Teacher Training 2019
What is the Inner Strength Teacher Training?
The Inner Strength teen mindfulness teacher training is an 80 hour program to enable you to teach the valuable tools of mindfulness and developmental thinking to high school students. The Inner Strength System(TM) is a unique mindfulness school program which teaches adolescents powerful and evidence-based focus, stress reduction, and compassion tools, all set in a framework of cultural and physiological development. Teens learn to see their experience in a larger context, developing important flexibility and resilience of thinking, critical to 21st century learning. They become archaeologists of themselves, learning to explore their personal experience as they feel it and as a result of 300 million years of influence. These tools and perspectives make all the difference, turning a life burdened by overwhelm into a life filled with curiosity and interest.
In the Inner Strength Teacher Training, you will learn how to teach the fundamental mindful awareness exercises. You will also receive ongoing support once you begin bringing these tools into the classroom. The Inner Strength Foundation currently trains 1900 students annually in Philadelphia High Schools.
What do the teens learn?
— CALM: Self Support & Focus including tools to de-stress and self-regulate
— CURIOSITY: Systems thinking and the ability to ponder unanswerable questions, an orientation to learning that stimulates and cultivates confidence.
— CARE: Empathy & Compassion Building tools and orientations as well as training in the art and science of positive relationships.
Unlock access to liberating perspectives for teens.
When lightbulbs go off for students and they connect the dots, both the teens and the teachers discover unexpected joy and depth.
Teaching the Inner Strength Teen Program is personally rewarding. New insights catalyze our own growth and transformation. Not only do we learn how to teach inner strength for outer stability, we develop that in our own lives.
Inner Strength Teacher Training Details
The Teacher Training is designed for optimal support. You will learn the techniques and perspectives, practice teaching, and participate in ongoing teacher’s calls once you begin teaching. The goal of this program is to impart in-depth training and ensure a very high caliber of instruction in the schools. Additionally, this training is designed to grow a supportive collective of school mindfulness teachers who support each other’s creativity and growth.
Indepth Practical, Experiential & Philosophical Training
The Inner Strength Teen Program Teacher Training includes an in-person training, teleconference & webinar sessions, 40 half-hour guided meditation practice sessions by video-conference, and access to weekly professional development teleconference calls once you start teaching.
The training includes conceptual overview, background reading, paired practice teaching sessions with a partner, mindfulness sessions to explore your own understanding of the practice, reflective homework, and a final exam.
Mindfulness requires practice, understanding, and insight – are you ready to train?
FOUNDATIONS OF MINDFULNESS
Feb 12 – Apr 2, 2019
In this 8 week series of live webinars, guided meditations, partner-practice, and supplemental video lessons, you will learn how to teach 7 foundational mindfulness practices to teens.
Through a series of live teleconferences with ample time for questions, breakout discussions and one-on-one practice sessions, readings, and quizzes you will receive solid training to being incorporating the principles and practices of mindful contemplation in the classroom.
More and more of our students arrive in the classroom carrying the effects of trauma and stress. These issues affect their ability to pay attention, learn, self-regulate, and develop wholesome relationships with their adults mentors and their peers. The Inner Strength System(TM) teaches students 7 evidence-based mindfulness tools that will help them de-stress, self-regulate, and cultivate important social-emotional skills. These tools are taught in a developmental context. Students learn to de-personalize some of the negative experiences they may have had, allowing them to let go of mis-placed responsibility, guilt, or frustration.
While students are experience greater access to knowledge, connection, and communication than any generation before, the advent of new technologies has also brought its own shadow. Students are experiencing increasing levels of distraction, attention deficit, cyber-bullying, and self-harm.
Students now more than ever stand to benefit from the time-honored tools of mindfulness to access inner strength and cultivate outer stability. They gain self-confidence and independence, and cultivate positive life-long learning habits for the successful achievement of their higher goals.
By the end of Inner Strength Teacher Training:
— You will have a solid understanding of the different mindfulness tools.
— You will understand which tools are more appropriate for different classroom situations and desired results.
— You will have practiced teaching with a partner and received constructive feedback.
— You will complete a proficiency tele-exam with an instructor.
Successful teaching of mindfulness to students rests on your own familiarity with the practice. Incorporated into the training is half hour mindfulness practice sessions Mon-Fri 8 AM US ET.
The Fundamentals of Mindfulness is required to participate in The Developmental Perspective (offered in June 2019).
Tuesdays 8-9:30 PM US ET*
- Feb 12
- Feb 19
- Feb 26
- Mar 5
- Mar 12
- Mar 19
- Mar 26
- Apr 2
*If you are unable to attend the sessions at our scheduled time, it is possible to complete the training through the recorded lessons and class sessions.
7 Mindfulness Tools
Time-honored and evidence-based mindfulness practices give students immediate personal support. Students learn to explore the mysterious nature of consciousness, which can ignite an ongoing curiosity about the nature of life.
- Breath Meditation
- Body Scan
- Thought Bubbles
- Open Awareness
- Chocolate Meditation
- Love & Kindness
Focusing & De-Stressing
You will learn how to teach students to center, focus and destress using age-appropriate and school appropriate language.
You will learn
— The science behind mindfulness
— How to introduce exercises
— The secular roots of mindfulness
— How to appropriately work with students from all backgrounds
— How to work collaboratively with school faculty
— How to recognize signs of trauma and distress in students and contra-indications to mindfulness
- The history & science of mindfulness
- Helping students calm and focus
- Classroom management
Practicing Love & Kindness
The Art & Science of Relationships
One of the biggest stressors for teens is their social life. With the advent of social media, this is even more challenging as they are exposed and vulnerable in new and hard to manage ways.
Teens are more than willing to learn ways to be in positive relationships with their friends and peers without compromising their individuality and their self-respect.
They also benefit greatly from learning specific tools to be kinder to themselves.
You will learn how to teach teens to:
— Recognize whether they are practicing kindness or meanness to themselves.
— Grow their capacity to care for themselves and for others.
— Manage their responses and reactions so they find the most constructive way to respond when their feelings are heated.
- Love & Kindness Meditation
- Practicing kindness to ourselves
- How to dial back in the moment
- Recognizing we have the same feelings
The unique holistic perspective of the Inner Strength System
Teens benefit greatly from learning how to calm themselves and gain some emotional stability. Their sense of wonder and curiosity awakens when they start to feel empowered to engage with the culture, the world, and their feelings with the interest of a scientist. As students become explorers of their experience in a systematic way, they better understand how history or biology has a direct effect on them and how their learning can take on new meaning. In this day and age, with technology advancing so rapidly, we as educators are preparing students for a world none of us can imagine. Training teens to work with complexity and to think systemically prepares them to be flexible, resilient, and engaged and so be better able to succeed and realize their higher goals.
- Introduction to Mindfulness
- Becoming Objective About the Thought Process
- Cultivating Love & Kindness
- Exploring Sensations
- Mindful Eating
- The Wonder of Awareness
- Teaching in the Classroom: Trauma & Triggers
- Self-Care & Self-Reflection as Cornerstones for Racial Literacy
What constitutes mindful reflection? How is it different from “thinking” or “studying” or the way we usually go about our work? In this training we will explore the difference and you will learn how to cultivate the habit of mindful contemplation so you continually refresh yourself during the day. You will then be able to teach your students how to pay attention, be present, and experience greater fulfillment from their everyday activities.
Classroom Management & Contraindications
You will explore how to establish shared agreements and how to work with the classroom teacher so the classroom climate is suited to open exploration and simultaneously maintains order. We will touch on the primary methods to establish safety in the mindfulness classroom for your students, including contraindications to the exercises, how to notice, and how to respond to create ease and acceptance.
Trauma Awareness & Racial Literacy
These issues affect most every classroom. We will address the basics so you will have an overview of the issues and resources to pursue on your own. More comprehensive training on Trauma-informed tools and Reducing Racial Stress are covered in additional modules of the Inner Strength Teacher Training.
The Inner Strength System is a Comprehensive Training for Teen Mindfulness Instructors
Workbook & Transcripts
Registration includes a PDF workbook with your weekly reflection questions. You will also have access to transcripts of the 8 video lessons. Our live classes will be discussions and experiential work on the material from the core lessons.
Audio & Video Resources
Access to teacher only audio resource page with audio downloads, sample lessons, guided meditations, and video sections specifically for teacher training.
Ongoing Development Teleconferences
Weekly 1-hour teacher development calls during your first semester teaching to plan the next week’s class, discuss challenges, share creative teaching tools.
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