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Thank you for bringing the tools of mindful awareness and systems thinking to your students. We are looking forward to working with you, your staff, and your students this year. You will have been sent an information package including clearances for the Inner Strength instructors who will be at your school, information about the program, and handouts for parents.

You can also access the same information here as convenient downloadable documents.

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Inner Strength Program & Instructor Information

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What to Expect in Your Classroom

Instructor Bios

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Inner Strength Teen Program Syllabus

Reducing Secondary Stress for Teacher

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If you are interested in being included in the Syracuse University study on the effects of mindfulness and system thinking on teens please print the School Cooperation Letter on your school’s letterhead, sign and return by email or post. Please then send the Parent Permission Form to the parent or guardian of each student who will be part of the study. The parents only need to return the form if they do not want their child to be part of the study.

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Syracuse University Research Study Participation

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Click to download consent forms
School Cooperation Letter
Parent Permission Form

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Researcher Bios
Sample Questionnaire
Philadelphia School Board Approval Letter
IRB Approval Letter

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Overview: Research Study 2015 – 2020

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About the Study

While as teachers in the classroom, we get the benefit of seeing students light up with recognition, that smile of joy when they discover freedom from the burden of troubling thoughts and feelings. That glimpse of a student’s quiet discovery and experience of self-assurance is immeasurably precious. And when teachers tell us that the class climate has improved, that the classes that have been through the program are calmer, more cooperative, more respectful, and more at ease, it’s a powerful testament. But we know that anecdotal change is not the whole picture and to continue to improve the program and create lasting effect we need to rigorously measure and evaluate.

We are proud that the Philadelphia School Board has approved an independent research study on our program. This study is being conducted by  two expert researchers, from Syracuse University, Drs. Dessa Bergen-Cico and Rachel Razza.

The study works with two well-accepted scales for adolescent self-regulatory and empathy skills. Results will be published and made publicly available. It is our intention to contribute to the body of research around mindfulness interventions in the classroom.

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Results as Presented at the Society for Research in Child Development 2018

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