Mar 2016

New York City Schools Embrace Brain Education

By Michela Mangiaracina Comment

Ilchi Lee's Brain Education methods have been applied by various organizations around the world to enable different populations to live healthier and happier lives. Power Brain Education, based in New York, teaches Brain Education through its training centers, school programs, and youth camps to children, parents, and educators. It has brought Brain Education to more than 150 schools in New York City, and has recently had a chance to do more.

Chancellor of NYC Department of Education Carmen Fariña and District 7 Superindendent Elisa Alvarez
Chancellor Carmen Fariña (center, red jacket) and Bronx Superintendent Elisa Alvarez (right, green jacket).

The Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, Carmen Fariña, said at a Town Hall Meeting on February 25, 2016 that she would give a "seed money" grant to any Superintendent in the city who would like to bring Power Brain Education to their district. The meeting celebrated a new partnership between Lincoln Hospital and School District 7, where Power Brain Education had run a pilot program. At the meeting, Chancellor Fariña also publicly acknowledged Power Brain Education's work in District 7 as an example of an innovative program the district has successfully applied for students' social-emotional wellness.

Dave Beal and Bronx Superintendent Elisa AlvarezPower Brain Education Director Dave Beal said, “We here at Power Brain Education are so grateful for the innovative work that Chancellor Fariña is doing in the NYC Department of Education. We are happy to continue working together to encourage mindfulness and emotional wellness in the students in District 7 and throughout New York City.” 

District 7's pilot program included six middle schools in the Bronx and lasted over three months in the fall of 2015. One hundred eighty “at-risk” students participated in weekly 45-minute classes and two full-day Leadership Workshops that emphasized team building, focus, and emotional wellness.  Parent coordinators and guidance counselors also received training in how to use Brain Education methods with their students and parents. The pilot program, which was spearheaded by District 7 Superintendent Elisa Alvarez, was made possible through The Fund for Public Schools’ Superintendents Innovation Fund.

As a result of the program, the students demonstrated dramatic decreases in emotional problems, conduct issues, and peer relationship problems. There was also a 50% increase in pro-social behaviors, including empathy and compassion.

Dave Beal teaches Brain Education to students in the Bronx.
Dave Beal teaches Brain Education to students in the Bronx.

Since the Town Hall Meeting, many districts around New York City have contacted Power Brain Education to establish Brain Education programs at their schools. For more information, visit www.powerbraineducation.com or contact Dave Beal at davebeal@powerbraineducation.com or (516) 578-4632.