Peace of Mind, Inc.

Equipping children with the skills to face challenges with kindness, compassion and courage

Washington, DC   |  https://TeachPeaceofMind.org

Mission

Peace of Mind is a Washington, DC-based organization founded in 2014 and established as a nonprofit in 2018. Our mission is to educate students about mindfulness, brain science, conflict resolution and social justice to help them develop skills to enhance their own well-being and become peacemakers. We develop and share our innovative curriculum and train and support educators who deliver our program in PreK - 8th grade. Our vision is that all students are able to develop the skills to face challenges in their own lives and the challenges facing our world with kindness, courage and compassion.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Cheryl Cole Dodwell

Founder and co-director

Linda K Ryden

Main address

5540 Nevada Ave NW

Washington, DC 20015 USA

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EIN

47-1449614

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mindfulness based SEL and Conflict Resolution Resources for Elementary Educators

The Peace of Mind program, developed at Lafayette Elementary since 2003 by Peace Teacher Linda Ryden, supports student well-being with a comprehensive program of mindfulness-based social emotional learning, brain science, conflict resolution and social justice. Based on more than 16,000 hours of in-classroom development, the Peace of Mind curriculum, including curriculum guides for PreK - 8th graders, responds directly to the urgent social and emotional needs of our students.

Since we began sharing the program in 2016, Peace of Mind now reaches over 3,800 students in the D.C. metro area in public, public charter and independent schools and thousands more across the country. Approximately half of students served attend Title I schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Peace of Mind curriculum was created with the hope and intention of creating more peaceful school communities and ultimately a more peaceful world. This work has never been more necessary in our schools.

Our country is in the grips of so many challenges including the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, an alarming rise in gun violence, attacks on the rights of LBGTQIA+ children, and the ongoing pandemic of racism. And schools are on the front lines of dealing with all of these. As reports of anxiety, depression and even suicide among young people is rising the need for social and emotional learning, conflict resolution skills and social justice education in our schools has never been greater.

Our biggest challenge is getting our classroom-proven curriculum to the students who desperately need it. Increasing our capacity to reach out to new schools who can benefit from Peace of Mind resources will enable us to substantially increase the number of students Peace of Mind is able to serve over the next year, resulting in improved student mental health and well-being for hundreds more students in the DC metropolitan area.

Educators taking up this challenging work need ongoing support beyond introductory training. Peace of Mind meets this need through coaching, ongoing training in-person and online, an Annual Conference and Community of Practice gatherings. We equip educators with the skills to help deliver the Peace of Mind curriculum effectively, so that they can equip their students to learn to face life’s challenges with kindness, courage and compassion.

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    PreK-8 Educators and students in public, public charter and independent schools of all races and backgrounds.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We develop our professional development opportunities and Annual Conference content in direct response to requests from educators. We recently revised our Core Curriculum for Grades 1 and 2 to respond more directly to student needs today, especially for managing worry, anger and fear.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Peace of Mind, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Subrat Biswal

Retired

Term: 2022 - 2023

Chapin Springer

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Darrel Jodrey

Johnson & Johnson

Elizabeth Whisnant

Horace Mann Elementary School

Subrat Biswal

Scientist

Linda Ryden

Educator

Elizabeth Hoffman

Neuroscientist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

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Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/22/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.