CLEVELAND, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Inner Explorer, an education non-profit focused on developing healthier, happier, and more engaged students through practiced mindfulness, announces an event for its new initiative to bring the power of mindfulness to schools in Northeastern Ohio. The event will be held on January 30, 2017 from 9:30am to 11am at the Campus International School in Cleveland to announce this new program. Among other notables, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan will be speaking at the event. To RSVP and view the schedule, visit https://www.1mmc.org/.
Inner Explorer's daily mindfulness practices increase math, science and reading performance by 10-18%, reduce student behavioral issues by nearly 60%, and reduce teacher stress by 43%. Teachers in pre-K through 12th grade classrooms simply log onto the online platform and press 'play'. Guided exercises help participants, students, teachers, and families alike to develop skills of attention, self-control, and resilience in as little as 10 minutes a day. That's 10 minutes a day to help kids focus and give teachers more time to engage and inspire students, resulting in an 11-15% increase in students' grade point average (GPA).
"Having worked closely with Inner Explorer, I've seen the positive impact it can have on students' lives, both in the classroom and out. It is my belief that integrating a daily practice of mindfulness in schools can be an important part of helping our students excel at school and in life," said Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13).
Recognizing that educational success is the surest way to break the cycle of poverty, and that daily mindfulness practice improves academic outcomes, the DBJ Foundation of Cleveland has partnered with Inner Explorer to cover 50% of the fees for any school that signs up to participate in the Inner Explorer program.
"Almost every single one of [the students] improved with a great amount" said Ashley Tomassetti, 3rd grade elementary school teacher in Wooster City School District, OH, who will be speaking at the January 30 event. "Prior to Inner Explorer, 56.5% of students were below grade level, after Inner Explorer only 4.3% of students were below! "
One dollar per student and ten minutes a day to transform education
The Inner Explorer program requires no additional preparation or equipment, and does not require any changes to current curriculum or classroom schedule. What's more, the entire program costs as little as $1/student/year, with the new grant from The DBJ Foundation further reducing the cost by half for schools in Northeastern Ohio. Compare this with the cost of educating students averaging $11,400/student/year, Inner Explorer offers the best and most cost-effective way to reduce toxic stress, boost student engagement, and improve overall performance in school.
Inner Explorer's program is divided into 4 age and stage appropriate editions along with a home edition to help students, teachers, and families develop a daily mindfulness practice. The program is easily accessed through an online audio platform, delivering daily sessions to any classroom with an internet connection. With more than 90 audio tracks, teachers and students simply press play and spend just ten minutes each day to focus and center themselves through guided exercises.
"While many communities, like Cleveland, are showing gains in student outcomes, most educators will acknowledge that too many children are slipping through the cracks, struggling with poor academic performance which limits their potential," says Dr. Laura Bakosh, co-founder of Inner Explorer. "Inner Explorer's Mindfulness programs can inoculate children against the ravages of stress, poverty and violence, enhancing their ability to excel in school and opening a world of opportunities for their future."
About The DBJ Foundation
The DBJ Foundation, founded by David and Barbara Jacobs, is dedicated to supporting those who offer inspired assistance educating young people about their emotional, physical and mindful well-being.
About Inner Explorer
Inner Explorer was developed by mindful awareness teachers with over 30 years of combined experience. Understanding the difficulty of making mindfulness habitual, Inner Explorer created automated programs that help teachers and students practice simply and efficiently each day, as well as providing the opportunity to learn together. With an unprecedented program and proven results, Inner Explorer is a non-profit organization working toward the goal of "One Million Mindful Children" - and ultimately - helping to improve education outcomes in order to break the cycle of poverty. For more information, please visit www.innerexplorer.org.
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