With a global pandemic at our door— and so much fear and chaos in our society, it can be difficult to know how to function on a day-to-day basis. And, we are keenly aware of how this pandemic is compounding the impact on those in our society who are already suffering greatly from racism, classism, […]
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The end of 2019 is upon us! Along with the celebratory activities of this time of year come increased stressors and pressure—from finals and end of semester projects to social events and family gatherings. And, this year, all of this pre-holiday activity is taking place in the midst of intense national and international politics and […]
SMART-I is a 20-hour program. The program involves experiential activities in mindfulness including: meditation, emotional awareness and movement. Weekly meetings also include presentations and group discussions. By registering for this class, you are acknowledging the expectation of participation in at home exercises. The SMART class is strictly educational and does not constitute any form of clinical treatment or medical advice. It should not be used as a substitute for medical diagnosis, advice or service.
We encourage you to register with your colleagues to maintain continued support for the practice of mindfulness.
The schedule for the Spring 2019 course is as follows:
Monday, February 25, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, March 4, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, March 11, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, March 18, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, April 1, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Saturday, April 6, 9:00am – 1:00pm (Retreat)
Monday, April 8, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, April 15, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, April 22, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Everyone is required to register on this site.
Attendance at the first class is mandatory.
You must attend the HALF-DAY retreat to earn the certificate of completion and any form of credit. If you miss the course retreat, you can attend a half-day PUBLIC RETREAT to make that up. Please check our calendar for the next public retreat dates.
Course Fees (subsidized by BVSD Health Services):
BVSD Licensed Staff: $95
BVSD Classified Staff: $50
ECE-12 Educators (non BVSD): $175
One BVSD salary credit or instructional seat time. BVSD Licensed Staff and Classified Staff must also register on My Passport ($25 fee for licensed, $0 fee for classified) after the course begins. You MUST register below to participate in the class.
A certificate of completion for 20 hours which may be used for salary credit and re-certification or one graduate credit is available through Colorado State University at an additional cost of $61. Information on registering for CSU will be sent with your welcome letter to the course.
75% back after Class 1; 50% back after Class 2; No refunds after Class 3.
PassageWorks Institute reserves the right to cancel this course if there is insufficient enrollment. We make that decision in the week prior to the start of class. You can help us avoid this situation by encouraging your colleagues to join you in taking the class.
This class is NOT for school administrators who evaluate teachers.
An excerpt from The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching (pp. 108-110) Each student arrives in the classroom with a different personality, background, learning style, and skill level. When we take steps at the beginning of the term to intentionally gather students into a cohesive whole and give them a clear sense of purpose and direction, […]
Summer is a wonderful time to replenish ourselves, develop our own inner capacities, and cultivate our “teaching presence”. We define teaching presence as the aspect of teaching that relates to who we are, how we authentically express ourselves, and how we engage and develop relationships with our students. Beyond technique, strategy, and curricula, “teaching presence” […]
In early October, we convened a Teaching Presence Course in Lafayette, CO with a wonderful group of educators and leaders. Throughout the weekend, we returned to one of the central components of the “teaching presence”* work—the domain of the “self-scientist.” The self-scientist is a term we use to name the aspect of ourselves that has […]
A great teacher can literally change the course of a student’s life. They light a lifelong curiosity, a desire to participate in democracy, and instill a thirst for knowledge. It’s no surprise that studies repeatedly document that the single biggest influence on student academic growth is the quality of the teacher standing in front of […]
“21st Century skills” is the latest buzz in education. Is this the newest fad in slogan-based reform or is the call for 21st century skills provoking an important conversation about 21st century education? It has certainly re-kindled a long-standing debate about content vs. skills. “‘We are stuck,” says Linda Darling-Hammond, head of the President’s Education […]