"Being more mindful has influenced my entire life by having better time management. It has helped me to balance work, home, and school life. "
Taylor Johnson
Burgess-Peterson Academy

Atlanta Public Schools
Mindful Adult Program

Sign up now for September 2023-April 2024

Free for all Atlanta Public School Employees

Sponsored by The Employee Wellbeing Department

In Person, Online,
Live & Recorded


How it Works

The program is 100% free for Atlanta Public School Staff. You’ll have access to content that is preloaded into the E-course and be invited to live (zoom and in person) sessions to discuss, meditate, do yoga and more! 

Does signing up mean you have to attend all sessions? NO! You can register for alerts and enroll in the E-course and attend what fits your schedule and interests. 

Register for email or text reminders and participate in:

  • Live yoga! More in person options this year
  • Monthly Mindfulness sessions- learn to apply mindfulness to everyday situations
  • Monthly Meditation practice with a meditation teacher
  • Monthly learning about trauma and the body
  • All content stored in an E course you can access anytime
  • Monthly drop in Q&A session with our experts.


No- please come to what interests you. The more you attend, the more benefits you will see.

Sign up to get reminders! We will send an email each month with the schedule and text you 30 minutes before to remind you. You also can check the E-course where the schedule is posted each month.

We offer a variety of classes. Some are more active, some are more rest. Check the description and give them all a chance. Each class has options and is open to everyone!

Trauma informed

Every part of this program is designed to model a trauma informed learning session, movement session, or mindfulness session.

You also learn the WHY behind these practices. All sessions labeled “trauma learning” will instruct you on the science behind mindfulness and somatic practices to heal trauma.

"I'm not easily disturbed or stressed."
Ashley Medlock -Muhammad
Scott Elementary School


An eight-month program to support the well-being of professional educators via monthly access to:

  • Live trauma informed lessons
  • Live Small group sessions
  • Live yoga sessions
  • Live guided meditation sessions
  • Live mindfulness sessions
  • Access to recorded sessions


To significantly:

  • increase teacher satisfaction
  • decrease teacher stress
  • decrease disengagement
  • decrease exhaustion
  • increase energy, motivation, and clarity
  • provide tools to effectively manage daily stressors and major life events.

Why mindfulness?

How do you measure a successful life? While it helps (a lot) to have money, work success and obtain things you want, without joy, are we successful?

Being alive is hard. Life is full of ups and downs. All people experience a wide range of emotions and experiences. Mindfulness teaches us to be present with them all in a compassionate way.

Mindfulness practices help folks to navigate the difficulties of being a human such as change, divorce, illness, death, conflict and more. They also help folks to be fully present in the joy of being alive.

Mindfulness also has the beneift of having a major impact on your physical health. Decrease in anxiety and depression, lowered blood pressure, less inflammation, better sleep, better gut health, better heart health, and overall increase in regulation.

What You Learn

We’ve heard your requests for advanced options. 2023-2024 live sessions will have two options, beginner and advanced. Expect longer meditations and more indepth coverage of content in the advanced options. Feel free to attend either/both no matter your experience. 

View the live session schedule as well as the additional resources you will have access to by previewing the curriculum tab on the E-Course page! 


Expected Outcomes

Participants will be introduced to mindfulness based stress reduction techniques and learn short somatic practices to regulate the nervous system.  Participants will learn the basics of trauma from a neurological approach. 

Participants will learn mindfulness techniques to support stress reduction and regulation. Participants will be introduced to the connection between dysregulation, stress and somatic practices. 

Participants will discuss applications of mindfulness techniques to major life changes. Participants will learn about the polyvagal system. 

Participants will learn about the lasting effects of trauma on the brain and body and how the practices of meditation and yoga can help to regulate. 

Participants will learn the impact of dysregulation on the ability to connect with others and create community. Participants will practice applying compassion to others and themselves. Participants will learn the steps to empathic listening and conflict resolution at home and in the workspace. 

Participants will map their nervous systems for self awareness and to support self regulation. Participants will learn to apply proprioception and kinesthesia to their own nervous system for healing. 

Participants will learn how to use mindfulness to improve their interpersonal skills and how to resolve conflict in a more productive manner. Participants will learn about heart rate variability and how dysregulation in the nervous system impacts overall physical health and can cause disease. 

Participants will discuss the typical hindrances to meditation and mindfulness practices and tools to share practices. Participants will discuss and learn about the connection between nervous system regulation and social engagement. 

Adults Yoga Outside

This training begins to answer the following questions:

  • How can we create intentional systems to bring more joy into our lives?
  • How can we apply quick mindfulness practices to improve mental and physical health? 
  • How can we engage with people in our lives in a way that create healthy relationships? 

What do APS teachers and staff have to say?

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“I can leave work feeling calmer and more relaxed at home”

“The program has taught me to create a space in my home that allows me to be at peace”

“It has made me more patient at home”

“I’ve learned to take more time for myself”

“I feel like the school district cares about my well-being.”

“It has made me more aware of my feelings, especially when I am frustrated and/or angry.”

Why participate?