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Description: This Virtual Calming Room is a place for students, families and staff to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings and building our resilience during this pandemic .
Description: Teacher well-being has suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic with 80% of teachers indicating burnout as a moderate or major concern. By regularly checking in with teachers and staff, district and school leaders can show their educators they care, connect them to additional supports they need, and reduce the chance of attrition. Hanover Research created the Staff Well-Being Check-In Toolkit to help district leaders reduce—and ultimately prevent—burnout by conducting compassionate...
Description: Try some or all of these practices to experience a greater sense of well-being and resilience. Mindful Breathing for Adults Brief Body Scan Self-Compassion Break for Adults Loving-Kindness for Adults How Would You Treat a Friend? And more . . .
Description: Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it. The Types of Mindfulness Practice While mindfulness is innate, it can be cultivated through proven techniques. Here are some examples: Seated, walking,...
Description: The Institute offers Family Support Professionals everywhere the opportunity to learn new skills and grow their careers. Through engaging, online modules and a personalized learning map feature, professionals take charge of their growth and advancement. All Institute modules and the career compass are based on the National Core Competency Framework. Supervisor modules are based on the National Supervisor Competency Framework .                   ...
Description: Self-care during times of crisis is extremely important, certainly for ourselves, but just as much in order to be able to help and support our clients on an on-going basis.  Managing your own level of stress will have the dual benefit of sustaining your own well-being as well as making you more effective in your work.  Each of us is different, our preferences and possibilities quite varied, so there is no prescription for self-care that will be effective for everyone. Yet there are...
Description: One helpful way to practice Self-Awareness Self-Care is to nurture a regular habit of checking in with yourself around The Four R’s of Resilience: Rest, Relaxation, Replenishment, and Release. These categories speak to four foundational pillars of personal wellness relating to sleep, stress relief, diet, and exercise. Positive outcomes are boosted when we intentionally foster these areas in our lives either individually or by buddying up or forming an informal self-care support group with...
Description: One powerful mindfulness practice for noticing and meeting your needs is called “Knowing Your S.T.U.F.” This is an acronym that helps one notice four elements of emotions and move into constructive problem-solving. Taught by Psychologist Joel Minden, S.T.U.F. stands for Sensations, Thoughts, Urges, and Feelings. When you take a few minutes to step back and acknowledge these levels of your emotional experience in the present moment, you engage the executive brain and naturally develop...
Description: Early learning programs can play a key role in helping children, families, and staff commit to finding ways to reduce stress in their lives. Programs can also create wellness strategies that promote both physical and mental well-being. In the resources below, learn ways to promote a culture of wellness for young children and the adults who care for them.
Description: This tookit, compiled by the Spiral Foundation, is designed to help adults with sensory processing difficulties better understand their diagnosis and advocate for themselves and their needs. “A Guide to Sensory Integration for Adolescents and Young Adults” is a free downloadable handbook for teens and young adults who have recently been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder or who suspect they may have sensory processing problems. It provides a brief introduction to the history...
Description: These notes can spread some positivity—self-adhesive and perforated—these notes can be peeled off one at a time and posted anywhere a grateful recipient will see them.
Description: The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) and the Northwest PBIS Network are collaborating to bring you a FREE, 3-part webinar series presented by WellEducator, LLC.  NWPBIS is partnering with Dr. Renee VanNorman of WellEducator, LLC to bring you the most up to date research, suggestions, and exemplars on how to build wellness, and respond to life's challenging moments (in and out of the classroom) with self-compassion.  Educator stress and...
Description: Are you stressed? Do you stress about things like, work, home, and family? If so, you’re not alone! Join this webinar and a community of like-minded ECE experts, teachers, and peers. Stress is not an event…..stress is our reaction to an event. Stress can motivate you to achieve great things! But in excess, stress can be overwhelming. Learn about the indicators and strategies to combat educator stress to help increase your engagement (both personally and professionally) while working...
Description: Early childhood educators strive to meet the needs of the children and families they serve and tend to neglect their own well-being. However, practicing self-care is important to provide high-quality programs to young children and their families. Join this webinar to rekindle your passion and to discover the red flags of burnout, strategies to develop a self-compassionate state-of-mind, and tips to prevent burnout. Objectives: Understand self-care and signs of burnout to establish protective...
Description: Practicing Self-Care and Professionalism People who take care of others often put their own needs last. Does that sound familiar? Caring for yourself is important for your health and wellness, and it is directly related to your ability to care for others and succeed at work. Although you can’t avoid all stress, too much stress can make it hard to provide care for others, especially infants and toddlers who depend on your physical and emotional availability. Taking care of yourself...
Description: The purpose of this brief is to provide recommendations to district and school leadership teams on how the components of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can be used to prioritize staff health and wellbeing.
Description: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Virginia provides YouTube videos with yoga instruction covering a variety of topics, including: Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Children: What Is Yoga? Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Children: Why Do We Do Yoga? Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Teens: What Is Yoga? Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Teens: Why Do We Do Yoga? And more...
Description: A recent study suggests that mindfulness education — lessons on techniques to calm the mind and body — can reduce the negative effects of stress and increase students’ ability to stay engaged, helping them stay on track academically and avoid behavior problems. While small, the study of sixth-graders at a Boston charter school adds to a still-growing body of research about a role for mindfulness in the classroom. In recent years, the topic has excited researchers and...
Description: This is a compilation of articles about the importance of self-care as well as helpful strategies for parents, family members and caregivers.
Description: Coping with Stress The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more...
Description: This is a compilation of resources that focus on well-being and offer a myriad of tips and tools for self-care.
Description: The purpose of this brief is to provide recommendations to district and school leadership teams on how the components of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can be used to prioritize staff health and wellbeing.
Description: In order to create conditions for students to engage in SEL, adults need to feel empowered, supported, and valued. This calls on districts to foster a supportive staff community that promotes adults’ own SEL. This focus area helps districts strengthen staff expertise and skills to lead SEL initiatives, as well as cultivate adults’ social, emotional and cultural competencies. Key Activities include: Central Office Expertise, Professional Learning, Adult SEL and Cultural Competence.
Description: Why Build Resilience? A focus on compassion resilience will guide all staff back to the core set of values and the drive for a sense of purpose that drew them to work in schools in the first place. It will do so by supporting the development of a strong set of skills to manage expectations, set professional and personal boundaries, build effective collegial relationships, and practice real-time and ongoing self-care. A focus on relational trust between teachers, students, families, colleagues,...
Description: Resilience is required in all aspects of life from understanding yourself and your goals, building personal relationships with friends and families to finding common ground with people you disagree with.  This resilience toolkit provides reflections, exercises, videos, and materials you can use to develop the ability to bounce back in the face of stressful situations and inevitable setbacks.
Description: Panorama's signature Adult SEL Toolkit is aligned to CASEL's Focus Area 2 for SEL implementation. For the 2020-21 school year, Panorama enhanced the toolkit with new resources, templates, and materials. Download the updated toolkit to renew and strengthen your district's focus on adult SEL and teacher wellness this year! What's Inside This Toolkit?  Panorama's Adult SEL Measures (includes 15 survey topics) 4 Adult SEL Strategies from Panorama's Professional Learning Library 3 Activities for...
Description: This is a tool for managaing stress and achieving happiness.  With over 80 self-care exercises and healing modalities, the Self-Care Wheel, by Olga Phoenix, is a great beginning for your personalized, preventative, and sustainable Self-Care plan. Use the Self-Care Wheel below to manage every-day stress, increase contentment and life satisfaction, and learn which areas of your life need improvement.
Description: The ProQOL is the most commonly used measure of the negative and positive affects of helping others who experience suffering and trauma. The ProQOL has sub-scales for compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue. The measure has been in use since 1995. There have been several revisions.  The ProQOL measure may be freely copied as long as (a) author is credited, (b) no changes are made other than those authorized below, and (c) it is not sold. You may substitute the...
Description: 30 Days of Mindfulness in the Classroom- Bring mindfulness to your classrooms with ease. From breathing exercises to meditations to relaxation activities, each day is a new mindful exploration complete with a lesson plan. Self Care Guide for Teachers- At the heart of a mindful classroom is a healthy and happy teacher. When you’re thriving you naturally have more energy, creativity, and empathy to offer your students. It’s a win-win! Free Resources to Support Mental and...
Description: Supporting Self-Care for Educators During COVID-19 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Learning for Educators Toolkit How to Support Teachers Emotional Needs Right Now
Description: Resilience: Information to help you develop your self-awareness and ability to bounce back during times of stress and change. A psychologist’s science-based tips for emotional resilience during the corona crisis Making Sure Your Stress isn’t contagious Build Your Resilience in the Face of a Crisis Well-Being and Self-Care: Resources to help you focus on your own well-being so that you can stay healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically during the coronavirus outbreak. Four Ways to...