The annual Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference is a statewide conference that aims to educate, engage and empower educators and school staff to create healthy, resilient school workplaces. The conference has become a trusted source for quality professional development and networking and brings national, state and local experts that share practical information and tools to start and sustain school employee wellness. Find more information below!

2021 School Employee Wellness Conference

Rejuvenate – Come Join Us!

April 8, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

April 9, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

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Keynote Speakers

Moe Carrick
April 8, 2021
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Moe Carrick believes that people can and should thrive at work, and that when they do, organizations succeed. With over 30 years of work in organizations on issues of partnership, leadership, inclusion, strategy and culture Moe believes that rigorous self awareness, courage, honest dialogue, active involvement, and empathy are fundamentals to building full partnerships based on trust and curiosity. Moe is Founder of Certified BCorp Moementum, Inc. and holds a Master’s Degree in OD, is a Certified Daring Way™/Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, a coach, and is administrator of a variety of tools in her trade.

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Tara Brown
April 9, 2021
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Tara Brown is president of Learner’s Edge Consulting and an award winning educator, author and international speaker. She holds a Masters degree in Administration and Supervision and is a nationally certified personal trainer. Known as “The Connection Coach”, Tara’s 30 year professional journey as a teacher and coach has taken her coast to coast and internationally working with both teachers and youth.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will be held on Friday, April 9 from 3:10-4:10 pm.
All conference registrants will receive an email with breakout sign up instructions.

Wondering Your Way to Greater Well-being: How Critical Questions Can Decrease Toxic Stress, Increase Resilience and Help You Lean Into Your Better Self

Chris Moore, School Psychologist, Salem-Keizer Public Schools

One year into our world being turned upside down, many of us continue to struggle with worry, frustration, fear and grief. At the same time we’re seeing glimmers of hope that a return to some of our most life-affirming connections and rituals may not be too far away. But how do we begin to recover from months of exhaustion and the residual traumas of this global pandemic? And how might we build on the best of what we already know about being good stewards of our time, energy, and resources to chart a path that will help us lean into our better selves moving forward.

How to Care for Yourself During Challenging Times

Lisa Collins, Learning and Development Consultant, Education Through Engagement

Participants who have been affected by trauma or compassion fatigue while working within traumatized communities or organizations need tools for healing and self-care. Strategies of Trauma Awareness and Resilience training can equip individuals, communities and organizations for better work outcomes and improved well-being along the journey. STAR assists learners in identifying traumagenic responses and moves into healing spaces of breaking free from the response. Participants will learn about healing for themselves to increase job satisfaction and reflective self-care practices. 

Give and Take: Leveraging the Individual and Collective Strengths of Our Teams

Cat Willett, Social Emotional Health Content Manager, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Stephanie Strockis, Program Manager, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Join us for an interactive, research-based session on the five aspects of healthy teams. Learn specific skills you can implement help your work teams become purpose-driven spaces of connection and engagement.

Designing a Values-Driven Self-Care Plan

Renee Van Norman, Educator and Founder, WellEducator LLC

When times are tough, connecting to your “Why,” your purpose in supporting students, families and each other can be an extremely powerful self-care practice. This is a perfect time to explore the wonders and curiosities of your chosen profession by reflecting on the impact you have on your students, their families, and your co-workers every day as you say yes to showing up – even during struggles! Connecting to your values, engaging in mindfulness practices, and making room for your thoughts and feelings without judging or struggling with them can be effective self-care strategies to enhance well-being. The activities and videos used in this virtual session will lead to a values-driven self-care plan.

The Simple Guide to Healthy Eating

Amy Kearns, Wellness Advisor, Moda Health

Cassy Bowen, Wellness Advisor, Moda Health

Struggling to eat better? You’re not alone. Dietary advice is confusing! Consume foods with certified fairy dust. Only eat grass-fed kale. If you eat after 8pm, you’ll turn into a pumpkin. Eating healthier is easier than you may think (and it doesn’t involve giving up the foods you love). This presentation discusses simple tools for creating a healthy eating plan and improving our relationship with food and overall well-being.

Taking Care of YourSELF

Cynthia Beaulieu, Kaiser Permanente

Self-care is essential for anyone seeking to live a more balanced and healthy life. This workshop focuses on 4 ways to improve SELF care: Sleep, Exercise, Love and Food. When practiced daily, these simple-to-follow care strategies support participants’ improved health and well-being. Participants will be invited to create a realistic action plan, using their personal strengths to lead a more balanced lifestyle.

Laughaceuticals: Play as Collective Care

Tamara Carroll, ETP Program Director, Kaiser Permanente Educational Theater Program in Collaboration with Oregon Children’s Theater

Nick Condon, Kaiser Permanente Educational Theater Program in Collaboration with Oregon Children’s Theater

Research has shown us that there’s truth to the adage “laughter is the best medicine.” Play can reduce stress, boost creativity and innovation, increase energy, reduce burn-out, support relationship-building, and enhance a feeling of connectedness. Beyond that, play serves a critical function in youth brain development, teaching social-emotional skills, such as verbal and non-verbal communication, boundaries, cooperation, and self-efficacy. Whether you’re currently meeting online, in-person, or operating in hybrid, this workshop offers concrete ideas for infusing school environments with the healing benefits of play. Laughter may have been hard to come by this past year, but while our school communities grapple with stress, isolation, and the challenges of re-inventing education many times over, play may be just what the doctor ordered.

Rejuvenation Activities

Rejuvenation activities will be held on Thursday, April 8 from 5:15-6:00 pm and Friday, April 9 from 4:15-5:00 pm. All conference registrants will receive an email with rejuvenation activity sign up instructions.

  • Zumba with Ana
  • YogaFit with Karen
  • Yoga Flow with Scrutch
  • Guided Meditation and Reflection with Haley and Majo
  • Journaling with Dede
  • Redefining Comfort Foods and Recipe Demo with Jessica
  • Intro to Birding with Brodie (Friday only)
“OEA Choice Trust is a leading organization working on school employee wellness. The quality of speakers draws people, and the Trust walks their talk by having physical activities built into the days. OEA Choice Trust simply puts on the best conference.”
– Conference Participant

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Find resources and presentations from past School Employee Wellness Conferences on the Conference Archive page.

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