to create a foundation of knowledge for students that will enhance their well-being and executive functions. Bravo to the brilliant pioneers who have courageously created such an important contribution to the field of education!”
—Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human and other texts including The Mindful Therapist, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Brainstorm, Mindsight, and The Developing Mind; Executive Director, Mindsight Institute; Founding Co-Director, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
“In a morass of school reform efforts that offer the same thing and expect different results, Teaching Transformative Life Skills is an effective curricular rejoinder. Its ABC approach honors the best in all of us, bringing students into the fold of caring and compassionate adults who breathe joy and justice into our schools. TLS strengthens the assets of children and youth and prepares them to fully engage in learning.”
—Lynda Tredway, Founding Director, Principal Leadership Institute, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
“Combining gentle didacticism with easy-to-follow practices, Teaching Transformative Life Skills delivers precisely what its title promises. This unique manual teaches education for life—skills for the internal life of the student as he or she experiences stress, overwhelming emotions, and boiling strain.”
—Gabor Maté, MD, author of When The Body Says No: Exploring The Stress-Disease Connection