Workplace Wellness

Teachers are tuning forks.

Teachers are just as important as the curriculum they teach, so the program begins them — focusing on their self-care and classroom management techniques so they can model responsiveness rather than reactivity.

TEACHER RETENTION: $20,000 Savings
  • Teacher turnover rate: 46% in US, 70% in Oakland.
  • Nationwide, 54% of teachers cited lack of supportive work environment, not just pay.
  • According to the Learning Policy Institute, each teacher who leaves can cost urban districts as much as $20,000.
  • Teachers who participate in mindful awareness PD programs show significant improvement in their ability to regulate emotions and sense of efficacy.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS

1) Mindfulness for Improved School Climate Workshop (half-day or full-day)

Objectives:

  • Provide open forum to discuss how stress impacts students’ lives and teacher effectiveness
  • Experience first-hand the benefits of mindfulness and self-care practices to increase teacher effectiveness
  • Review current neuroscience explaining how mindfulness works to improve student academic, social and emotional outcomes
  • Decrease the number of referrals and suspensions

Description: This program will include brief moving and seated mindfulness exercises. We will practice with various anchors of attention including body sensations, sounds, and breath. Establishing a daily mindfulness practice as a component of one’s self-care will be encouraged. Teachers will leave the daylong program with their own creative story of overcoming obstacles to share with students during the first weeks of school to model a growth mindset and lay the foundation for building authentic teacher-student relationships.

2) Mindful Educators’ Seminar (8 sessions, 1 hour each)

Objectives:

  • Provide open forum to discuss how stress impacts our lives
  • Experience first-hand the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion practices to reduce stress and mitigate the effects of trauma, including secondary trauma
  • Review current neuroscience explaining stress response and how mindfulness works

Description: Each session will include brief moving and seated mindfulness exercises to promote relaxation and develop focused attention, open awareness, self-compassion and empathy. We will practice with various anchors of attention including body sensations, sounds, and breath. In addition, we will learn about basic neuroscience, discuss ways of working with trauma, and develop awareness of implicit bias. Strategies to build community with students and respond rather than react when triggered in classrooms will be shared. Ample opportunity to share struggles and success stories will be given.

3) Mindful Writing Workshop Series for Educators (8 sessions, 1.5 hours each)

Objectives:

  • Practice self-reflection and self-care
  • Develop strategies to build authentic relationships with students
  • Decrease the number of referrals and suspensions
  • Learn how to integrate 21st Century learning expectations such as creative problem-solving, self-management, and conflict resolution in reading and writing lessons aligned with Common Core standards.

Description:  This workshop will consist of hands-on demonstrations of mindfulness and reading and writing lessons from my forthcoming book, Mindful Literacy. Lessons include a guided mindfulness practice, reading and discussion of a mindful poem, and a collaborative writing activity. Following the emotional arc of the school year, themes include resiliency and growth mindset, unkind thoughts, disturbing emotions, self-compassion and empathy. Anecdotes of sharing this curriculum and sample poems and stories will be shared. Teachers will receive digital copies of the lessons.