Present TeacherTM Training is an innovative and unique professional development program that focuses on the personhood of the teacher.
We believe teachers are worth the investment of professional learning opportunities that are dedicated to their mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.
We believe that creating professional development opportunities for teachers to learn how to metabolize the daily stressors of the profession so they know how to intentionally:
stoke self-efficacy and stay motivated to teach, mostly during moments when one feels self-doubt and overwhelm;
forge authentic relationships with students, especially when students exhibit behaviors stemming from stress and trauma;
protect themselves from compassion fatigue, toxic stress, and secondary-trauma
as a direct investment in their mental, emotional, and soul health.
Since "we teach who we are" (Parker Palmer), teachers need professional learning experiences where they get to EXPLORE and EXPAND who they are; where the "content" or "subject" for the professional development is their very selves.
Integrating experiential learning, transformative learning theory, neuroscience, and mindfulness-based practices, teachers and school personnel learn about their own humanity and innate resilience & potential to transform the stress of the profession into opportunities for expanded humanizing dispositions like: critical consciousness, commitment, empathy, and compassion for self and others.
We do this by engaging teachers in experiential learning opportunities where they cultivate increased self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and self-compassion through processing their current stressors or problems as the "portal" to deeper self, situational, and another awareness.
While earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs), teachers learn how to strategically stage-off burnout, process stress productively, be authentic, practice self-compassion, be emotionally resilient, deepen their passion & commitment to teaching, and most importantly, connect with all students.
Our 3 Core Purposes
Provide teachers with tools, strategies, and experiences rooted in mindful awareness for the deepening of self-awareness, self-compassion, and emotional resilience so that they can routinely adapt to the stressors of the profession in a functional and flexible way.
Cultivate the habits of mind and humanizing dispositions to remain calm in chaotic teaching moments, see student behavior through the lens of compassion and curiosity, and leverage stress as opportunities for greater insight and critical consciousness.
Teach teachers how to strategically access their inner resources of calm, resilience, and positivity for counteracting the onset and manifestation of burnout and emotional fatigue while increasing their innate capacity to actualize happiness, passion, and joy in their professional and personal lives.
Applied Mindfulness-Based Practices
Course Offering Format for School Sites
Present TeacherTM Training ~ CEU Course
In-depth, on-site 9-20 hr CEU program for up to 75 teachers/paras/staff at your building. (*additional staff added a pro-rated rate)
After school training sessions customized to your district calendar
Choose your own delivery format
1 hour session, ONCE per month (September-May)
2 - 2.5 hour session, ONCE per month (September-May)
1 - 2 hour session, TWICE per month (September-December, January-May)
OPTIONAL Supplemental Materials and Resources
Discounted text: Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom by Patricia Jennings.