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Back to School with Inner Strength

The following was originally published in the ISF September 2018 newsletter. Join our mailing list here to receive upcoming newsletters. Inner Strength programs are going into this year strong Today I finally put the finishing touches on our Fall Inner Strength teaching schedule. Even as I was sending out the confirmations, two schools called to see if we could accommodate …

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Diversity Dialogues: Kori Hamilton Biagas & Amy Edelstein Explore Racial Literacy

Understanding and deconstructing racial ideas and divides Amy Edelstein interviews Kori Hamilton Biagas from JustEducators about what racial literacy is, how to work in classrooms to lessen racial stress, and how to engage in a positive way to deconstruct our culturally inherited (and often outdated, false, misguided, and even dangerous) ideas about this issue. “As long as there is a …

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Transformation through Mindfulness Practice

Enhancing teen development and wellness through contemplative learning [The following is an interview with writer and educator Amy Edelstein, conducted by the Omega Center. Amy is the author of The Conscious Classroom: the Inner Strength System™ for Transforming the Teenage Mind and founder of an innovative high school program promoting teen development and wellness through mindfulness practice and contemplative learning. The interview was originally …

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Diamonds in the Rough

The following was originally published in the ISF January 2018 newsletter. Join our mailing list here to receive upcoming newsletters. Reflections on potential During the Fall I piloted the program in a new school. It is a turn-around school, one that had been on the persistently failing, persistently dangerous list for many years. Over the last few school years, a …

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Relax, Heal, Learn by Dale Mezzacappa – The Notebook

The Inner Strength Teen Program just received some insightful coverage in the April 11th issue of The Notebook, Philadelphia’s Education weekly. You can read the article Relax, Heal, Learn by Dale Mezzacappa @dalemezz in its original with comments and more on The Notebook’s coverage of Behavioral and Mental Health initiatives in the schools here. Images by Darryl Murphy of The Notebook. I encourage you to make your comments …

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What Do We Say to Our Children?

Many of the images we’re shown these days are of fractures between peoples. The unexpected but unambiguous results of the US election is confronting many of us with the challenge of seeing our own silos, our own lack of interest to hear the pain points and the dreams of others who are different from ourselves. It is a time for …

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Racial Stress & Mindful Spaces

It’s Fall. Back to school. Reconnecting with my teacher friends who have been out on summer break. Most of them hold summer jobs, in part for the extra cash to make ends meet, and in part because teachers just like to engage. They’re “people” people. I was having brunch with one of my best teacher friends. A delightful person, someone …

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INTERVIEW: My Path Back to High School

An Interview Jeff Carreira & Amy Edelstein In this discussion, philosopher and teacher Jeff Carreira talks with Amy Edelstein about the Inner Strength Teen Program. His probing questions explore the philosophical perspectives that shape this course for adolescents and help clarify the long term cultural change that Amy hopes to see. (25 min)     Inspired? Help more teens train, support the …

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Teen Respect & Classroom Mindfulness

How do you win the respect of teenage African American girls when you’re a soft-spoken, sensitive African American male teacher, educated at Columbia and UPenn, a musician, social activist, cultural commentator with hipster leanings, note the dreads and plaid poncho perfectly draped? You got it. Not easy. The more postmodern pluralism you allow in the classroom, the more challenges you …