Daniela Labra Cardero, Director at AtentaMente, specialized in curriculum development, teacher training, and instruction of contemplative-based socio-emotional education, linking scientific research and pedagogical practice. In Mexico, one in two children lives in poverty, and 60% of students are considered behind in school by the time they’re in 6th grade. The gap in educational outcomes across SES widens significantly between the ages of 5-18 years, fueling cycles of inequality and violence. Educating for Well-being (EW) seeks to break these cycles by fostering an empowering learning environment within schools that acts as a protective barrier and helps close this gap early. EW trains and empowers educators to understand, reflect on, and practice socio-emotional skills (e.g. attention training, emotion regulation, empathy and kindness) in their lives and classrooms. It uses a blended learning approach, weaving live training with a self-paced online course and mobile app. Over time, educators build their SEC, which improves their own well-being. They are able to embody and model SEC for their students, effectively implement the SEL curriculum and promote a safe learning environment, leading to improvements in the students’ overall socioemotional well-being. This whole-school approach, along with empowering local education authorities to adapt SEL to their context, ensures an implementation of SEL that enacts long-term systemic change. EW has proven effective in improving various outcomes for both educators and students. After participating in pilot studies, teachers showed improvements in SECs and reduction in stress and burnout, as well as improved socioemotional outcomes among their students.

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