Education Resources: K-12

The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society does not run programs specifically tailored to the needs of early childhood and K-12 educators, and so we have compiled these links to guide you to some organizations which do specialize in this area. Please note that this is an expanding field, and this is not intended to be a comprehensive list!

The Garrison Institute now manages a helpful database of programs and organizations working in K-12 education. Visit Garrison’s Contemplative Education Program Database.

The Mindfulness in Education Network

The Mindfulness in Education Network works with educators at all levels and manages an active Yahoo Group/mailing list with news, announcements and events for educators who want to bring a contemplative awareness to their work. The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society is also a co-sponsor of the annual MiEN conferences. Learn more at


The Tree of Contemplative Practices

The Tree illustrates some of the contemplative practices currently in use in secular, organizational and academic settings. Learn more.


Mindfulness: A Guide for Teachers

by Dr. Amy Saltzman
Created as an educational resource to complement the PBS special “The Buddha” in partnership with the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, this document provides a working definition of mindfulness, an overview of the scientific rationale for offering mindfulness to children and adolescents, a review of the professional and personal benefits of practicing mindfulness, specific suggestions for developing your own mindfulness practice (which is a prerequisite to sharing mindfulness with your students), and two examples of practices you can use in your classroom.