Namaste Charter School is a nationally recognized Kindergarten-8th grade school in Chicago founded to address the problem of childhood obesity and increase student academic achievement. Our innovative approach to integrating nutrition, wellness and physical activity in the classroom has attracted the interest of educators, parents and health professionals across the country. We recognize our responsibility to share Namaste’s best practices with educators so that together, we can break down the wellness and educational barriers that stand in the way of our children’s lifelong success.
Learning the Namaste Way Educators’ Institutes
Our popular Learning the Namaste Way professional development Institutes for teachers and school leaders are a unique opportunity to observe, learn, and explore Namaste Charter School’s best practices in action. Learn more about what you’ll experience here.
Please visit our Institute page for more information about Namaste’s professional development opportunities.
Namaste is sharing our best practices and impact nationwide. Students at Academy 360 in Denver engage in Morning Movement, a practice the school’s founders learned about through their experience at Learning the Namaste Way.
Namaste Shares Resources
Namaste Shares allows educators to access the tools and resources necessary to create a school and classroom environment that integrates healthy eating, nutrition education and physical activity.
Namaste provides a top-notch holistic education that integrates health and wellness programming with rigorous academics. By integrating ample physical activity and healthy food options into the school day, Namaste strives to help students be successful not only in their time at Namaste, but in high school, college and beyond.
Namaste’s focus on a healthy lifestyle ensures children’s optimal academic and health outcomes through purposeful programming aligned with the school’s Healthy Lifestyle pillars: Movement; Nutrition, Health and Wellness; and Peaceful School Culture .
“Learning the Namaste Way” Learnings"Learning the Namaste Way" Institute attendee Molly N. from Elmhurst has implemented in her school many of the movement and "calm down" techniques she learned at Namaste.
Namaste’s core academic beliefs are embodied in our Teaching & Learning pillars: Balanced Learning; Collaborative Practice; and Language and Culture. The effective implementation of each of these pillars in all classrooms school-wide ensures all students receive academic instruction of the highest caliber that is tailored to each student’s individual needs.
Second Grade MathDownload File
Math LessonThese lessons are excerpted from a second grade geometry unit. Note how movement is integrated within academic instruction at Namaste.