The course includes knowledge and resources for educators to understand the teen brain, how to promote learning, and support well-being with students through mindful awareness practices.
Online learning (at your own pace), plus three live Zoom Calls
Zoom Calls on Mondays, 4:30 – 6:00 PM PST
June 28th, July 12th, July 26th
Reflection/evaluation following the course to receive 12 WA State Clock Hours. Course includes 9 lesson plans, bonus activities, plus an e-book of activities to include in your classroom to promote attention, safety, relationships, stress management, and wellbeing.
Early bird registration before June 1, $229. $89 partial scholarship rate. $279 regular registration. Partial scholarships are provided thanks to the generosity of Foundry10. Please pay the full amount if your school pays for professional learning or choose the scholarship rate if you are a BIPOC Educator or are paying for this program personally.
Sponsored by: Foundry 10
Are you a Middle or High School teacher seeking new ways to decrease stress and anxiety, increase attention, improve interpersonal relationships, and strengthen compassion among your students? Are you an academic advisor looking to understand more about teens and their well-being? Are you a coach or tutor looking for strategies to support teen health and learning? If so, this course if for you.
Curriculum Modules Include:
Neuroplasticity. Learn how the brain wires together and the unique opportunity teens have for learning new skills and building resilience and stress management for life.
Core Needs and the Brain’s Negativity Bias. Understand the brain’s negativity bias and how this impacts teens. Recognize why learning mindful practices now is important and how you can best support these practices as an educator.
How Emotions Drive Learning and Behavior. Learn the science and strategies for teens to manage emotions and set themselves up for academic and life success.
The Nervous System and our Stress Response. Understand how the stress response is wired with tools for navigating it more effectively so you can share this with your students.
How to Use Emotions as Guides, Not Directors. Humans are driven by emotions, teens especially so. Support teens to develop specific mindfulness-based tools and strategies to regulate their emotions.
The Amazing Teen Brain. An overview of the unique changes and challenges of Adolescent Brain Remodeling and how to positively influence this amazing remodeling process.
ESSENCE and Vulnerabilities. Utilize cutting edge neuroscience research to help teens use their unique strengths to navigate life’s challenges.
Stress and the Teen Brain. Learn why teens are so vulnerable to the impacts of stress and what you can do today to help them.
The Internal Compass. Support teens to develop an internal compass by using evidence-based strategies and practices youth can put into practice immediately.
Compassion, Savoring, and Gratitude. Practices and competencies rooted in Positive Psychology to set up teens for self-kindness and noticing the positives in life.
A research review of mindfulness programs for students (Sapthiang, 2019) indicates that following mindfulness training, students found themselves better able to respond rather than react, observe their thoughts and emotions with increase awareness, better cope with stress, and improve their social skills. All of these are critically important for teens.
This 4-week online course is for Middle and High School Educators. This course is based on evidenced-based research on the teen brain and how it is affected by mindful awareness, compassion practices, and positive psychology tools. The course is also rooted in social emotional learning, equity, and public health research.
Marci Reichert (she/her). Instructor, Space Between
Marci Reichert teaches youth mindfulness, movement, and well-being through Space Between. She began her career began in 2002 as a Family Therapist with underserved youth and their families. Her youth work has grown and has included working at Planned Parenthood, Lakeside Middle School, the LEEP program in the summer among other youth focused programs. With almost 20 years in Health and Wellness Education, Marci believes healthy teens begin with understanding the brain and implementing mindfulness strategies and programs. Marci has her MA in Systems Counseling and is a certified yoga teacher. She is currently the Health and Wellness Manager at Isidore Newman School, a Pre-K – 12 independent school.
Kim Armstrong (she/her), Co-Founder and Executive Director for Space Between
Kim is passionate about how meditation and mindfulness practices support well-being and healing for young people and adults. Kim began her meditation journey 20 years ago when she started practicing yoga. She has a Masters in Psychology for children and adolescents, is an experienced certified yoga teacher (E-RYT), and has trained with Mindful Schools, Next Generation Yoga for kids, Connection Coalition for trauma informed yoga, The Center for Adolescent Studies, Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness, among other programs. She is in process with completing her meditation teacher certification with the Mindfulness Center. Previously, Kim worked with K-12 teachers, kids, and schools, focusing on developing sustainable communities, as a co-founder and co-director of Washington Green Schools.
Tai Velasquez (she/her), Director of Community Engagement for Space Between
Tai is the Director of Community Engagement at Space Between. She is a certified meditation teacher and vibrational sound therapist. She has trained in teaching children through Mindful Schools, Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, and other programs. Tai has taught meditation and mindfulness to adults in a variety of settings, including one-on-one private instruction, presentations to non-profit groups and for-profit companies, teaching mindfulness at community events and to educators in academic environments. Tai has also worked with children and youth from ages 4 to 20; some with documented disabilities, some who are justice-involved; and many in traditional educational institutions, sharing mindfulness exercises to assist them with self-regulation and present-moment observation.
Kara-Lee Ruotolo (she/her), Director of Teaching and Learning for Space Between
Kara-Lee began practicing and studying yoga when she moved to Seattle in 1995, and started to teach her young nephews and friend's children yoga poses and meditation. She now spreads her love of yoga and mindfulness wherever she can! After earning a Master’s degree in Education and Mental Health Counseling, Kara-Lee worked as a child and family therapist in Seattle Public Schools and an instructor and therapist for kids with special needs at Bellevue College. She completed her 95 hour Registered Children’s Yoga School (RCYS) through Next Generation Yoga and is a certified teacher through Mindful Schools. Kara-Lee is in awe of the natural world and our ability to heal through plants and energy. She is a Reiki Master and loves to learn about energy medicine.
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