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Each June hundreds of educators from across the country make the journey to the Teacher Self-Care Conference that inspires their practice and rejuvenates their hearts. They leave with strong strategies and best practices for taking care of themselves in the midst of the whirlwind that teaching has become. Join us to find new teaching friends, new connections with education luminaries, and enough self-care strategies to harmonize their year.
In 2019, the Teacher Self-Care Annual Conference is scheduled for June 21-22, 2019! This year our theme is, "The Spirit of a Teacher" where we’ll be hearing from groundbreaking speakers, cutting-edge workshops, and seminars that address what teachers need.  Before signing up for your session, please purchase your tickets.
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Friday, June 21
 

8:00am

The Spirit of the Teacher: Dr. Chris Emdin

Friday June 21, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am

9:15am

Building A Sustainable Culture of Teacher Self-Care
In response to the demands of ever-changing educational environments, administrators and other instructional leaders are beginning to recognize the necessity of teacher self-care. This session will provide participants with an opportunity to learn, share and implement strategies essential for developing a sustainable culture of self-care for teachers.



Speakers
avatar for Dwayne Priester

Dwayne Priester

MS Principal, Mid-Pacific
Dwayne Priester is a Principal at Mid-Pacific Institute.


Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

9:15am

"How to Use Hip Hop as Storytelling Tool for Minority Students”
In the opening track to her album, Cardi B emphatically rhymes, “I’m not telling you to do it, I’m just telling my story.” The art of storytelling is self-care for students, especially if they are telling their own stories. However, many of our students identify more with Cardi B than with Capote, and need to feel heard in their authentic voices. In this workshop, teachers will learn how to teach writing skills through hip-hop music, and reflect on how storytelling is self-care for both student and teacher. Teachers will leave with lessons they can implement to build community in their classrooms.



Speakers

Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

9:15am

Grading Less, Teaching More
Tired of grading papers all weekend? Or taking stacks of papers home to grade? Grading can be a huge time suck. Grading efficiently and effectively is a form of self-care. It frees time and mental energy for other tasks. This session will focus on strategies to reduce grading time while increasing the quality of feedback and instruction. We will discuss why we grade and what deserves our attention. We will establish the purpose of grading and how to manage administrative and parental expectations. Assumptions about grading such as 'students will only do things that are graded' will be examined.
Teachers will learn strategies to place the work of assessment with students, quickly generate actionable feedback using G-Suite tools, and use technology such as Google Add-ons to reduce grading time.
 Teachers will have the opportunity to gather resources, experiment with some tools, and ask questions.
Those who come with questions, challenges, and scenarios in mind will leave with potential solutions in hand.
The specifics of the session will reflect the expressed needs of those in attendance.



Speakers

Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

9:15am

How My Morning Routine As a Teacher Helps My Self-Care
Speakers
avatar for Jake Miller

Jake Miller

Teacher, Pennsylvania Teachers Advisory Committee
Jake Miller is a 2017 NEA Foundation Global Fellow, Pennsylvania 2016 National History Day Teacher of the Year (TOY), and the 2018 James F. Harris History TOY. He’s a board member on Pennsylvania Teachers Advisory Committee and a featured writer on TheEducatorsRoom.com and appearing... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

9:15am

How I Managed My Anxiety While Teaching in a Toxic Work Environment
Teaching might be your full-time job, but battling anxiety can also feel like a full-time job. This session will focus on identifying the specific stressors that trigger anxiety in the school environment.  The goal of this workshop is to help educators identify practical strategies that can be used throughout the school day to combat anxiety in a toxic school culture. Teachers will leave this workshop with a "toolkit" of strategies that they can use. During the session, we will discuss, create, and reflect on various ways that we can combat anxiety while giving our best to our students every day.



Speakers

Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

9:15am

9:15am

Growing as You Shrink
Leadership and health go hand in hand. Those who aspire to leadership cannot ignore the importance of healthy practices in their personal lives. Oftentimes, the same discipline one will need to embrace a healthy lifestyle is the same discipline and focus one can use to land a leadership position.  The goal of this workshop is to show how basic practices to improve health can also help an educator to climb the ladder of leadership.  All teachers who aspire to be leaders or those who want to live a healthier life are the target audience. Teachers will leave with tools to plan their own health/leadership plan for immediate implementation.



Speakers

Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

10:45am

Close Reading Strategies For Students Who Are Two Or More Grade Levels Behind
Every teacher is expected to teach their content and have the students achieve some kind of mastery by the end of the year. But what do you do when you have a mound of content to teach that is contingent on the learner reading a multitude of literature and the make up of your class’s reading level is anywhere from on-grade level to several years behind? This workshop is designed to show educators a way to engage their students in text in a more meaningful, intentional and purposeful way. It takes close reading to a more complex level, while helping students to analyze literature in a non-threatening way. In this interactive workshop, teachers will be armed with a strategy to use in the classroom that will encourage the MVPs (most VULNERABLE player) of the class and empower them to engage in analyzing text.




Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

How to Avoid the Dreaded Teacher Uniform
My presentation will highlight how being stylish and maintaining a sense of self is a form of self care. Teachers often sacrifice their style for the sake of "putting in the work" and my goal is to dispel that myth. You can still be stylish and be a good teacher. In most cases, how you dress will directly send a message to your students before you ever say a word. In my presentation, I will share strategies on how to build a capsule wardrobe that can be both professional and stylish. I will share tips/strategies on how to dress for your body, your budget and your job without losing a sense of self. I will offer a questionnaire/survey that will help teachers identify if they have fallen into a rut better known as the "teacher uniform" then offer ways on how to reclaim their style! Teachers will walk away with strategies on how to find pieces that are not only flattering and multi-functional but also with a better understanding of the connection between an effective teacher and how they dress.



Speakers
avatar for Reiko Foster

Reiko Foster

Style Strategist for Educators, Reiko Foster
Teaching can literally suck the style right of you, if you let it. What starts out as cute little sweater sets and trendy pants can easily turn into school polo shirts and the cleanest pair of khakis closest to your bed. You focus more on meetings, the lesson plans, the after school... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

How to Monetize Your Skills

As teachers, we have superpowers! We are creative and talented individuals that go above and beyond the call of duty in our classrooms daily. The interests, talents, and skills we possess are limitless and can be applied to other industries to monetize our time and abilities. In this workshop, you will learn how to take your expertise along with you interests, talents, and skills from the classroom to start your own business, providing you the opportunity to create and live a life you and your family deserve. Enrollment in this workshop requires 2 things: a willing person with a desire to learn and an open mind. You will leave this entertaining, hands-on, and super engaging workshop with a burning desire to get started NOW, ready to align your abilities with other desires of your heart with a surefire outlined framework to MOVE into your destiny and strategies to overcome all barriers. Remember, Bossy Is As Bossy Does!

Website: TheBossyEducator.com

Books: bit.ly/TSealsBooks

Instagram: @TheBossyEducator


Speakers
avatar for Tara Seals

Tara Seals

Founder, The Bossy Educator
The Bossy Educator provides educational consulting, workshops, keynote speaking, and books in the areas of teacher development, youth empowerment, business growth, and personal maturation.As a leader in education with over 20 years of expertise, Tara’s broad range of experience... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

"Heart Issues- Relationships Matter”
HEART Issues- Check your Pulse! Happiness Energy Accountability Relationship Tenacity Participants will learn how to move past how they “feel” to becoming one of the “heartbeats” of their school culture. During this session, participants will learn strategies, tips, and tools for developing positive relationships with students and colleagues...



Speakers

Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

Everything You Need to Know About Instructional Coaching A-Z"
Have you ever thought about taking on a teacher leadership position but didn’t quite know what it exactly entailed?  Or are you a new instructional coach still getting the feel for your new position? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this session is for you. This discovery workshop will prepare you for instructional coaching by literally walking you through the alphabet detailing the roles, duties, expectations and daily life of an Instructional Coach. You will engage in interactive discussions with the presenter and workshop attendees. You will learn and understand the role of an Instructional Coach and assess whether or not instructional coaching is for you. Participants will leave with greater clarity of the instructional coach’s role and what it takes to succeed in it.




Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

When Your Heart Says No, But Your District Says So”
Being mandated to do something that goes against your beliefs and mission is terribly hard to reconcile, yet commonplace in our schools and districts. On one hand, you understand why the rules and directives exist, yet you struggle with the impact of certain decisions that seem/ counter to everything you aim to do. How do you do follow directions and sleep at night? In this workshop, participants will learn how to 1) identify and avoid energy traps that keep you stuck and fuming; and 2) unpacking and utilizing proactive coping methods to utilize in these situations and many more. We will prioritize depth over breadth, and cover strategies that participants can implement immediately for their professional well-being and those they lead & serve. Sessions are engaging with talking prompts, hands-on activities, and role-play scenarios. Participants will connect closely with their deep purpose and mission in work, and how to create a safe space to honor it and other responsibilities.

Speakers
avatar for Erin A. Browder

Erin A. Browder

Instructional Coach, Consultant, Ed.D. Candidate, Erin Browder, LLC.
Erin Browder is a Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant. She specializes in safe and connected climates for professionals and those they serve (e.g. students, residents). She is a leader in training teachers and school personnel on trauma-informed practices, self-care... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

Mindfulness: How I Decreased My Stress and Increased My Success
“Mindfulness: Decreased Stress and Increased My Success as a Teacher” is an interactive workshop that demonstrates practical ways to manage the pressure teachers experience that can cause physical and mental challenges.  From meeting the social and emotional needs of students to being held accountable for students’ achievement on state-mandated assessment, teachers experience undue stress that affects both themselves and their students. In this workshop, the teachers will identify signs of stress, challenges that cause stress, explore how it impacts teaching and learning, and determine ways to improve their stress management skills. The goal of the workshop is to provide teachers with stress reducers to further strengthen their delivery of instruction to ensure students experience a high-quality learning experience. Through engaging discussions, group participation, and hands-on activities, teachers will leave with tools, strategies, and resources to manage stress as a teacher.



Speakers

Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

The Stigma of Mental Health Among Teachers of Color
There is a stigma around mental health in minority communities.  Many times seeking treatment for mental health is seen as being white and this should not be the case.  In this workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to hear how a teacher had to fight against the stigma and fight for her wellbeing.  Teachers will leave the workshop with a plan to conquer the stigma and tips to take care of themselves.



Speakers

Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

12:15pm

1:45pm

Maximizing Your Worth

90% of teachers don't realize their potential or maximize their worth. The reality is, being a teacher produces so many hidden gems, that can take you to another level of you. Reaching your next level requires you to step beyond your comfort zone. Join Shakara for a practical "how-do" session, as she walks you through the 6 steps that disrupted her comfort zone and allowed her to maximize her worth as a leader! This session will include discussion, reflection, and interactive activities to get you thinking and ready to take action!


Speakers
avatar for Shakara Hill, Ed.S

Shakara Hill, Ed.S

Professional Development Specialist, SEED Consulting LLC


Friday June 21, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

1:45pm

African American Girls Achieving Their Potential
According to a report by the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, African American girls are over seven times more likely than White girls to receive 1 or more out of school suspension. Based upon this data it is evident that our girls are not being equipped with the necessary tools to be successful in public schools. As educators, we must ensure that our girls are prepared for success in school and beyond. The purpose of this session is to engage educators in conversation and collaboration to support girls of color. During this session educators will engage in lessons created specifically for this demographic, followed by working collaboratively to craft gender responsive lessons. Topics will include cultivating positive relationships, motivating girls to learn, and enhancing leadership qualities in girls. Participants in this workshop will leave with ready to use lessons to strategically support the African American girls they serve.



Speakers
avatar for Kristi Morale

Kristi Morale

Founder, The Innocent Brown Girl Project
The Innocent Brown Girl Project, LLC creates curriculum and professional development for educators and advocates of African American and Latina girls.


Friday June 21, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

1:45pm

1:45pm

Maximize Time With Mentor Texts”
Getting more time in our school day isn’t likely, so let’s work on maximizing the time we have! In this workshop, teachers will learn how to address multiple content area standards using one mentor text- without ever opening a textbook! Learn how to keep your mini-lessons mini while integrating several subjects (specifically all ELA and social studies) with guidance from Jessica. She will show you example lessons with just one picture book, and then give you time to work through possible mini-lessons with a picture book of your choice. *Bring your favorite book, or borrow one of Jessica's favorites for the workshop.* Feel confident in maximizing your instructional time while integrating important content into your daily routine!



Speakers
avatar for Jessica Ivey

Jessica Ivey

Ideas By Jivey
I am passionate about making literacy accessible for all students using research-based strategies. Students learn best through content integration and in-context skills, and my goal is to help you deliver your instruction with these best practices! I know teachers struggle day-to-day... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

1:45pm

How Having a Teacher Mentor Helped Me Survive My First Year
New teachers need support and veteran teachers are responsible for making it happen.  In this workshop, new teachers and veteran teachers learn how perception creates misunderstandings for staff at the onset of a new school year.  Teachers will see how their experiences as a new teacher shape their approach to mentorship and how essential authenticity is when mentoring new teachers.  The goal of the workshop is to help veteran teachers understand their role in building relationships with new teachers and how impactful those relationships are in combating teacher turnover.  The goal for new teachers is to identify their growth and learn how to trust their process in their career.  Teachers will be able to ask the presenter questions on dealing with difficult situations and the best approaches for cultivating a positive climate and culture throughout their work environment.  Teachers will learn how to not take feedback personally and use it for growth.  Teachers will also be given additional tips for surviving the school year to avoid high levels of stress and complete the year successfully.



Speakers
avatar for Dr. LaTilya R. Williams

Dr. LaTilya R. Williams

Teacher, Bibb County School District
I am LaTilya Rashon, a self-published author, teacher and writer continuously working on my brand and my voice in this writing and speaking world. | My purpose is to help people rely on their strengths, set attainable goals, face their fears and grow past their comfort zone.


Friday June 21, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

1:45pm

Save Yourselves, Not Your Kids
It takes a strong and courageous person to be an educator. We are fighters in the ways that we love and advocate for our scholars. Still, we can easily forget to fight for ourselves when it comes to doing the things we need to do for our own healing. Our scholars do not need our saving, they need educators who are dedicated to saving themselves. They need people who can model self-empowerment, self-love, and personal transformation. You are THAT educator.

Whether you have embodied THAT truth or not, this session will support you in strengthening your self-care practice and addressing deeply rooted agreements that may be holding you back. I will provide a framework for digging into limiting stories and beliefs about ourselves and ability. This supports us in identifying the things that happen within the classroom and outside of the classroom that trigger the stories that make us feel inadequate. The goal is to leave this session with information about ourselves and self-care tools to guide us towards transforming those old stories into new stories that inspire us and help us to stay connected to our sufficiency. I will introduce tools such as creative visualization, appreciative inquiry, affirmations, and journaling to support us in this healing process. 

Come ready to dig deep and share a beautiful, safe learning space with fellow educators. I look forward to sharing, learning, and growing with each of you.

Speakers
avatar for Keonna Knight

Keonna Knight

5th Grade Teacher & Self-Care Guide
I am a public educator in East Oakland, lover, and self-care advocate. I am passionate about creating creative healing spaces for my scholars and fellow educators. My current work involves cultivating challenging and joyful learning spaces, supporting educators in using their imagination... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

1:45pm

Depression & Anxiety: How Meditation & Mantras Are Saving My Life
Can two "little" things have such a huge impact on the course and enjoyment of one's life? 

Hell yes!

My talk highlights how I went from being ignorant of my own depression & anxiety because I thought it wasn't bad enough to merit support (a sadly recurring theme in so many of our lives) to becoming aware and completely freaking out!

Well eventually, I got sick and tired of feeling helpless and that I could never really love or enjoy my life.

Meditation & Mantras put me in the driver seat of my life for the first time in forever. And I can't wait to take you on the ride along with me.

Speakers
avatar for LaQueshia Jeffries, MS.Ed

LaQueshia Jeffries, MS.Ed

Special Educator, Workshop Leader, & Yogi
LaQueshia Jeffries, MS.Ed is a special educator, workshop leader, and yogi in Northern Virginia. With a passion for creating inclusive and affirming school cultures, she has spent her career working with some of our most vulnerable populations of students. An Army spouse of 17 years... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

3:15pm

3:15pm

"Turn Your Weaknesses into Strengths"
Speakers
avatar for Lisa Shiroma

Lisa Shiroma

Social Studies Teacher
Hi! :) I am a young "newbie" teacher who has faced a couple of challenges during my first year. I want nothing more than to share with you how to overcome such obstacles. Thank you for considering attending my workshop! | Take care, | Lisa


Friday June 21, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
TBA

3:15pm

Becoming a Culturally Responsive Educator
This session will discuss how to increase global awareness and culturally responsive teaching in a primary classroom. Culturally responsive pedagogy can have an impact on learning and the brain’s executive functioning. We will discuss how as educators we can be an advocate for ALL students and how that is an important part of being culturally responsive. Finally, we’ll discuss how I incorporate global awareness through S.O.L.E. (Student Organized Learning Environments) and S.T.E.A.M. Centers.  

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer LaRocque

Jennifer LaRocque

Kindergarten Teacher/Adjunct Professor, The Multicultural Classroom
Jennifer is a kindergarten teacher at LaGrange School District 102. She is also an adjunct professor at National Louis University teaching graduate students who are earning their ELL/Bilingual Endorsements. She is passionate about including diverse books in her classroom and providing... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm

3:15pm

How to Have the Heart of a Teacher
Many professionals have the content and knowledge of a teacher, but their heart is not in it which leads to frustration, burn out, poorly delivered content, minimal engagement with colleagues, and sometimes poor evaluations. Teachers will complete a true colors activity and a heart of a teacher exercise to see where their strengths lie and the areas in which need polishing. Teachers will receive practical strategies and teaching that they can implement immediately in their lives. The goal of the workshop is to sharpen each other, encourage one another that their calling as a teacher is important, who they are and what they do matter, as well as send them home with tools and resources that can boost their personal, teaching, and professional lives and career. The type of audience engagement will be an icebreaker and energizer, live questions and answers,  polling, a workshop hashtag across social media for future references and sharing of ideas, testimonials or questions, and unique seating. Teachers will leave with the true color activity they can implement immediately in their classrooms, homes, or businesses. Teachers will leave with a self-awareness of their strengths and how they can use them to polish areas of concern. Teachers will leave with additional knowledge on the heart of a teacher and what things need to be put in place when they feel they are not where they desire to be.



Speakers
avatar for Simene’ Walden

Simene’ Walden

Chief Operating Officer, The Student Teacher LLC
She is the Chief Operating Officer of The Student Teacher, where she is flooding the Educational System with God’s Words of prayer and practical principles for daily living. Simene’ is a teacher, coach, writer, international speaker, and an Amazon Best Selling Author. Simene... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm

3:15pm

How to Have the Heart of a Teacher
Many professionals have the content and knowledge of a teacher, but their heart is not in it which leads to frustration, burn out, poorly delivered content, minimal engagement with colleagues, and sometimes poor evaluations. Teachers will complete a true colors activity and a heart of a teacher exercise to see where their strengths lie and the areas in which need polishing. Teachers will receive practical strategies and teaching that they can implement immediately in their lives. The goal of the workshop is to sharpen each other, encourage one another that their calling as a teacher is important, who they are and what they do matter, as well as send them home with tools and resources that can boost their personal, teaching, and professional lives and career. The type of audience engagement will be an icebreaker and energizer, live questions and answers,  polling, a workshop hashtag across social media for future references and sharing of ideas, testimonials or questions, and unique seating. Teachers will leave with the true color activity they can implement immediately in their classrooms, homes, or businesses. Teachers will leave with a self-awareness of their strengths and how they can use them to polish areas of concern. Teachers will leave with additional knowledge on the heart of a teacher and what things need to be put in place when they feel they are not where they desire to be.



Speakers
avatar for Simene’ Walden

Simene’ Walden

Chief Operating Officer, The Student Teacher LLC
She is the Chief Operating Officer of The Student Teacher, where she is flooding the Educational System with God’s Words of prayer and practical principles for daily living. Simene’ is a teacher, coach, writer, international speaker, and an Amazon Best Selling Author. Simene... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm

3:15pm

What My Amputations Have Taught Me About Cognitive Flexibility
In 2016, The World Economic Forum published a list of the top 10 skills students need to have by 2020. Of these 10, two skills either moved up the list in priority or appeared for the first time: creativity and cognitive flexibility. While most teachers are familiar with the word "creativity," most are NOT familiar with the idea of "cognitive flexibility" and the relation between the two. Yet, these are skills our students need to know. If we don't teach them, who will? In this engaging TED Talk Session, learn why Cognitive Flexibility is a necessary skill for students as well as teachers through the lens of my life-altering situation.

Friday June 21, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
 
Saturday, June 22
 

8:00am

Keynote: Dr. Valerie C. Jones

Saturday June 22, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am

9:15am

Have Stress? Teachers We Have You! How to Utilize Instructional Personnel for Work/Life Balance
“Have Stress? Teachers-We Have You”, is a workshop with a focus on creating awareness of the importance of creating a healthy work/life balance. In this workshop, teachers will have hands-on activities that will aid them in the work of creating and maintaining that balance. Teachers will reflect through journaling, look at and manipulate their “personal/professional plate”, they will learn breathing techniques to release stress all while having a good time. The goal of our workshop is to promote and retain the healthiness and happiness of teachers both mentally and physically. Teachers will leave this workshop will tools and tips to maintain balance. We got you teachers!




Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

9:15am

Stop the Madnesss: How To Balance Your Life and Produce Results
It is time to restructure our thinking around balanced lives as educators. This session will briefly explore the research of teacher burnout and share how Tysheka and Brittany used #THREE practices in their math classrooms to overcome the overload and produce results! Come prepared to (1) Look in the mirror, (2) Reflect on your teaching practices, (3) Collaborate with driven colleagues, and (4) Take back control. At the end of the session, attendees will be provided access to an online hub dedicated to preventing burnout.



Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

9:15am

Happy Teachers = Happy Kids: Supporting the Mental Health of Educators
Happy Teacher Revolution is a Baltimore-born, international movement with the mission to organize and conduct support groups for teachers in the field of mental health and wellness to increase teacher happiness, retention, and professional sustainability. This discussion-based session will explore topics of caregiver burnout, vicarious trauma, the importance of self-care in the field of education, and the necessity for teachers to feel empowered to claim happiness as their own as a "best-practice" to help students. Participants will have the opportunity to experience and participate in a “demo” Happy Teacher Revolution meeting as part of this session.



Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

9:15am

Save Yourself, Not Your Kids

It takes a strong and courageous person to be an educator. We are fighters in the ways that we love and advocate for our scholars. Still we can easily forget to fight for ourselves when it comes to doing the things we need to do for our own healing. Our scholars do not need our saving, they need educators who are dedicated to saving themselves. They need people who can model self-empowerment, self-love, and personal transformation. You are THAT educator.

Whether you know this to be true or not, this session will support you in strengthening your self-care practice and addressing deeply rooted agreements that may be holding you back. We will dig into limiting stories and beliefs about ourselves and ability. We will identify the things that happen within the classroom and outside of the classroom that trigger the stories that make us feel inadequate. And the best part will be transforming those old stories into new stories that inspire us and help us to stay connected to our sufficiency. To support you in this process during the session and beyond, I will be sharing a framework that addresses each of these components using tools such as creative visualization, appreciative inquiry, affirmations, and journaling prompts. 

Come ready to dig deep and share a beautiful, safe learning space with fellow educators.




Speakers
avatar for Keonna Knight

Keonna Knight

5th Grade Teacher & Self-Care Guide
I am a public educator in East Oakland, lover, and self-care advocate. I am passionate about creating creative healing spaces for my scholars and fellow educators. My current work involves cultivating challenging and joyful learning spaces, supporting educators in using their imagination... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

9:15am

Diamond in the Rough: Self-Evacuation
There was a time in my life when I felt like a stick of TNT with multiple fuses, and all of them were ignited at the same time. The challenges and expectations of life were really burning me out.  Just before I erupted, and threw shrapnel and shards of my life in all directions, I encountered individuals that believed and poured into me, which extinguished the fires in my life. As an Educator, you will continue to experience changes in policies, lesson plans, overbearing parents, and micromanaging from the administration. The question is “how do you endure the heat, without being scorched?” This session will focus on providing strategies and needed encouragement to make it through any overwhelming circumstance.
This presentation is not your traditional “sit & get,” it will involve audience participation by movement to various locations in the room. We can’t neglect our kinesthetic learners! Overall, the audience will laugh, cry, and learn, as well as get resolutions to problems through a Q & A session. You will not leave this presentation the same way you came in. You will unearth the purpose and reason as to why you are amongst the elite force of individuals that provide education & even hope to our young people.



Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Anderson

Jeremy Anderson

Author & Speaker, The Jeremy Anderson Group, LLC
Jeremy Anderson is a leading expert, author, and one of the premier motivational speakers in the educational arena. Jeremy has made it his life's work to help students and teachers become the best version of themselves. | Years ago, Jeremy experienced many challenges such as drug... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

9:15am

MAKO Mindfulness: Tools for Self-Care Anywhere
Great teachers do more than promote the student's academic learning–they teach the whole child. Research has proven that mindful practices not only decrease teacher stress, but increase student attention, impulse control, emotional regulation, and enable social-emotional learning and restorative practices. Amanda will guide you through mindfulness practices that are easy to implement into your classroom for you and your students to enjoy. You will learn tools that can seamlessly be introduced during transitions, before and after testing, or when you just need a reset. This workshop is appropriate for K-12 classroom teachers, administrators, special educators, school counselors, school social workers, physical education teachers, health educators, and paraprofessionals.



Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am

10:45am

4 Elements for Engaging Students of Color
Many teachers suffer from high levels of stress and low levels of motivation as they struggle to help their minority students reach their full potential, never finding the solution to truly help their students or themselves. This workshop addresses major concerns for educators, particularly as it relates to the engagement and learning of students of color in urban and culturally diverse schools. This workshop will teach the instructional strategies that put teachers in a position to transform learning objectives that students perceive as mundane or boring, into genuinely interesting and engaging experiences by making learning culturally relevant.

The goal is to teach these strategies, as well as highlight how these ideas, when combined with other specific tactics directly correlate to better self-care and authentic enjoyment of the profession. Educators will be engaged using games, thought-provoking activities, and role-playing exercises to demonstrate the application of concepts. Teachers will leave with the skills necessary to create engaging, next-level, cosmic experiences for their students. Teachers will see that these strategies can fundamentally change classrooms in ways that will make teaching more enjoyable, meaningful, and most importantly promote higher student achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Woodly, Ph.D.

Shaun Woodly, Ph.D.

Professor, Ideal Education Consulting, LLC
Classroom management as well as student engagement for urban and culturally diverse classrooms and schools!


Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

10:45am

“Ask the Organizer Panel: Organizing Strategies for Burnout”
Join a team of professional organizers as they share tools and strategies for staying organized in your classroom, office, and at home!  The goal of this session is to provide busy educators with organizing strategies to have more time for themselves and their families and to have peace in their homes.  In this workshop, the organizers will answer frequently asked questions from teachers and school administrators as it relates to time management, classroom organization, balancing work and life responsibilities, and mental and physical clutter.  Participants will also be able to ask their own burning questions about organizing their space or time.  Several resources and handouts will be provided to help you feel less overwhelmed as you prepare for a new school year.



Speakers
Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

The Transformed Teacher

As teachers, we have the power to believe in our gifts and share those gifts with others. Gaining more confidence to own this power is what you’ll come away with in this session. I’ll tell you how the process of writing, publishing, and promoting my book Captured Fireflies: Truths, Mistakes, And Other Gifts of Being an English Teacher has rejuvenated my teaching and personal well-being, and how you can get started on your own journey of creative self-care.


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avatar for Meredith Newlin

Meredith Newlin

teacher and life coach for teachers
As a teacher for more than 14 years, I GET the stress, anxiety, frustration, and occasional feelings of overwhelming helplessness we encounter on a regular basis in this profession. Through my podcast, The Transformed Teacher, I’m passionate about helping you achieve a greater sense... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

10:45am

"Self-Care is Revolutionary! How Taking Care of Yourself Changes Your Life and Changes the World”
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avatar for Ayana Labossiere Burks

Ayana Labossiere Burks

Founder, Thrive & Be Whole, Thrive & Be Whole
Anti-burnout, learning to make your goals a priority, why you deserve to go after your goals!


Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm

1:45pm

5 Ways School Leaders Can Support Flourishing Teachers
We get into education to help kids feel seen, but we often get out because no one sees us. With an increasing number of teachers leaving the profession within the first five years, it is time for school leaders to investigate alternative reasons playing a role in the issue of teacher burnout and attrition. This session will focus on five tangible practices school leaders can implement to support educators in achieving success in and out of the classroom. The goal of this workshop is to engage audience members through storytelling, visuals including quotes from my most recent research study around educator well-being, and prompting to reflect on our own journeys in education, the extent to which we practice self-care in our daily lives, and the role this may play personally and professionally as leaders.



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avatar for Abby Weiland

Abby Weiland

Instructional Coach, EdD Student, Writer, Abby Weiland


Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

1:45pm

Grading Less, Teaching More
Tired of grading papers all weekend? Or taking stacks of papers home to grade? Grading can be a huge time suck. Grading efficiently and effectively is a form of self-care. It frees time and mental energy for other tasks. This session will focus on strategies to reduce grading time while increasing the quality of feedback and instruction. We will discuss why we grade and what deserves our attention. We will establish the purpose of grading and how to manage administrative and parental expectations. Assumptions about grading such as 'students will only do things that are graded' will be examined. Teachers will learn strategies to place the work of assessment with students, quickly generate actionable feedback using G-Suite tools, and use technology such as Google Add-ons to reduce grading time. Teachers will have the opportunity to gather resources, experiment with some tools, and ask questions. Those who come with questions, challenges, and scenarios in mind will leave with potential solutions in hand. The specifics of the session will reflect the expressed needs of those in attendance.



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Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

1:45pm

How to Avoid the Dreaded Teacher Uniform
My presentation will highlight how being stylish and maintaining a sense of self is a form of self care. Teachers often sacrifice their style for the sake of "putting in the work" and my goal is to dispel that myth. You can still be stylish and be a good teacher. In most cases, how you dress will directly send a message to your students before you ever say a word. In my presentation, I will share strategies on how to build a capsule wardrobe that can be both professional and stylish. I will share tips/strategies on how to dress for your body, your budget and your job without losing a sense of self. I will offer a questionnaire/survey that will help teachers identify if they have fallen into a rut better known as the "teacher uniform" then offer ways on how to reclaim their style! Teachers will walk away with strategies on how to find pieces that are not only flattering and multi-functional but also with a better understanding of the connection between an effective teacher and how they dress.



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avatar for Reiko Foster

Reiko Foster

Style Strategist for Educators, Reiko Foster
Teaching can literally suck the style right of you, if you let it. What starts out as cute little sweater sets and trendy pants can easily turn into school polo shirts and the cleanest pair of khakis closest to your bed. You focus more on meetings, the lesson plans, the after school... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

1:45pm

Reviving Your Teacher Spirit
Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

1:45pm

How I Managed My Anxiety While Teaching in a Toxic Environment
Teaching might be your full time job, but battling anxiety can also feel like a full time job. This session will focus on identifying the specific stressors that trigger anxiety in the school environment.  The goal of this workshop is to to help educators identify practical strategies that can be used throughout the school day to combat anxiety in a toxic school culture. Teachers will leave this workshop with a "toolkit" of strategies that they can use. During the session we will discuss, create, and reflect on various ways that we can combat anxiety while giving our best to our students every day.



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Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

1:45pm

Turn In Or Burnout: How Using Backward Design in Our Lives Can Prevent Teacher Burnout
Teacher burnout occurs when teachers value their students wellbeing over theirs. Teachers have accepted the lie that they have to care more about their students than themselves. Teachers will reflect on what THEY want and need for themselves regardless of what anyone else says. They will create an obituary for themselves to trigger what they want to create for themselves and use this to motivate them to focus on their needs. That IS the goal...for teachers to be selfish, for once. Teachers will leave with a new perspective...and obituary to hang in their classroom.



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MH

Mike Huebner

The Credible Teacher
Many, if not all, educators chose a career in education to make a positive impact on the students they serve. This session will focus on how we, as teachers and humans, can use backward design to gain perspective on the work we do each day. This workshop will give educators the opportunity... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm

3:15pm

3:15pm

"Enneagram-Using Stress to Thrive”
The Enneagram is a personality typing tool that is used to explore one's own unique hardwiring in order to live a more healthy and whole life!  What if knowing how you respond to stress could be an advantage? In this workshop, we will examine how personality types respond in stress and how we can use that as a powerful tool towards self-care.  This increase in your self-awareness will help you to know how to care for yourself, set better boundaries, and more effectively communicate.  Come join in to learn what stress can teach us about our own self -care! 
*Knowing your Enneagram number is recommended for this workshop 

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Saturday June 22, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm

3:15pm

Building A Sustainable Culture of Teacher Self-Care
In response to the demands of ever-changing educational environments, administrators and other instructional leaders are beginning to recognize the necessity of teacher self-care. This session will provide participants with an opportunity to learn, share and implement strategies essential for developing a sustainable culture of self-care for teachers.



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avatar for Dwayne Priester

Dwayne Priester

MS Principal, Mid-Pacific
Dwayne Priester is a Principal at Mid-Pacific Institute.


Saturday June 22, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm

3:15pm

Heart Issues, Relationships Matter
HEART Issues- Check your Pulse! Happiness Energy Accountability Relationship Tenacity Participants will learn how to move past how they “feel” to becoming one of the “heartbeats” of their school culture. During this session, participants will learn strategies, tips, and tools for developing positive relationships with students and colleagues...

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Saturday June 22, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm

3:15pm

The Road Back from Burnout
Can you return to the classroom after burn-out? Yes, but adopting self-care strategies is the key. In 2015, I left classroom teaching after a 20 year career. Self-care was never in my vocabulary.  When I returned in 2017, I finally put myself first and learned how to apply simple self-care strategies which I share in my talk.



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avatar for Patrice Palmer

Patrice Palmer

Patrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A., CPP has more than 20 years experience as an adult educator, trainer and writer. She now works as a teacherpreneur doing the things she loves such as writing, delivering workshops and training (with a focus on teacher well-being) and applying the science... Read More →



Saturday June 22, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm