June 3, 2021
The McDowell Foundation’s mandate is to provide our educators with opportunities to learn through educational research. We have heard repeatedly the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our lives, and as a result, in 2020 the Foundation decided to direct research funding specifically to COVID-19 in the classroom. We have also increased our overall research budget from $70,000 to $85,000 for the 2020-2021 funding year. Our research teams recognized the need to address mental health in schools targeting teacher and student mental health after self-isolation and during COVID.
No training tools exist to manage student learning effectively throughout or after a pandemic, however; through the research from Angela Csiki and Brent Keen, they gained some interesting results on Reducing Student Stress During COVID-19 through Mindfulness. Mindfulness refers to a state of mind characterized by awareness and attention in the present moment by an accepting, curious, and non-judgmental attitude. The idea behind mindfulness was that the training and ongoing practice could decrease students’ stress and increase well-being throughout all their relationships.
As we all struggle through the pandemic, any type of mindfulness can help not only our students but ourselves to develop healthier outlooks for life, improvements in mood, stress level, and overall quality of life that can help us feel happier.
We are grateful for the ongoing support from our donors and supporters for our research projects such as one of our many worthy projects like Brent and Angela’s. If you are interested in learning more about our other pandemic research projects, visit http://mcdowellfoundation.ca/covid-lessons-from-school-teacher-research-in-the-pandemic/ where we have more details and also how you can help us support our future projects with your donation. – Colleen Ostoforoff