Schools today face the task of providing a community of care against an increasingly fraught cultural backdrop. I offer strategies and practices that can help your faculty and your students meet this moment with programming built by and for educators.
Assess your existing program and develop a plan to embed resilience practices into your organizational norms, curriculum, and culture.
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Custom-designed programs provide your school community direct experience with evidence-based resilience practices and guided opportunities for authentic connection with one another.
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Help your staff incorporate resilience practices in their daily lives and into their teaching or leading with tailored individual or group support.
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My minimum engagement for in-person school visits is generally one full day of programming or multiple consecutive half days. For virtual programming, shorter stand-alone workshops may be an option. All programs are custom-designed based on your school’s needs and are priced accordingly.
One-off experiences don’t change school culture. Let’s spend time and energy on a deliberate plan to help ensure that our work leads to a lasting shift.
I can help you align with best practices in the field and maximize the potential of your school’s programs. I take a strengths-based approach, looking to build on what’s going well rather than bulldozing it.
Programs we can strengthen together include:
For schools ready to invest more deeply in a culture shift, I offer a long-term relationship to develop a school-wide or district-wide program in mindfulness or positive education. This means focusing on educator wellbeing first, and then considering student wellbeing programs. We work together to ensure a smooth rollout and delivery that moves at the pace of trust.
Effective programs need to develop organically over time to be sustainable, so schools and districts interested in system-wide initiatives should plan a minimum of 3 years’ investment in the process.
Read about my approach to integrative school change here…
Workshops are custom-designed to meet your individual needs and will always include an audience-appropriate experiential component as well as time for sharing and integration. (I do not believe in lecture-only presentations!)
In order to create a sustainable culture of wellbeing, it is important that educators have time to learn and to practice resilience practices before they are asked to share them with students. Read more about my educator-first approach here.
It is an extremely challenging time to be an administrator. Support your leadership team with dedicated time to consider their own wellbeing, as well as skillful ways to model and care for others.
An involved and engaged parent body is an important component in the growth of a culture of wellbeing. Many schools choose to add an event for parents to a campus visit to help align home and school cultures.
In order to best support students, I ask that schools:
The demands placed on educators at this moment can be extremely intense. One-on-one sessions allow educators the time and space to support their own needs so they can show up more fully for their students and colleagues as well. Some areas of support include:
Leading resilience initiatives can be a real paradigm shift. I support your leadership team in managing their own resilience and overwhelm, navigating challenging relationship dynamics, as well as thought partnership on ways to integrate resilience practices into meetings, messaging, and their day-to-day work.
Many schools don’t have someone on staff trained to offer feedback in resilience practices. I offer a growth-oriented feedback process that supports educators to safely and skillfully offer trauma-sensitive lessons in mindfulness and other resilience practices to students.
Many educators are starved for connection. Ongoing small groups focus on integrating and sustaining change with the support of peers and are an important way to support participants’ personal wellbeing and teaching practice.
Read more about my approach to resilience…