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Happy Teachers Program

How Harnessing Inner Balance Transforms Classroom Calm

This engaging 3-sessions immersive program will provide participants an overview on how stress impacts the mind and body, what mindfulness is and how to harness it daily, and engaging, practical tools to promote well-being personally and professionally.

Using emerging science and ancient wisdom, this interactive workshop will teach skills in breath work, mindfulness, meditation and movement that foster social emotional well-being in the classroom and school community at large.

Teachers will get an overview on current neuroscience breakthroughs and other evidence-based approaches that impact human biology, the subconscious mind, and individual performance. Real stories of success will be shared with the use of these techniques in the classroom.

Program Offerings

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Delivery Method

Three (3) half-day sessions will include assigned readings with discussions, facilitator presentations, and small group collaborative activities with breakouts. In-person and virtual classroom options available. The group will have THREE (3) half-day sessions in a calendar year starting from September, 2023 (TBD).

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CPDU's/Lane Placement

As an ISBE Professional Development Provider, this program offers

15 CEU's plus 1 Lane Placement

Certificate after completion

 

Program Cost (Including CEU's): $325 per Teacher

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Calendar

This Program is offered:

In-Person for Schools - Please contact us at info@wisdomfromtheedge.org and we will take care of your school.

Virtually Public - For Teachers across the Globe.

Please check back for updates.

Program Objectives & Outline

Teachers will gain the tools and insights for establishing a positive, healthy, and safe learning environment and classroom culture by learning the following objectives: 

  • How to identify their own emotions and their effect on others, including in the classroom

  • The chemical, physiological, and mental impact of stress and certain patterns of thought, as well as techniques for management

  • The definition and importance of establishing inner balance through practices that include mindfulness, breathwork, meditation, and positive movement

  • The practical application of mindfulness and meditation in the classroom to de-escalate, collaboratively resolve conflict.

  • An overview on current neuroscience breakthroughs and other evidence-based approaches that impact human biology, the subconscious mind, and individual performance.

  • Skills learned in this workshop will enable participants to implement practices immediately, with insightful results.

Program Overview

Sessions - Learn More About The Program In the first session, we focus on present moment awareness, the importance of happiness, and teach basic breathwork for immediate stress release and cortisol reset. We emphasize the 4 elements of happiness and the importance of uncovering True Self, which help reduce anxiety, improve attention, control reaction, and strengthen social and emotional intelligence. Our interactive program encourages group exercises, as well as break out sessions for sharing and community building and camaraderie with other teachers. The self-assessments are given throughout the program to monitor progress and see improvements. Each session starts with a recap and then a self-assessment, noticing any changes and group sharing. Focus on self awareness and self management skills to achieve personal and school/teacher success. We dive into the elements of stress and how stress affects the body, short and long term. Participants learn how to become aware of negative loop thoughts with the help of exercises, and learn basic techniques on how to stop running thoughts from taking over, which help strengthen relationships and build compassionate practices in conflict resolution. Practice work is given between sessions for implementing different techniques and for maximum inner balance. There is change across the board from participants which range from overall stress reduction and exhaustion, to feeling more patient and joyful. We recap the previous session’s assignment and encourage sharing between participants. We dive into what Active Listening is, the importance of it, and how to incorporate it into daily life. Short video on Happy Teachers programs across the country, and the impact in other areas, introduce an additional breathwork technique, and end with an active Q&A session within the community. The participants take their final self-assessment and we share the anonymous results with the entire group. We dive into mindfulness practices such as gratitude and empathy, learn new breath exercises and share experiences between breakout groups. Emphasis on self care practices for long term effects, healthy boundaries and learning a new rhythm of mindfulness into daily life. Teachers will develop skills they can practice and model, utilize both independently and with their students, and apply to the classroom. All materials will be provided for participants to take home and utilize in the classroom.

Program Achievements

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Our Program Works!

The study concluded that small group settings and short
intervals, along with practice exercises to implement weekly,
resulted in less stress and overall happiness.

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