Present TeacherTM Training ONLINE

On a teacher's own time... 

Present TeacherTM Training is an innovative and unique professional development program that focuses on the personhood and well-being of the teacher.

We see you teachers...

Our response to the current social stressors 

Present TeacherTM Training is a research-based curriculum with a proven scope and sequence of topics, experiences, and practices that are designed to build off each other to bolster teacher emotional resilience, responsiveness, and readiness to teach.

 

Given the many social factors that are creating a toxic stress impact for our educators, this 4 hr CEU training has been specifically customized to meet the teacher's mental and emotional health needs for teaching during a global pandemic and renewed called for racial justice.
 

Integrating experiential learning, transformative learning theory, neuroscience, and mindfulness-based practices, teachers and school personnel learn about their own humanity and innate resilience 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), classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, and school counselors (or anyone who directly interfaces with students) can learn how to strategically stage-off burnout, process stress productively, be authentic, practice self-compassion, be emotionally resilient, deepen their passion & commitment to teach, and most importantly, connect with all students through justice, love, and belonging. 

Course Core Concepts

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.

Course Modules 

There are (8) 30 minute modules in this 4 hour CEU course. This current offering is specifically targeted at meeting the mental, emotional, and social needs of our teachers during these times of toxic social stressors. 

Module 1

Teacher Presence in the Reality of COVID:

The Power of Attention, Attitude, and Awareness

  • Mindfulness Focus: Breath & Body Awareness

  • Learn about the core elements of mindful awareness and the benefits of mindfulness for teachers.

  • Explore core values, commitments, and "why" as a teacher as you discover how to stoke your "Presence" and stay connected with your students through online instruction.

Module 2

Creating a New Teaching Rhythm and Routine in COVID

  • Mindfulness Focus: Mind Awareness 

  • Discover how to "behold" stress so to tap into and stoke your innate creativity for lesson planning, online engagement, and face-to-face instruction.

  • Learn how to connect with your core values to re-create curriculum, lessons, and assessments that are in alignment with your values and virtues as a teacher.

Banishing "Time" Stress:

The art of managing your energy and not your time during ONLINE instruction

Module 3

  • Mindfulness Focus: Mind Awareness

  • Learn about the origins of "time stress" for teachers while discovering how to create a new relationship with time and ONLINE learning during COVID.

  • Discover strategies for re-thinking how "seat-time" for online instruction and student learning looks and feels in the new reality of education. 

Compassionate Teachers ~ Calm and Centered Students

Module 4

  • Mindfulness Focus: Mind Awareness

  • Learn the 3 elements of self-compassion, how compassion's protective properties diminishes the onset of compassion and COVID fatigue.

  • Explore how "curiosity and compassion" reduce bias and diminish student behavior stress. 

Stoking Your Metabolism: Transforming Teacher Stress into Strength 

Module 5

  • Mindfulness Focus: Breath Awareness

  • Explore current research toxic stress and its impact on teachers, students, and learning.

  • Discover the 3 R's of Resilience how to use perfectionism, anxiety, and overwhelm to cultivate core virtues. 

Teacher Emotional Intelligence & Agility

Module 6

  • Mindfulness Focus: Emotions & Interpersonal Mindfulness

  • Learn how to manage your emotional reactions as a teacher and protect yourself from draining emotional and mental energy through anxiety, uncertainty, and overwhelm. 

  • Discover the power (and necessity) of positivity, joy, and happiness in teaching and how these states of being are essential elements for creating socially just classroom spaces for students.

Teacher Well-Being AS Social Justice Work

PART I

Module 7

  • Mindfulness Focus: Intra-personal Mindfulness & Body Awareness

  • Learn how "wellness is wisdom" and how it is a critical part of social justice work.

  • Explore how teacher critical consciousness, commitment, and conviction are core elements of teacher well-being and fundamental to fighting racism and dis-rupting systems of oppression and neglect.

Teacher Well-Being AS Social Justice Work

PART II

Module 8

  • Mindfulness Focus: Intra-personal Mindfulness & Body Awareness

  • Learn about the origins of trauma and the origins of healing while exploring strategies to heal one's own trauma triggers induced by classroom stress.

  • Explore strategies to create stress-sensitive and trauma-informed classroom spaces using the 6 qualities of love by bell hooks from her bookL: all about love (2000)

Module Components

Each 30 minute training module engages the intellect, calms the mind, and restores balance to the body.

10 minute training video 

5 minute guided audio or video meditation 

10 minute guided gentle yoga practice

5 minute guided "put into your practice" reflection activity

Supplemental Materials Included:

  • Related articles for additional reading,

  • Additional "Invitations to Practice" to extend core concepts and mindfulness practices in the classroom and at home.

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