Thanks to a generous grant from the Bauta family in 2017, Tower has dedicated resources for building a more mindful community. The grant includes funding for professional development training, monthly mindfulness classes for teachers and a speaker series event for teachers and parents.
For some teachers, practicing mindfulness is brand new; others have been incorporating mindfulness into their classrooms, morning routines or club offerings for years. As all teachers learn more about mindfulness and how to teach others, the students will have more opportunities for mindfulness practice.
Adults and children benefit from taking time to quiet their thoughts and to focus attention to their breathing. Scientific research confirms that students who practice mindfulness are more attentive, productive and emotionally sound.
Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,” says Kabat-Zinn. “It’s about knowing what is on your mind.
JON KABAT-ZIN'S DEFINITION OF MINDFULNESS