Getting Started with the Peace of Mind Curriculum


And welcome to the Peace of Mind Community. The Peace of Mind Program teaches mindfulness-based social emotional learning, with a focus on brain science, gratitude, kindness, conflict resolution, and standing up for others.

Teaching Peace of Mind helps students develop the skills to increase self awareness, learn to manage big emotions so that they can choose their responses, build friendships, solve conflicts independently and peacefully, and to be able to put these skills to work in the classroom and in life. By taking up this work, you will help to develop compassion and a sense of agency in your students and move your own classroom, group or school community toward even more kindness and inclusion.

The goal for this course is to help you feel confident and prepared to teach Peace of Mind to your students. We hope you will find some personal benefits from this curriculum, too.

This course will introduce you to the Peace of Mind philosophy, explain how the curricula is organized, and take you through several sample lessons. We'll dive into best practices for teaching Peace of Mind and address commonly asked questions. We will explore some ideas for sharing Peace of Mind information with families and colleagues and we'll offer support in starting or deepening our own mindfulness practice.

Thank you for taking up this transformative work! Find more about the Peace of Mind Program at

Earn 3 hours of professional learning! Course Completion certificate available for download after all lectures have been completed.

Your Instructor

Linda, Jillian, & Cheryl
Linda, Jillian, & Cheryl

Linda Ryden MEd, is the creator of the Peace of Mind Program and author of the Peace of Mind Curriculum Series and five acclaimed storybooks. Linda has served as the full-time Peace Teacher at Lafayette Elementary School, Washington DC’s largest public elementary, since 2003 and continues to teach Peace of Mind classes to more than 700 students every week while actively engaged in supporting her school’s efforts to sustain an inclusive and equitable school climate. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Washington Parent, Washington Family, Teaching Tolerance, Edutopia, among others. Linda brings a passion for teaching peace and over 25 years of teaching experience to her work with children and adults. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a Masters in Education.

Jillian Diesner MEd, LPC, consults on the Early Childhood implementation of Peace of Mind and author of the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Early Childhood. Jillian is dual-certified School Counselor and Special Education teacher and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. She holds Masters’ degrees in Early Childhood Special Education from the George Washington University and in Marriage & Family Counseling from the University of Florida.

Cheryl Cole Dodwell is the Executive Director of Peace of Mind Inc and serves as managing editor for the Peace of Mind Curriculum Series and Storybooks. Cheryl holds an MBA from Stanford University with a focus in public and nonprofit management and BA from Princeton University in Economics and East Asian Studies. For more about our team, visit

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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