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Workshops

Workshops Overview:

The EDU Wellness Conference will feature (20) general workshops.  To print out the conference program, use the download option.

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2024 Conference Program

Day 1

  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Registration
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Workshop 1
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Workshop 2
  • 4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – General Session 1
  • 5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Social

Day 2

  • 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – Coffee & Registration
  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. – Workshop 3
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Workshop 4
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Workshop 5
  • 12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – General Session/Luncheon
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Workshop 6

Day 3

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Coffee & Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – General Session
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Post Conference Training & Leadership Meetings.

Sample Sessions from Last year Conference:

2023 WORKSHOPS:

OCTOBER 2 | WEDNESDAY | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM 

Living Your Best Life: What is Your Story? (Part A)

This session will give you an opportunity to do some reflection on people, places and events in your life where you have met and overcome barriers. We will explore the concepts of resistance and avoidance in life choices and connect them to who you are at your core. You will come away with how our core values have impacted your journey and a ready made lesson plan to use with staff or students.

This is a two part series, however you can attend both parts independently.

What is your story? This session will give you an opportunity to do some reflection on people, places and events in your life where you have met and overcome barriers. We will explore the concepts of resistance and avoidance in life choices and connect them to who you are at your core. We will also identify how resistance builds strength and the applicability of that awareness in moving forward with your life story. You will come away with how our core values have impacted your journey and a ready made lesson plan to use with staff or students.

A healthy climate and culture within an LEA or organization cannot be forced or contrived. A base understanding of self and what is important to the individual motivates and inspires those working within the organization. Teaching others to connect to their Core Values and use those to live their best life then generates an overall sense of wellbeing that supports the culture and climate efforts.

Presenter: Christine Sisco, Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support Services – Stanislaus COE

Room: Elderberry

 

A Dynamic Process of Change and Growth from Brokenness 

Wellness is about implementing healthy habits into our everyday life to promote improved physical and mental health. There are so many factors that impact our health, and our personal and professional success. Many of us have had experiences that have broken us, but have also promoted growth and change.  Learn how to thrive in all 7 areas of wellness to promote growth, change and ultimately, success. These strategies can also be applied to our work with students and staff, thus creating an environment of not just striving for success but thriving in our success.

Presenter: Regina Siez, LCSW, PPS – Temecula Valley Unified School District

Room: Manzanita

 

Meshing Social Emotional Learning and Creative Writing for Mental Wellness 

Are you, your staff and peers, and students still finding it a struggle to adjust post COVID times?  Teachers and staff are barely catching their breath, not only provide vital education content but also support themselves and others with self-regulation and self-care simultaneously.

In this hands-on workshop participants will explore different emotions and experiences through creative writing exercises. By reflecting on thoughts and feelings though writing, participants will develop a deeper understanding of their own mental health, emotional intelligence and well-being. Participants will also learn how creative writing can be utilized as a powerful tool for self-expression and self-discovery.

Join us and learn how use writing prompts and activities that include poetry, journaling and imaginative writing. Participants leave this session with inspiring ideas and a list of creative writing activities that work for students and staff!

Presenter: Maia Akiva – kid-grit Ambassador

Room: White Sage

OCTOBER 2 | WEDNESDAY | 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM 

Living Your Best Life: What is your next chapter? (Part B)

This follow up to “Living your Best Life: What is your Story?” builds upon themes from Part A. However, you do not need to have attended Part A to be fully engaged in this continuation. This interactive session will have you exploring how to tackle the next chapter in your story by exploring the controllables and uncontrollable of life’s many situations through the lens of Core Values. You will also experience how harnessing Core Values as a source of motivation and inspiration affects your overall well-being.

Have you ever wondered what comes next in your life story? How do you stay motivated and focused? Do you know how Core Values can be a source of motivation and inspiration for personal and professional growth? This session will encourage you to look at possible life events to identify what can be controlled and what cannot be controlled. Using the lens of Core Values, you will write the narrative of how these events can be addressed so that your overall well-being is enhanced. This follow up to “Living your Best Life: What is your Story?” builds upon themes from Part A. However, you do not need to have attended Part A to be fully engaged in this continuation.

A healthy climate and culture within an LEA or organization cannot be forced or contrived. A base understanding of self and what is important to the individual motivates and inspires those working within the organization. Teaching others to connect to their Core Values and use those to live their best life then generates an overall sense of wellbeing that supports the culture and climate efforts.

Presenter: Christine Sisco, Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support Services – Stanislaus COE

Room: Elderberry

 

Slowing Down with Gratitude

We didn't create it, but we know it works! In this session, we will explore gratitude as a tool for maintaining happiness and building relationships within yourself, with teams, and one on one. Participants will also explore the development of healthy activities addressing — Mindfulness, Body Awareness, Community and Connection, and Digital and Social Media Consciousness in order to build new habits that promote learning, connection, a sense of community.

Presenter: Julia Gabor, Mindful Founder – kid-grit

Room: Manzanita

 

"We Help Teachers Be Their Best: How Empathy Shapes School Culture and What Leaders Can Do About It"

In today’s educational climate, where academic rigor often takes center stage, the transformative power of empathy is frequently overlooked. This highly engaging 45-minute workshop, led by John Broussard—an accomplished author, assistant principal, poet, and founder of 3030 Publishing—aims to shed light on the critical role that empathy plays in creating a healthy, productive school culture.

Empathy is not just a skill; it’s a cornerstone that can shift how we interact, teach, and lead. Drawing on current research and real-world examples, this workshop will delve into:

The Impact of Empathy: How a culture of empathy affects student engagement, teacher satisfaction, and overall school performance.
Leadership and Empathy: How educational leaders can model empathetic behavior and create systems that promote empathy.
Practical Strategies: Hands-on activities and actionable steps that can be immediately implemented to foster an empathetic environment.
By empowering educators to be their best, this workshop aligns with the vision that "how you show up can change the world one student at a time."

Presenter: John Broussard, Author, Assistant Principal, Poet, and Founder of 3030 Publishing

Room: White Sage

OCTOBER 3 | THURSDAY | 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM 

Breaking Barriers for Students and Families to Improve Student Outcomes

The Hemet Unified School Wellness and Community Outreach Center has designed a program that breaks barriers to learning, meets families where they are, provides direct and indirect service, and connects families with needed resources within the community. These services include food, clothing, housing (short and long-term), health, and so much more. This workshop session will share best practices to support students and families, how the outreach programs are funded, and success is measured.

Objectives:

  • Develop a deeper understanding how to meet the needs of students and their families.
  • Understand potential funding sources available.
  • Learn strategies to track/measure success.

Presenter: Emily Shaw, Director of Wellness and Community Outreach  – Hemet Unified School District

Room: Elderberry

 

 

OCTOBER 3 | THURSDAY | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Improve School Climate and the Well-being of students through integrating Youth Participatory Action Research into School-Wide PBIS/MTSS

Youth participatory action research (YPAR) is an equity-focused approach intended to generate local knowledge and democratise the production of research evidence.  YPAR offers opportunities for new insights, and can be implemented successfully at scale. A Cal Berkeley research study found that YPAR evidence provided useful information for educational decision making, policies, and programs. University Florida research found Youth-led efforts can lead to positive developmental and socioemotional impacts, improvements in school climate, and reductions in bullying, while simultaneously improving SW-PBIS relevant outcomes and transforming school systems in the process.

What is YPAR? Simply stated, “stop doing the research on the students and start letting the students do the research on themselves!” Here, YPAR supports those people most affected by education policy – the students – to have the power to inform decisions that affect them. YPAR can broaden the set of evidence and perspectives that decision makers review to inform policy decisions.

Presenter: John Vandenburgh, Executive Director – Protect Connect Educate

Room: Elderberry

 

What can We do as Educators to Provide Support 

1 in 13 (nearly 8%) of children in the U.S. will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the age of 18. That's  5.6 billion children and teens dealing with grief and often times no one to help them navigate through this journey.  Feelings of loss can sometimes result in intrusive thoughts and destructive behaviors that impede our ability to live a normal and healthy life.  Often times, we see this in our students who are struggling with the death of a loved one.  We as educators have the opportunity to work with our students and families to give them the emotional support and tools to manage such thoughts and behaviors.  Research indicates that a child's first experience with grief will determine the later.  So, lets learn how to provide what is needed to help out students as they journey through this thing called grief.

Presenter: Regina Siez, LCSW,PPS – Temecula Valley Unified School District

Room: Manzanita

OCTOBER 3 | THURSDAY | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

 

Trauma, the Brain, and Addressing Behaviors in School

Do you have students who are "acting out" in the classroom? Do you wish you had strategies to understand trauma, and respond with greater empathy and understanding? If you want to build more connected relationships, this workshop is for you!

As school social workers, we have seen how effective teachers and school support staff can be when they can use a trauma-informed lens to view student behavior. Understanding types of traumas, and ways that students who have experienced trauma might behave at school, can lay the groundwork for developing better connections to students. This workshop will provide important information about trauma’s impact on brain development, the physical impacts of trauma, what trauma can look like in the classroom, and ways that school staff can learn to be more relational and empathetic in their approaches to student behavior. Concepts such as the window of tolerance, self-regulation, cultural considerations, and resilience will be used to illustrate practical approaches to effective trauma-informed education.

Presenters: Shuli Lotan, LCSW, PPSC, Coordinator of Mental Health Counseling and Nancy Gutierrez  – Santa Monica - Malibu Unified School District

Room: White Sage

OCTOBER 3 | THURSDAY | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Experiential Speed Sessions! 

Room: Cottonwood

Join us for three rounds of 30-minute sessions and a collaborative reflection. In these sessions, you will experience writing, breath-work and movement strategies to support self-care and stress release. During the reflection we will share and swap ideas on how to bring these tools into the classroom or/and campus.

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A Time to Play

A new session grounded in creativity, breathing, play-based games and laughter. Join us and release that tension by learning how to make connections and diving into creative play. These activities are filled with entertainment, joy, recreation, pleasure and restoration.

Presenter: Julia Gabor, Mindful Founder – kid-grit

 

Creative Writing for Mental Wellness

In this workshop (for adults and/or youth), participants will explore their emotions and experiences through creative writing exercises. By reflecting on thoughts and feelings, participants will develop a deeper understanding of their own mental health, emotional intelligence and well-being. Participants will also learn how creative writing can be utilized as a powerful tool for self-expression and self-discovery. When afraid to speak, or use our voice out loud, using writing prompts and exercises, including journaling, poetry, imagination and magical realism, individuals will explore their emotions and thoughts in a safe and expressive way. This can be a powerful tool for self-reflection, self-awareness, and personal growth.

Presenter: Maia Akiva, Facilitator / Owner – Mental Health + Creativity