This 8-week training via live video classes is for anyone interested in supporting teens using the tools of mindful awareness.
Teens are finding themselves growing up in an era that presents unprecedented concerns and possibilities.
The stress of massive global issues including the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and injustice weigh heavy on their shoulders. New technologies, communication tools, and the computing power of giants in handheld devices open the door to thrilling innovation.
There is great freedom. And there is not enough reliable social support.
With youth mental health issues on a dangerous rise, we can all agree, our teens need better guidance, reassurance, and support.
Foundations of Mindfulness puts those tools in your hands and in the classroom.
The Foundations of Mindfulness for the Classroom gives you the training you need to bring the powerful tools of mindful awareness & critical thinking into the classroom. You'll be able to channel your care in a way that amplifies a student's own strengths. Th is a recipe for their lifelong success.
Understandable. But with the right tools, you've got this.
You can follow Foundations of Mindfulnessevidence-based approach and give teens tools that will help them cultivate inner strength and outer stability.
You'll see your classroom calm and your students grow in confidence and care.
If you are a passionate classroom teacher but you find yourself spending too much time disciplining or coaxing students to learn, it is time to pivot with potent calming & community building techniques.
Mindful reflection helps students dial back anxiety and anger. Through self-care, their natural curiosity comes forward, and they become interested in learning.
Foundations of Mindfulness will teach you how to share mindfulness in classrooms, pediatrics offices, or on the sports field. You'll see the youth you work with light up and calm down.
If you have experienced the benefit of mindful contemplation, you probably feel like you have lightning in a bottle. The Foundations of Mindfulness teacher training lets you share that lightening with teens.
You’ll feel your own insight deepening and you’ll experience the rewards of empowering teens to develop good habits of mind, relationship, and physical health that will serve them their entire life.
Peer-reviewed studies point to long-term emotional and physical benefits. By helping teens learn to practice the art and science of mindful awareness, you will be planting seeds for long-term health, lowering stress and cortisol levels, mitigating the negative effects of trauma, and helping teens be happy.
For a generation that is the first in two centuries to be at risk of having shorter lifespans than their parents...
Join me in helping develop a strong, positive, and compassionate next generation of leaders. There are big problems to solve. Let's give them the best training possible to be the future this world needs.
I am blown away by how powerful and personal the impact of the Inner Strength teen mindfulness program is for young adults from all walks of life. Mindfulness is, in my opinion, an essential component of the core curriculum for life at this time on the planet.
If we are going to empower our future community-builders and leaders, then we need to support them in developing the most potent tool they have to contribute: their full potential as compassionate, creative, resilient, and unique individuals.
I learned how to teach that and I am so excited. Making this accessible within the school system is both practical and brilliant.
– Sharon, Colorado
The Foundations of Mindfulness is designed for optimal learning. You will learn the techniques and perspectives, the philosophy and science behind why these tools have such a beneficial effect. You will practice-teach the classroom exercises with a practice partner, prepare your own classroom materials, and have the opportunity to participate in ongoing coaching groups once you begin in your classroom.
To that end, all participants are required to keep their own mindfulness practice for the duration of the course.
You will be encouraged to engage afresh with tools you may be familiar with in order to discover an inexhaustible wellspring of curiosity.
If you are learning mindful awareness practices for the first time, you will have the opportunity to ask all your questions and receive expert meditation guidance. Amy Edelstein has had a consistent and indepth practice for over 35 years and can help guide you through confusion and pitfalls.
The support you will receive in the Foundations of Mindfulness will connect you with the essential value of these practices.
Whether you’ve been meditating for twenty years or you come to this program with a teaching background, you’ll be supported and challenged to engage at your own edge of exploration.
At Inner Strength, we value collegiality, mutual support, co-mentorship, and compassion.
Through your work with your practice partner and small group discussions you will develop connections with a cohort that can continue to support you long after the training has been completed.
Additionally, once you begin teaching, you will be eligible to participate in regular conference calls so you can get answers to your questions about real events that occurred in your classroom.
Successful teaching of mindfulness to teens rests on your own familiarity and groundedness with the practice. While you are in the training, you will maintain a regular practice 5 days a week on your own or as a participant in a lightly guide half hour meditation practice session Mon-Fri 8 AM US ET.
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 these 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 Inner Strength System™ is a unique mindfulness school program, which teaches adolescents evidence-based focus, stress reduction, and compassion tools, all set in a developmental framework.
Inner Strength has already trained over 15,000 students in high schools in Philadelphia. You’ll receive the benefit of lessons learned in the classroom to prepare you to be the best facilitator you can be.
The Fundamentals of Mindfulness teacher training is a 40-hour professional training that will enable you to teach the valuable tools of mindful awareness to high school students.
Teaching the Inner Strength Teen Program is personally rewarding. New insight catalyzes our own growth and transformation. Not only do we learn how to teach inner strength for outer stability, we develop those qualities in our own lives.
Participants have come from all over to immerse themselves in this comprehensive program—from Chile to New Zealand, New York to California, Vancouver to Massachusetts, Seattle to Michigan, and from other places in between. Graduates have taken their training into school classrooms and non-profits, arts programs and honors clubs, juvenile facilities and alternatives to detention.
All of your lesson material conveniently in one place. A private forum to comment and converse with your class cohort.
Weekly modules to learn at your convenience so you are ready to discuss in the live sessions. Each lesson is approoximately 60-minutes.
Weekly sessions to delve into the material in more depth with Amy Edelstein and to explore in small group discussion periods.
Practice teaching with a partner from the cohort giving you the experience and confidence to teach these tools in the classroom.
Revisit your lesson, take notes on a pdf transcript, and refresh your memory at any time.
Make the understandings of each week your own through guided Contemplation and journaling exercises.
Deepen your own practice so you strengthen your anchor and understanding of the tools from the inside out. Amy is a master meditation teacher with over 40-years experience.
Get new insights from some of the most thoughtful and innovative teachers in the field.
Everything about this course both challenged and encouraged me. From the clear way the lessons were delivered,
to the thoughtful reflection questions that really helped me grow, to the way Amy brought the whole group together...
I've taken so many continuing education courses, but none that I can truly say helped me grow from the inside the way this one did. And I feel well prepared me with such an actionable skill set. Wow and Thank you!
– Jennifer, Philadelphia
I found training with Amy and my cohort in the Inner Strength Teacher Training to be a warm, challenging, and truly supportive experience.
Amy’s knowledge is vast and her presentation is highly factual, superbly interesting, sometimes over my head, yet always accessible, and delightful! We also developed friendship and respect for each other. A bonding experience it was and a truly passionate organization to be involved with. Thank you for this life changing experience!"
– Brittany, South Carolina
"This class is one that everyone should take, whether teaching mindfulness or not, all the tools that we learn are beneficial to all humans. The array of information learned through Amy, the required readings, our own practice and the conversations during class are so invaluable. The contemplation questions are so insightful. Anyone who takes this class will be more empowered and have a deeper understanding and respect for the positive power of mindfulness practice. Amy is a phenomenal teacher and demonstrator of the qualities of mindfulness through her being, speaking, teaching and curiosity. I am forever grateful for this experience and looking forward to ongoing mindfulness education& practice in my day to day. This system is important for a culture of care."
"The opportunity to participate in this course came just at the right time, as I identify strategies and practices to support the students who have begun to return to the classroom both late this spring and next fall. They will be experiencing challenges on different fronts and any tools we can share to help them manage these challenges will be invaluable."
Lison Nelson-Haynes, Philadelphia Young Playwrights
""The information in this course is taught with an academic attention to detail yet infused with compassion and insight teens' unique needs and challenges. This training will motivate and inspire anyone with a call to help today's high school students navigate these challenging times."
Ginger Sands, All Access Mindfulness
"I just got off the phone with T.P. and she couldn't stop raving about how well today went! She can't wait until next week. I was able to pop in to H.S.’s GoogleMeet and he was screen sharing the zoom from your class. So glad to welcome you back to our school!!!!"
J.L., High School Principal
"Your mindfulness course is genuinely unique, academically rigorous, mind/soul/mind stretching, and life-changing! From the bottom of my heart, I exclaim, "THANK YOU"! You've made my day and uplifted my spirits!"
H.S., Art Teacher
"Thank you so much for leading our staff through mindfulness practices. We appreciated and enjoyed the time to relax, rejuvenate, and be with themselves and each other in ways we don't usually have time to do. I look forward to our continued work together!"
A.D. High School Principal