Video Course: Cornerstones 1: The Noble Heart of Teaching

Anne Williams

The archetype of the hero with a noble heart is more than 5,000 years old and still understood with icons and characters today. Nowhere is a noble heart more prevalent than in teachers who are called to the classroom to make a difference in the lives of students. However, teachers are human, and their idealist hearts are vulnerable to disappointment. Over time, the noble heart can become armored against pain.

In this keynote presentation and Course 1 for Cornerstones: The ABMP Instructor Development Program, we go on a quest to disarm the noble heart of teaching and teach beyond the context of our challenges. Together, we’ll break the spell of chaos on our campus, set a positive and productive tone, shift the context to improve learning, and embrace the characteristics of exceptional teaching. If we are brave, we’ll reinspire our noble heart and bring it more fully to the classroom.

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Visit the Cornerstones course package page to view the full list of Cornerstones courses.

Cornerstones courses are available for free to all ABMP members as well as instructors at ABMP Premier Schools. Nonmember access can be purchased for individual courses or as a package. If you are not an ABMP member and need to set up access via a school relationship as an instructor, please email

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Anne Williams

Anne Williams is a licensed massage therapist, former esthetician, certified reflexologist, clinical hypnotherapist, registered counselor, aromatherapist, author, and educator. She has worked as a school director of education, massage instructor, CE provider, spa consultant, curriculum specialist, and director of education at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). She is currently the director of education at Massage Mastery Online. Her publications include Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists (2006) and Massage Mastery: From Student to Professional (2012). Learn more at and

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Is this CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
After you complete the course video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

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