Lucila Rudge, SelfDesign Graduate Institute


Mindful and Engaged Learning Communities is a research-based approach
to education that focuses on the strong relationship between classroom
culture and engagement in learning. Four key domains integrate the Mindful
and Engaged Learning Community approach: teacher well-being, social and
emotional competence, culturally responsive teaching, and positive
academic mindsets.

Program Goal

The certificate in Mindful and Engaged Learning Communities will empower
educators to create a safe and inclusive classroom culture where learners
feel valued, competent, and influential contributors to the learning

Who will benefit most from this certificate course?

This certificate is ideal for in-service teachers, counselors, librarians, and
other professional educators in both private and public schools.

The Lessons

The lessons are structured around the four key domains of the Mindful and
Engaged Learning Community approach. Each session will be offered
through Zoom (a video conference) and will last 90 minutes. Lessons will
include a combination of collaborative discussions, information sharing, and
reflective practices.

Learning Outcomes

Following successful completion of this certificate course, participants will
be able to:

  • Engage in mindful, contemplative, and reflective practices.
  • Have increased understanding of how cognitive abilities and social-
    emotional competencies are deeply entwined in the learning process.
  • Acquire deeper understanding of how culture can affect social,
    emotional, and academic behavior.
  • Integrate social and emotional learning activities in the classroom.
  • Develop lessons that are culturally responsive and engaging to all
    diverse learners.

Create safe and inclusive classrooms that foster positive academic

Program Duration (15 hrs)

  • 12 hours of direct contact (8 sessions of 90 minutes each)
  • 3 hours of assigned readings and assignments

Assignments and Assessment

To qualify and receive a course certificate, students must complete the

  • Classroom climate survey, self-assessment, and reflection journals
  • Read the assigned readings
  • Participate in the video conference sessions
  • Develop a plan of action and submit a reflection paper on its implementation

Cost of Certificate Course


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Course Leader

Lucila Rudge, Ph.D. is Adjunct and International Baccalaureate Coordinator at the University of Montana, Honorary Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland, and Faculty Associate at the SelfDesign Graduate Institute. Rudge’s research and teaching experience include undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of teacher-student relationships, social and emotional learning, holistic pedagogy, contemplative practices, educational psychology, multicultural education, and international education. She is the author of Holistic Education: An Analysis of its Pedagogical Application and numerous articles. Before coming to U.S. to complete her doctoral studies at Ohio State University, Rudge taught in Brazil, her native country, St, Maarten, United Kingdom, and Indonesia.