Short moments of meditation are taught to help Berthold Academy students center themselves between transition times.

Short moments of meditation are taught to help Berthold Academy students center themselves between transition times.

Yoga and Mindfulness have always been a core of our curriculum at Berthold Academy.  From the beginning, Rodney and I have aimed to delve deep into who each of our students is and construct the framework for the students to begin the search within to find themselves.  We have respected our students with the mutual respect beings of this earth should give each other.  We have never demanded respect without giving it first.  We have lifted their spirits by surrounding them with people who challenge them to be better, to face fear, to be in control of their thoughts and feelings.  We have seen great academic results at our school but where the true magic has happened is in the area of social-emotional growth.  We have seen anxious students weary of a middle school environment thrive and believe in themselves.  We have seen students with ADHD use meditation as a soothing method and to recenter.  We have seen what we feel is the future of education.  An education that begins within.

Berthold students in Lower Elementary lead a yoga class for their parents.

Berthold students in Lower Elementary lead a yoga class for their parents.

Berthold Academy is proud to announce that for the 2017-18 school year, we will be implementing the MIndful Schools curriculum to all of our students.  This program is designed to root the students in the scientific benefits of meditation and breathing.  

This practice will include weekly instruction from our now trained staff, led by Mr. B.  For next year, most of the staff will be certified in “mindful schools essentials.”  With personal development being at the core of our program, we as a staff must embody the ideas and concepts we are teaching to the students.  Over time using our AltSchool platform, we will be tracking the social-emotional growth of our students tied to this and other personal development curricula.  We will learn how mindfulness, yoga, problem-solving, and goal setting tactics weigh in on academic growth and vice-versa.  Very exciting.