• Social-Emotional Learning through Inner Explorer (K-12)


    Our partners at Inner Explorer have developed a daily mindfulness app for families, which is an extension of the program used in more than 30,000 classrooms, including many in Sarasota County. You can download the app at no cost, thanks to the generosity of several foundations including, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and Community Foundation of Sarasota County. 

    Students (and families) can participate in the daily mindfulness practices to:

    • Reduce Stress: Guided breathing and relaxation exercises are easy to do and replace fight or flight responses with calm.
    • Boost Immune System: Regular practice enhances health and wellbeing (even improves sleep quality).
    • Improve Learning: With many students working online and at-home, daily use helps kids focus on learning. 
    • Foster Resiliency: Teaches children tools to handle challenges with greater clarity and confidence, skills that will last a lifetime.

    Inner Explorer's 5-10 minute audio-guided program (in English and Spanish) is easy to use. Mindfulness is most effective when practiced daily.  (Remember: Daily mindfulness practice is to brain health what daily teeth-brushing is to dental health). The app will help kids and families practice at home to create calm and focus during these challenging times.

    To access Inner Explorer you can also click the link below, pull their school from a drop-down menu and complete the sign-up process.