BREAKOUT SESSIONS
MONDAY, MARCH 26
Breakout Session 1

10:15-11:45 AM

Breakout Session 2

1:15 – 2:45 PM

Mindfulness: The Direct Experience of Well-Being

Peace in Schools regrets that they are unable to present Mindfulness: The Direct Experience of Well-Being due to unforeseen circumstances.

Classroom and Teacher Transformation through Mindfulness

Track: School Environment and Climate
Location: Cascade G
Presenters: Alison Herron, Kindergarten Teacher, Marysville School, Portland, Oregon

Description: The story of Marysville School highlights the change that is possible when a community adopts a new way of being. In this workshop, participants will examine the transformation of one classroom through the lens of mindfulness. Explore the connections between the practice of mindfulness and the brain. Learn actionable strategies and practices that teachers can utilize in moment-to-moment interactions with students. Discover simple routines that allow both the adults and children in the classroom to calm, self-regulate and nourish their personal well-being.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Name and describe parts of the brain
  • Articulate brain-based strategies for well-being
  • Practice mindfulness independently
  • Utilize sentence frames to increase self-regulation (of both themselves and their students)

Presentation Materials:
Classroom and Teacher Transformation through Mindfulness Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: aherron@pps.net

Healthy Habits and the Mouth/Body Connection

Track: Partners in Health
Location: Cascade I
Presenters: Kristin Nistler, Dental Professional Relations Service Representative, Delta Dental of Oregon; Elizabeth Gordon, Dental Services Expanded Practice Dental Hygienist, Delta Dental of Oregon

Description: During a busy day at school, it is difficult to find time to take care of yourself. Learn how to adopt simple, preventative habits to keep your mind, body and mouth healthy. We’ll discuss the link between oral health and overall health and how personal dental hygiene can affect your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Find out how to become an advocate for your personal health and what resources are available for improving and sustaining your future health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Take charge of their oral health
  • Prevent oral health issues before they happen
  • Learn how to achieve and maintain optimal oral wellness
  • Engage in healthy habits that promote a healthy mouth and well-being
  • Identify risks for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, as it pertains to oral health
  • Access resources to help manage oral health

Presentation Materials:
Healthy Habits and the Mouth/Body Connection Presentation
Delta Dental Resource Handout

Presenter Contact Info: Kristin.nistler@modahealth.com, elizabeth.gordon@modahealth.com

Moving from Wellness to Well-Being

Track: SEW 101: The Basics
Location: Cascade E
Presenters: Kay Zimmerli, Senior Workforce Health Consultant, Kaiser Permanente; Wendy McClay, Senior Workforce Health Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Description: Looking for program sustainability and methods to bring leadership on board? Well-being strategies will help you take your program beyond the foundational components of exercise and nutrition. Well-being incorporates purpose, quality relationships, financial security, comfort in your career, emotional well-being and more. We will define the differences between the two concepts (wellness and well-being) and together, build a pathway to help evolve and broaden your program to align and support overarching school priorities. Participants will learn how to leverage and integrate strategic goals and resources across the organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the concept of well-being
  • Assess current resources and data points that can be leveraged
  • Learn how to shift your strategy from wellness to well-being
  • Integrate the pillars of well-being to broaden school employee wellness programming
  • Develop next steps to kick-start well-being alignment

Presentation Materials:
Moving from Wellness to Well-being Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: kay.k.zimmerli@kp.org, wendy.m.knabe@kp.org

Why are Staff Not Turning Up at our Lunchtime Wellness Sessions and Staff Picnics? Understanding Employee Pushback and Resistance

Track: SEW 201: Sustaining It
Location: Cascade F
Presenters: Franҫoise Mathieu, Co-Executive Director, TEND

Description: A workshop for school employee wellness leaders. Many workplaces are genuinely concerned about their staff’s well-being but find it difficult to get staff to participate in workplace wellness initiatives. This presentation will highlight the key features of high-stress workplaces and provide a road map for future interventions to increase employee engagement.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the difference between high stress, complex trauma-exposed work environments and other high-stress workplaces
  • Highlight the multi-generational challenges of their teams
  • Assess the functional capacity of their staffs

Presentation Materials:
Understanding Employee Pushback and Resistance Handout
Understanding Employee Pushback and Resistance Worksheet

FIERCE! How to Redefine Life Stress and Live Courageously

Track: Individual Well-being
Location: Cascade H
Presenters: B Grace Bullock, PhD, CEO/Founder International Science and Education Alliance (ISAEA)

Description: Chronic stress and mindlessness threaten our health and well-being. But we are not powerless. Grounded in neuroscience, psychology, human physiology and the science and practice of mindfulness, this accessible and experiential workshop explores: 1) How chronic stress, fear and helplessness undermine our physical and mental health; 2) How our self-perceptions and identity contribute to stress or resilience; 3) How to use mindfulness to become aware of our perceptions; 4) How to appraise our mindset with openness and compassion; and 5) How to create courageous stories that allow us to live with fierce wisdom, even in the face of adversity.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Know how chronic stress impacts physical and psychological health and identify the warning signs of stress
  • Understand why and how our personal narratives and self-and-other perceptions contribute to our experience of stress
  • Know how to use a simple mindfulness practice to increase our awareness of the stories we tell, their impact on our health and our relationship to self and other
  • Know how to quickly and effectively appraise our mindsets
  • Know how to write a new story that supports resilience, health and well-being

Presentation Materials:
FIERCE Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: bgracebullock@isaea.com

Making the Connection: Staff Well-Being and Social and Emotional Environments

Track: School Environment and Climate
Location: Cascade E
Presenters: Molly Balfe, Healthy Schools Program Manager, Alliance for a Healthier Generation; Ann Hargraves, Behavior Specialist & PAX GBG Partner, Hillsboro School District; Jenn Johnson, Climate and Culture TOSA, Hillsboro School District

Description: Schools around the country are investing in resources to support the social and emotional health of their students, but it’s critical to support staff as well. In this session, participants will learn to evaluate and change their environments so they encourage the physical and emotional well-being of their staff. It is time to put the “we” in wellness.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Create environments that support the social and emotional health of staff members
  • Advocate for the necessity of supporting staff well-being and its impact on student social and emotional health
  • Point to successful strategies that other schools have implemented to support their staffs

Presentation Materials:
Making the Connection Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: molly.balfe@healthiergeneration.org, johnsjen@hsd.k12.or.us; hargrava@hsd.k12.or.us

A Spa for the Mind: Detox with Sleep

Track: Partners in Health
Location: Cascade I
Presenters: Dr. Suzanne Marie Deschamps, Medical Doctor, Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente; Wendy McClay, Senior Workforce Health Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Description: Rest prepares your mind and body to manage life’s everyday challenges. It’s also important for reducing stress and improving overall health. Join this session to learn about benefits of sleep, health impacts, strategies for healthy rest and relaxation exercises. Participants will receive tips and tools for themselves, as well as a tutorial on how to conduct their own sleep promotion campaign using the free Kaiser Permanente Rest & Revive Toolkit. The toolkit includes a complete action planning guide and promotional materials.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify factors that are disturbing sleep and impacting stress
  • Learn strategies to improve both the quality and quantity of your sleep
  • Develop a personal action plan for immediate use
  • Set plans in motion to help your team members sleep better
  • Host a seven-week sleep improvement campaign at your school or district

Presentation Materials:
A Spa for the Mind: Detox with Sleep Presentation
Sleep Action Plan Handout
Kaiser Permanente Rest and Revive Sleep Management Toolkit

Presenter Contact Info: wendy.m.knabe@kp.org

Getting Started with an Inclusive School Employee Wellness Program

Track: SEW 101: The Basics
Location: Cascade G
Presenters: Ellen Essick, Section Chief, North Carolina Healthy Schools, North Carolina Depart. of Public Instruction

Description: A successful and sustainable staff wellness program begins with a dedicated wellness team, but it thrives when there is strong commitment from school leadership, has a comprehensive plan in place and everyone in the school feels included. Using William Purkey’s theory of Invitational Education, this session will describe the steps necessary for creating a successful staff wellness program that has administrative buy-in and meets the needs for all staff.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the basic steps for creating an employee wellness program
  • Describe the benefits of an employee wellness program on the overall school environment
  • List the steps necessary to assess the wellness needs and interests of ALL staff
  • Discuss the importance of effective planning for successful wellness programs

Presentation Materials:
Getting Started with an Inclusive School Employee Wellness Program

Presenter Contact Info: ellen.essick@dpi.nc.gov

Facilitating Strategic Planning for Your SEW Program: Tools, Tips and Resources

Track: School Environment and Climate
Location: Cascade F
Presenters: Liz Thorne, MPH, VP of Policy and Programs, Cairn Guidance

Description: Having a strong strategic vision and plan is central to sustaining any initiative, but the process of developing a strategic plan can feel daunting. During this session, participants will engage in a strategic planning process that is effective, engaging and fun. Using evidence-based strategic planning processes, learn how to take your team from vision, to current reality, to bold action steps to achieve sustained school employee wellness initiatives. Participants will leave with tools to implement this strategic planning process with their school employee wellness teams.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss why strategic planning is an important part to creating a sustainable school employee wellness initiative
  • Practice key steps in the strategic planning process using the tools provided
  • Identify key leverage points to inform strategic planning
  • Plan next steps for implementing strategic planning in their schools/communities

Presentation Materials:
Strategic Planning Presentation
Strategic Plan Template
Cover Story Handout

Presenter Contact Info: liz@cairnguidance.com

TUESDAY, MARCH 27
Breakout Session 3

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Breakout Session 4

10:15 – 11:45 AM

When the Going Gets Tough

Track: Individual
Location: Cascade H
Presenters: Beth Genly, Lead Burnout Recovery Mentor, Burnout Solutions

Description: How do we navigate the really tough times? What do we tell ourselves, how do we adjust our rhythms and our work pace in order to get work done? And how does that affect our ability to get it done in the future? What do our workstyles model for the children in our charge, and what consequences could that have for their resilience in the future? Together, we will examine, play with and modify three pervasive cultural mindsets around hard work and sacrifice, in order to promote our own well-being, as well as that of the children and communities we serve.

Learning Objectives:

  • Overwhelm does not allow us to achieve at our highest potential; identify three skills to tame or limit overwhelm
  • Happiness leads to success, not the other way around – learn why this is true; identify three things that make you happy and three obstacles to happiness
  • When the going gets tough…the tough recharge; constant self-sacrificial effort is not a safe or long-term productive workstyle; identify three ways to model an “ebb and flow” workstyle for yourself and your students

Presentation Materials:
When the Going Gets Tough Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: beth@burnout-solutions.com

Resilience Squad

Track: School Environment and Climate
Location: Cascade G
Presenters: Stephanie Cordell, Teaching Artist, Kaiser Permanente’s Ed. Theatre Program/OR Children’s Theatre; Tamara Carroll, Program Director, Kaiser Permanente’s Ed. Theatre Program/OR Children’s Theatre

Description: Resilience Squad is a workshop series designed to build and strengthen classroom communities and provide students and teachers with tools for healthy communication, stress management and mindfulness. This breakout session engages participants in the key activities of the Resilience Squad workshops, providing concrete tools for creating more resilient learning communities and providing teachers with easily-integrated classroom practices. Teachers will leave with communication and stress management tools to apply to their own lives, as well as clear activities to bring into their classrooms and convey to their students. The activities modeled in the workshop will best translate to students 14 and older.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify different forms of stress (positive, tolerable, toxic) and the impact of toxic/chronic stress on overall health
  • Identify multiple strategies for stress management and self-care for personal practice
  • Implement short/easy classroom activities to identify stress management/self-care methods
  • Understand the value of a classroom mindfulness practice
  • Integrate brief mindfulness activities into their classroom routine
  • Understand the role of boundaries in healthy communication
  • Employ a concrete template for asserting boundaries with colleagues, students and in personal relationships
  • Lead a classroom conversation about healthy, balanced boundaries

Presenter Contact Info: stephanie@octc.org, tamara@octc.org

Creating Awareness and Reducing Stigma on the Path to Improving Mental Well-Being

Track: Partners in Health
Location: Cascade I
Presenters: Maria Gdontakis Pos, MA MFT M.Ed, State Coordinator/Instructor, Mental Health First Aid, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs

Description: Mental illness is common, and we are increasingly aware of this within schools and in our personal lives. It is crucial to have the necessary background information to appropriately assist youth and adults in need of help. This presentation provides an overview of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and how administrators, educators and staff can implement this in schools and in personal life. MHFA is an empirically-backed public education and prevention tool. With more awareness, many can get the help needed to live a life of well-being and resiliency.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the importance of mental health training and awareness
  • Understand Mental Health First Aid and how it ties into school and personal life
  • Have an overview of the MHFA program, key components and how it applies to their personal and professional lives

Presentation Materials:
About Mental Health First Aid Handout
Youth Mental Health First Aid Handout

Presenter Contact Info: mpos@aocmhp.org

Leading by Committee

Track: SEW 101: The Basics
Location: Cascade E
Presenters: Molly Balfe, Healthy Schools Program Manager, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Description: Team work can make the dream work. An effective school wellness committee can exponentially increase your impact on school employee well-being. This session will help wellness leaders think through the essential members their committees need. Participants will learn to create action plans that will keep their communities on task and ensure their success. Make the most of your valuable time by building support and operating efficiently.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Build, assess and lead a school wellness committee
  • Develop an effective action plan
  • Prioritize action steps for importance, feasibility, sustainability, reach and impact

Presentation Materials:
Leading By Committee Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: molly.balfe@healthiergeneration.org

Mindfulness on the Go: A Strategy for Engaging School Employees in Mindfulness Wherever They Work

Track: SEW 201: Sustaining It
Location: Cascade F
Presenters: Suzanne Bigelow, Educator/Founder, The People’s Pause; Elana Emlen, School & Employee Wellness Specialist, Multnomah Education Service District

Description: Mindfulness is an effective tool to improve resilience and focus. The challenge is delivering training that reaches employees across your workforce. This 10-week Mindfulness on the Go phone-based podcast program delivers practical skills training in mindful breathing practices that support stress resiliency and employee self-regulation. Experience Mindfulness on the Go and learn how MESD uses this program to provide easy, on-demand mindfulness support to their employees. Brainstorm additional ways to provide mindfulness and other wellness training to school employees who are geographically dispersed and also short on time.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the interconnected dynamics of the heart, mind, body system
  • Better understand how neuro-science and physiology relate to stress and professional performance
  • Experience multiple “short burst” skills practice of the People’s Pause breathing practices
  • Gain insight into “pause worthy” opportunities for personal skills practice throughout the day
  • Consider opportunities to share the “pause practice” at home and at work

Presentation Materials:
Mindfulness on the Go Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: sb@suzannebigelow.com, eemlen@mesd.k12.or.us

Attention Training—The New Caffeine!

Track: Individual Well-being
Location: Cascade H
Presenters: Abby Medcalf, PhD, RBH Consultant and National Trainer, Reliant Behavioral Health (RBH); Eric Gustafson, PsyD, Sr. VP, Clinical Quality, Resilience Program Director, Reliant Behavioral Health

Description: The most precious resource in any school isn’t the employees…it’s their attention! Fortunately, this is a retainable resource. The common vernacular for ‘attention training’ is ‘mindfulness’—your superpower! Research shows that the ability to resist urges improves relationships, increases dependability and raises performance. Mindfulness strengthens your willpower muscle. Although your urges won’t disappear, you’ll be better equipped to manage them. This workshop focuses on specific strategies to train attention (be mindful), both at home and at work. Actionable strategies and techniques will be presented in this highly interactive workshop. Participants will leave with easy-to-use (and be able to incorporate) skills for improving educator’s lives.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explain the difference between meditation, mindfulness and attention training
  • Apply at least five forms of attention training in the work environment which help in managing stress and reducing burnout
  • Identify at least two ways that attention training can help develop resilience and improve the lives of educators
  • Create a simple, personalized “attention training action plan” for improving mindfulness skills, identifying obstacles for success and addressing personal stressors

Presentation Materials:
Attention Training Presentation
Attention Training Handout
Mindful Meditation Practice Handout
Mindfulness Tips

Presenter Contact Info: abbym@reliantbh.com, egustafson@ibhcorp.com

Making Room at the Well

Track: School Environment and Climate
Location: Cascade F
Presenters: Steffannie Roaché, Licensed Professional Counselor, Steffannie Roaché MS LPC LLC

Description: Join in this exploration of cultural and ethnic beliefs that influence health and well-being. We’ll consider our own values as well as our current methods to promote wellness across diverse cultural and ethnic groups. We all desire healthy and happy lives for ourselves and the next generation, but what if the only wellness message we receive is out of touch with our understanding of personal and cultural experiences? Let’s discuss how to make wellness promotion more inclusive, while remaining open to the reality that our personal practices and system-wide wellness agendas will benefit from incorporating new and diverse ideas from differing cultural groups.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Consider your own personal cultural practices that influence well-being
  • Identify subjective beliefs and personal values surrounding wellness and pitfalls of imposing on differing cultural and ethnic groups
  • Evaluate similarities and differences in beliefs about exercise, nutrition, spiritual health and  stress reduction in three or more cultural groups presented
  • Describe some effective ways to encourage wellness in a culturally inclusive manner that is respectful of ancient and traditional forms of wellness in other cultural groups

Presentation Materials:
Making Room at the Well Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: steffannie@mgcwonline.com

Be Better, Live Longer

Track: Partners in Health
Location: Cascade I
Presenters: Carrie Townsend, Product and Event Specialist, Moda Health; Christina Mason, Health Coach, Moda Health

Description: There are a few simple things you can do that will help you live a longer, fuller life. Some cultural and societal practices around the world have proven to help people live healthier and longer, well past the age of 100. Dan Buettner has compiled these practices in the Blue Zones™ Project. Be Better, Live Longer is your opportunity to put simple steps that can help you be healthier as you age into action. It’s never too late to be better and start living longer.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will be given copies of Moda’s Be Better, Live Longer workbook: the first six weeks of the workbook are designed to establish goals and set steps to achieve success. The goals are pre-set based on the Be Better, Live Longer lessons and include worksheets for reviewing your progress. The six-week goals include natural movement, mindful eating, recharging, finding your passion and surrounding yourself with people. The second six weeks of the workbook are to establish your own personal health and wellness goals. The worksheets are blank so that you can set new goals or expand and continue on any goals from the first six weeks.

Presentation Materials:
Be Better, Live Longer Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: carrie.townsend@modahealth.com, Christina.mason@modahealth.com

Starting Up Wellness: A Case Study of David Douglas School District

Track: SEW 101: The Basics
Location: Cascade E
Presenters: Jordan Ng, PE Teacher, West Powellhurst Elementary School, DDSD; Joanne Maki, PE Teacher/Wellness Coordinator, Ron Russell Middle School, DDSD; Jon Archer, Health Educator, David Douglas High School, DDSD

Description: Come learn how David Douglas School District successfully started a sustainable wellness program. Many districts and employees know the benefits of wellness programs and have a desire to implement one in their districts, but jump-starting this can be quite daunting. We will share the steps we took to initiate the program and get the support of important stake holders, as well as roadblocks we faced.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how David Douglas started their wellness program and will get ideas for building wellness programs for their own districts
  • Learn what the first two years could look like
  • Learn how David Douglas secured district buy-in

Presentation Materials:
Starting Up Wellness Presentation
Starting Up Wellness Handout

Presenter Contact Info: jordan_ng@ddsd40.org, joanne_maki@ddsd40.org, jon_archer@ddsd40.org

The Spirit is Willing: Motivating Staff to Participate

Track: SEW 201: Sustaining It
Location: Cascade G
Presenters: Ellen Essick, Section Chief, NC Healthy Schools, NC Department of Public Instruction

Description: You built it, but they still didn’t come. What can you do now? This session provides strategies for motivating staff to participate in employee wellness activities. Participants will evaluate current recruitment and retention strategies, share successes and identify new techniques for recruiting participants and sustaining participation.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe barriers to participation in staff wellness initiatives
  • Identify new strategies for recruitment and retention in wellness activities

Presentation Materials:
The Spirit is Willing Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: ellen.essick@dpi.nc.gov