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The Heart of Education: An Introduction to the Five Strategies

Part 1:
Monday, July 11, 2022     10:00AM to 2PM


Part 2:
Monday, July 25, 2022     10:00AM to 2PM

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Are you an educator looking for ways to create more peace, belonging and wellbeing for you and your students this new school year?

Have you been searching for a short, reasonably priced and meaningful professional development experience where you can earn  3 or 6 credits for salary advancement  and recertification online?

I am excited to share that for only $177 and 1/2 day participating online per course, educators can earn 3 university credits for recertification and salary advancement from Shepherd University. Educators everywhere are invited to explore the 5 Strategies of the Virtues Projects in order to develop tools and strategies to bring joy, meaning, and purpose back to teaching and learning.  The restorative practices framework honors the needs of the Whole Child and the Whole Adult. It has social and emotional character development at its foundation and is trauma and culturally responsive. It is personal, professional and organizational transformation, equipping you with the skills, tools and strategies to apply in all aspects of your life in and out of the classroom. As a result of participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Balance academic rigor and accountability with supporting the needs of the Whole Child.
  • Use language to build trust and increase hope, engagement, and wellbeing.
  • Recognize Teachable Moments to develop an individual’s inherent strengths, abilities and authentic self-esteem.
  • Utilize Virtues-based boundaries and restorative justice to create safer schools and end the school to prison pipeline by promoting self-discipline, personal responsibility & integrity.
  • Listen with compassionate curiosity to empower others to find clarity and create their own solutions.

Part 1 introduces these practices and techniques to uphold them in the classroom. Part 2 deepens understanding and provides a stronger focus into the Restorative Justice framework and the Art of Companioning as a counseling strategy.

Part 1 can be taken as a standalone course, and is a prerequisite for Part 2.

See below for course details.

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Part 1 (3 credits)

Goals/Objectives: As a result of actively participating in this course you will understand how to:

  1. Balance academic rigor and accountability with supporting the needs of the Whole Child.
  2. Use language to build trust and increase hope, engagement, and well-being.
  3. Recognize teachable moments to develop an individual’s inherent strengths, abilities and authentic self-esteem.
  4. Utilize virtues based boundaries and restorative justice to promote self-discipline, personal responsibility & integrity.
  5. Listen with compassionate curiosity to empower others to find clarity and create their own solutions.

Course Materials:

Course Expectations: Educators will actively participate online and

  • Do daily virtues pick for at least 7 days and reflect using the journal feature (not to be turned in)
  • Read or listen to chapters 5 and 6 of The Heart of Education (associated with Speaking the Language of Virtues and Recognizing Teachable Moments)
  • Listen to the podcast “Safe and Caring Schools” by Linda Kavelin Popov
  • Optional: Explore the different resources on darafeldman.com

Part 2 (3 credits)

Goals/Objectives: As a result of actively participating in this course you will dig deeper into your understand of how to:

  1. Balance academic rigor and accountability with supporting the needs of the Whole Child.
  2. Use language to build trust and increase hope, engagement, and well-being.
  3. Recognize teachable moments to develop an individual’s inherent strengths, abilities and authentic self-esteem.
  4. Utilize virtues based boundaries and restorative justice to promote self-discipline, personal responsibility & integrity.
  5. Listen with compassionate curiosity to empower others to find clarity and create their own solutions.

Course Materials:

Course Expectations: Educators will actively participate in the online session and

  • Do daily virtues pick for at least 7 days and reflect using the journal feature
  • Read or listen to chapters 7 and 9 of The Heart of Education (associated Setting Clear Boundaries and the Art of Companioning)

Optional: Explore the different resources on darafeldman.com

Choose one of the following assignment to be turned in:

  1. Create virtues based boundaries with your students, colleagues, or family.
  2. Write a 1-2 page paper or create a 6-10 slide PPT. giving an overview of the 5 Strategies of The Virtues Project, including one interactive activity or video, that you can share to introduce the project to your colleagues.

Educator Wellbeing

How are you, really? During this course you will have the opportunity to put on your oxygen mask, refresh and gladden your spirit, as well as connect more deeply with yourself and others. You will learn simple strategies to address burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and moral injury. As a result of participating you will leave the session being able to apply the tools, strategies and techniques immediately, both at home and at school, which will empower you to stay on purpose and keep making a significant contribution to your school community and beyond.

Goals/Objectives: As a result of actively participating in this course you will

  • connect in meaningful ways with yourself and others
  • reflect, identify, and better manage your own emotions
  • understand the signs of burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral injury
  • assess and increase your ability for self compassion
  • utilize breathing techniques for stress reduction and increased energy
  • access a variety of tools and strategies to create your own self-care/wellbeing toolkit.

 

Single Session:
Monday, July 18, 2022         10:00AM to 2PM EST

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