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Mindful Teaching: 8 Week Course

Mindful Teaching: An Experiential 8-Week Course for Educators




You're passionate about educating young people. You want to make a difference. This eight-week mindfulness course for educators is experiential and more comprehensive than our two-day Mindfulness for Educators class. You'll gain practical tools for use in the classroom, as well as skills to benefit your work, your relationships, and your well-being. This course is useful for teachers, school counselors, parents, clinicians, and anyone who regularly works with youth.    


Participants will be introduced to fundamental mindfulness tools, including meditation, to revitalize their relationship to work and self. This course explores, through experiential practice, the beneficial effects that mindfulness has on one’s emotional, mental and physical health. It will introduce specific trauma-informed practices that foster emotional resilience, compassion and connection with youth. It will explore the scientific evidence for incorporating these practices in educational settings. Participants will be able to apply the course information to their personal and professional lives during the eight-week session, thereby deepening the understanding and application of mindfulness practices over time. 


  • Learn fundamental mindfulness tools, including meditation, to cultivate presence, reduce stress and foster connection to oneself and others.
  • Understand how embodying mindfulness as an educator builds authentic, inspired connection in our work with youth.
  • Apply the concepts and tools of mindfulness between classes and reinforce learnings as your personal mindfulness practice develops.
  • Learn to apply practical mindfulness exercises in classrooms or therapeutic settings with youth.
  • Explore relational mindfulness tools for building connection, trust and openness as educators.
  • Acquire a basic understanding of the structure and processes of the brain in relation to fear, anxiety and other strong emotions.
  • Understand the effects of toxic stress and trauma on the brain and body.
  • Understand the beneficial effects that mindfulness practices have on mental and physical health.
  • Understand why trauma-informed practices with youth are critical.
  • Incorporate mindfulness insights and practices to develop equitable outcomes for students and clients in all their diversity.
  • Understand the impact of a consistent mindfulness practice on one’s work life: cultivating presence, calmness, equanimity and the ability to access joy.


  • Offered in conjunction with Portland State University's Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education, this course qualifies for 2 PSU graduate/undergraduate credits or 2 CEUs.
  • Certificate of completion provided.

This course teaches foundational mindfulness skills for adults to strengthen their own understanding of mindfulness and deepen their work with youth in a variety of settings. However, this course does not certify participants as Peace in Schools instructors or allow participants to teach proprietary material from the Peace in Schools curriculum. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming teacher certification program.

Cost for 8 week course: $395

  • $120 Optional College Credit (2 PSU Graduate/Undergrad Credits) 








Maggie Steele, MSW, is the lead instructor for this course. Maggie is a certified life coach and mindfulness instructor who holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work for children, youth and families. Maggie has served as the mental health coordinator for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education adolescent retreats since 2014, and currently teaches Mindful Studies through Peace in Schools. Maggie is also a training facilitator and practicum supervisor at the Youth Coaching Institute.


Janice Martellucci is a lead mindfulness teacher for Peace in Schools. She also develops curriculum for Peace in Schools’ youth and adult programming, including the for-credit Mindful Studies courses in Portland, Oregon public high schools. Janice has been a practitioner of mindfulness since 2010. She brings seven years experience working with youth in classroom and non-traditional teaching environments. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. 

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel 14 or more days prior to the event start date, payments made will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee).
  • If you cancel between 13 days and 1 day prior to the event start date, a nonrefundable credit (less a $50 processing fee and any non-cancelable charges levied by the venue, such as room and board), will be held for one year from the date of issue. The credit can be applied to any Peace in Schools event.
  • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the event start date, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.
  • If Peace in Schools cancels: on rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, we may need to cancel a program. Should this circumstance arise, you will receive a full refund.
Earlier Event: July 6
Mindful Educator Retreat
Later Event: October 7
Peace in Schools Annual Gala