The Present Teacher Restoration ProjectTM is an innovative and unique professional development offering designed by Present Teaching TrainingTM that focuses on professional learning experiences for teachers to:
learn about the origins of healing from toxic stress,
receive targeted support for how to manage personal and collective trauma triggered in teaching,
learn specific mind and body practices that re-store a teacher's energy and passion to teach,
experience strategies rooted in neuroscience, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness to "re-story" the stress to bring equilibrium to their mental health, stability in their emotional well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose.
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 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.
Teachers can earn up to 4 "clock hours" to submit towards their continuing education.
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 clock hours to apply toward teacher mental health professional development, 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.
There are (8) 30 minute modules in this 4 hour training 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.
Contact Jen for a syllabus that includes detailed module objectives and learning outcomes:
Prioritizing Your Well-Being
The Power of Attention, Attitude, and Awareness
Mindfulness Focus: Breath & Body Awareness
Banishing "Time" Stress: The art of managing your energy and not your time
Mindfulness Focus: Mind Awareness
Taming the Toxic Stress Impact: Learning the Art of Metabolizing Stress
Mindfulness Focus: Perceptual Awareness
Compassionate Teachers ~ Calm and Centered Students
Mindfulness Focus: Mind Awareness
Trauma & Teaching: Transforming Teacher Stress into Strength
Mindfulness Focus: Emotions & Interpersonal Mindfulness
Teacher Restoration AS Social Justice Work
Mindfulness Focus: Intra-personal Mindfulness & Body Awareness
Establishing Your Well-Being Manifesto-- Creating a plan to enact your well-being habits the whole year through!
Mindfulness Focus: Body, Mind, and Emotional Awareness
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 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.
Do you teach in the Hennepin County district?
If so, this training has been gifted to you free of charge!