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Five to ten minutes of daily practice can create long term academic and health benefits

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Benefits

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    Academic Benefits

    Improved Grades and Test Scores

    Improved Climate for Learning

    Improved Participation & Engagement

    Increased Social Awareness

    Improved Focus and Self-control

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    Health Benefits

    Reduced anxiety and stress

    Enhanced immune function

    Improved Sleep

    Enhanced feelings of wellbeing

    Increased resilience

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    Overall Benefits

    Reduced behavioral conflict including bullying

    Lower school dropout rate

    Reduce the likelihood of juvenile crime

    Educational outcomes that help decrease poverty

    Management of emotional stress, outside classroom

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Our Programs

The Key is a Daily Practice

As mindful awareness teachers with nearly 30 years of combined experience, we understand how difficult it is to develop a daily practice. Yet we know this is the most critical step to obtaining the vast benefits of mindful awareness. In response, we created programs that help students develop a daily practice, while offering teachers the opportunity to learn alongside students.

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The Inner Explorer Programs follow the world-renowned MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) protocol, and have been tailored to specific age groups. The programs provide daily consistency, within the regular curriculum, with existing classroom teachers! Our program’s standard features include program training, ongoing helpful hints, an online community for teachers, and an Inner Explorer classroom kit, complete with audio programming, instructions, FAQS, related research and additional resources.
  • Exploring Me™
    Pre-k–Kindergarten

  • Exploring Originality™
    Elementary School

  • Exploring Potential™
    Middle School

  • Exploring Relevance™
    High School

Master of Mindfulness

Master of mindfulness
BY LAURIE GROSSMAN, ANGELINA ALVAREZ | MR. MUSUMECI'S 5TH GRADE CLASS
Faster than a speeding spitball, more powerful than a playground bully, able to breeze through homework and finish nightly chores in a single bound, it's "Master of Mindfulness" here to conquer stress, worry, and any trouble that comes your way.

Research

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    Academic Performance

    Students achieve higher grades and test scores that continue to rise with daily practice.

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    Disciplinary Issues

    Students have fewer disciplinary instances including suspensions, detentions and bullying.

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    Teacher’s Perceived Stress

    Teachers experience less stress and more enjoyment in teaching.

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Success Stories

Video Made by COOPER MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY Students

“Inner Explorer™ has been very beneficial to me both professionally and personally. Like many people, I have known about mindfulness for years but never committed to it genuinely. After consistent use in the classroom, many students have expressed that the program really helps them calm down and think about what they are feeling. In addition, I have committed to practicing even beyond the program and emotional changes are apparent."

Luisana Gonzalez – Hunt Club Elementary

Letter from the Spouse of an Elementary School Teacher

This letter was submitted to us by a kindergarten class from the Cutler School in Hamilton, MA. The children wrote a letter to Ana, the voice of the Inner Explorer program Exploring Me. The students love hearing Ana's voice every day and wanted to know more about her.

This letter was submitted to us by a kindergarten class from the Cutler School in Hamilton, MA. The children wrote a letter to Ana, the voice of the Inner Explorer program Exploring Me. The students love hearing Ana's voice every day and wanted to know more about her.

This letter was submitted to us by a kindergarten class from the Cutler School in Hamilton, MA. The children wrote a letter to Ana, the voice of the Inner Explorer program Exploring Me. The students love hearing Ana's voice every day and wanted to know more about her.

This letter was submitted to us by a kindergarten class from the Cutler School in Hamilton, MA. The children wrote a letter to Ana, the voice of the Inner Explorer program Exploring Me. The students love hearing Ana's voice every day and wanted to know more about her.

This letter was submitted to us by a kindergarten class from the Cutler School in Hamilton, MA. The children wrote a letter to Ana, the voice of the Inner Explorer program Exploring Me. The students love hearing Ana's voice every day and wanted to know more about her.

This letter was submitted to us by a kindergarten class from the Cutler School in Hamilton, MA. The children wrote a letter to Ana, the voice of the Inner Explorer program Exploring Me. The students love hearing Ana's voice every day and wanted to know more about her.

About

As mindful awareness teachers with nearly 30 years of combined experience, we understand how difficult it is to develop a daily practice. Yet we know this is the most critical step to obtaining the vast benefits of mindful awareness. In response, we created programs that help students develop a daily practice, while offering teachers the opportunity to learn alongside students.
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    Laura S. Bakosh, Ph.D.
    Co-Founder
    As one of Inner Explorer’s Co-Founders, Laura discovered the benefits of mindful awareness more than 20 years ago when she was trying to manage the stress of travel and long workdays. While working at GE, Laura had the insight to share her mindful awareness practice with hundreds of fellow employees. Upon seeing the many positive results the daily practice had on performance, creativity, and wellbeing, she realized it would be the perfect fit for education. The practices can help children navigate the ups and downs of life with resilience, alleviating stress and anxiety, and can help them focus, allowing them to be ‘ready to learn’. -- all with compassion, openness, and love. She can hardly wait for the first generation of kids going through this program to reach adulthood! Laura received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston College and a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Sofia University. She was trained as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. When not working, Laura loves to spend time with family and friends, especially with her husband Rick and son Will. She loves being outside, which is much easier now that she moved from Illinois to Florida, going for a bike ride, running with her dog Scout, kayaking, or playing tennis. Read more about Laura’s professional history or email her at lbakosh@innerexplorer.org.
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    Janice L. Houlihan, M.Ed
    Co-Founder
    Janice is a Co-Founder of Inner Explorer. She came to know mindful awareness through her lifelong (since age 6) friend, Laura Bakosh. Having started a mindful practice as an adult, she thought “If I had only had this when I was younger”! With the benefits of her individual practice and her lifelong friend beside her, she began the journey to bring peace to the world, starting with children. Through these practices, she has seen children transform, from anxious to calm, from angry to peaceful, from struggling to aspiring. She knows they are on the right path. Janice has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Northeastern University and has a Master‘s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts- Boston. She been trained in MBSR and has been teaching mindful awareness practices to adults and children since 2009 She is a lifelong bay state resident and likes to travel with her family. She feels that seeking out new places and knowledge goes hand in hand. She is constantly uplifted by her husband John and her son Jake and stepsons Jeremy and Brenden, and there is also Cooper, her crazy little dog. She was once told that she sees life through rose colored glasses….and she thought, isn’t that the best way to see life? Read more about Janice’s professional history or email her at JHoulihan@innerexplorer.org.
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    Laurie Grossman
    Director of Program Development & Outreach
    Laurie spent 32 years seeking social justice for low-income communities when she wondered if teaching mindfulness to kids would be a good idea. As Community Outreach Coordinator of Park Day School, she could not believe her ears when on the first day of piloting a program to bring mindfulness into public schools, a third grader said, “I think if we do this every day we aren’t going to fight anymore.” At that moment, Laurie knew how she would be spending the rest of her career. Within two months, Laurie and her colleagues, started a new organization called, The Community Partnership for Mindfulness in Education, now called Mindful Schools. Within the first year of the program, thousands of low-income children benefitted from the program. Laurie is delighted and feels fortunate to be working with Inner Explorer because the program teaches mindful awareness to students and teachers simultaneously, in a remarkably effective, sustainable and scalable way. Born in NJ, Laurie now resides in California. The loves of her life are her husband, David, her two kids, Ariel and Perrin, Dallas the dog, her sisters, family, friends, autumn leaves, whales and, of course, mindful awareness. Laurie’s mom used to call her Lucky Laurie and she is sincerely grateful for her good fortune every day. Read more about Laurie’s professional history or email her at lgrossman@innerexplorer.org.
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    Karen Rothenberg
    Manager of Program Development & Outreach
    Karen Rothenberg is a certified public school teacher in both New Jersey and Massachusetts, and she holds a BA in Psychology from Gettysburg College and a Masters in Education from Lesley University. After observing the beneficial impact of mindfulness practices in her own life, Karen pursued mindfulness training and is a certified mindfulness educator through Mindful Schools. Karen’s interests include helping students develop metacognition, personal reflection and overall awareness practices. As a classroom teacher and mindfulness educator, Karen understands how profoundly stress and anxiety can interfere with both a child’s readiness to learn and a teacher’s readiness to teach. Karen was born in New Jersey and currently resides in New York City with her fiancé Lance, and their rescue dog Macie. She loves exploring Central Park with Macie, going to the theater, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends and family.
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    Tabitha O’Toole
    Program Support Manager
    As Inner Explorer’s Program Support Manager, Tabitha comes with strong skills across many different areas of business operations, including finance, accounting, technology, project management and customer service. Tabitha is the proud mother of two small children entering the public school system. She has years of personal experience with a daily mindful practice, and has noticed how much her children enjoy the time to experience what’s happening on the inside. As with her own kids, she knows that encouraging children to focus on inner peace allows them to to develop empathy and compassion for themselves and those around them. She has faith that as children learn these skills and aptitudes, they will be happier, healthier and have more success in school. Tabitha has spent her life in beautiful New England and loves taking long hikes, watching a breathtaking sunset, and goofing around with her kids! Email Tabitha at totoole@innerexplorer.org.

Inner Explorer In The News

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    October 28, 2015

    Scientific Research Published About Inner Explorer

    Our scientific paper was featured in Mindfulness Research Monthly, a publication of the American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA).

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    April 8, 2016

    Mindfulness Education And Positive Youth Development Workshop

    Co-Founder Janice Houlihan presented at the University of New Hampshire Learn for Life workshop. Janice spoke about Inner Explorer...

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    April 15, 2016

    Inner Explorer Noted In Mindful Nation UK Report

    Mindful Nation UK is the first policy document of it's kind, containing recommendations for using mindfulness to address mental health concerns.

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