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, […]
Tag Archives | Teacher Obstacles
There is a great deal of conversation in schools these days regarding trauma-sensitive (informed?) schooling. The laudable goal is to help educators understand the enormous impact of out of school trauma on student learning and behavior and to enable educators to reframe their teaching “moves/approach” to better support students and avoid re-traumatizing them. The trauma-sensitive […]
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.
As an educator you may feel stressed, overworked, and overwhelmed. You may find yourself in a community where self-sacrifice and time spent at school are markers of heroism. You may have come to school with walking pneumonia or missed your own child’s special events. Maybe you have been congratulated for your dedication. I remember a […]
On January 8, 2014 the Department of Education and Justice released a School Climate and Discipline Guidance Package calling on “America’s educators to proactively redesign discipline policies and practices to more effectively foster supportive and safe school climates.” The extensive document states that: Schools must be both safe and supportive for effective teaching and learning to […]
As we begin this last stretch of the fall semester, spend a few minutes to take care of yourself. Flight attendants always remind us to put our oxygen masks on first, before we assist others. This might be a good time of year to take that advice to heart, and engage in some stress reducing […]
“Welcoming the unwelcome refers to the capacity to see challenges and obstacles as opportunities for learning and growth.” – from page 72 of The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching How many times do we encounter “obstacles” in our lives we wish to turn away from or avoid? Our writing team experienced such challenges on a weekly basis— […]
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 […]