Cultivating a Life of Mindfulness School-Wide by Maura Brown, KIPP Change Academy verified non-profit

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Launched May 16, 2017
Ends Aug 13, 2017
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Category: Health & Athletics
Class Size: 300
Grade: K - 2nd 

With these funds I will attend a Breathe For Change Educators Training in Austin, Texas from July 16th and August 1st. Breathe For Change envisions all human beings inspired, educated, and supported to be our best selves in our relationships, our communities, and our world. Breathe For Change unites, trains, and supports educators and change agents to manifest individual and collective well-being in their personal and professional lives. Training participants join an inspiring community of 50 other educators and gain deep knowledge in yoga, mindfulness, and social emotional learning practices. Graduates receive their official 200-hour yoga teacher certification through the Yoga Alliance. 

My hope is to attend this training, which marries yoga and mindfulness practices with the specific needs of educators and their students. In my experience, wellness has not been the forefront of priorities for teachers - and access to these types of services are often out of reach based upon the low teacher-pay in many areas of the United States. Breathe For Change draws upon and contributes to a growing body of research demonstrating the benefits of mind-body wellness practices and social-emotional development for individuals, relationships, and communities. Enhancing the physical, mental, social-emotional well-being of individuals has been shown to have positive impact on their entire communities. In the context of education, prioritizing teacher well-being enhances teaching and learning, which leads to improvements in students' social-emotional and academic outcomes. By doing this myself, I would be able to authentically share this practice with my school community; teachers and students alike. 

I would love to encourage each student to move from just using breathing / mindfulness techniques as a strategy in times of need, to adopting it as a lifestyle. In life, we cannot guarantee an easy ride for anyone. We cannot prevent atrocities from happening. We can, however, equip students to control their reactions to these things and approach the world in a move open, loving way.

If we do not meet our goal...

If we do not reach our goal I will put what is raised towards funding the training and expenses, or to purchase materials to better educate myself in this area so that I can share it with my school community.

Maura Brown

Interventionist, KIPP Change Academy

After 4 years of teaching in the classroom (3 of those years spent in 2nd grade), I am currently a part of the founding team of KIPP Change Academy. I am currently an interventionist, working primarily with students who require more support in being successful and getting to and through college.

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Charlotte, North Carolina

KIPP Change Academy is a college preparatory public charter school in Charlotte, NC opening in the fall of 2016 serving grades K and 4. KCA will be located at 1000 Anderson St. Charlotte, NC 28205 year one and our permanent home will be located on Hickory Grove Rd. More information about our beautiful brand new facility coming soon... At KIPP Change Academy, we commit to developing the whole child through culturally responsive teaching that cultivates confidence and a positive self-identity. We believe that self-efficacy leads to creativity, risk taking, and critical thinking. Students will believe they can grow their character and intellect. These skills will provide our students the opportunity to make a profound impact in their community and world at large. What makes KCA special: • More time learning (8 to 4 p.m.) • Daily small-groups in math and reading • High expectations for behavior and academic success • KIPP Through College program supports kids from K through college graduation • Free transportation • Computer Science (coding class) • Project-based and service learning opportunities


May 19, 2017

Thank you to those of you who have already given to my project! I really can't say those words enough. It means a great deal to me, and I'm getting more and more excited about the possibility of reaching my goal and being able to attend this Breathe For Change training in July.

I took a couple of our Class of 2025 outside to practice the Tree Pose with, what else, but some trees! They nailed the pose, but it took just a few tries to get a picture of all three successfully balanced. It's exciting to already see their enthusiasm for the practice, and I can't wait to incorporate more as we prepare for the North Carolina End of Grade tests next week. Wish us luck!


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Erin Avnet
Alon Ben-Shmuel
Kenneth Miller
Kylie Davis
Mrs Ilana G Dixon
Jenelle Eli
Deidra Duleba
Kathryn A Norton
Megan White
Diane L Brown
Mary Madden
Peter Bostancic
Mary Eli
Abbey Bowden

Diane May 24, 2017

You are a blessing! And not just to me!
I L O V E. Y O U !!!

Ilana May 17, 2017

This is amazing, & so are you! We all need this kind of inspiration right now. Persist & hope! <3

Erin Avnet May 16, 2017

Maura Brown,

You inspire me! That's all.


Lindsay Crider May 16, 2017

Maura, this is such a cool opportunity! I am so excited for these up coming months and all you are going to learn in Texas! You're an amazing teacher and I can't wait to see how this opportunity will enhance your abilities!

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