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Luster Learning Institute (LLI) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, founded in 2007.

Jai Luster is the founder and executive director of the Luster Learning Institute. Jai, his wife Joy, and National Louis University faculty members developed the Calm Classroom curriculum in 2007.  The program was launched in January of 2008 in the Chicago Public Schools.

As of 2016, the Calm Classroom program has been implemented school-wide in over 200 schools, reaching 200,000 students and their families, 10,000 teachers/school staff, and 1,500 administrators in Chicago, Detroit, Albany, Los Angeles and other cities throughout the nation. 

VISION: We envision a world in which all people are supported in developing greater self-awareness, inner peace and, therefore, a more compassionate society.

MISSION: The Luster Learning Institute transforms lives by teaching skills that empower people to develop self-awareness, focus, and resiliency, leading to overall wellbeing and healthy, productive communities.

STRATEGY: Together with our partners, we serve low-income and at-risk Pre-k through 12th grade public school students and their families using the Calm Classroom program.


The Calm Classroom program is the Luster Learning Institute’s vehicle for carrying out its mission and vision.

The program is composed of scripted research-based mindfulness techniques that develop breathing, stretching, relaxation and focusing skills.

Students Learn How to Overcome: 

  • Difficulty learning in school
  • Anxiety, toxic stress and trauma
  • Violence towards oneself and others

Calm Classroom is Founded On: 

  • Simplicity of implementation
  • Quality training
  • Long-term support
  • 3rd party research
  • Ongoing evidence of positive results.

Calm Classroom is implemented school-wide from preschool through high school.

  • Teachers and students practice the scripted mindfulness techniques in their classrooms one to three times per day. Each technique is three minutes in length.
  • School counselors, social workers, deans and administrators use the techniques in one-on-one and small group meetings with students who are struggling with behavioral, emotional and academic challenges.
  • Restorative Practices Coaches use the techniques in small group interventions.

Transforming Schools, Changing Lives

We all want to see young people achieve academically, develop and maintain emotional stability, and build respectful and caring relationships. It takes all of us working together to address the obstacles that prevent children from living the life they deserve.

The Calm Classroom program addresses the root cause of these obstacles by empowering young people to find focus in a world of distractions, emotional stability in the midst of chaos, and peace in times of conflict.

With your help, we can give children, parents, teachers, and communities the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.


Our School Partners

Our Calm Classroom Brochure

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