We use P.A.U.S.E. as a teaching acronym in our curriculum with teens, which stands for Pause, Attend,Untangle, Settle, Engage. Not just for teens, this tool can be useful for us adults too, especially during this time of year when life can sometimes feel a little overwhelming.
As an organization, we are taking this intentional Pause to reflect on 2018 before rushing into 2019. In Attending to the swirl of responsibilities, to-do lists, holiday parties, tying up loose ends, and travel, we can then Untangle from the storm of what is happening in our minds and just Settle into the present moment. This gift of tuning in is where all the magic happens before we then re-Engage in our day.
Taking the opportunity to pause and review, we are excited to share some highlights from the Classroom, Community, and Workplace from this past year:
In the classroom, we shared our mindfulness-based social and emotional learning curriculum with over 1,000 students across Rhode Island in the 2017-18 school year. 88% of teachers reported improved self-regulation in their students, and 76% reported increased student awareness. In addition, we were awarded the Collette Literacy Explorers grant for 2018-19 to track mindfulness as an approach to improve literacy in 130 2nd and 3rd graders at the D’Abate School in Providence. We are about half-way through our year-long curriculum for those students as well as the other 870 students also working with us this year in schools throughout Providence, Woonsocket, and Cranston.
In the community, we continued training efforts with the graduating 2018 cohort made up of teachers and administrators from the Providence and Cumberland school departments, multiple charter and independent schools in RI, and the Coventry Community Center. These participants reduced stress by an average of 29% and increased their trait mindfulness by 30%. We look forward to continuing these training efforts into 2019 with an expanding group of new and interested participants. Some of which include Community Health Workers in Olneyville that will join us through a grant from the Department of Health where, in partnership with ONE Neighborhood Builders and Project Weber/Renew, we will pilot a program to reduce opioid use in Olneyville.
In the workplace, we launched our suite of programs at a breakfast with panelists from Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI and Amica sharing their experience – from both a participant and a corporate partnership perspective – along with Jim Pontarelli from RDW Group, who moderated the panel. In addition, we shared accessible mindfulness practices with hundreds of employees at Amica, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, and IGT. Participants showed an average 33% reduction in stress and a 30% increase in trait mindfulness.
We have so many things to be grateful for at this time of year, including your support, which is what makes this all possible. Let’s all keep advocating in the new year for these invaluable skills for people of all ages. From all our staff at Center for Resilience, we wish you many mindful moments to P.A.U.S.E. this holiday season.