Information for Current Classes

Preparing to Teach

Here are the steps before Day 1 in the classroom.


To teach in the public school we are required to have current clearances. Please send me your clearances several weeks before classes begin. More info on the Philadelphia School District website.

1. Child Abuse
2. PA State Background Check
3. FBI Clearance (Note: this may take 3-4 weeks to process. You will need to go to a place in person to get your fingerprints done.) More Info on FBI Clearances

Check “employee status” if you will receive a stipend as a independent contractor.

ISF Class Calendar

Please use the ISF Calendar (on this page) to see School Holidays and Teacher Calls. (Click on the individual entry to see address, time details)

Access the School District Calendar here.

Understanding the calendar:
Classes are titled in this order:

Open/Click on the specific entry and it will show detailed notes with school address etc.

Your Classes

See below for your School, Class Times and Weekday, Reporting Teacher, Counselor or Principal. (See calendar for details)

Please let me know if your school has additional half days or other days your classes won’t meet and I will work with the administration to ensure we get sufficient time to teach the kids.

Fill out this form to let me know your availability for each new semester.

Semester Info

Info for starting classes and additional training during the semester.

Classroom Supplies

Please purchase inexpensive notebooks, Target or Walmart usually have for 50 cents. Submit receipts for reimbursements. Send your address to admin AT to get printed ISF labels for the practice journals.

Please pick up your own chocolates and raisins or strawberries for the Seeing Freshly-Mindful Eating.

Research Surveys

We will be collecting data from all classes at 3 points during the year, October (within 2 weeks of the start of the program), December, and April.

Please note, the link is case-sensitive.

Teachers’ Calls

We will have our ongoing Professional Development calls weekly during the semester. You will receive weekly reminders from Maestro with your dial in & PIN.

Thursdays 4:30 – 5:30 PM.

Scheduling anomalies:
Please check the calendar below for the most updated info.

Weekly Teacher’s Professional Development Calls

Even if you are not teaching this semester, you are welcome to join the calls. We will take care of in-class issues, practice questions, and I’ll spend about 15 minutes on a particular theme to deepen our understanding and engagement with the material.

* If you have something specific you would like to present to share with/educate the group, contact me and we can make time.

* Subsequent calls will review the week’s classes and discuss any questions, share successes and new tools, and trouble shoot issues.

* We will prepare for the next week’s class.

* I’ll fill you in on any significant developments at ISF.

Short Program 4 & 8 Lesson Plans

Some of the 9th Grade Classes will be getting a 4 Lesson Introduction to Mindfulness.

You can access the 4 Lesson Intro Curriculum here.

Some of the 11th Grade Classes will be getting an 8 Lesson Program. The full class outline is in your Inner Strength Teacher’s Manual.

You can access the 8 Lesson Curriculum here.

Paperwork & Payment

Contracts, Stipends, Invoices

Contracts & Payments

The first semester you teach (up to 3 12-week programs) is considered student teaching. It is part of your training and is not compensated.

After you’ve successfully completed your student teaching, and are evaluated and approved by Amy, you can become part of the teaching cohort and be compensated for the ISF classes you teach as an independent contractor.

To be paid for classes you must complete all UAC paperwork and get approved before you can submit an invoice. (Forms will be available online soon.)

Getting Paid

Please submit your invoice every 2 weeks by emailing your invoice to admin at, I will review it, sign it, and submit to UAC who will send a check to you.

Please use the invoice template or your own invoice. Include all the fields on the template. If you are student teaching, please also fill out a time sheet. I need to file these as part of our activities and volunteer contributions each year.

Invoice Template

Download this invoice template or create your own invoice, making sure to have all this information on your invoice.

Quick Links

For training and professional development videos and audios

Teacher Training
Weekend I

Course principals, key concepts, teaching mindfulness exercises, overview of 12-lesson content and a mindfulness research overview.

Click Here for Videos

Teacher Training
Weekend II

Detail on teaching developmental perspective, mindfulness exercises, classroom management, and the most important principles of the program.

Click Here for Videos

Teacher Training
Reading List & Teleseminar Calls

Teacher Training Resources: Reading list with PDF chapters & audios from teleseminar call series

Click Here for Guide

School Classes
Live Recordings

12 classes recorded in a school setting. Each lesson is divided into short clips.

Click Here for Audios

School Classes II
Live Recordings

Full length class recordings including discussions with students.

Click Here for Audios

Professional Development
Weekly Calls

Weekly teachers’ calls reviewing classes taught, trouble-shooting, creative ideas. I will not be posting audios each week. If you want to listen to a particular week you missed, email:

Spring 2019
Fall 2018
Spring 2018
Fall 2017 Click Here
Spring 2017 Click Here
Fall 2016 Click Here

Meditation has improved my focus and my ability to understand different perspectives. All in all, meditation had helped me to become an all around better person.Chloe R.
Not only did this course help expand my horizons on how I perceive, it also helped me to become more aware of my surroundings and myself.Michelle L.
I always think to myself, “Where would I be if I didn’t have meditation?” I’m pretty sure I would be stressing out for no reason and my life would be a mess.Peter B.

Program Areas

Mind & Awareness

Time-honored, Evidence-based Tools for Calm & Self-Reflection

Brain Science

Biological growth stages & Evolutionary conditioning

Culture & Me

Big history shows us where we come from and why our experience is colored the way it is

The Art of Relationship

For Self and Other, Learning to cultivate good habits of mind

“The stress that I felt before moving on to the next class seemed to vanish every Friday after meditation.”
“I learned how to step away from stressful thoughts and see the bigger picture.”
“It helped me communicate better with my friends and family about issues that I have/had.”