Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/9/2018 - 6:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 1. Report with Possible Action on the Practice of Mindfulness within a Multi-Tiered System of Support
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Policy: Admin Policy 7.01 - Teaching and Learning Goals
Attachments: PowerPoint Presentation on Mindfulness
File Attachment:
Mindfulness Board Item August 9, 2018.pdf
Background: In Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), mindfulness is defined as the "purposeful awareness of our thoughts, emotions, physical feelings, and environment in the present moment, without judgment." Mindfulness is a research-based practice that has shown positive outcomes of improved academic performance, improved academic task completion, reduction in externalizing behavior, decreased anxiety, increased pro-social behavior, improved self-efficacy, and increased persistence.

The District is implementing mindful practices within a multi-tiered system of support, which in MPS is PBIS, as a trauma-sensitive practice. A multi-tiered system of support traditionally has three tiers or levels of layered supports. Tier 1 supports are offered to all students. For mindfulness, these supports include morning meetings, visuals throughout the school, mindful lessons for all students, and integration of mindful practices and mindful language throughout the day. Tier 2 supports are for students who have already received Tier 1 supports and are in need of greater support. For mindfulness, these can include integrating a mindful practice such as a morning breathing in check-in/check-out (CICO) or social academic instructional groups (SAIG). Finally, each school has supports that are for a few students, called Tier 3. These are for the students who have already received the supports at Tier 1 and Tier 2 but are still in need of greater support. These are the most intense supports, are usually provided one-on-one, and include Educational Wraparound and Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (RENEW) with individualized student action plans having mindful practices incorporated throughout. All of these supports along the continuum are layered on top of each other to ensure that all students receive the full support they need.
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jennifer Mims Howell - Director of Specialized Services
Signed By:
Tonya Adair - Interim Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:
Rosana Mateo, Ph.D. - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent