Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Mindfulness Studies

First Advisor

Nancy Waring

Second Advisor

Melissa Jean


This paper explores the potential of developing a secular mindfulness curriculum in public school systems, as well as some of the difficulties posed in developing such a program. Based on current, relevant literature and scientific studies pertaining to student stress and its effects on academic success, as well as the correlation between already existing social-emotional learning initiatives, this paper situates a mindfulness curriculum in the classroom through academic research and personal experience. Discussed in the rationale are the positive findings in the field, the research and refinement that still needs to be conducted, and a curriculum outline that teachers practicing mindfulness themselves and with students can modify and adapt to fit the needs of their classroom.

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