Students achieve higher grades and test scores that continue to rise with daily practice.
Social emotional competence in children is called ‘Readiness to Learn’ and is more
predictive of life success than IQ. It’s defined as the ability to regulate emotions and
behaviors and to inhibit impulsivity. The challenge is that students often come to school
with lots on their minds. While their bodies are in their chairs, their minds are elsewhere.
Readiness to Learn can be fostered through daily mindfulness practices, leading to less
stress, better school performance and improved life outcomes. The IE programs help students
develop a daily mindful awareness practice, instilling the possibility of a lifelong habit.
The programs have a positive impact on academic outcomes including 18-28% higher scores in
reading, math and science and a 7-15% improvement in overall GPA, with longer times
producing greater effects.
Students have fewer disciplinary instances including suspensions, detentions and bullying.
Classrooms that participated in the program experienced a 63% reduction in behavior problems
(from an average of 3.8 issues per day in Week One to 1.4 issue in Week Eight). The
classrooms that didn’t participate increased their behavior problems by 10% from an average
of 2 issues per day in Week One to 2.2 issues a day in Week Eight.
Teachers experience less stress and more enjoyment in teaching. Teachers are expected to
help students manage their emotions and behaviors, yet are often not trained in the most
effective ways to do so. By practicing mindful awareness skills each day with their
students, teachers can foster a collaborative educational experience. The 10-minute a day
program can fit within existing curriculum plans during normal transition times without
extensive training. There is no prep or planning and no assessment required. Teachers simply
launch the program from any networked device and press ‘Play’. As a result, teachers
experienced 43% less stress than control classroom teachers (based on Perceived Stress
Scale-PSS). They also experienced an 46% increase in their level of mindfulness. (based on
Mindful Awareness Attention Scale - MAAS) Teachers also say they feel more confident
managing their class and report that they can cover more academic material each day. The
program helps teachers as much as it helps students!