Mindful Education Lab

Housed within the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, the Mindful Education Lab oversees two parallel but connected programs - research and teacher training. Our Mindful Research Lab looks at the psychological and neurological effects of mindfulness on student learning, teacher effectiveness, and school and classroom climate. This work, in turn, informs our Mindful Teacher Program (MTP), which offers professional development to schools by training educators (teachers, principals, school staff) in techniques to improve their lives both in and out of school. We also train high school students in mindfulness as part of the College Prep Academy, which prepares urban youth for success in college.

Educational interventions developed by Aronson and colleagues have been successful in boosting student achievement, well being, tests scores, and learning, and have been inducted into the Department of Education’s exclusive “What Works Clearinghouse,” a collection of school interventions of carefully vetted practices deemed worthy of using in America’s schools. Dr. Hill is among the nation’s most well respected and influential statisticians and methodologists.

The Mindful Education Lab collaborates closely with other leading neuroscience laboratories, including the META Lab at University of California, Santa Barbara, the Yale Center for Stress, and the Neuroscience and Education Lab at New York University, in an effort to combine cutting edge science with service to schools and companies across the country.

Our current projects include the School to Prosperity Pipeline, an initiative that supports children academically from age four through college, with the aim to promote academic, social, and psychological wellness. We are also working on developing the Drug-free ADHD Relief Project, focused on cognitive training that replaces or reduces the need to medicate children with attention difficulties.


How We Work

Because every organization is different, we begin by meeting with key stakeholders to gain an understanding of your situation. We then use observational instruments, surveys, records of student achievement and conduct reports, among other methods as appropriate, to gain a deep understanding of the issues you wish to improve. We view this collaborative process as vital to understanding and addressing your needs, so that we can craft the most appropriate, effective interventions. We strive for a mutually respectful collaboration focused on constant improvement for the benefit of all, employees and administrators alike. We look forward to working with you.