heART Lab is an experiential learning program designed to teach resilience-building and self-regulation skills.
Phase I - Resilience Mentoring (for educators)
Participants learn how to implement preventive tools and strategies for reducing anxiety and self-regulating stressful emotions.
Introduction Workshop: Resilience and the Emotional Landscape
Weekly Group Coherence Hotspot Sessions (by Zoom)
Individual Mentoring w/HRV (Heart Rate Variability) training and real-time biofeedback technology.
Dedicated heARTflow workshop (combining Heart Coherence techniques with ART-making)
Why is Resilience important for our teachers?
According to several studies and reports, teaching is one of the most stressful jobs in the country.
The American Federation of Teachers’ 2017 Educator Quality of Work Life Survey found that 61 percent of teachers said their jobs were always or often stressful—more than double the rate of non-teaching working adults—and 58 percent said they had poor mental health due to stress levels. 
Findings from the 2022 State of the American Teacher Survey suggest that teacher well-being is a matter of immediate concern for teachers themselves and for the students they teach. Stress on the job can negatively affect educators' physical health, and poor teacher wellness and mental health are linked with lower-quality student learning environments and with poorer academic and nonacademic student outcomes. 
Research also suggests that teachers of color are more likely to experience poor well-being and are more likely to leave their jobs.
Teacher well-being is critical for pandemic recovery and for the long-term health of the teacher workforce.
1. American Federation of Teachers. (2017). 2017 Educator Quality of Work Life Survey. https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/2017_eqwl_survey_web.pdf
Steiner, Elizabeth D., Sy Doan, Ashley Woo, Allyson D. Gittens, Rebecca Ann Lawrence, Lisa Berdie, Rebecca L. Wolfe, Lucas Greer, and Heather L. Schwartz, Restoring Teacher and Principal Well-Being Is an Essential Step for Rebuilding Schools: Findings from the State of the American Teacher and State of the American Principal Surveys, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, RR-A1108-4, 2022. As of August 23, 2022: https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA1108-4.html
Phase 2 - heART Lab (for students)
Students learn how tools and strategies for reducing anxiety and self-regulating stressful emotions and are empowered to make smarter decisions, gain greater self-control and overcome blocks to learning.
Heart (early intervention strategies using HeartMath® self-regulation techniques)
Art (painting, printmaking, crafts, music).
Mind (strategies to manage emotions and attitudes)
Body (body movement, stretching, yoga, dance, heart-healthy nutrition, gardening)
OPTION 1: Facilitator led (mobile classroom)
Communities: parks, community centers, summer camps
Blended learning programs include use of technology to teach students to shift from stress and frustration to balance and resilience with real-time feedback.
Small group learning circles (tailored to age group)
Led by heART Lab facilitator(s)
OPTION 2: Educator-led
Schools: Curriculum/culture integration, after school programs
heARTlab will provide training and software to educators to facilitate in their classrooms.
Why is Resilience important for our youth?
Children experience more stress today than ever before. Young people are struggling most with their mental health. Anxiety is the leading mental health issue among today’s youth, and it is rising. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports:
one in three 13-18 year-olds has already experienced a major anxiety disorder.
The proportion of youth ages 11-17 was 9 percent higher than the average in 2019.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic youth ages 11-17 have been more likely than any other age group to score for moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression.
While rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation are increasing for people of all races and ethnicities, there are notable differences in Black communities, who have had the highest average percent change over time for anxiety and depression.
Without early intervention, the youth in our community are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning.