Resilient Teacher: Resilient Learner Workshop

The Landing in Olson Student Center
at the University of Maine Farmington

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Schedule for the day: 

    • 8:00 – 8:30 am Registration – 
    • 8:30 – 9:00 am Welcome and Introductions – Ice Breaker
    • 9:00 – 10:15 am The Resilient Brain
    • 10:15 – 10:30 am  Break
    • 10:30 – 11:45 am  Theory-driven ideas for interacting with our students in effective ways
    • 11:45 – 12:30 pm  Lunch
    • 12:30 – 12:45 pm  Graduate Introductions
    • 12:45 -2:00 pm Mindfulness for you and your students 
    • 2:00 – 2:15 pm break
    • 2:15- 2:45 pm Structured time for next steps and what I need to know
    • 2:45 – 3:00 pm Wrap Up 

Session Descriptions:

The Resilient Brain

Description: Participants will gain an understanding of how the brain is impacted by chronic stress and specific ways educators can mitigate the negative impacts by leveraging the unique strengths of students to increase persistence in the face of adversity, build individual resilience in students, and help them to embrace their struggles. This session will explore research-based strategies focused on raising aspirations, fostering relationships, and building resilience.

Elyse Pratt-Ronco is the Assistant Director of the Upward Bound program at the University of Maine at Farmington. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from UMF. She earned her Masters Degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College and her Doctorate in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. Her research on rural poverty and resilience has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association.

Theory-driven ideas for interacting with our students in effective ways

Description: Participants will become familiar with Self-Determination Theory, which is a psychological theory related to motivation and engagement. Self-Determination Theory specifies that if students’ basic psychological needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness are met then intrinsic motivation will flourish. Participants will work to develop appropriate rules, behaviors, and assignments to support students’ needs and foster motivation in the classroom.

Presenter: Dr. Rhonda Jamison’s academic interests concern identifying relationships and/or environments that are associated with positive learning outcomes. In her most recent research, she has examined this through the lens of peer relations and teacher-student relations. In her classroom, she focuses on creating an active, social, learner-centered environment where students can engage with the material and construct their own knowledge.

Mindfulness for You and Your Students

Description: Join Kellie D. Bailey MA CCC-SLP, MMT as she shares with you Mindfulness in Education and how building a greater self awareness of mindfulness lends itself to better social engagement and self-regulation for your students in and out of the classroom setting. Kellie brings 30 years of experience working with children in both educational and the clinical settings to build optimal learning potential through use of brain-based, sensory motor approaches to learning utilizing mindfulness strategies. Prepare yourself for a one hour, experiential and dynamic workshop building a mindfulness foundation for you and your students. Practices will include an introduction to Present Moment Awareness of Self, Setting Mindful Teacher Intentions, 7 Mindful Minutes, Breathing, Seeing, Listening and Moving On Purpose. Mindfulness in Education is backed by brain science and is sweeping the Nation as best practice for educators and students. Sign up today to help make the vision of a building a mindful classroom a reality.

 Kellie D. Bailey MA CCC-SLP , MMT is a contracted SLP for RSU 40, a mindfulness educational consultant in RSU 71 K-8th grade and an adjunct instructor for  The University of Maine at Farmington. She brings an extensive knowledge and background in the neurodevelopment of children, particularly in the areas of ASD, Executive Functioning, ADHD, Auditory Processing, Sensory Processing and Primitive Birth Reflexes. Kellie has certifications in Mindfulness, Brain Gym and Masgutova Neuro-Reflex Integration Methods. She is the author of Some Days I Flip My Lid which is in publication and slated for release in the Fall 2019. She is co-founder of The Children’s Collaboration and she is passionate about bringing social-emotional programming including mindfulness practices to schools and classrooms.