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.
Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Teachers everywhere stepped forward as the unsung heroes for our students, as youth struggled to navigate the rising mental health challenges of our new reality.
“In the past year, teachers have been critical influences in our children’s lives; they have helped to maintain a sense of consistency, normalcy, and inspiration for America’s children. They are true superheroes and they deserve to be celebrated,” says Dr. Laura Bakosh in an introductory video for the LG Happiness League.
Our partners at LG Electronics USA recently launched the Happiness League initiative honoring America's teachers for their heroic efforts equipping students with social and emotional wellness skills needed to persevere and succeed in life. We are proud to be part of this initiative, along with fellow partners Be Strong, Discovery Education, The Greater Good Science Center, and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
Over the next few weeks, 50 superhero teachers will be inducted into the Happiness League leading up to National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 4, 2021. Inner Explorer nominees include teachers who have gone above and beyond to support students through daily mindfulness in the classroom.
"They are truly superheroes providing our youth with the courage to endure and prosper, and deserve special recognition," said Christine Ackerson, head of corporate social responsibility for LG Electronics USA.
We are thrilled to continue sharing more about our nominees and pay tribute to their invaluable work. Keep up to date with their stories by following us on social media.
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 high estacademic gains in reading (initially 10 of 28 students werebelow grade level, at the end of the year 0 of 28 werebelow, 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 donewith fidelity. The investment of 5-10 minutes daily, comes back to you exponentially! Programs such as this should berequired 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 traumatizedas that was the grade that lost Martin. By continuing toparticipate in IE each day after the bombing, IE served asgood 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 toprovide immediate positive effects and short enough as tonot 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, AssistantPrincipal