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2019 Minnesota ASCD Spring Conference: Building a Positive Climate Begins with Me: Teachers and Students

  • St. Cloud Holiday Inn 75 South 37th Ave. St. Cloud, MN 5301 (map)


How do we build a climate that encourages supportive relationships with and among students?

Join us for a great day of learning with Minnesota experts in education and well-being. Learn about the connection between student achievement and strong relationships with students and its impact on students, classrooms, and schools. Strategies to increase focus, mindfulness, and well-being provide resources for you and your students. CEU’s in Cultural Competency and Mental Illness will be awarded to teachers and administrators.

Featuring keynote speaker Abdul Wright, an eighth grade Language Arts teacher, instructional coach, and data team leader at Best Academy in Minneapolis. Mr. Wright was the first black male to be recognized as the Minnesota Teacher of the Year; he’s also the youngest person, and the first from a charter school to receive the award. He strives to make a positive difference in impoverished communities, while also striving to be the best version of himself.

Breakout Self-Care Sessions are planned for the afternoon. Strategies that boost the wellness of the entire classroom community will be provided by:

Melissa Pribyl, MSN, RN, Community Health and Wellness Specialist, CENTRACARE Health- Monticello

Session: The Bounce Back Project

Bounce Back promotes health through happiness by reminding everyone of resiliency tools that are quick and easy to use. Research schools that using these simple tools can help us retrain our mind to focus on the positive and . can increase feelings of well-being and decrease feeling of depression. These tools can also open us to the possibility of greater social connections, improved sleep, enhanced memory and stronger immune system function. Anyone can use these tools to make a difference in their life.

Mindi Jenson & Stef Rothstein, HIKEhoppers Educational Team Leaders

Session: Bringing the Benefits of the Outdoors Inside: How Nature Nurtures Wellness & Well-being

The Medical field continues to make breakthroughs in research regarding nature’s affect on physical, mental, and emotional challenges, and although we as educators already understand the importance of “outside times,” the pressure of federal state and local requirement often restrict our ability to plan for extra outdoor trips. Experience how nature can be embedded into cany classroom or content area to allow for learning AND well’being, making your classroom community healthier and happier all around.

Emma Schott, Life Coach, Holistic Healer, and Yoga Teacher.

Session: Serenity Wellness & Healing: Peace Begins with Me.

Once we resolve to discover the peace within ourselves, we can extend that peace to the world around us. In this session learn how Yoga, breathwork and mindfulness techniques can promote greater relaxation, focus, and self-awareness. These tools and practices will not only bring harmony into your personal life, but they can be implemented in the classroom to help create a more balanced teaching environment.

Register here.

Earlier Event: January 8
5th Annual New Teacher Support Summit
Later Event: March 30
MN ASCD Annual Relicensure Roundup