Creating Thriving Learning Environments for All Students

Class Details

  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 5/3/2020 - 5/24/2020
  • Nonmember Price: $0
  • SDEA Member Price: $0
  • Currently Enrolled: 0 of 2

Workshop Title: Creating Thriving Learning Environments

Instructor(s)

Rich Mittelstedt

 

Workshop Description:

Educators are struggling to help students learn the social emotional skills of self-awareness, self-management, decision making, and relationship management. The development of these competencies is compounded by a growing number of students exposed to traumatic stress that threatens their life or bodily integrity, and invoke intense feelings of helplessness, powerlessness, and terror (American Psychological Association, 2008). These events “overwhelm the ordinary systems of care that give people a sense of control, connection and meaning” (Herman, 1992).

How do today’s educators help strengthen the knowledge and skill base to address severe behavior challenges in their classrooms so students may acquire a broad array of skills, attitudes, character traits, and values to succeed in school, careers, and life. 

This course focuses on the work to create learning spaces that support the whole student that are physically and emotionally safe and are based on warm, supportive relationships – including those between children and teachers that are fundamental to learning.

The Tri-State Summit and extended learning that will occur in this class will focus on how to build structures that support relationships, create schoolwide cultures that encourage student voice and agency through practices, affirm the cultural backgrounds of the diverse students that schools serve, so all young people and adults feel a sense of belonging and respect for who they are and end punitive and counterproductive disciplinary strategies, such as zero-tolerance policies that push students out of schools and classrooms. 

Educators will research best practices in the above areas of interest to implement in their classrooms and schools. Beyond the Tri-State Summit, educators will participate in three webinars which will include instruction, discussion rooms and written reflection.

This course is presented as a blended face-to-face and online format.

 

 

 

Workshop Objectives (What should participants know or be able to do upon completion of this workshop?)

 

Participants will:

1. Learn the basic foundations that create a safe and supportive learning environment.

2. Become aware of the importance of offering respect and creating listening space for voice and agency across difference in developing a sense of belonging

3. Understand how operating in our spheres of influence builds a culture of inclusion and creates a decentralized system of care

 

Evaluation Criteria:  (Include brief description of required assignments and evaluation methodology.)

Participants will submit a written reflection on the keynote and breakout sessions they attended at the Tri-State Summit.  Additional assignments will include a written reflection of the movie Resilience, and the creation of a plan for implementation of chosen classroom strategies for relationship building, brain breaks and mindfulness, and social emotional skill reinforcement. 

 

 

WORKSHOP OUTLINE

Date

Time
(identify all break times)

Topic

(Provide details regarding methodology for presentation of each topic.)

Instructors

March 7

9:00-3:00

Tri-State Summit on Creating Thriving Learning Environments for All Students—includes morning and lunch keynote speakers and four breakout sessions (agenda attached)

Mittelstedt

March 12 Webinar

5:00-5:30

Overview of ACEs and challenge of educating students with ACEs

Mittelstedt

 

5:30-6:30

Educator Self-Care as a pre-requisite and creation of a self-care plan

Mittelstedt

 

6:30-7:15

Effects of Trauma on the Brain and Dysregulation

Mittelstedt

March 19 Webinar

5:00-5:30

Classroom Solutions: Characteristics of High Performing Teachers

Mittelstedt

 

5:30-5:45

Growth Mindset & Bernard’s Resiliency Framework

Mittelstedt

 

5:45-6:15

Socio-emotional Learning

Mittelstedt

 

6:15-6:30

Involving Parents

Mittelstedt

 

6:30-6:45

Role Play on behavior—address what’s causing the behavior

Mittelstedt

 

6:45-7:15

Interventions and Strategies; Homework

(2 X 10, Talk Trust Feel Repair, Restorative Practices, Transitions, Ready to Learn Room)

Mittelstedt

March 23 Webinar

5:00-6:15

Resilience Movie Screening and Discussion

Mittelstedt

 

6:15-6:25

Mindfulness Activities: Definition and Buy-in

Mittelstedt

 

6:25-6:35

Mindful Breathing Activity

Mittelstedt

 

6:35-6:45

Yoga in the Classroom

Mittelstedt

 

6:45-6:55

Mind Breaks

Mittelstedt

 

6:55-7:00

Mindfulness for the Teacher

Mittelstedt

 

7:00-7:15

Storytelling, Sounding Bowls, Activity Books, and Mindfulness Resources

Mittelstedt

 

7:15-7:30

Wrap up and assignment

Mittelstedt

Various Times

1 hour

Time allowed to practice selected techniques in the classroom and report as part of assignment

Mittelstedt

 

 

 

 

Total Time

(including breaks)

15 hours

Total Time (excluding breaks)

15 hours

Total workshop time must include a minimum of 15 contact hours for each hour of college credit.

  • Grade(s): Elementary K-5 | Secondary 6-12
  • Subject(s): Professional Development
  • By South Dakota Teacher Effectiveness Domains/Components:

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