Culture of Care Summer Institute II

Please join us Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for a 12-session series. We know that balancing the needs of online instruction and planning for a return in the fall is challenging. This series will help you build knowledge to integrate self-care and social-emotional learning skills into your online and in-person classes. Every session is free and live.

Culture of Care Series: 

M 7/27 Session 1: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) & Self-Care  [Video]  [PDF]

W 7/29 Session 2: Respond vs. React: Superpowers  [Video]  [PDF]

F 7/31 Session 3: Stress & Allostatic Load  [Video]  [PDF]

M 8/3 Session 4: The Neuroscience of Stress, Part 1  [Video]  [PDF]

W 8/5 Session 5: The Neuroscience of Stress, Part 2  [Video]  [PDF]

F 8/7 Session 6: Neuroplasticity  [Video[PDF]

M 8/10 Session 7: Creating Healthy Habits  [Video[PDF]

W 8/12 Session 8: Taking in the Good  [Video[PDF]

F 8/14 Session 9: Six Critical Healing Factors  [Video]  [PDF]

M 8/17 Session 10: Building Belonging – Emotion & Cognition  [Video]  [PDF]

W 8/19 Session 11: Brain Breaks Implementation  [Video [PDF]

F 8/21 Session 12: Culture of Care Implementation  [Video [PDF]

Train the Trainer to Integrate a Culture of Care

We know that dozens of guidance documents call for focusing on educator and student well-being. So we are hosting a free series, Train the Trainer, for any and all educators. In this 4-part interactive series, participants will learn how to use our turn-key decks to support educators in their schools or districts.

Part 1  [Video]  [PDF]

Part 2  [Video]  [PDF]

Part 3  [Video]  [PDF]

Part 4  [Video]  [PDF]

Culture of Care Summer Institute I

Please join us Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays for a 12-session series. We know that balancing the needs of online instruction and planning for a return in the fall is challenging. This series will help you build knowledge to integrate self-care and social-emotional learning skills into your online & in-person classes. Every session is free and live.

University of San Diego will provide EDU credits for Culture of Care course completion. University of San Diego will validate/issue transcripts in graduate level extension credits. As a reminder, it is always up to the student/participant to ensure that their institution will accept this type of continuing education credit. If you are seeking one EDU unit/credit, you must register for this 12-session source at the University of San Diego. This is ONLY if you are seeking one unit of credit for $75 from the University. Attendees can register for Institute 1 through midnight on June 12th. Here is the link to register for either of the sessions. The cost is $75 paid directly to USD.

**MARYLAND RESIDENTS: The course, Culture of Care Self-Care for Educators and Learners, has been approved for one (1) CPD credit until Dec 31, 2025 with the assigned CPD number of 20-68-13. Participants must complete all sessions to earn this credit.

Culture of Care Series: 

Session 1: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) & Self-Care  [Video]  [PDF]

Session 2: Respond vs. React: Super Powers  [Video]  [PDF]

Session 3: Stress & Allostatic Load  [Video]  [PDF]

Session 4: The Neuroscience of Stress, Part 1  [Video]  [PDF]

Session 5: The Neuroscience of Stress, Part 2  [Video]  [PDF]

Session 6: Neuroplasticity  [Video]  [PDF]

Session 7: Creating Healthy Habits  [Video]  [PDF]

Session 8: Taking in the Good  [Video]  [PDF]

Session 9: Six Critical Healing Factors  [Video]  [PDF

Session 10: Building Belonging – Emotion & Cognition  [Video]  [PDF]  

Session 11: Brain Breaks Implementation  [Video]  [PDF]  

Session 12: Culture of Care Implementation  [Video]  [PDF]  

Culture of Care Webinar Series

Please join us Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays for a 12 session series.  Each session is 65 minutes.  Participants can join any session in the series. We know that balancing the needs of online instruction and planning for a return in the fall is challenging.  We have planned this series to help you build knowledge, self care and social emotional learning skills into your online & in person classes.  Every session is free and live.

Culture of Care Series: 

Session 1: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) & Self-Care  [PDF]  [Video]

Session 2: Respond vs. React: Super Powers  [PDF]  [Video]

Session 3: Stress & Allostatic Load  [PDF]  [Video]

Session 4: The Neuroscience of Stress, Part 1  [PDF]  [Video]  

Session 5: The Neuroscience of Stress, Part 2  [PDF]  [Video

Session 6: Neuroplasticity  [PDF]  [Video

Session 7: Creating Healthy Habits  [PDF]  [Video

Session 8: Taking in the Good  [PDF]  [Video

Session 9: Six Critical Healing Factors  [PDF]  [Video

Session 10: Building Belonging – Emotion & Cognition  [PDF] [Video]

Session 11: Brain Breaks Implementation  [PDF] [Video]

Session 12: Culture of Care Implementation  [PDF]  [Video]

 

Why Schools Need Yoga and Mindfulness

Pure Edge supports the development of social, emotional, and academic learning competencies “with an open heart and an open mind,” according to the organization’s mission. It is particularly helpful in school populations impacted by PTSD, student trauma and anxiety, and symptomology related to ADHD.

“Our primary goal is to help foster community success through focus. Building resilience is key,” says Kim. The curriculum, which is the subject of ongoing research conducted by Stanford University, has served more than 300,000 children, grades K-12, across the country. Its mindfulness-based practices encourage students and teachers to deepen their emotional self-regulation, find calm, and manage stress. Movement-based exercises consist of seated twists and body-awareness tech- niques that bring individuals into the present moment.

“When kids feel safe, supported, and calm, they can focus better on the challenging tasks they have to complete,” says Dawn Brooks DeCosta, principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in New York City. The school has been facilitating Pure Edge mindfulness-based practices, such as “brain breaks,” which offer an oasis for kids and teachers, allowing them to foster self-value and resilience.

One of the biggest issues that Pure Edge is working
on now is caregiver burnout and its devastating effects.

“Adults have to manage their levels of stress in order to be their best for the children,” Kim says. Makes sense, but in our cur- rent round-the-clock work culture, caregivers, too often, succumb to burnout, forgetting to practice self-care first. This is often the hardest part of the work—getting parents, teachers, and others to implement the caregiving for themselves. Pure Edge has helped more than 6,000 educators and administrators, most of whom report that the breathing exercises they learned were useful for balancing emotions and self-care.

“Teachers are 110 percent givers, all the time. They feel guilty for taking time to take care of themselves. Our core intention is to bring them calm, and make self-care more socially acceptable,” says Kim. “To be present, you have to feel valued and loved. And once that comes from within, we can share this with others.”

If you are interested in learning more about Pure Edge, the curriculum is available to anyone, free of charge. A simple practice that can help soothe your nerves—as well as your kids—at any time is Mindfulness of Breath, an exercise Pure Edge uses to facilitate connection. Try this easy, four-step balloon breathing technique whenever you need to feel insta-calm.

Balloon Breathing

  1. Find a comfortable seat.
  2. Imagine your belly is a balloon and start to breathe consciously, inflating with air for three counts and gently exhaling for three counts.
  3. Repeat three times, or as many as you wish.
  4. Notice how you are feeling calmer, refreshed, and more at ease.