Professional Development FAQ

JabuMind Professional Development Program for Teachers – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

JabuMind professional development trainings are designed for self-study and can be accessed at any time by premium JabuMind app subscribers. Users are encouraged to create their user profile and browse through the app to help familiarize themselves with the platform. Course Syllabus and Registration Information are accessible through the JabuMind website.

Users are encouraged to review the Course Syllabus to determine if the course meets specific guidelines required by their institution, if applicable.

The Basics:

  • Course Duration: Varies by course selection
  • Location: Online and Mobile App
  • Content Availability: New content is provided regularly
  • Suggested Allocated Time: Varies by course selection, refer to Course Requirements
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How can I receive Professional Credits for courses?

Graduate-level professional development semester credits are available through Courses4Teachers once you complete the JabuMind course and receive your Certificate of Completion. A separate registration is required with Courses4Teachers. For more information, see Courses4Teachers.

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How much time will I need to devote to the course each week?

For most participants, our 10-Week Fundamental Mindfulness Course takes approximately 3 hours per week. Review the course syllabus for more information.
The Training Series for Teachers’ Social and Emotional Health, including four mini courses, takes approximately 15 hours in total. Review the course syllabus for more information.

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How long is the curriculum? How much time does each lesson take?

OPTION I – 10-Week Mindfulness Program
The goal of the program is to educate teachers about the basic 10-Step Integrative Restoration (iRest®) practice which provides participants with the tools necessary to develop a personal mindfulness practice. The curriculum is delivered over a 10-week period and includes a minimum of 30 hours.

OPTION II – Training Series for Teachers’ Social and Emotional Health
The goal of this series is to help teachers build a foundational understanding of how social and emotional learning (SEL) skills and a personal mindfulness practice are essential to their emotional well-being. Participants will acquire a body of knowledge to address many of the challenges teachers face in the classroom and beyond. Training modules are both educational and experimental with a focus on the development of SEL skills while introducing mindfulness practices to support newly acquired knowledge. The series includes four individual trainings. Trainings are delivered on-demand and include a minimum of 3.75 hours per training, and 15 hours per series.

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When can I access the course material?

Once you have purchased a JabuMind premium subscription, you can log in and access the course any time through the JabuMind app and course website, according to your own schedule. We release new content each week for the 10-Week Fundamental Mindfulness Program. This means that once one week has passed, you will move to the next step. All weekly meditations are available on-demand in the app library. All other graduate-level professional development courses are accessible 24 hours per day, through the JabuMind app and the course website.

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Is the course self-paced? Can I go through it on my own schedule?

You’re not required to be online at any specific time and can work through the course at your own pace. That said, we highly recommend you keep up with the course from one week to the next to ensure that you are familiar with tools that will be relied upon in future meditations.

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What does this course cover? What will I learn?

OPTION I – 10-Week Mindfulness Program
This program is based on the scientifically proven Integrative Restoration (iRest®) method. This course is directly accessible to teachers via a mobile device throughout their day. The program is specifically designed around a teacher’s day and includes a tracker for sleep and emotions, empowering users to see their own mind-body connection daily.
The course covers:

Week 1: Heart Speaks – Explore your life purpose
Week 2: Intend & Affirm – Realize the power of setting intentions
Week 3: Inner Resource – Tap into a sense of safety and security
Week 4: Body Speaks – The importance of feeling the body
Week 5: Air, Breath, Energy – Exploring the breath
Week 6: Feelings – The impact of feelings and emotions
Week 7: Thoughts – Observing your thoughts and beliefs
Week 8: Joy – Welcoming joy and well-being into your life
Week 9: Awareness – How to broaden your perspective
Week 10: Being Wholeness – Experience yourself as whole-perfect-and complete! 

OPTION II – Training Series for Teachers’ Social and Emotional Health
The JabuMind Professional Adult SEL Training Series is designed to help teachers broaden their knowledge in critical areas that impact both teachers and their students. This course is directly accessible to teachers via a mobile device. Each mini course is designed to increase awareness about how strengthening social and emotional learning (SEL) skills and developing a personal mindfulness practice can positively impact one’s emotional health and well-being.
Topics include:

  1. Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care
  2. Embracing Change
  3. Difficult Conversations
  4. Critical Discourse on Inequity
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What does the coursework entail?

JabuMind professional development programs and courses include a combination of audio educational trainings, guided meditations, self-assessments, journaling prompts, articles, videos, and numerous additional resources.

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What are the prerequisites?

One of the goals of JabuMind is to help teachers increase their level of self-awareness and sense of well-being as they develop and strengthen their own social-emotional skills. Learning and practicing mindfulness tools have proven to help teachers feel better equipped and more successful teaching and modeling mindfulness practices to their students.

In this spirit, it is strongly suggested that participants complete the JabuMind 10-Week Fundamental Mindfulness Program prior to participating in the Training Series for Teachers’ Social and Emotional Health.

These recommendations are made so that participants have experience studying and practicing the fundamental tools that teach:

  • How to meet and navigate intense emotions
  • Ways to improve communication and interactions with students, peers and others
  • A greater sense of self-awareness through body and breathsensing
  • Ways to cultivate positive states of mind like gratitude, kindness, joy and compassion
  • An understanding of both focused awareness and welcoming opposites of thought
  • How to reduce stress levels, feelings of overwhelm, frustration, anxiety, and depression
  • How to improve restful sleep and relaxation
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Graduate Level Credit

Classroom educators have the option to earn graduate-level professional development semester credit for any of JabuMind’s Professional Development courses via our partner organization, Courses4Teachers Inc., an affiliate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. A separate registration for Courses4Teachers is required to obtain university credit at a cost of $99 per credit.

JabuMind’s online courses are eligible for graduate-level professional development semester  credits, and you can earn up to 3 credits for participating in them. The 10- Week Fundamental Mindfulness Program is worth 2 credits, and the Training Series for Teachers’ Social and Emotional Health is worth 1 credit. 

To register for university credit you will need your certificate of completion from JabuMind. You may register by visiting the Courses4Teachers website.    

For questions about graduate-level professional development semester credit for educators, and to get more information on the application process, fees, etc., or to apply for credit, please contact Courses4Teachers at courses4teachers@courses4teachers.net or visit their website.

For those participants who successfully complete a JabuMind course who do not desire to apply for graduate-level professional development semester credit, a Certificate of Completion will be issued during the Closing Activities of each course upon request, and will reflect the name of the Course/Series, a brief description, and the number of hours allocated to the course.

It is advised that teachers submit the Certificate of Completion to their governing board to see if they may receive professional development credit for our course.

 

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