This article reports on work done in Illinois, the first state to require social-emotional learning in all of its schools, to look more carefully at the impact of mindfulness on primary grade students in 16 schools in Chicago. This will be a two-year study, so results will not be available until 2018.Source:
Tara Garcia Matthewson, Education DIVE, August 31, 2016Description:
Amanda Moreno, an assistant professor at the Erikson Institute
, is the principal investigator for a multi-year mindfulness-based intervention in Chicago Public Schools, where 16 schools are implementing mindfulness techniques and 14 schools are serving as a control group.
“This is part of a recognition that social-emotional skills are not a distraction from academics,” Moreno said. “In fact, they are a necessary foundation. You actually have to spend school time working on this.”
Moreno’s study follows two cohorts of students in kindergarten through second grade for two years so her official findings will not be available until June of 2018, but her team is collecting data at every level.Read the full article here!