How Mindful Awareness Supports Whole Person Learning & Development
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This 16-part program is a compelling and informative program introducing the key elements of the Inner Strength teen mindfulness system. This system of supporting healthy social emotional teen development has empowered 5,500 students in Philadelphia high schools. Through its unique contextual thinking approach and its careful application of evidence-based mindfulness tools, the Inner Strength System, developed by Amy Edelstein, is improving teens ability to self-regulate and cultivate self compassion, producing better learning, happier students, and more conscious classrooms.
So many teachers today are burdened with the extra challenge of supporting their students’ mental and behavioral health, reducing anxiety and dis-regulation so kids can learn. The Conscious Classroom video program will give you practical tools and a way to engage with these issues that supports you as well as your students.
In a world where we have unprecedented access to information, literally at our fingertips, it is increasingly hard for students to understand how to focus and learn. This often results in anxiety and apathy. Teens regularly grumble, “Why do I need to learn this when I can google it?” Cultivating their curiosity and love of learning, knowing, and experimenting often requires teens to slow down, become aware of their experience, and explore the richness of life as it is, right now.
This love of learning infuses the The Conscious Classroom video program. Material is shared in a captivating way that fosters your own contemplation and helps you share that ability to observe and consider afresh with your students.
You will learn and practice exercises that you can use in the classroom to help students settle down. You will also learn how to share systems thinking with your students, which helps them make sense of large arcs of change, preparing them to engage in the complex, information-rich world of our future.
When you work with each of the short lessons in this course, you will see how the insights of contextual thinking and process philosophy, articulated by some of the twentieth century’s great philosophers like Alfred North Whitehead, are even more relevant and useful to teens today. You will appreciate how taking a step back helps us manage the overwhelming business of our lives and how you can impart that ability to teens.
Teachers Transform Lives
Philosophers in Today’s Classrooms? You bet
A Powerful Culture Hack: Mindful Awareness Opens New Doors
Practicing the Art of Quick Release
Processing Strong Emotions
Becoming Curious about Life
Change Your Mind
Finding Calm in the Storm
What About Special Needs?
When the Classroom Gets Tough
Teens & Substance Use
Training the Leaders of Tomorrow
One-Two-Three, Let’s Breathe
Is Mindfulness Safe for All Conditions?
But Life Isn’t Always Peaceful
"We have extraordinary potential to inspire the next generation. When we teach them how to learn and how to engage with their experience in a meaningful, open-ended, and discriminating way, we are giving them lightning in a bottle. That lightening can brighten their entire lives and our shared future"
- Amy Edelstein
Thank you! Hearing you share your stories from the classroom made it so real. I can see how I can also bring peace and relief to the kids I know in my life.
I’ve never thought about the way I “interpret” my experience. I am always just having an experience or wanting to change it. So valuable!
I am not a parent or a teacher but I love to meditate. This helped me see how I could make bridges with the people I do interact with. I found that so helpful.
The way you guided the exercises helped me relax, I can only imagine how it works in a classroom full of teens.
I appreciate how you share your vast experience in an even-handed way and that you recognize that this might not be for every child. Sometimes I feel worried this is going to become the next fad everyone has to do rather than one of the ways we can help our kids grow. Thank you for addressing so many special cases.
I am so inspired by what you have gotten going in such a short time. I can’t wait to implement it in my school.
A convenient Learning Management Portal which contains all of your course materials and that will help you keep track of what you have completed as you work your way through the program.
This course contains 16 short lessons, taking you through a contemplation of the key elements of a conscious classroom. Lessons include experiential practices that will help you learn and practice exercises you can do with your students.
Video for Each Lesson
Each of the sixteen lessons includes a short video, which introduces a key concept or exercise for you to work with.
Many people find it easier to work with audios. You can download the audios for each lesson to listen to at your convenience.
Transcripts Each lesson includes a downloadable transcript so you can easily take notes, highlight passages, and mark insights that will support your learning.
Each lesson includes carefully crafted contemplations designed to help integrate the key concepts and deepen your understanding. You can type your responses into the fillable format online. You can also download the Print-Friendly Workbook to handwrite your responses.
Lifetime Access To Course Materials
You will receive lifetime access to course materials so you can revisit them again and again, making the Conscious Classroom techniques your own.
- How is the course delivered?
You will receive immediate access to all the course materials through the Course Portal when you register. You will also receive a reminder email every day for sixteen days to help you stay on track and complete the course.
- Can I do the course on my own schedule or do I have to show up at certain times?
You are welcome to do the course at your own pace. You can revisit lessons over and over, take your time, or move ahead more quickly.
- Do I need any special hardware or software to participate?
You can access the portal from any web browser on phone, tablet, or computer.
- How long is the course?
The course is 16 lessons long.
- Can I download the audios?
You can download the audios and printed materials.
with Mindful Awareness & Contextual Thinking
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 established the Inner Strength Foundation, a non-profit organization whose instructors have trained 6000 inner-city teens in an in-school three-month mindfulness and systemic thinking program. She was awarded the 2019 Philadelphia Social Innovation Silver Award for anti-violence.
She has a long commitment to mindfulness work, having begun her own indepth practice more than 35-years ago. She has run programs in mindfulness, meditation, and educational philosophy in half a dozen countries around the world and now makes her home in Philadelphia.
Amy is also a Cornell University College Scholar, cofounder of the learning platform Emergence Education, and author of five books including the award-winning, bestseller The Conscious Classroom.