Inner Explorer created Mission Moments to keep you updated on the impact your support and generosity has on those we serve. We want to share not only program developments, but also the stories that warm our hearts and fuel our mission to reach ten million mindful children by 2020. A goal we accomplished because of you. Thank you!
For years Inner Explorer has been saying that despite the hundreds of billions of dollars spent annually on education in the US we're failing our children. Kids' brains have been hijacked so they aren't cognitively and emotionally ready to learn.
We were recently chosen by BrainFutures-- in their new report Brain Fitness and Executive Function: Evidence-Based Interventions That Improve Student Outcomes --as one of only 10 vetted programs. The report states: The U.S. cannot afford complacency. Schools do not need
to wait for solutions to be developed and tested. Neuroscience-based programs that improve the outcomes of our youth are readily available. The power to take action and support the health, well-being, and intellectual development of our youth is within the reach of every school in the nation...The evidence is clear: every school in the U.S. should adopt an executive function program. Inner Explorer is one of these elite executive function programs. As a supporter you should be as excited as we are; the validation of the importance and efficacy of the Inner Explorer program continues. Thank you for helping us, help schools, improve the lives of the next generation.
Below is a 2 minute video selection of Robert Kravitz, Superintendent of Englewood, NJ schools, talking about the success of Inner Explorer over two years.
Last year we piloted one class with Inner Explorer’s mindfulness program. The one class who used it was the calmest class with the fewest incident reports (0 versus an average of 25 in the other classrooms!) and had the highest academic gains in reading (initially 10 of 28 students were below grade level, at the end of the year 0 of 28 were below, including several special needs students!). We are expanding into all the classrooms this year. Principal, Sarasota, FL
Inner Explorer is very user friendly and easy to implement. We have seen a dramatic increase in the positive behaviors of the students in the classrooms where the program is done with fidelity. The investment of 5-10 minutes daily, comes back to you exponentially! Programs such as this should be required in all schools! Ileana Mellan, Principal, Mater Academy.
We had just started IE a few months prior to the marathon bombing in Boston. Third grade was particularly traumatized as that was the grade that lost Martin. By continuing to participate in IE each day after the bombing, IE served as good trauma first-aid for several reasons: Maintaining familiar routines and rituals Ongoing teaching of calm down strategies. A safe space and sense of security. Helped teachers and students with self-care Director of Special Ed and Student Support.
Inner Explorer has empowered our students to handle stress, anxiety, and negative emotions in a constructive manner. The 5-10 minute guided audio practices are long enough to provide immediate positive effects and short enough as to not disrupt instructional time. Teachers have said that they themselves have used the mindfulness strategies to reduce their own stress. Inner Explorer is simple to use, empowers students and teachers to self-regulate their emotions, and their team is always readily available to answer questions/address concerns Aida Trujillo, Assistant Principal