The Present School ProjectTM 

is an innovative professional development training designed to engage school staff, educators, and administrators in expanding their knowledge and embodiment of the foundational elements of holistic school wellness:

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) 

Care and Healing


Embodied Equity

School Kids

The Present Schools ProjectTM

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We believe that if we want to both teach and equip our students with the necessary skills, practices, and habits of mind of SEL, well-being, and anti-racist ways of being in the world that 

inspire and enable another to live their life with joy and dignity,




















WE must first be well, become skilled in our own SEL competencies, and embody a Presence that engenders trust and respect from our students.

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We engage our core training topics in an integrated and innovative way--

we intentionally LEVERAGE the inherent stressors of the profession as the practice arena

for our SEL, Well-Being, and Embodied Equity development.

Just like the lotus flower draws all its nutrients to bloom from the muck in the pond, we can learn practical, yet powerful, strategies and practices that allow us to metabolize stress in a way that not only dramatically diminishes burnout, but burns stress as fuel to burn in to our calling and capacity to be of service to our students with our whole selves. 


Stress can be an invaluable catalyst for growth and change!

Through our training, school personnel not only learn about the core features and competencies of SEL, well-being in a human-centered profession, and how to exude a presence of compassion, reverence, and respect for all students, they experience how to trans-form experiences of stress, personal triggers, and uncertainty into their greatest opportunity to actualize the key features of being well in our work and our personal lives. 

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Engage school personnel with strategies, practices, and experiences rooted in neuroscience, social and emotional learning (SEL), trauma-responsive care, and mindfulness to increase awareness of and actualize their individual core competencies of SEL: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making

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Engage school personnel in experiencing and practicing the 4 elements of the Infinite Well-Being CycleTM of resilience to stave off burnout and moral injury while stoking critical consciousness, presence, emotional resilience, and compassion for the self and others

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Explore the intersection between social and emotional learning (SEL), well-being, healing, and anti-racist practices to cultivate embodied equitya way of being in relationship to all students that promotes resonance, respect, and belonging within trauma-responsive spaces of learning

Our curriculum draws upon the following research-based practices that support educators and school personnel in developing and practicing mental and emotional resilience:



Trauma-Responsive Classrooms

Healing-Centered Design


Training LENGTH Options include

  • 3.5 - 4 hour Retreat Training

  • 5 - 6 hour Restoration Training

Training FORMAT Options include

  • Virtual 

  • In-Person

  • Hybrid (mix of in-person and virtual)

School personnel earn up to 6

 "clock hours"

of professional learning engagement 

We work with you to customize the investment cost of the training based on the total number of participants and your desired delivery format.


Intellect & Awareness

Direct instruction on current, research-based foundational knowledge and data about SEL, Educator/School Personnel Well-Being, and Anti-Racist Practices

Mental Health

Mindful mental health meditation practices that calm a busy mind, cultivate non-judgment, and expand perspective taking

Body Wellness

Gentle mindful moment practices that strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system's relaxation response


Put Into Practice training handbook that outlines detailed practices to integrate core concepts in one's personal and professional life

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Training MODULES

Prioritizing Social Justice and Soul Justice as a Practice of Wellbeing: Self-attention and self-compassion as the cornerstone of social and soul justice
The 5 Core Competencies of Embodied Equity and SEL (social and emotional learning): Discovering the core competencies and foundational practices to embodying social and soul justice
Compassion and Truth Telling: Seeking the "slow in the fast" of our equity and wellbeing work
Stoking Social Awareness and Embodied Equity Through Stress: Leveraging stress as a catalyst to cultivating critical and social consciousness inside and out
Sharing Power with Youth: Mirroring and modeling SEL and embodied equity in school spaces

Your Trainers

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Nuhu Sims

Equity Director 

Brooklyn Center Community Schools

Jen Clifden

Founder & Director

Present Teacher Training

Present Well-Being LLC


Interested in bringing The Present Schools Project to your school or district?
Contact Jen for more information...