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BECOMING BETTER EDUCATORS
“How do you change the world? One room at a time. Which room? The one you’re in.”
– Peter Block
- Are you a leader trying to rally your troops and pump up your peeps? Looking for ways to re-engage and empower your staff so that they can’t wait to get to work every day?
- Are you a new educator who feels overwhelmed and unequipped to face the daily challenges?
- Are you still going strong, but want to find ways to grow personally and professionally?
- Have you been at it for so many years that you just need a spark to ignite that passion you had when you first entered the field of education?
It’s hard, we get it!
That’s why we are offering you relatable, relevant, and “put into practice today” strategies to impact successful change for you and your students. Collectively, between the three of us, we have extensive experience equipping youth with the tools they need to be more successful. We have personally experienced what it feels like to be disconnected from purpose, belonging or connection either at work or at home. AND, we have also experienced what it feels like to thrive– to grow vigorously, bloom, succeed!
Our life changing Becoming Better Educators courses, coaching, and keynotes are not focused on something more to do… they are about a different way of BEing. Pulling from research-based practices and strategies from areas of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Emotional Intelligence, and Social Psychology, the aim of our Becoming Better Educators courses is to share what we have learned about the process of transformation. We all deserve to live a full and flourishing life. Let’s work together to boost your WELL-being and your WHOLE-being.
The ABC’s of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning to Strengthen Achievement, Behavior, and Climate
The ABCs of S.E.A.L.: How S.E.A.L. (Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning) Strengthens Achievement, Behavior, and Climate
This informative, interactive and highly-engaging full-day session explores the research that supports the importance of S.E.A.L. practices in educators’ personal and professional development. Staff will learn how to implement S.E.A.L. strategies and build skills in classrooms and school sites to actively engage students and prepare them to be successful in school, college, career, and life. Tools such as Neuroscience, Mindfulness & Mindset in Education, Science of Belonging, and Cultivating Kindness, Empathy, and Compassion will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on how they play a critical role in building social, emotional, and academic skills while also enhancing school climate and culture.
S.E.A.L Team 2.0: Cultivating A Community of Internal Champions
Seal Team 2.0: Cultivating a Community of Internal Champions (7 full-day sessions)
Research makes a compelling case that social and emotional factors have the strongest impact on academic learning, affecting motivation and commitment, behavior, and performance. Explicitly addressing these components of learning can change how much and how well students thrive and achieve. The research also shows that district-wide SEL implementation is the most effective and sustainable when it starts with the adults first. Teachers with stronger SEL competencies have more positive relationships with students, manage their classrooms more effectively, have lower stress and increased job satisfaction, and implement SEL programs for students with greater fidelity.
Understanding the research supporting teacher engagement and collective efficacy, this course is designed to be a highly engaging, hands-on, seven-session journey that is unlike any other educational training. Participants will focus on strengthening their own SEL competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and decision-making so that they can more effectively model and teach others. The Professional Learning/Coaching model encourages communication between participants and facilitator in-between sessions via email and our on-line Professional Network community (made up of 500+ educators) and promotes the continuous sharing of best practices to build community and collective efficacy. Because it is a continuous series, building on prior knowledge, participants should plan on attending all seven sessions.
This year-long course is designed for teachers, counselors, and administrators who are committed to championing SEAL and leading trainings at their sites and within the district. Throughout the year, they will have the opportunity to implement strategies learned, share best practices, and lead trainings at their site. We highly recommend that participants attend in groups of three or more with an administrator.
Each session of the course will contain elements of:
- 5 SEL competencies
- 10 Teaching Practices That Strengthen SEAL
- Cultural Intelligence
- Infusing SEAL into Instruction and Content
- Classroom Community Building
- Cultivating Climate on Campus
- Best Practices in SEAL
Additionally, each session will have a theme to be explored more deeply. These include:
- Building Belonging: Creating Community with Classroom Circles
- Igniting the Sparks: Promoting Passion, Meaning, and Purpose in the Classroom
- Nourish to Flourish: Raising Resiliency Through Optimism & Strengths Practice
- Mind Matters: The Neuroscience of Motivation, Mindfulness, Metacognition, & Mindset
- Cultivating Climate: Connecting Kindness, Empathy, and Compassion to Learning
- Understanding B.I.A.S.—Beliefs, Identity, Assumptions, and Stereotypes
- Relishing, Repairing, & Restoring: The Power of Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Restorative Practices
ONLINE COURSE: ABC’s of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning
ONLINE COURSE: ABC’s of SEAL: How S.E.A.L. (Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning) Strengthens Achievement, Behavior, and Climate
In this 12-module online course, educators will learn the foundations of Social, Emotional, and Academic Teaching and Learning. Each module incorporates video lecture sessions with Dr. Hood, supplemental reading, and links to outside resources. The modules in this course take an average of about 2-4 hours to complete and is available for both secondary, elementary, AND classified levels.
Looking to earn credit?
Thriving YOUniversity is affiliated with UMASS Global. Email Janeen@thrivingyouniversity for further information or visit http://umassglobal.edu/ThrivingU (course EDDU9611) The self-paced online modules explore the following topics:
- Module 1: Foundations and Frameworks of S.E.A.L.
- Module 2: Stress, Well-being, and Emotional Contagion
- Module 3: The Biology of Belonging and Cultivating Connection
- Module 4: Space & Structures for S.E.A.L./10 Teaching Practices
- Module 5: Cultivating Connection with Circles
- Module 6: Purpose and Engagement: Know Your Why
- Module 7: Mindful Adults: Cultivating Presence and Resilience
- Module 8: Mindful Students: Practices to Boost Focus, Self-Mgmt. & Resilience
- Module 9: Mindset Matters: The Adult Mindset
- Module 10: Mindset Matters: Empowering Student Mindset
- Module 11: Integrating the Science of Kindness, Appreciation, & Gratitude into School Culture
- Module 12: The Transformative Power of Empathy
Emotions, Engagement, Empowerment: The Science of Learning
There has been an explosive insurgence of research on how to ignite and cultivate optimum environments for learning. We know that social and emotional factors are NOT separate from academic learning. We know that many neuroscientific studiesare giving us easy and approachable ways to help ourselves and our students access and retain information and connect it to deeper learning… and yet, many educators are still using outdated strategies and aren’t familiar with the ones that
Utilizing these science-based strategies can enhance teaching practices, lessons, student engagement, and student learning and achievement. Yet, as Goethe reminds us, “Knowing is not enough. We must do.” Staff and students must continuously explore and utilize these “brain rules” so that we can become more effective learners, educators, and leaders.
In this enlightening, engaging, and empowering session, the facilitator will review the research and explore powerful practices connected to how our brains best absorb and retain information. Participants will walk away with activities, interventions, and structures that they can use immediately in their classrooms to engage, empower, and enhance student growth and make learning stick.
What I Wish My Teacher Knew: Creating A Trauma-Responsive Classroom
What I Wish My Teacher Knew: A Strengths-Based Approach To Creating A Trauma-Responsive Classroom
Currently in the United States, more than 60% of children under the age of 16 have reported experiencing at least one adverse childhood experience. As educators, we see the impact of trauma every day on students’ behavior, engagement, and academic readiness in our classrooms and on our sites. This informative, engaging, and experiential session guides participants to seek solutions, build relationships and cultivate environments that empower all students to thrive. In the last year, we’ve all experienced collective trauma in dealing with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been complicated by social isolation, uncertainty, and schools looking for new ways to reach and teach students.
In this learning session, facilitators connect the dots between initiatives such as SEL, Restorative Practices, MTSS, Equity, and Trauma-Informed Schools and help participants to understand how to integrate these important priority areas of focus together when planning their lessons and engaging with students. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the impact of trauma on student learning and behavior, as well as research-based practices and strategies that they can begin to implement in their classroom immediately as part of a trauma-informed approach.
By participating in this transformational session, participants will:
- Increase awareness of the various types of adverse childhood experiences and their prevalence
- Understand the impact of trauma on the developing brain and learning
- Identify behaviors and learning challenges that may come as a result of trauma
- Learn strategies to build strong relationships and safe environments thatsupport student learning
- Create a culture of inclusion and compassion
- Address frustration and overwhelm by cultivating sustainable self-care practices that allow educators and students to flourish
ONLINE CURRICULUM: Alphabet of the Heart: A Curriculum For Teachers To Inspire Compassion and Promote Kindness in the Classroom (Grades 6-12)
This engaging and meaningful curriculum is based on the research and writings of Dr. James Doty — Neurosurgeon, Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research (CCARE) at Stanford University, Keynote Speaker, and Author of Into the Magic Shop ; A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and The Secrets of the Heart. In Thriving YOUniversity’s partnership with Dr. Doty, we have designed Alphabet of the Heart to provide educators with the research, tools, and inspiration to ignite a school culture that prioritizes student and staff well-being and social emotional competencies.
Alphabet of the Heart focuses on 10 key values that have been shown to literally change the pathways of the brain. These are: compassion, dignity, equanimity, forgiveness, gratitude, humility, integrity, justice, kindness and love. The curriculum, which educators will access through an online portal, is designed to highlight one value each month beginning with the letter C: Compassion. Each month, the educator will receive lesson objectives, conversation starters, downloadable printouts to customize in the classroom, videos that help define and demonstrate the power of the featured value, as well as interactive activities to build belonging, cultivate connection and empower engagement among students. The strategies and practices can be done in order (alphabetically) or modules can be implemented in any order the educator chooses.
Stress among students, teachers, and educational leaders is rocketing. If we really want to reach and teach students, it is time for us to prioritize well-being for all stakeholders and provide strategies and practices to strengthen resilience. Alphabet of the Heart provides a powerful pathway to build these foundational skills.
Cultivating Classroom Culture: Moving from Surviving to Thriving
Studies have shown that social-emotional learning is a crucial component of academic success and that educator stress can negatively impact the classroom and school culture. So, how do we shift from a place of surviving the school day/year to a place where our students and educators are thriving?
Now more than ever, there is a deep need to establish, maintain, and restore relationships (EMR) in classroom and school communities. Research has found that academic engagement increased and disruptive behaviors decreased in classrooms where educators used EMR techniques.
In this engaging and interactive session, participants will learn about the EMR framework, the importance of connection before content, and how to create structure and routine in the classroom to increase student engagement and decrease stress and anxiety. Participants will walk away with the tools they need to transform their classroom and school culture and to help their students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.
Integrated Restorative Practices
How do we teach all students to build community and resolve conflicts in a healthy, appropriate way? How do we create a system that supports even the most challenging students and makes a positive difference in their lives?
Although often maligned as kumbaya, zero-consequence fluff, restorative practices is a highly effective, inside-out approach to school climate and culture. When implemented broadly and consistently, restorative practices promote and strengthen school culture, teach personal responsibility, and enhance relationships within the school and classroom.
Integrated Restorative Practices blends core priorities like SEL, equity, trauma-responsive practices, and student well-being with restorative practices to amplify the positive impact on school climate and culture. When we integrate these approaches, we create optimal student learning and growth environments for students.
In this interactive and engaging session, participants will leave with research-based strategies for building community and supporting informal and formal restorative practices in the classroom/school setting. Participants will learn the principles of fair process and strengthen their restorative practitioner style.
Raising Resilience: Cultivating Strengths, Optimism, and Hope in the Classroom
Resilience, the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, is a key to helping students flourish. Teaching students to develop resilience by tapping into their natural strengths and abilities, optimism, and hope can increase their academic success and boost their well-being.
Studies suggest that having hope may predict a student’s future academic achievement MORE than having feelings of self-worth. Explicitly teaching students about hope and optimism can increase their academic performance and decrease feelings of anxiety and depression.
In this interactive and engaging session, participants will learn the role of hope and optimism in resilience. They will leave with tools and strategies to nurture growth and resilience in their classrooms.
Responding to Tragedy and Traumatic Events: Strategies for Talking with and Supporting Students
Because students spend so much time in school, educators must create a framework for helping students navigate traumatic experiences and to help them develop skills for talking about difficult subjects openly and respectfully.
Having difficult conversations with our students can feel intimidating at first; we worry about saying the wrong things or the conversation getting away from us, resulting in hurt feelings or worse. But by implementing specific strategies, we can help our students work through their thoughts and feelings.
In this session, we will discuss the neurobiological impact of trauma on the brain and how traumatic stress may show up in the classroom and provide tools for creating a classroom that can be a safe place for having hard conversations. We will examine ways to structure classrooms for optimal connection, discuss the importance of knowing our implicit biases and coping skills, and share activities and approaches designed to help develop students’ listening and speaking skills.
Building Belonging & Cultivating Connection with Classroom Circles
All humans are hardwired to connect. Just as we need food, shelter, and clothing, human beings also need strong and meaningful relationships to thrive. Strengthening relationships between individuals, whether adult-adult, adult-student, or student-student is an integral part to the success of a positive climate. By creating social connection within our community, we can decrease teacher absenteeism, increase studentconnectedness, improve classroom management, increase engagement with staff and students, decrease suspensions… we BUILD RELATIONSHIPS.
So, How do we strengthen relationships? One way is to allow proactive circles to be part of your daily routine- not just in the classroom but also in staff meetings and parent meetings. Circles create equality and equity and provide safety and trust and can restore broken relationships as well.
In this highly energetic workshop, participants will learn about different types of circles, why it’s important that individuals understand their “why” of doing circle practice, how to build norms, and strategies they can use immediately to engage in positive relationship building.
MIND MATTERS: Mindfulness and Mindset to Boost Well-being and Job Performance
This full-day, highly engaging and interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the research supporting the importance ofmindfulness, mindset, and emotional intelligence in the workplace and in life. They will engage in experiential learning to garner a deeper understanding and strengthening of their own mindfulness and mindset in order to learn how to incorporate these powerful practices and strategies into their lives. Participants will strengthen emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and mindset skills and learn mindfulness strategies that have been shown to enhance focus as well as decrease stress and improve well-being.
Useful Restorative Practices to Encourage Voice, Community, and Improved Climate
The fundamental premise of Restorative Practices is that people are happier, more cooperative, more productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things WITH them, rather than TO them or FOR them. In schools, the use of restorative practices has been shown to reliably reduce misbehavior, bullying, violence and crime among students and improve the overall climate for learning. Everyone who finds themselves in positions of authority—from parents, teachers and police to administrators and government officials —can benefit from learning about restorative practices. In this informative and engaging workshop series, participants will learn about the Foundations of Restorative Practices, Using Circles Effectively, and Restorative Conferencing. They will put their learning into action, and will be able to practice these processes hands-on with the guidance of the trained facilitator. Participants will go back to their sites with a clear understanding of what Restorative Practices are and ideas for implementing them at their school site or district.
Taking Time to B.R.E.A.T.H.E.
Taking Time to B.R.E.A.T.H.E – Resilience and Well-being for Teachers
Research has shown that mindfulness has a positive impact on physical and emotional well-being. When students and staff experience chronic stress, it negatively impacts their motivation, performance, and wellbeing, Participants will walk away with simple research-based practices from the fields of Mindfulness AND Positive Psychology, that they can utilize with themselves, their teams and students to reduce stress and anxiety, improve attention and performance, and strengthen overall physical and psychological well-being.
In this inspirational, experiential, and highly engaging session, “Taking Time to B.R.E.A.T.H.E” participants will learn strategies that have been shown to strengthen efficacy, performance, the ability to focus attention, and overall physical and psychological well-being.
B=Build Belonging & Cultivate Connection
R=Reflect on Purpose
E=Engage in Self-Compassion
A=Amplify Attention, Awareness and Awe
T=Tap Into Thankfulness And Appreciation
H=Harness Your Thoughts
Strategies for a Successful Year
Strategies for a Successful Year: Using Applied Educational Neuroscience to Support Students and Staff
Life is full of change and uncertainty right now, which has led to an increase in stress for all of us. One way we can support ourselves and our students in navigating this difficult time is to strengthen Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning (SEAL) using applied educational neuroscience. There couldn’t be a more important time to focus on strengthening our own well-being and resilience than right now. With physical distancing measures in place, it is critical that social connection and sense of belonging be prioritized. As challenging as this time is, there is hope. We can strengthen students’ sense of connection and their resilience in virtual settings as well as in-person.
This informative, engaging, and experiential session will use our framework of
- Belonging and RelationshipS
- Adult Brain State
- Brain-Based Learning
- Intentional Environment
- Explicit Instruction and Modeling
to provide practical strategies that can be applied immediately for meeting staff and students’ needs, strengthening relationships, and enhancing our own Emotional Intelligence and well-being as educators. Participants will explore applied educational neuroscience and learn how to: embed SEL across core subjects, leverage free technology tools that keep students engaged and build belonging, integrate focused attention and brain interval practices that explicitly grow students’ resilience and build their capacity to engage in learning.
Igniting Sparks: Prioritizing Meaning and Purpose in the Classroom
This waning excitement for learning, which eventually gives way to stress and boredom, is not because students are unaware of the importance of their education, but rather that the traditional model of schooling often leaves little room for connecting learning to students’ passions and interests. When students participate in learning opportunities that tap into what they are passionate about, their academic engagement increases
We can invite deeper academic engagement by creating systems and structures that help students nurture their passion or spark, give them opportunities to develop and use their voice and choice, and foster positive relationships with their peers and staff.
In this interactive session, participants will learn how to foster student sparks, offer students voice and choice in the classroom, and create student opportunities to engage in self-reflection and self-assessment. Participants will leave with strategies for forming and developing student relationships with each other and with adult mentors/teachers on campus.
Difficult Dialogues: Creating Safe Spaces for Challenging Conversations
Often, the knee-jerk reaction is to shy away from tough conversations out of fear of how to properly moderate them and keep peace in our classrooms and schools. Many educators worry that they will be labeled as pushing a certain agenda or showing partiality to one side or another. And sometimes, we aren’t sure what our stance on a tough social issue is, making it even harder to navigate difficult conversations with our students.
This session aims to provide educators with the tools they need to navigate tough conversations in the classroom– from establishing a classroom climate of respect and belonging to sentence frames for respectful dialog. We will examine ways to structure classrooms for optimal connection and student empowerment, discuss the importance of knowing our implicit biases, and share activities and approaches designed to help develop students’ listening and speaking skills.
Mind Matters: Science & Strategies for Supporting Mindfulness & Mindset in Education
Coupling mindfulness practices with a growth mindset in the classroom can help students learn to deal with negative emotions and experiences in a healthy way. By doing this, we create academically safe classrooms where all students can thrive.
Research has shown that implementing mindfulness practice in the classroom created a 24% increase in positive social behaviors, a 24% decrease in aggression, a reduction in depression-like symptoms, and an overall improvement in classroom behaviors and test scores.
Additionally, cultivating a growth mindset in the classroom can help students positively navigate complex tasks and experiences and provide them with tools to handle future struggles and stressors. Studies have also shown that people with a growth mindset are less prone to mental health issues, feel less stressed, and have greater overall well-being than their fixed mindset counterparts.
In this interactive and engaging session, participants will learn the research-based reasoning for mindfulness and growth mindset in the classroom and gain tools and strategies for weaving mindfulness and growth mindset into daily life and academics. They will also receive ready-to-use resources for setting goals and persisting through struggle and learn the four types of mistakes and how to rebound from them.
Reflect, Repair, Restore: The Science of Forgiveness & Restorative Conversations
For educators and students to give their best effort, day in and day out, it is imperative that we deal with underlying issues of hurt and resentment that impact them. Greater overall well-being has been linked to forgiveness and releasing resentment when people feel wronged.
We deepen community connections and improve school/classroom culture when we give effective– and genuine– apologies, learn the science behind forgiveness, and develop strategies to move forward from the hurt. Of equal importance is implementing discipline that focuses on changing behavior and helping students learn and grow, rather than more punitive approaches.
In this interactive and engaging session, participants will learn the science of forgiveness and develop skills to help release resentment. Participants will leave with strategies for teaching and giving authentic apologies, and implementing transformational discipline.