Selected Readings


In the training, we will review all the fundamental principles that are included in the sessions. Background reading will help inform you and fill out the picture more than we will be able to do in the short time we have together.

I highly recommend you purchase Learning to Breathe, it is a wonderful resource for working with teens.


Inner Strength Teen Program Overview

Developmental Perspective

Reading Guide by Amy Edelstein

Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Sciences Greatest Idea by Carter Phipps,  Chapters 1, 2, 10

Stages of Cultural Development: Spiral Dynamics by Jessica Roemischer



Mindfulness Reading Guide

Learning to Breathe: by Patricia Broderick,  Chapters 2, 17

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body & Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Chapt.2

Chicago Tests Mindfulness



The Teenage Brain: A neuroscientist’s survival guide to raising adolescents & young adults. By Frances Jensen, MD

Read selected sections here.

Dan Siegel (author of Mindsight, also a good resource) – teaching the parts of the brain.

Read selected sections here.


Understanding Inner City Public School Dynamics / Diversity & Race

The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, from The Atlantic

A short review of Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns, a phenomenally well researched, even handed, powerfully indicting, and readable work on the 70 year Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North in the 1900s. The short review is here: “The American Case Against a Black Middle Class

The White Space” by Elijah Anderson, from The American Sociological Association


Home Study Guide

Week by week study guide for videos, practice teaching, and reading assignments.

Teacher Training Teleseminar Classes

Session 1

Introducing mindfulness to students. Helping show why it is relevant and establishing your own credibility and rapport.

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Session 2

The value of consistent practice for understanding the nature of the mind and the challenges of transcending mental and emotional difficulty. Exploring the rationale behind the 7 mindfulness practices taught to teens in the ISF program.

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Session 3

In this session, Amy covers how mindfulness fosters self-regulation in students and lays out some of the classroom practices that cultivate a student’s ability to manage strong emotions/thoughts.

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Session 4

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Session 5

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