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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

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

Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
2049

9:15am

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 

Speakers

Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
2023

9:15am

Creating More Equitable Mathematics Classrooms: What's Culture Got to do with It?
Negative stereotypes about certain cultures often limit students' views of themselves and their abilities to be successful in mathematics.  In this interactive workshop, participants will learn to use strategies from an equity framework to facilitate the mathematics achievement of diverse learners by building on their cultural strengths.

Speakers
Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
2022

9:15am

Generation DAP (Dialogue and Perspective
 In this workshop, I will use the Socratic Seminar strategy as well as the Three Level Guide method to showcase how hip-hop music can be used to engage and draw in students. Hip-hop is the most popular musical genre on the planet, and can be as informative as it as engaging. However the changing social landscape requires educators to use more relevant examples of rappers for Generation Z students. Through the use of leading questions, lyrics, and close reading, students can learn how to analyze text, make real world connections and develop social awareness. Samples from previous seminars include J Cole’s K.O.D. album, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, along with Donald Glover and more.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Wright

Samuel Wright

Instructional Coach
Samuel Wright is an educator, author, and blogger who fuses music and other social elements into his classroom. His educational interests include effective ways to incorporate history and language arts into the curriculum.

Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
2030

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
2024

9:15am

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 9:15am - 10:30am
2028

9:15am

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
avatar for Evette Rawls

Evette Rawls

Teacher Coach, Teacher Coach Series
Evette Rawls, founder of Teacher Coach Series, is a nationally recognized expert in adolescent literacy, inclusive classrooms, Common Core State Standards and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom. Evette began her career in education as a middle school teacher in... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
2036

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
2041

9:15am

Discover your Core Values, Find your Peace
True self-care is born out of an understanding of one's deepest beliefs and highest priorities. This session will assist attendees in discovering or reconnecting with their core values. Upon completion of the session, attendees will be able to use actionable strategies to build habits that honor their preferred lifestyle.

Speakers
avatar for Rochelle Sodipo

Rochelle Sodipo

Brand Strategist/Creative Director, Roseredd Etc. LLC
Rochelle Sodipo is a Creative Director, Brand Strategist, and CEO of Roseredd Etc. a boutique branding and design firm that develops distinctive and high converting brand identities for female led small to medium sized businesses.

Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
2087

9:15am

Financial Wellness Workshop
Financial Wellness Workshop:
Personal finance is the number one stress for Americans. This group of former teachers is building tech tools to give educators peace of mind about their finances.

At this workshop, The Beans will walk participants through a visual financial planning exercise while introducing participants to cutting edge research on financial wellness.


Speakers
avatar for The Beans

The Beans

The Beans


Friday June 21, 2019 9:15am - 10:45am
2048

10:45am

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.



Speakers
avatar for Abby Weiland

Abby Weiland

Instructional Coach, EdD Student, Writer, Abby Weiland
Hey everybody! I am a PK-12 instructional coach and doctoral student in curriculum and instruction. My research focuses on teacher well-being, and more specifically the contextual factors affecting teachers’ ability to thrive in this profession. If nothing else comes out of my work... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2023

10:45am

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!




Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2026

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
2024

10:45am

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.



Speakers
avatar for Danna Thomas

Danna Thomas

Founder, Happy Teacher Revolution
I am a kindergarten teacher in a special-ed inclusion classroom in West Baltimore and founder of an international movement to support the mental health and wellness of educators! As a proud survivor of mental illness, my teachers in high school and college were my heroes and "first-responders... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2028

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.



Speakers
avatar for Melanie Matthews

Melanie Matthews

CEO, Literacy at Work
Literacy at Work builds teacher capacity by providing direct support to classroom teachers, teacher leaders, and building support teams through literacy and instructional coaching. This support is provided via online learning, workshops, and onsite visits. All are designed to increase... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2030

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
2036

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
2041

10:45am

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 10:45am - 12:00pm
Auditorium

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

Friday June 21, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2049

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
2023

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
2022

1:45pm

The “Good Teacher” Myth: Self-Care, Status Quo, and Sustainability
Do you feel like you must live up to 734982 expectations to be considered an effective or “good teacher”? Are you guilty of comparing yourself to your colleagues or Instagram teachers?  Have you thought, “there’s no way I can keep doing this"?

Develop an understanding of self-care that will empower you to challenge the status quo and redefine good teaching in ways that honor your authentic self. Through discussion, reflection, and collaboration, you will Identify limiting beliefs about good teaching and examine self-care beyond universal beliefs and misconceptions. Restore the love of teaching by rewriting the Good Teacher Narrative.

Speakers
avatar for The AfroEducator--Alexis Shepard

The AfroEducator--Alexis Shepard

Teacher, The AfroEducator
I am an 8th year teacher from Seneca, South Carolina. I obtained my bachelor's  degree in elementary education from Clemson in 2012 and completed  a Master's  4 years later at Southern Wesleyan University.  I've spent my career in the elementary setting in both rural and urban... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2026

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
2041

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, Surreal Self-Care
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
2028

1:45pm

Self-care is Revolutionary! Learn why Self-care is Survival & How to Lay the Foundations in Your Life.
Objectives: By the end of this training, participants will understand the importance of self-care, be able to identify their mental blocks that are getting in the way of them accomplishing their health and wellness goals, will learn how start making themselves a priority, and have a plan for one important Health/Wellness goal.

Description: This program is focused on why you need more self-care in your life, and how to get it. We all know logically what we need to do to be healthy, but we don't do it.

Why?

It's because we have learned that we are not as important as others. So many of us have a tendency to put other people's needs before our own. We all have a lot of responsibilities, and many of us feel as though we can't take time for our own needs. We sometimes feel like we don't deserve to enjoy ourselves and feel responsible for all of other people's problems.

This program offers an introduction to the many different forms of self-care, what REALLY gets in the way of our self-care, and how we can finally change the pattern. We will discuss self-care tips, but most importantly, this training will help reverse some of that thinking, and help you finally make yourself a priority. Only when you do that, will you really be able to live the life you want and maximize joy.


Together, we will work to set goals, build community, and figure out what blocks get in our own way. Together, we will get healthier from the inside out.

Speakers
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!


Friday June 21, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2030

1:45pm

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 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2036

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.


Friday June 21, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2087

3:15pm

The Balancing Act: Teaching, Parenting, Spousing, & Socializing
Are you overwhelmed? Do you think of all the responsibilities you have and feel like you just can’t do it all? That is how I felt especially as my career picked up and I was having more children. I felt like sometimes it was all too much and if I got through one thing successfully then my whole day was a success, juggling my work life, home life, student life and business life was at times unbearable. Things that I knew should be first were falling to last place! It took time and lots of reflection to help me get to a place where I have some balance, I have to constantly remind myself that life is not about perfection it is about progress.

Speakers
avatar for Asmahan Mashrah

Asmahan Mashrah

Educator and Public Speaker
Balancing/Harmonizing lifeIslamophobia Racial, Religious and Social Justice Advocacy Social Justice in the Classroom


Friday June 21, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
2049

3:15pm

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 Teach Hustle and Inspire w/Shaun Woodly, Ph.D.

Teach Hustle and Inspire w/Shaun Woodly, Ph.D.

Professor, Teach Hustle Inspire
What is Teach Hustle Inspire? Simply said Teach Hustle Inspire is a movement!TEACH - Unlock intellectual treasure.HUSTLE - Can't stop learning, won't stop learning.INSPIRE - Spread love and light.Notice that each of these words are verbs. Action words. It takes action to TEACH our... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for Teach Hustle and Inspire w/Shaun Woodly, Ph.D.

Teach Hustle and Inspire w/Shaun Woodly, Ph.D.

Professor, Teach Hustle Inspire
What is Teach Hustle Inspire? Simply said Teach Hustle Inspire is a movement!TEACH - Unlock intellectual treasure.HUSTLE - Can't stop learning, won't stop learning.INSPIRE - Spread love and light.Notice that each of these words are verbs. Action words. It takes action to TEACH our... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
2022

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
2026

3:15pm

“Before I Let Go” How to Implement Classroom Management
In this workshop, I will showcase R&B Music Sensation Beyoncé’s rendition of “Before I Let Go” along with my “ChoiceOverVoice” educational campaign to demonstrate how the effective implementation of classroom management can help build the capacity of educators and improve student achievement. Teachers are exiting the classroom in record numbers and studies show the main reason is their failure to gain control of the classroom. I will demonstrate how to create an environment conducive for learning, with high levels of student engagement, differentiated instruction, as well as, relevant, rigorous, and real-world lesson planning. This workshop will dissect the relevant factors required to gain control of your classroom from day one without utilizing expletives or losing control, which can ultimately lead to having a mental and/or emotional breakdown. Hence, I created the #CHOICEOVERVOICE movement to help save future and existing educators and afford them the opportunity to maintain a heathy work life balance! Samples from previous seminars include Eric Thomas aka ET Inspires “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful”, B.O.S.S. M.O.V.E.S. by BOSS DRUM, along with PROPEL Educational Services, and many more.


Friday June 21, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
2041

3:15pm

Get it Together- For Real!
This hands-on, interactive session takes a close look at goal setting and vision casting. As busy educators, we often prioritize everything ahead of ourselves and our goals. This workshop takes a careful and considerate look at our actions and aligns them to our goals. Whether you struggle with prioritizing health, career, or personal life, this “up and out of your seat” learning experience will give you a framework for getting it together (for real this time).

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Zackory Kirk

Dr. Zackory Kirk

Administrator, Not So Gifted Cody and the Really Big Problem
Cody Lips is just your average elementary schooler until, on his first day of fourth grade, he realizes his school has made a terrible mistake-they've placed him in Mrs. Piper's Talented and Gifted class! Cody is certain that he is neither talented nor gifted. Between his new classmates... Read More →

Friday June 21, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
2028
  • about Cody Lips is just your average elementary schooler until, on his first day of fourth grade, he realizes his school has made a terrible mistake-they've placed him in Mrs. Piper's Talented and Gifted class! Cody is certain that he is neither talented nor gifted. Between his new classmates and impossible math lessons, it seems like nothing is going Cody's way. And just when things couldn't get any worse, he has to work harder than ever to help his class compete in Turtle Town Elementary's annual Mathathon. Why can't things just go back to the way they were? Now, "Not "So" Gifted Cody" must make new friends and face new challenges to survive the fourth grade and realize his true potential

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
2036

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
2087
 
Saturday, June 22
 

8:00am

Keynote: Dr. Valerie C. Jones

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

9:15am

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

Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
2022

9:15am

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.


Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
2023

9:15am

“Before I Let Go” How to Implement Classroom Management
In this workshop, I will showcase R&B Music Sensation Beyoncé’s rendition of “Before I Let Go” along with my “ChoiceOverVoice” educational campaign to demonstrate how the effective implementation of classroom management can help build the capacity of educators and improve student achievement. Teachers are exiting the classroom in record numbers and studies show the main reason is their failure to gain control of the classroom. I will demonstrate how to create an environment conducive for learning, with high levels of student engagement, differentiated instruction, as well as, relevant, rigorous, and real-world lesson planning. This workshop will dissect the relevant factors required to gain control of your classroom from day one without utilizing expletives or losing control, which can ultimately lead to having a mental and/or emotional breakdown. Hence, I created the #CHOICEOVERVOICE movement to help save future and existing educators and afford them the opportunity to maintain a heathy work life balance! Samples from previous seminars include Eric Thomas aka ET Inspires “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful”, B.O.S.S. M.O.V.E.S. by BOSS DRUM, along with PROPEL Educational Services, and many more.


Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
2036

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
2026

9:15am

Branding Like A Boss: How to Address Financial Stability for Self-Care
or everything, there is a season, right? A time to rest..a time to work ...and then there is a time to GRIND! In this session we will talk hustling as a form of self care for financial stability. We will discuss how you can turn your passion into multiple sources of income. I'll walk you through my journey of creating and developing my brand and provide some practical tips to show how I've diversified my income!  

Speakers

Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
2087

9:15am

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 →


Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
2030

9:15am

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 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, Surreal Self-Care
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
2041

9:15am

MAKO Mindfulness: Tools for Self-Care Anywhere
Being effective at work means staying focused, energized, and showing up motivated every day. In the face of constant stress and pressure this can feel difficult, or even impossible.
In this session, participants will explore the use of mindfulness practices to build resilience to stress and recover after high-pressure situations. Leave with a solid understanding of the power of mindfulness practice, and the tools to help stay centered, grounded and manage stress.


Speakers
avatar for Amanda Muhammad

Amanda Muhammad

Stress Management Consultant
@MakoMindfulness | Amanda Muhammad is a Mindfulness Based Stress Management Consultant in Dallas, TX. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Business Psychology, holds a Masters in Organizational Leadership, and a Bachelor's Degree in Management and Leadership. After several years... Read More →



Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am
1010

9:15am

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.



Speakers
avatar for Melanie Matthews

Melanie Matthews

CEO, Literacy at Work
Literacy at Work builds teacher capacity by providing direct support to classroom teachers, teacher leaders, and building support teams through literacy and instructional coaching. This support is provided via online learning, workshops, and onsite visits. All are designed to increase... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:30pm
2045

10:45am

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 

Speakers

Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2023

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 Teach Hustle and Inspire w/Shaun Woodly, Ph.D.

Teach Hustle and Inspire w/Shaun Woodly, Ph.D.

Professor, Teach Hustle Inspire
What is Teach Hustle Inspire? Simply said Teach Hustle Inspire is a movement!TEACH - Unlock intellectual treasure.HUSTLE - Can't stop learning, won't stop learning.INSPIRE - Spread love and light.Notice that each of these words are verbs. Action words. It takes action to TEACH our... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for Teach Hustle and Inspire w/Shaun Woodly, Ph.D.

Teach Hustle and Inspire w/Shaun Woodly, Ph.D.

Professor, Teach Hustle Inspire
What is Teach Hustle Inspire? Simply said Teach Hustle Inspire is a movement!TEACH - Unlock intellectual treasure.HUSTLE - Can't stop learning, won't stop learning.INSPIRE - Spread love and light.Notice that each of these words are verbs. Action words. It takes action to TEACH our... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2022

10:45am

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 →


Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2041

10:45am

The “Good Teacher” Myth: Self-Care, Status Quo, and Sustainability
Do you feel like you must live up to 734982 expectations to be considered an effective or “good teacher”? Are you guilty of comparing yourself to your colleagues or Instagram teachers?  Have you thought, “there’s no way I can keep doing this"?

Develop an understanding of self-care that will empower you to challenge the status quo and redefine good teaching in ways that honor your authentic self. Through discussion, reflection, and collaboration, you will Identify limiting beliefs about good teaching and examine self-care beyond universal beliefs and misconceptions. Restore the love of teaching by rewriting the Good Teacher Narrative.

Speakers
avatar for The AfroEducator--Alexis Shepard

The AfroEducator--Alexis Shepard

Teacher, The AfroEducator
I am an 8th year teacher from Seneca, South Carolina. I obtained my bachelor's  degree in elementary education from Clemson in 2012 and completed  a Master's  4 years later at Southern Wesleyan University.  I've spent my career in the elementary setting in both rural and urban... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2026

10:45am

Writing Your Story
Join Dr. Tony Lamair Burks II (www.leadrighttoday.com and www.drtonyburks.com) for an interactive healing story workshop. Writing has many benefits including “sharpening creativity, helping to focus and organize, nurturing the self, healing from trauma, increasing awareness of feelings, reducing stress, discovering goals, strengths and talents, and processing information in decision making.”

Dr. Burks’ “Writing Your Story” workshop includes prompt-driven exercises and informal sharing. We’ll explore your reasons for writing and we’ll take stock of our creative goals and expectations as we create a QuickFlash Vision Board dedicated to your story work. Come ready to listen, learn, draw, laugh, cry, and share!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tony Lamair Burks II

Dr. Tony Lamair Burks II

Chief Learning Officer, LEADright
DR. TONY LAMAIR BURKS II is an award-winning education expert who helps individuals and organizations as a thought partner. A Fulbrighter and fellow of the British-American Project, he was recognized by NU∙tribe Magazine as one of Six HBCU Grads You Should Know and was honored with... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2087

10:45am

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.


Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2045

10:45am

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 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, a workshop hashtag across social media for future references and sharing of ideas, testimonials or questions, and unique seating. 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 →



Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2036

10:45am

Reframe It: How to Rescue your Life, Relationships, and Career!
Self-awareness is central to who you are as an individual. However, rarely do we focus on what triggers us to feel a certain way. This session is a journey of self-discovery and how we can move the dial in a positive direction by clearly defining our personal boundaries, understanding who we are as an individual, and effectively communicating this to the people we interact with on a daily basis. You will learn to prioritize those things that meaningful to you and take a look into Johari’s window to better understand your relationships with others. This is an interactive session where participants will walk away with a toolkit of personal and professional development activities to continue the journey to deeper self-awareness.

Speakers
avatar for Rose Prejean-Harris

Rose Prejean-Harris

C.O.R.E. Innovations
Dr. Prejean-Harris is a currently the Director of Social Emotional Learning for Atlanta Public Schools. She is a Louisiana native and received her B.S. in Science Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, an M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of West Georgia... Read More →

Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
1010

10:45am

Self-care is Revolutionary! Learn why Self-care is Survival & How to Lay the Foundations in Your Life.
Objectives: By the end of this training, participants will understand the importance of self-care, be able to identify their mental blocks that are getting in the way of them accomplishing their health and wellness goals, will learn how start making themselves a priority, and have a plan for one important Health/Wellness goal.

Description: This program is focused on why you need more self-care in your life, and how to get it. We all know logically what we need to do to be healthy, but we don't do it.

Why?

It's because we have learned that we are not as important as others. So many of us have a tendency to put other people's needs before our own. We all have a lot of responsibilities, and many of us feel as though we can't take time for our own needs. We sometimes feel like we don't deserve to enjoy ourselves and feel responsible for all of other people's problems.

This program offers an introduction to the many different forms of self-care, what REALLY gets in the way of our self-care, and how we can finally change the pattern. We will discuss self-care tips, but most importantly, this training will help reverse some of that thinking, and help you finally make yourself a priority. Only when you do that, will you really be able to live the life you want and maximize joy.


Together, we will work to set goals, build community, and figure out what blocks get in our own way. Together, we will get healthier from the inside out.

Speakers
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
2030

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

Saturday June 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
2021

12:15pm

1:45pm

Seize The Day: Designing a Self-Care Day That Celebrates You!
When is the last time you took an entire day devoted to you and your self-care? Many of us spend our days working, helping others, and getting all of the things on our to-do list checked off. By the time we have accomplished all the things there is very little time set aside for ourselves. Although you may occasionally stop and grab your favorite coffee, go for a walk or even spend a time reading your favorite book are you really giving yourself the self-care you deserve and need? I have found that setting aside one day each month completely devoted to myself and all of the things I love allows me to refuel.  In this session we will take the time to design an entire day devoted to your self-care. It’s time for you to seize the day and celebrate you!












Speakers
Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2045

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.



Speakers
avatar for Abby Weiland

Abby Weiland

Instructional Coach, EdD Student, Writer, Abby Weiland
Hey everybody! I am a PK-12 instructional coach and doctoral student in curriculum and instruction. My research focuses on teacher well-being, and more specifically the contextual factors affecting teachers’ ability to thrive in this profession. If nothing else comes out of my work... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2023

1:45pm

Generation DAP (Dialogue and Perspective)
 In this workshop, I will use the Socratic Seminar strategy as well as the Three Level Guide method to showcase how hip-hop music can be used to engage and draw in students. Hip-hop is the most popular musical genre on the planet, and can be as informative as it as engaging. However the changing social landscape requires educators to use more relevant examples of rappers for Generation Z students. Through the use of leading questions, lyrics, and close reading, students can learn how to analyze text, make real world connections and develop social awareness. Samples from previous seminars include J Cole’s K.O.D. album, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, along with Donald Glover and more.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Wright

Samuel Wright

Instructional Coach
Samuel Wright is an educator, author, and blogger who fuses music and other social elements into his classroom. His educational interests include effective ways to incorporate history and language arts into the curriculum.


Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2026

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 using multicultural literature! 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 →



Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2022

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.



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 →



Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2036

1:45pm

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.



Speakers
avatar for Danna Thomas

Danna Thomas

Founder, Happy Teacher Revolution
I am a kindergarten teacher in a special-ed inclusion classroom in West Baltimore and founder of an international movement to support the mental health and wellness of educators! As a proud survivor of mental illness, my teachers in high school and college were my heroes and "first-responders... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2024

1:45pm

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

Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2030

1:45pm

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 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, a workshop hashtag across social media for future references and sharing of ideas, testimonials or questions, and unique seating. 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 →


Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2049

1:45pm

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 and... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2041

1:45pm

Discover your Core Values, Find your Peace
True self-care is born out of an understanding of one's deepest beliefs and highest priorities. This session will assist attendees in discovering or reconnecting with their core values. Upon completion of the session, attendees will be able to use actionable strategies to build habits that honor their preferred lifestyle.

Speakers
avatar for Rochelle Sodipo

Rochelle Sodipo

Brand Strategist/Creative Director, Roseredd Etc. LLC
Rochelle Sodipo is a Creative Director, Brand Strategist, and CEO of Roseredd Etc. a boutique branding and design firm that develops distinctive and high converting brand identities for female led small to medium sized businesses.



Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
1010

1:45pm

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.



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Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2028

1:45pm

Turn In Or Burnout: How Using Backward Design in Our Lives Can Prevent Teacher Burnout
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 to look at life from its end and help them identify some core objectives they want to accomplish. The session will motivate educators to take care of themselves first, so they can take care of their family and students better. During the session, participants will reflect on why they chose the field of education and brainstorm what they want for themselves, something many don't do enough. Educators will leave this workshop with a fresh perspective that will help them manage all the moments teachers process on a daily basis.



Speakers
avatar for Mike Huebner

Mike Huebner

Grade 6 Teacher, The Credible Teacher
I love my family. I teach. I meditate. I impact my students. I (attempt to) create a peaceful, loving and joyful world each day. I'm also fascinated with 'teacher credibility'. What is 'it' that makes a teacher someone that will create a legacy that includes having such a positive... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
2087

3:00pm

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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Saturday June 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
2026

3:00pm

"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.



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Saturday June 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
1010

3:00pm

Creating More Equitable Mathematics Classrooms: What's Culture Got to do with It?
Negative stereotypes about certain cultures often limit students' views of themselves and their abilities to be successful in mathematics.  In this interactive workshop, participants will learn to use strategies from an equity framework to facilitate the mathematics achievement of diverse learners by building on their cultural strengths.

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Saturday June 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
2022

3:00pm

The Balancing Act: Teaching, Parenting, Spousing, & Socializing
Are you overwhelmed? Do you think of all the responsibilities you have and feel like you just can’t do it all? That is how I felt especially as my career picked up and I was having more children. I felt like sometimes it was all too much and if I got through one thing successfully then my whole day was a success, juggling my work life, home life, student life and business life was at times unbearable. Things that I knew should be first were falling to last place! It took time and lots of reflection to help me get to a place where I have some balance, I have to constantly remind myself that life is not about perfection it is about progress.

Speakers
avatar for Asmahan Mashrah

Asmahan Mashrah

Educator and Public Speaker
Balancing/Harmonizing lifeIslamophobia Racial, Religious and Social Justice Advocacy Social Justice in the Classroom


Saturday June 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
2045

3:00pm

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.



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Saturday June 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
2023

3:00pm

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
avatar for Evette Rawls

Evette Rawls

Teacher Coach, Teacher Coach Series
Evette Rawls, founder of Teacher Coach Series, is a nationally recognized expert in adolescent literacy, inclusive classrooms, Common Core State Standards and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom. Evette began her career in education as a middle school teacher in... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
2036

3:00pm

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 →


Saturday June 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
2030

3:00pm

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 and... Read More →


Saturday June 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
2041

3:00pm

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.



Speakers
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 3:00pm - 4:15pm
2028