From our humble beginnings playing Inner Explorer tracks on iPods, to expanding into a full online platform that is available in English and Spanish, we are proud to celebrate a decade of creating lasting change through mindfulness based social emotional learning (MBSEL). Read about our journey about the community that worked together to make it all happen.
As part of our celebration, we unveiled a fresh take on the Inner Explorer logo. The modern, clean design alludes to our mission of making mindfulness simple, approachable, and accessible to school communities.
We decided to retain the original ‘Green Compass’ as an icon to represent our mission, and our journey ahead. “Green Compass’ is a gentle reminder that our work is to help navigate the process of learning from the
Lifelong friends Janice Houlihan and Laura Bakosh founded Inner Explorer as a non-profit to bring daily mindfulness into the classroom.
8-week research study demonstrated Inner Explorer's positive impact on 3rd grade students quarterly grades, behaviors and teacher stress reduction using valid research scales.
iPOD with Docking Speaker Launched.
Conducted Second (10 weeks) and Third (27 weeks) research studies on Inner Explorer's impact. Wisdom 2.0 Award recipient, funded by the 1440 Foundation. A Research study published on Inner Explorer's impact on elementary students' quarterly grades.
Inner Explorer received Wisdom 2.0 award by 1440 Foundation.
Serving 6,600 students, programs expanded from PreK to 12th grade once program fidelity established. Moved from a hard-wired device to an online platform.
COMPASS: Foundation of Cloud Based digital platform
International reach with the addition of Spanish speaking programs. Inner Explorer partnered with LG on their "Life's Good: Experience Happiness" initiative, providing 400 plus schools with the Inner Explorer program.
COMPASS 1st releqse at Wisdom 2.0 Conference
CASEL Approved. Introduction of Mobile App Partnered with AETNA to bring Inner Explorer to 295,000 students in more than 300 schools.
CLASSROOM App was introduced
Serving more than 700,000 students 27,000 classrooms across the US and 14 other countries.
TUNE-IN feature was introduced
Implemented first large district wide projects with 10- minute a day mindfulness practice built into the curriculum.
First LMS integartion w SCHOOLOGY Completed
First relase of Analytics Portal
Expanded from 5 full districts (every school) to nearly 30 full districts because the program is proven to attenuate stress and anxiety (more important than ever due to COVID-19.
Launched HOME App for Parents
Developed District Portal Concept
Crossed 2M students mark.
100+ District Portals Launched
LMS integration w CLEVER, GOOGLE CR, and CANVAS
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.
Janice came to know mindful awareness through her lifelong (since age 6) friend, Laura Bakosh. Having started a mindful practice as an adult.
Laurie spent 32 years seeking social justice for low-income communities when she wondered if teaching mindfulness to kids would be a good idea.
Lisa brings over 30 years of experience in mindfulness practices and as an MBSR instructor has provided Inner Explorer with input and expertise on program development and research since its inception.
Tabitha provides strong skills across many different areas of business operations, including finance, accounting, technology,project management and customer service.
Victoria González has a broad background of not-for-profit and general business, where she has specialized in marketing,leader development,strategic planning.
Paul is the chief architect of Inner Explorer’s technology platform and has 20+ years of experience in leveraging technology to drive business transformation.
Iris provides Inner Explorer with a variety of skills and capabilities in donor development, database improvement and administrative support.
Joan is a former Massachusetts public school teacher with sixteen years of experience teaching special education.
As a homeschooler, Travis was passionate about games in education and pioneered using Minecraft in Education at Da Vinci Innovation Academy.