MISSION & VISION
S.A.G.E.’s mission is simple-- to make schools better for children.
S.A.G.E. imagines a world where schools are loving spaces for all children, where a school's social-emotional well-being, culture, and climate are as important as its academics, performance, and ranking.
For this vision to manifest, it is imperative that we support the well-being of educators who take care of our children. Through our holistic approach, S.A.G.E. Wellness:
Advances well-being in schools;
Supports educator self-care; and
Grows equanimity in schools through mindfulness.
HOW WE SAGE
The focus always is to build educator capacity in a way that centers well being. Our workshops blend learnings from a cross-section of fields, the foundation of which is mindfulness.
SAGE'S HOLISTIC APPROACH
SAGE's holistic approach merges key learnings from the fields of social-emotional well-being, restorative justice, and trauma-informed education and links it to mindfulness & mind-body research, as well as breath and brain science.
Founded in 2017 by a former ELA teacher, S.A.G.E was created in response to the increasing levels of stress and burnout teachers face.
Educators play a significant role in shaping the lives of children. Not only do we facilitate academic learning, but we also influence a child’s social-emotional development and well-being. We are key influencers of healthy relationships. We help students reach their highest potential and nurture their understanding of who they are and who they can become in the world. Yet, being an educator has become increasingly stressful—a reality that negatively impacts us, students, and school communities alike.
"If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete."
TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR PARTNERS
“You really helped me through thick and thin. When you came to our school, it was a tough time for me and the rest of the group. S.A.G.E. really helped us sooooooo much. I’m so grateful for S.A.G.E. To this day, I still meditate to help cope with all of the struggles of school and future high school.”
Kelaysha, 7th Grade Mindful Leader, New Song Academy
"This has honestly been the most helpful self-select workshop since I've started this journey with TFA. Thank you for making me vulnerable. Thank you for taking me to my happy place. And, thank you for listening. So blessed to have met you!"
Jasmine, TFA Fellow Baltimore Cohort
“Teachers and students need a space to reflect and respond to the daily challenges they face. Our Peace Room offers a great space for our team to utilize Restorative Practices to support their communication and deepen their relationships.”
Principal Brown, New Song Academy
EDUCATOR STRESS + WAYS MINDFULNESS REDUCES IT + BUILDS CAPACITY
46% of teachers report high daily stress. This is the highest rate of daily rate among all occupations, tied with nurses and higher than physicians.
Teacher Stress and Health: Effects on Teachers, Students, and Schools | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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