A mixed-methods, pilot study of the mindfulness curriculum, Learning to Breathe (L2B) (Broderick, 2013), is in progress in several middle school special education programs in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota metro area. All of the schools involved in the pilot study serve low-income students and primarily students of color.
The L2B curriculum consists of 18 sessions presented in 15 minute blocks of time, 2-3 times per week (Broderick, 2013). Each lesson includes the following three elements: review of previous lesson theme, activities to facilitate the current theme, and in-class practice of a common mindfulness technique (Broderick, 2013).
Special education teachers were trained in December 2016 to implement the L2B curriculum with students with mild disabilities. Initial baseline, pre-test data was collected in December 2016 and January 2017. The L2B curriculum is being implemented in each of the schools in February and March 2017 with final post-test data to be collected in April 2017.
This poster will describe the research study’s methodology, provide a review of previous research on L2B, and discuss how the intervention is currently progressing. Please stop by the poster if you are interested in research on mindfulness in schools, mindfulness with students with disabilities, or wish to provide encouragement to the researcher.
Candace Burckhardt is an international educator who has worked with schools in the United States, Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia. When she is not traveling, Candace is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she loves to spend her time in the outdoors.
Candace provides professional development to schools on special education topics, building trauma informed classrooms, English language learners, brain-based teaching strategies, mindfulness and meditation, and behavior management.
Candace is a current doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Education. Her research focus is on using mindfulness in the classroom as a way to increase self-regulation and self-concept in students with disabilities.
You can read more about Candace’s work at www.candaceburckhardt.com or follow her on Twitter @ateachingnomad.