Inner Strength Practicum
IN CLASS STUDENT TEACHING
TEACHER TRAINING 2021 LEVEL II
In-class practicum to cultivate your ability to teach mindfulness and developmental thinking to teens.
INNER STRENGTH PRACTICUM
September – December 2021
Potentially working in Online Classrooms (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions)
ABOUT THE PRACTICUM
The Practicum provides an invaluable opportunity for you to gain experience teaching Inner Strength curriculum in the classroom under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
During the Practicum you will observe one of the Inner Strength designated instructors teach each of the 12 lessons.
To complete the Observation component of the Practicum, you will be paired with a specific instructor and will observe the same classroom each week.
- See how the lessons are taught live and how to adapt the lesson plans in the Teaching Inner Strength manual to the actual class situation.
- Observe how rapport is built with students and classroom teachers over the semester.
- Understand what is included – and equally important, what is not included in the program.
2. Student Teaching
During the Student Teaching component of the Practicum, you will be paired with a designated senior Inner Strength Instructor who will observe you teaching a 12-lesson curriculum to a class of students.
- Be responsible for carrying the classroom, instructing and guiding the students. While the responsibility rests on your shoulders, your mentor is there to support and assist. Your mentor will step in during a class if needed to ensure that the students receive an optimal program experience.
- Receive weekly brief reviews of your lessons by email or phone (15 minutes) after each class to answer questions or receive input on ways to refine and improve your classroom instruction.
3. Weekly Instructors’ Calls
During the Weekly Instructors’ Calls, you will participate in 45-minute phone or zoom group calls to discuss and review lesson plans for each upcoming class and answer any questions about your Lesson Plan.
- Actively participate in the calls, sharing your questions and observations.
- If unable to make the call, you will listen to the week’s audio and respond by email with your insights, comments, or questions.
4. Online Teaching: an Inner Strength Approach
Many schools have transitioned from in-person instruction to the online classroom environment. This training on effective teaching methods for the online environment includes two 2-hour sessions.
5. Final Review
You will receive a 30-minute consultation at the end of the 12-weeks with Amy Edelstein, which will cover a review of your teaching and discuss opportunities to join the Inner Strength Instructors Cohort
Registration for the Inner Strength Practicum is $1500.
THE PRACTICUM IS ONLY OFFERED IN THE FALL SEMESTER OF EACH SCHOOL YEAR.
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 Level III: Practicum includes live classroom teaching and observation, virtual guided lesson preparation, lesson support, and other theme-based professional development opportunities, such as Tips for Running a Successful Virtual Classroom, Racial Literacy, Building Community in an Online School.
Close the gap between theory and experience with the Inner Strength Practicum
TEACHING MINDFULNESS & SYSTEMIC THINKING
September – December, 2021
DEPENDENT ON COVID-19 PROTOCOLS TEEN INSTRUCTION
MAY BE ONLINE THIS SEMESTER.
Dates & Details
All times are listed in US Eastern Time
In Class Observation
In Class Student Teaching
Weekly Zoom class to review upcoming lesson plans and teaching tips. Starting week of September 28, 2020.
Your Learning Support System
A Private Online Portal
A dedicated portal to share teaching tips and ideas with other ISF instructors.
Interactive Video Conference Calls
Every week there will be a 45-minute live interactive Discussion Session with Julie Coopersmith, ISF’s Director of Education, held via Zoom Video Conferencing.
Transcripts of weekly video sessions.
Building Inner Strength Program Access
Access to ISF’s new 60-part video program for students.
Live Class Observation
Access to observe the entire Inner Strength Teen program, taught live. Ability to observe several different Senior Instructors and different teaching styles.
Student Teaching with Observation
Teach in the classroom with the support of a Senior ISF Instructor. Receive tips and support each lesson.
Opportunity to Apply to Teach for Inner Strength
The Inner Strength System is a Comprehensive Training for Teen Mindfulness Instructors
Next Inner Strength’s Developmental Perspective Training in 2021
What participants are saying:
POWERFUL & PERSONAL …
MOVING & MOTIVATING …
ESSENTIAL & ENCOURAGING …
CHALLENGING & SUPPORTIVE …
Please note, the Inner Strength Teacher Training Level III, Foundations of Mindfulness (Level 1) & the Developmental Perspective (Level II) are pre-requisites to participate in the Practicum.
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, she established the Inner Strength Foundation, a non-profit organization that has supported more than 6,000 inner-city teens with mindfulness and systemic thinking to date. She currently serves as its Executive Director.
Amy has 35-years experience working with contemplative tools and developmental philosophy, and has taught in half a dozen countries around the world. She is also the cofounder of Emergence Education Press, a publishing house which produces transformational books and programs for adults. Amy is a Cornell University College Scholar, recipient of a 2019 Philadelphia Social Innovation Award, and author of five books including the IPPY award-winning bestseller The Conscious Classroom.
Mark your calendars to register in June 2021
THE PRACTICUM IS ONLY OFFERED IN THE FALL SEMESTER OF EACH SCHOOL YEAR.
STUDY & PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
To successfully complete the Practicum, you must attend a minimum of 80% of the weekly review sessions. These sessions ensure timely response to questions and play a key role in maintaining a consistent standard of classroom delivery across all Inner Strength host schools. If you miss more than 20% of the weekly Instructor calls, Inner Strength may end your Practicum early.
Please note, successful completion of the Practicum is a prerequisite to apply to join the Inner Strength instructors’ cohort. However, successful completion does not guarantee that you will be invited to teach with Inner Strength.
We strive to make this training available to all regardless of an individual’s economic means. We are committed to making contemplative tools available to those who are passionate about contemplative tools and who qualify for this program. We have a limited amount available for scholarships and encourage you to apply if that will make the training feasible for you.
Application for 2021 will be posted next year.
Participants who cancel their registration on or before September 5 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. After September 5, no refunds will be given.