Mindful Movement, Social-Emotional Learning and Anti-Racist Practices
Mindful movement incorporates movement and breathing together to help both teachers and students to increase concentration, lessen emotional reactivity and increase positive relationships within the classroom. Our teachers participate in training where they learn the concepts of mindful movement and how to first develop a personal practice and then introduce it in the classroom as life-long tool for students to elevate their voice, culture and emotional autonomy. Mindful movement benefits include promoting prosocial attitudes, such as empathy, that are core competencies of SEL.
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is implemented in BCCS through curriculum and instruction. However, the Wellness Committee supports SEL skill-building for adults and students, through the understanding that, "All learning is social and emotional - even for adults." (CASEL, 2020). One of five core competencies of social-emotional learning is self-awareness; mindful movement increases self-awareness; anti-racist practices are rooted in self-awareness that supports identification of implicit biases. We understand that SEL interventions need to be culturally responsive in order to meet the needs of each student.
We believe that we must implement practices that disrupt systemic inequities and challenge personal biases in order to create anti-racist systems and empathetic environments as an effective method for improving education outcomes for each student. Anti-racist mindsets and practices must be embedded mindfully in SEL techniques in order for all students and staff to feel included and safe. Knowing that unjust and racist systems create stress and dis-ease for all in the community (including the oppressed, the oppressors and the silently complicit), the BCCS District Wellness Committee is commited to implementing policy and programs to dismantle inequites and create an inclusive community.
Alignment of anti-racist practices, social-emotional learning and mindful movment is shown more fully in this presentation.
BCCS created a series of mindful movement videos in collaboration with MN Department of Education. Watch Mindful Movement In BCCS.
The BCCS District Wellness Committee has a library of movement and mindfulness videos for Early Learning students - adults.
Please contact the Wellness Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.