Upstream Education

ASSET is a ready-to-use social & emotional curriculum for middle and high school students:
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Here at Upstream Education, we celebrate the courage of the q***r community and aspire to equip all students with the practices they need to embrace their truest, kindest selves! 🌈

Want to know more about how we’re combatting the youth mental health crisis? Visit our page, , for more mindfulness tips and demos of our bite-size wellness tools! 🫂

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strengthens students’ ability to focus by bringing their attention back to the present. Our tools utilize breathing & thinking exercises to help participants sift through their emotions and ground them in their current moment! 🤍

For examples of these tools, check out the website linked in our bio, and stay tuned for more demos on our socials ☺️


From listening to classical harmonies to composing original songs, engaging with music has been a go-to stress reliever for centuries. What songs help you beat anxiety? 🎶 🎧


Already strategizing for year? Hoping to maximize and in your classroom? Try putting Upstream tools at the top of study guides. For example, add a reminder about taking deep breaths at the top of the page! 🤍

Want more tips like these? Follow for information about our approach to combatting the mental health crisis by equipping teachers with a wellness curriculum! 🫂


Here at Upstream, we’ve been doing lots of vacation daydreaming while preparing for summer break. Then it dawned on us: the creative exercise of imagining we’re somewhere else can also be a really powerful mindfulness tool. ☀️

✏️ Jot down a few of your favorite things that you have on hand — a sweet treat, a good book, a new album to check out — and carve out a little time today to enjoy them. We can’t teleport to the Bahamas or Seville, but creating ideal days within the realm of possibility is both easier and more meaningful than you might imagine! 🌻


At the end of each Upstream lesson, students are prompted to reflect on the tool and how they could use it in their daily lives. Our curriculum includes a Toolkit Worksheet where they’re able to keep track of the practices they’ve learned! 📝



Check out our page, , for more information about our offerings and how to access them for your classroom! 🧡


Are your students susceptible to test anxiety? Here’s a subtle mindfulness tool to calm anxiety! Hold your thumb and take deep breaths, counting quietly to yourself until you’re more at ease. 😌

Want more tips like these? Visit our page, , to learn more about our mindfulness curriculum of bite-sized tools to support classroom wellbeing! 💡


Here at Upstream, we encourage our teachers to start their class periods with a mindfulness tool! This helps to prime students’ brains for learning and establishes a routine that you’ll be more likely to maintain. 😌

Interested in more tips like this! Check out our page, , for more wellness advice and classroom techniques! 🏫


And that’s why we ❤️❤️❤️ sharing our bite-sized wellness tools!


“Focusing on the good isn’t just about overcoming our inner grump to see the glass half full. It’s about opening our minds to the ideas and opportunities that will help us be more productive, effective, and successful at work and in life.” - Shawn Achor, author of ‘The Happiness Advantage.’

Photos from Upstream Education's post 04/11/2024

Our partner schools & students deserve dignity, excellence, and whole-hearted presence, so that’s what we strive for! 🧡


We’ve extended the application deadline for our Student Task Force to Friday, April 12th!

If you’re passionate about student mental health & making an impact, this one’s for you. Participants are paid $15 an hour for their ALL VIRTUAL work to improve Upstream’s mindfulness curriculum. Learn more and apply at our website, 🤗


The time is NOW to apply for the STF & MHC Fellowship — you won’t regret it! ⏰

Need convincing? We have testimonials from previous participants on our page, . You won’t want to miss this totally remote & paid opportunities and all the enrichment they’ll offer! 🧡

Photos from Upstream Education's post 04/02/2024

Back in March, we were able to pay a visit to Eleanor Roosevelt High School for a PTA meeting discussing our social-emotional learning curriculum. Thanks so much for having us, ! ☺️

We love on-site visits like these, but you can learn about our bite-sized wellness tools from the comfort of your own home! Check out our page for more information about how we’re supporting students & teachers. 💡


One last testimonial from one of our Mental Health Changemakers Fellows. This program is valuable to not just educators but ANY community leaders that work with youth — guidance counselors, foster care specialists, you name it! 🫂

Interested? Submit your application to this paid virtual opportunity by April 8th! Find out more on our page 💡

Photos from Upstream Education's post 03/28/2024

…and many, many more! Let us know in the comments what we missed. 🧡


Who experienced test anxiety as a student? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏽🙋🏼‍♂️

April & May are filled with finals, AP exams, and standardized testing. Help your students tackle test stress with our mindfulness tools! Visit for more info. 💡


You’ve heard from some of our Mental Health Changemaker Fellows… now check out this testimony from Liv, one of our Student Task Force members! Our STFers are paid to bring Upstream an authentic, firsthand perspective on the daily stresses and joys of high school life. Apply by April 8th to join us this summer! 🧡


Bearing this information in mind, we’re all the more determined to implement mindfulness into schools as a form of harm reduction. 🧡

Psst, teachers & community leaders! Looking for a way to address the youth mental health crisis in your own communities? Apply by April 8th for our Mental Health Changemakers Fellowship for a professional development opportunity with a stipend and tons of other perks! Together, we can fix this. 🧡


Students with Upstream experience, this one’s for you. Apply by April 8th for this PAID opportunity to improve our mindfulness curriculum! 🧡


Students with Upstream experience, this one’s for you. Apply to our Student Task Force by April 8th for a chance at this PAID opportunity to develop our mindfulness tools! 🧡


Mental Health Changemaker Fellows leave our virtual program able to implement mindfulness into their classrooms and personal lives — but don’t take our word for it, take theirs! 🫶

Interested? Applications for the 2024-2025 Mental Health Changemakers Fellowship are open NOW through April 8th! Participants will receive lifetime access to Upstream’s SEL curriculum, a $500 stipend, and more. 💡


We’re excited to see our partners & at the National Association of Independent Schools Conferences this week in St. Louis!


Upstream Tip For Teacher Success: Schedule your curriculum sessions! Pick a time to introduce new Upstream tools and keep it consistent. Students like to know what’s coming and they’ll hold you accountable if you skip a day! 💪


Part of Upstream’s approach to mindfulness in the classroom is harnessing the power of breath to inspire resilience and confidence in students. Interested? Visit our page at the link in our bio to learn more.


Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King’s strides against institutional inequalities and honor his championing of medical justice as we work to address the mental health crisis. 🧡


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Our Story

ASSET was inspired by two extraordinary educators: Suellen Inwood and Chris Quirk. Their student, Tessa Zimmerman, grew up with severe anxiety in the classroom. It wasn't until she attended the high school led by Suellen and Chris that she learned the tools to cope.

For Tessa's college thesis, she wanted to make these tools accessible to classrooms everywhere. In 2016, ASSET entered its first academic class at DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School and quickly earned recognition for its success. In February of 2016, Tessa won the Denver Public Schools Imaginarium Innovation Lab Design Challenge to launch ASSET's first professional development and formalize a partnership with the Imaginarium.

She teamed up with Brent Modak, the first teacher to pilot ASSET, to formalize the curriculum and professional development program.

In January of 2017, Signe Hawley, a Research Partner at the Denver Public Schools Imaginarium Innovation Lab, began conducting case studies on ASSET's impact and found remarkable results.

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