Building Belonging: A Series with Project Wayfinder

Feeling that we belong is foundational to living with purpose. Brandy Arnold will present 3 lessons from Project Wayfinder’s year-long Belonging curricula, which guide students to build meaningful, compassionate relationships with themselves, other people, and the wider world. The Belonging curriculum is suitable for 7th-10th graders.

Lessons are designed to support quick and easy implementation:
-Suitable to be taught as one-off lessons or as a yearlong program
-Each lesson is backed by evidence-based research and social science
-Extensive classroom tools to build a positive and safe classroom culture

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#TeacherTuesday – Book Club with Dr. Tish Jennings

#TeacherTuesday Book Club with Dr. Tish Jennings

Join Dr. Jennings for this three-day series, as she takes us through her new book Teacher Burnout Turnaround Strategies for Empowered Educators. All sessions will be closed-captioned.

January 12 – Part I – Addressing Teacher Stress and Burnout [Video] [PDF]
January 19 – Part II – Preparing for Transformative Change [Video] [PDF]
January 26 – Part III – Empowering Teachers [Video] [PDF]

Heart, Mind & Body Series: Teaching with a Social, Emotional, & Cultural Lens

Building on the work of CASEL, Teaching with a Social, Emotional, and Cultural Lens (Markowitz and Bouffard, 2020) provides a roadmap for K-12 classroom teachers and university teacher educators to address issues of equity by integrating social-emotional learning and culturally responsive teaching in support of academic achievement and the well-being of students and educators . 

Nancy Lourié Markowitz, Ph.D. is Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child ( and Professor Emerita at San José State University. She has also worked as an urban elementary school teacher in Los Angeles and as a K-8 school administrator.

Heidi Stevenson, Ph.D., has taught preschool, elementary school, and adult migrant education students in low-income schools in the San Francisco Bay area. She is currently an Associate Professor of Education at University of the Pacific and Assistant Director of CRTWC.

Heart, Mind & Body Series: Providing Equitable Access for Student Support via Tele-Services

(ASL Interpreter / Side by Side screen available for all participants) * Join a panel of Student Support Services experts: Chandrai Jackson-Saunders, NASP School Psychologist of the Year 2020; Joseph Batiano, RI School Counselor of the Year 2018; & Rachel Webb, School Social Worker Sacramento City USD; facilitated by Chi Kim.  These incredible educators will engage in an important discussion regarding student support services and providing equitable access via tele-service. Learn some of their thoughtful techniques used to provide student support services during this time of physical distancing. They will also share some of the roses and thorns that virtual school has posed as well as share what they foresee as critical needs as schools plan to re-open in the fall.

Heart, Mind & Body Series: Learners & Leaders

In this special session highlighting Mental Health Awareness Month, meet an incredible group of CA & NJ high school student leaders who are focused on supporting mental health through service to others. Our panelists are students from Kearny High School in San Diego, CA, & NuYu Club leaders from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, NJ. These leaders are focusing on mindfulness & wellness strategies to promote the importance of mental health.

Heart, Mind & Body: Conversation and Live Meditation with the Women of Headspace

Chi Kim welcomes Alice Nathoo & Evelyn Lewis for a conversation & live meditation.

Meet Alice Nathoo & Evelyn (Eve) Lewis, the incredible women of Headspace! Alice leads Headspace Brand Experiences and Social Impact, which through the Headspace for Education program offers free access to all K-12 teachers across the US, UK, Australia and Canada. Eve is the Content Director within Headspace for Work, creating new content, inspiring strategy and teaching members about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. In 2019, Eve became the female voice behind the guided meditations. She is also a Brand Ambassador for Headspace and is a trained mindfulness meditation teacher.

Heart, Mind & Body: Saving Superman – Focusing on Educator Self-Care

Panelists Dr. Victor Carrion, Teri Lawler, Kennard Branch moderated by Chi Kim
Saving Superman – The Importance of Educator Self Care, Now More Than Ever. This session was selected by SXSW EDU on the SEL Track. Since the conference was canceled, we wanted to the bring this panel to you. Join panelists: Dr. Victor Carrion, Stanford Medicine, Teri Lawler, Delaware Department of Education, and Kennard Branch Principal of Garfield Prep Academy in DC Public Schools as they discuss how developing an evidence based integrated model of educator self care is critical for the care of our nation’s 55+ million learners. Hear from state and district leaders who are making this a priority.

Heart, Mind & Body: Principal Perspective – Leading in a Time of Physical Distancing

Dawn began her service of teaching 25 years ago and has worked as a teacher for the NYC DOE teaching in Harlem, NYC for 16 years and has served as Principal of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School (TMALS) for the past 9 years. Dawn Brooks-DeCosta, EdD will share how to incorporate culturally responsive pedagogy to maintain positive school culture during remote learning with an emphasis on the well-being of her staff, scholars and families through Ruler, Brain Breaks and Self-Care programs.

Heart, Mind & Body: Understanding Grief and Adaptation to COVID Loss

The current pandemic is taking a large toll in human lives. Dr. Shear will provide a model for understanding grief and adaptation to loss, discuss the unique challenges to adaption posed by a Covid-19 loss, and suggest ways to promote adaptation.

Dr. M. Katherine Shear is the Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry and the founding Director of the Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work. Dr. Shear is a clinical researcher who first worked in anxiety and depression. For the last two decades she has focused on understanding and treating people who experience persistent intense grief. She developed and tested complicated grief therapy (CGT), a short-term targeted intervention and confirmed its efficacy in three large NIMH-funded studies. CGT is strength-based and focused on fostering adaptation to loss. Dr. Shear is widely recognized for her work in bereavement, including both research and clinical awards from the Association for Death Education and Counseling and invited authorship of articles for  and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Heart, Mind & Body: The Impact of Stress & Ways to Build Resilience

Join us for a live webinar with Goldie Hawn. She is an Academy Award winning actress, producer, director, best-selling author and true children’s advocate. She is also the Founder of The Goldie Hawn Foundation. Working with leading neuroscientists, educators, psychologists and researchers, the Foundation developed MindUP ™ an evidence-based curriculum and teaching model for grades K-12 that provide tools to help children self-regulate and understand their own emotions, moods and behaviors; reduce stress and anxiety; sharpen concentration; increase empathy; and improve academic performance.