Home / Research


In today’s world, the stressors of daily life can cause children and adults alike to feel frustrated, overwhelmed and anxious. Calm Classroom provides practical mindfulness-based tools to help us manage stress and achieve emotional well-being throughout the day by activating the body’s relaxation response. When we’re feeling focused, relaxed and energized, we are empowered.

The Impact is Real

Calm Classroom data shows a range of positive outcomes across educational communities.


23% Decrease in Misconducts

2,400 CPS Students
3rd-8th Grade

21% Increase in Misconducts

68,000 CPS Students
3rd-8th Grade

Year 1 Behavioral Data Scores Interim Report K-8thGrade. (PDF Download)

Reduce Student Stress

More Calm

81% of teachers report that students are calmer and more peaceful.

“Calm Classroom provides our students and teachers with a positive proactive approach to addressing both the youthful energy and stressful anxiety that students regularly encounter.”
-Principal, Shields Middle School, Chicago IL

Boost Engagement

More Engagement

74% of teachers report that students are more focused and ready to learn.

“During times when emotions are heightened by staff and students alike, the breathing techniques are effective in calming situations…the learning environment has a higher level of student engagement.”
-Principal, Wendell Smith Elementary, Chicago IL

Reduce Teacher Stress

Use it continually

71% of teachers report using Calm Classroom techniques outside of school to manage stress and emotions.

“Practicing Calm Classroom techniques in the middle of a difficult day, after a challenging meeting, or starting my day helps me to feel better and do my best work!”
-Teacher, Boston MA

Ongoing Research

Calm Classroom is currently part of 3 research studies examining student behavioral change.

Chicago, IL

U.S. Department of Education (i3), Erikson Institute and The University of Chicago. This 3-year study involves 16,000 K-8 students. The study will be published in early 2019.

Milwaukee, WI

Next Door Foundation and Marquette University. This 2-year study involves 100 Kindergarten (age 5) students. The study will be published in late 2018.

San Salvador

Glasswing International and The University of Chicago. This 2-year study involves 500 middle school students. The study will be published in late 2018.


In addition to the results we see directly from implementation of the Calm Classroom program, the benefits of mindfulness and relaxation response strategies have been validated by decades of research.

Improve executive functioning in students

Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) improve executive functioning, which includes working memory, emotion regulation, and self-monitoring. Research shows that participation in a program that utilizes MAPS leads to improvements in behavioral regulation and overall executive functioning in elementary school students. Flook et al., 2010 Mendelson et al., 2010

Boost academic and behavioral outcomes

Daily practice of relaxation response techniques and self-care strategies like those found in Calm Classroom leads to positive academic and behavioral outcomes. One study found that middle school students who were exposed to two or more semesters of classes that included these practices had higher grade point averages, better work habits, and higher cooperation scores than students who had less exposure. Similar studies have shown significant increases in self-esteem, greater improvements in levels of perceived stress and anxiety, as well as an increase in health-promoting behaviors. Benson et al., 1994, 2000, Foret et al., 2011

Manage stress and promote wellbeing in adults

Relaxation response techniques and mindfulness-based interventions have long been recognized as effective strategies for managing stress-related illness and enhancing psychological well being in adults. Both modalities increase activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, deactivating the body’s fight-or-flight stress response. Esch et al., 2003, Brown & Ryan, 2003








Learn More