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Quiet Time Staff

Elana Wolpa

Rama Hall

Aubrey Deans

Krystle Liggins

Noah Schechtman

CWAE Partnership

VVMS Quiet Time is supported through a partnership with the Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education, which trains our staff and students, and motivates our students to use quiet time for social-emotional benefits.

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Quiet Time

The Quiet Time program is a high-impact stress reduction and readiness-to-learn program. It enhances the healthy development of students and faculty by creating more balance in their lives.

At VVMS, Quiet Time is a school-wide program that provides students with two restful, 15-minute periods each day to reduce stress and promote life balance.

  • During Quiet Time, the students have the option to meditate, to sit with their heads down, or to be still. All students and teachers are offered the opportunity to receive training in an evidenced-based relaxation and self-development technique called Transcendental Meditation® or TM. (See Research). Most students practice this in Quiet Time.
  • Student benefits include improved health, reduced violence, increased focus, better academic performance, and strengthened self-concept. (See Research)
  • Faculty and staff also have the opportunity to learn and practice meditation as a stress management tool to reduce burn-out and improve teacher-student relationships.

Quiet Time was launched at San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley Middle School in 2007. The program has dramatically reduced school stress and helped create a positive learning environment.

The program has expanded to three other San Francisco public schools, and more than 10 additional schools in the Bay Area are on a waiting list.

VVMS Quiet Time News

NBC Nightly News report on meditation at VVMS

All Together Now!

"When you work, you want a happy crew going down the road together. You need the ability to focus on things as a group. You need to concentrate on one thing at a time and not have a million different things distracting you. This capacity grows when people start meditating and diving within."  -- David Lynch