Moving and Learning Residencies were created after hearing from teachers that live demonstrations in the classrooms were so helpful in creating sustainable practices.  In its debut year this program was implemented into 63 classrooms, reaching over 1,890 students.  The teachers committed to teaching 3-5 minute practices four days a week with the Moving and Learning Resident teacher teaching 20-30 minutes one time a week.

What are Moving and Learning Residencies?

Moving and Learning Residencies are a proactive behavioral intervention to help meet the physical, emotional and mental health needs of students. This integrative approach to wellness consists of core practices and strategies to promote self-regulation, focus, attention and connection to others. The use of breathing techniques, yoga-based movement, social/emotional learning activities and guided relaxation supports students as they learn to manage emotions, transitions and reduce anxiety. This holistic approach supports learning and student achievement. Educators will also benefit through the use of these integrative tools both personally and professionally.

Each residency site selected has a Yoga Calm® Certified Youth Instructor, provided by 1000 Petals LLC, assigned for one day a week for five consecutive weeks. A 6th session occurs a month later.

The school chooses four to six classrooms to participate in this Residency.

The primary funding of these programs in both St. Paul and District 196 was through State Health Improvement Grants and Local Collaborative Time Study Grants.

For the 2015 – 2016 school year, we are working in Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eagan with 16 schools, 64 teachers and about 1920 students a week.

Moving and Learning Participating Schools

St. Paul

  • Elementary Schools: Cherokee Heights, Wellstone
  • Middle Schools: Ramsey, Parkview Montessori
  • Childcare Settings: Agape/Harding Child Care
  • High School: Journeys Secondary Program

District 196

  • Cedar Park/ Southview
  • Greenleaf
  • School of Environmental Studies High School
  • Rosemount Elementary
  • Rosemount Middle School
  • Thomas Lake
  • Oak Ridge Elementary
  • Cedar Park Elementary

Elementary Schools

  • Westview
  • Parkview
  • Southview Elementary
  • Echo Park
  • Diamond Path
  • Glacier Hills

Middle Schools

  • Rosemount
  • Falcon Ridge
  • Blackhawk
  • Dakota

High School

  • Rosemount

Special Ed Self-Contained School

  • Dakota Ridge
  • Cedar Ridge Elementary

Want to learn more about Moving and Learning Residencies, and what you can do to bring them to your school/workplace? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!

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