By Lois Putnam
Miami-Dade County Schools (Fourth Largest School District in the U.S.A.) is being transformed into a mindfulness-yoga school system through its partnership with Mindful Kids Miami, and its mindfulness lady leader–Valerie York-Zimmerman.
Yes, grades Pre-K through 12, students as well as teachers and administrators will be instructed in mindfulness meditation. Training centers have been set up all over Miami even in the sanctuary of the “most progressive church in the city”–Riviera Presbyterian Church (USA). Recently Riviera adherents proudly held up a banner reading, “We All Are God’s Beloved Children: No Exceptions!”
Now, Valerie York-Zimmerman, devotee of famed mindfulness zealot Jon Kabat-Zinn, passionately shares mindfulness practices everywhere she goes. And just what does this partnership between MKM and M-DCPS involve? And what will the children/teachers of Dade County be subjected to? To begin read about its “Inner-Journey Poster” below.
Ponder This MKM Poster: MBSR Teachers/Administrator Course for 2015-21016
A colorful printable poster designed to hang in faculty rooms touting the Mindful Kids Miami’s pilot program for professional development for its classroom educators and administrators shows the MKM and M-DCPS logos side by side at the top of the poster. Just below the logos is a serene beach scene complete with a sacred stone stack.
Stating the official agenda of MKM, the poster declares, “Mounting scientific evidence supports mindfulness-based programs help teachers reduce stress and burnout, anxiety disorders and depression, and improve immune function, attention, memory, executive function, compassion,
resilience, among other benefits.” Click here to continue reading.