Enriching educators and their students with transformative & restorative programs.
When you invest time in continuing education, you want to be sure you're learning the wisdom that can truly transform you & your classroom!
Based on Amy Edelstein’s groundbreaking work designing school mindfulness, wellness, and systems thinking programs that bring measurable results, The Conscious Classroom weaves together a unique set of perspectives, principles, and practices that support whole person wellbeing. Developed to help dedicated educators and anxious adolescents realize their higher potentials, this system gives you the methodology and resources to alleviate the impact of trauma and make schools the vibrant, caring learning communities they are meant to be.
Teachers and students are facing a mountain of challenges right now. From the disruption of the pandemic to ongoing work-life stress, teachers and students need self-care tools that are immediate, effective, and lasting.
If you’re like most educators, you need tools that speak to you now, before you have everything together. You need methods that calm your classroom and your own mental chatter. You need support without guilt and practical advice without pablum.
Occupational burnout among teachers is real. It saps the energy of even the most caring individuals.
Stress and anxiety erode the curiosity of even the most engaged students.
The same old professional development courses that advise you to add more self-care activity to your day, while not showing you how to embed tools into your already busy schedule only amplify frustration.
Tone deaf platitudes for teens who are processing grief or the hurt of racism alienate and trigger rather than empower.
Every program is infused with the best insights from Amy’s forty years of mindfulness experience and decade of work in Philadelphia public schools creating the award winning Inner Strength System™ and its CASEL-endorsed mindfulness and SEL programs. These Conscious Classroom programs have empowered more than 15,000 teens and 1,700 teachers in live trainings and are now being made available to you, in self-paced as well as live online formats.
You carry the responsibility for your school, district, or city. You provide continuing education for your team. When you need empowerment tools that meet the complexity of your role, The Conscious Classroom is there for you.
You meet demanding schedules day-in, day-out. You are there for groups of students with few breaks in-between. The educators at The Conscious Classroom work in schools too. Our programs are designed for you.
You work to support youth in afterschool programs, mentorships, or clubs. You see the challenges they come with. When you want to help them build their own strength, resilience, and care, The Conscious Classroom equips you with tools to do so.
To better serve our students and to better teach, we need to take care of ourselves. We were able to immediately implement every self-care strategy Amy presented, and our teachers and staff chose to implement them on their own throughout the school year. We started a new approach to living because we realized the difference within ourselves. Who wouldn't rather live than simply exist?!"
Nicole, Executive Director, Gillingham High School, PA
You’ll be amazed at how a few profound tools--skillfully applied--can release a flood of creativity, enthusiasm, and satisfaction.
"I love Amy - she not only has a positive energy and a slow and inviting style, but she seems to really understand what teachers face daily."
– Theresa, Lankenau High School, PA
Amy Edelstein, educator, author, and public speaker is a powerful communicator of ideas and beliefs that can help us transform ourselves and the culture we live in.
In 2014, Amy founded the Inner Strength Foundation, a non-profit organization that has trained 15,000 inner-city teens in mindfulness and systems thinking.
She currently serves as Inner Strength’s Executive Director. Amy began her own mindfulness practice in 1978 and has been an avid explorer of contemplative tools ever since, studying indepth and then teaching in half a dozen countries around the world.
She received a Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for her organization’s work in Violence Reduction. She is a Cornell University College Scholar, cofounder of of the learning platform Emergence Education, and author of five books including the IPPY award-winning, #1 Amazon educational bestseller The Conscious Classroom.
The time to re-set and reflect on my habits was awesome. Clear steps given, then examples played out through the exercises, and it all fits into a manageable package. Not just walking away with this vague feeling that I should meditate more. It forced me to become more reflective and find small opportunities to make me smile."
– Michael, Swenson High School, PA
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