COVID-19 Stress Supports for Educators


Trying times require new tools. 


We all know that we live in an uncertain world, where everything is constantly changing, from the constant whir of electrons, to the growth and decay of our cells, to social, economic, population growth and flux. Yet none of us would have predicted, just a few short months ago, that between the end of 2019 and the Spring of 2020, the world and life as we have known it, would radically change to such a degree that there will be no return to the culture we shared before coronavirus. We are living in the midst of one of those rare historical times, with a clear demarcation line, before . . . and after. 


This time presents us with great challenges. It also offers great opportunities, if we are in a position to be able to see and engage with those possibilities. Too often, however, the capacities we need to rely on for creative problem solving, innovation, and foresight are being hijacked by survival needs and responses. We may feel overcome by the practicalities of working from home while our children are getting homeschooled, accessing complex and secure documents remotely, organizing meetings, collaborating, and engaging with our colleagues and constituents using technologies we’re not familiar with. Or we may be anxious about our own health, concerned about a loved one, experiencing grief and loss, or feeling the shadow of the economic downturn on our families and, perhaps more acutely, on the constituents we serve. Regardless of the particulars, our bodies, minds, and hearts are churning in a tsunami of stress. While we can’t change the global situation, we can learn how to support ourselves, and in so doing, better support our loved ones, our constituents, and our shared future. 


About the course


This series is designed to provide you with tools you can use immediately to de-stress, restore balance, and generate compassion. 

You'll follow six themes that will open up your perspective and create ease and interest, which helps us restore and rejuvenate. Each module includes reflective discussion, stress reduction mindful awareness, mindful movement, and compassion building work.

No prior meditation or mindfulness experience required.


You'll work with:

• 6 Theme Based Modules

• 6 Context Setting Articles

• 13 Training Session Audios

• 15 Guided Mindfulness Audios

• 6 Sets of Contemplation Questions

• 6 BONUS Full Session Audios


Digitally delivered professional stress reduction.
Learn mindful contemplation tools.

You will learn:


Evidence-based stress reduction mindfulness techniques

Conscious movement that allows the body to unwind and re-set

Self-care habits that are easy to implement

Context-setting perspectives that enable you to exercise greater choice over your mental states


Calm

Restore balance and ease.

Curiosity

Energize with new perspectives.

Care

Generate compassion for self & others.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to COVID-19 Stress Supports for Teachers
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  Module 1 | Finding Calm During Upheaval
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  Module 2 | Living In Times of Challenge & Times of Opportunity
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  Module 3 | Building Capacity: Awareness & Interconnectedness
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  Module 4 | Practicing Wellness: The Body Mind Connection
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  Module 5 | Developing Patience: Being with What Is Brings Ease & Insight
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  Module 6 | Experiencing Resistance, Discovering Positivity
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Amy Edelstein

Educator, Author, & Your Instructor


Amy Edelstein, educator, author, and non profit leader is a powerful communicator of ideas and beliefs that can help us transform ourselves and the culture we live in. Amy has 40-years experience working with mindfulness and other transformational tools and philosophies, and has taught around the world. In 2014, she established Inner Strength, a non-profit organization, which has empowered more than 10,000 Philadelphia high school students with mindfulness and systems thinking. She was awarded a 2019 Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Inner Strength’s work in violence reduction. Amy is a Cornell University College Scholar, cofounder of Emergence Education, which produces transformational books and programs for adults, and author of several books including The Conscious Classroom, winner of an IPPY Award for Excellence in Educational Theory.

Amy Edelstein, Founder of Inner Strength Education

From Teachers & Educators . . .


“Amy Edelstein’s work with our teachers and staff has helped them to remain balanced, healthy, and self-aware. Our teachers and staff learned and practiced mindfulness techniques that not only supported their own well-being, but also that of their students. All in all, Ms. Edelstein’s ability to incorporate mindfulness techniques, along with her wide array of personal experiences, benefited our staff greatly.”

~ Daniel Gofreddo

Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education

Great Valley School District, Malvern, PA


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“It was truly a pleasure to have Inner Strength help us address the feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed and assist us with identifying the effects of secondary trauma. I am happy to report that since our training, our team has shared techniques with our youth, as well as employed self-care techniques into the workplace.”   

~ Kimberly Stephens

Vice President of Programs

Philadelphia Education Fund, Philadelphia, PA


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“Educators devote much of their time and effort to the wellbeing of their students; thus, often forgetting to consider their own needs. Inner Strength introduced the concept of mindfulness, and took us on a journey through meditation exercises that helped us become enlightened to our present state of mind. These tools helped us become aware of our emotions and stressors, and allowed us to reflect on how they may influence our decisions.”

~ John Dicicco

Health & Physical Education Teacher

Howard Furness High School, Philadelphia, PA