(194011) Informed: The Academy for Mindful Teaching

Saturday November 10


Informed: The Academy for Mindful Teaching Lesson planning, grading, meetings, after school clubs, parents, more meetings… Your to do list goes on forever. Teaching is hard, and keeping your mind and body strong is a must. Join us November 10 to practice strategies to inspire physical, mental, and emotional wellness for both you and your students. Half day options run 8:30-11:30am and 12:15-3:15pm.  Taking two half day sessions? We'll assign you a section. Taking one half day? Please let us know if you want the morning or afternoon session.  Full day options run 8:30am - 3:00pm.  HALF DAY OPTIONS Exploring the Nurtured Heart Approach The Nurtured Heart Approach® is a set of core methodologies originally developed for working with the most difficult children. It has a proven impact on every child, including those who are challenged behaviorally, socially, and academically. It has been shown to create transformative changes in children diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and other behavioral, emotional and anxiety-related symptoms-almost always without the need for long-term mental health treatment. NHA also holds promise for reducing disproportionate disciplinary data. In this one-day workshop, you will be introduced to the Three Stands® of NHA, learn specific NHA techniques that provide guidance on how to inspire great behaviors, and add NHA rules and consequences tools to your toolbox. Paula Wick, PhD, taught elementary school for 33 years. She recently retired intent on continuing to promote positive practices including NHA. She earned her doctorate from UW-Madison in Educational Leadership. She is an Advanced Trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach and an inspiring, energetic presenter. She is passionate about building inner wealth and empowering parents and educators to help children find success. Response to Trauma: Building Resilient School Communities This workshop will focus on the core components of building resilient school communities who face the adverse effects of trauma. The day will be broken into key learning modules: What is trauma: How to identify symptoms and reactions to traumatic stress The neurobiology of trauma: How trauma affects brain development, learning and memory, and the nervous system Everyday tools for resiliency and healing trauma: Strategies and techniques all trauma informed classrooms/schools should implement on a daily basis.These basic tools are easy to implement, take minutes to apply, and immediately regulate the nervous system and help the brain connect to its highest level. Building resilient school communities in crisis: Explore how schools should prepare for and respond to crisis such as a death in the school community. The steps and procedures for action will be covered and participants will walk away with simple procedures to follow if crisis occurs. Anna Silberg, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Adolescent and Adult Programming for Reset-Mindbody, an organization that brings mindfulness based techniques to schools, businesses and families. Her primary focus is working with professionals, caregivers, mental health professionals, and children presenting, coaching, and working individually in the areas of social/interpersonal neurobiology, emotional resiliency, stress management, trauma informed care, and mindfulness based techniques to regulate the nervous system. Anna received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in urban education from the University of Wisconsin. Her research focused on the labeling of "risk factors" for urban students, and how curriculum, instruction, teachers, schools and environmental factors affect a student's performance. Mindful Movement Training In this workshop participants will learn and develop the confidence to integrate mindful movement/yoga into their day, whether they work with youth in a school setting or other supportive or therapeutic environment. The mindful movement/yoga protocol taught will incorporate concepts from: Niroga Institute Trauma Informed Transformative Life Skills (TLS) Protocol Curriculum. TheTLSprogram is the only CASEL endorsed trauma informed yoga program.  Yoga Ed Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth. These protocols are designed to address the therapeutic applications of yoga for youth considered “at-risk”.  Reset Trauma-Informed movement practices. These practices are part of the Reset In-Classroom curriculum that support the research that shows that movement/exercise help create new brain cells which directly impacts learning by improving focus, concentration and executive function as well as calming the body and mind.  This workshop allows teachers to become comfortable and skilled in using gentle mindful movement, breathing and relaxation techniquesthe confines of their classroom or office.  Session includes: Movement practices modeled by a certified (200-500 hour) yoga instruction Movement and Breathing images from the Reset Curriculum Resources for teachers including reference materials, games and online sources to supplement movement FULL DAY OPTIONS Joy of Painting Teachers need to take time for themselves—to unwind, breathe, and get in touch with their creative side. Come join fellow colleagues to explore color mixing, painting techniques, and walk away with a piece of your own art. The morning will consist of a variety of mini-lessons. Open studio time occurs in the afternoon for each artist to create a painting on a medium sized canvas. Please bring a smock and a device to access reference photos for individual paintings. Supplies will be provided. Sarah Grotsky has been teaching art in Verona, WI for 17 years. She enjoys the variety of teaching and working in numerous mediums alongside her students. Outside of work, Sarah is married and has two young daughters. Her hobbies include: travel, movies, making art, and hanging with friends. Improving Student Achievement by Promoting the Development of a Growth Mindset This is an introductory Growth Mindset workshop. Participants in this course will learn how to promote the development of a growth mindset in themselves and in their students. By implementing the procedures taught in this class, participants will help their students develop a belief in effort, a love for challenge, and resilience in the face of adversity. The focus of this workshop will be on providing information, resources and strategies to: develop students’ understanding of learning and the elasticity of the brain change students’ thinking about performance, effort, mistakes, struggle and success build a growth mindset classroom and school culture provide feedback and praise to students in a way that increases achievement Mark Scheiber is an energetic presenter who engages his students with demonstrations, real-life examples, and plenty of hands-on time with guidance to ensure that students leave with, not only knowledge, but classroom-ready skills. He differentiates to meet the needs of all learners in his workshops. He is employed as director of instruction of the Glendale-River Hills School District. Mark’s diverse background - technology integrator, library media specialist, gifted & talented teacher, special education teacher - gives him unique insights into how to apply the knowledge and skills taught in a variety of situations. Restorative Practices Foundation: Building a Restorative Classroom Community Are you interested in developing shared values and expectations among staff and students that promote positive behaviors, school connectedness and academic success? Restorative Practices is a research supported framework that has been shown to provide teachers the strategies they need to support individual students dealing with trauma or educational disabilities as well as raise the social competence and academic achievement of every child in the class/school. In this interactive foundational workshop, participants will explore the meaning of operating from a restorative mindset while using the restorative circle process. The workshop will teach participants the structure and key components of using restorative language, small impromptu conferences and facilitating community building circles that enhance curriculum and build relationships. Participants will also learn how Restorative Practices fits into the tiered system of support (PBIS), develops Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in both staff and students, and promotes equity. Participants are encouraged to bring a teaching lesson, educational or professional development topic to incorporate strategies learned throughout this workshop into professional practice. Each participant will develop their own circle agenda and leave with a relevant resource to enhance a participant’s curriculum and work within the school. Moriah Weingrod is a Restorative Practices Coach and licensed school social worker for Milwaukee Public Schools. She provides leadership to a cohort of schools participating in a grant focused on increasing the mental health support available in both the schools and communities called Project AWARE. Moriah assists schools with implementing Restorative Practices through staff coaching, professional development, progress monitoring and student training. Moriah is a professional facilitator of Restorative Practices with training and expertise working with K-12 staff and students in traditional and at-risk settings. Download flyer for mail in/fax registrations.