BREAKOUT SESSIONS
MONDAY, MARCH 25
Breakout Session 1

10:15-11:45 AM

Breakout Session 2

1:15 – 2:45 PM

The Power of Mindful Eating

Track: Social-Emotional Well-being
Location: Cascade E
Presenters: Lindsey Patience, Wellness Advisor, Moda Health; Cassy Bieker, Wellness Advisor, Moda Health

Description: Have you ever felt like you’re on autopilot? Eaten more when you’ve felt anxious, bored, or stressed? Rewarded yourself with food? Mindfulness has become the new buzzword in our modern world. In The Power of Mindful Eating, we’ll talk about the most common questions – What exactly is mindfulness? What is mindful eating? How does it actually impact our day-to-day lives? – and test out the most common strategies for improving our relationship with food and overall well-being.

Learning Objectives: 

  •  Have an understanding of mindful eating, its benefits and ways to practice in in their own lives

Presentation Materials: The Power of Mindful Eating Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Lindsey Patience (Moda Health), Cassy Bieker (Moda Health)

 

 

Money Does NOT Buy Happiness

Track: Financial Well-being
Location: Cascade H
Presenters: Teresa Muench, Affiliate Relations Specialist, NEA Member Benefits

Description: Everyone knows that if you do not control your money, your money will control you. Living that every day will eventually affect your overall wellness. No matter how well you eat or how much exercise you get, stress created by a lack of solid finances will make you sick. This session will present the foundational elements of taking control of your financial life and provide ideas on how you can implement financial wellness in your school employee wellness program.

Learning Objectives: 

  •  Take control of their financial lives
  • Have a plan for implementing financial wellness in their school employee wellness programs

Presentation Materials:

Presenter Contact Info: Teresa Muench (NEA Member Benefits)

 

Prescription for Wellness - Using Food as Medicine

Track: Physical Well-being
Location: Cascade I
Presenters: Cynthia D Caraballo-Hunt, MD, Family Medicine Physician, Kaiser Permanente Northwest; Alyssa Koomas, MS, MPH, RDN, Healthy Schools Program Manager, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Description: Changing the conversation…how do we change our relationship with food to strengthen our resiliency, mitigate stressful situations, heal our ailments and maintain vibrant health? Learn how to use food as medicine – redefining “diet” from a short-term solution for weight loss into a pathway to health. Food can be used to reduce inflammatory markers, prevent cognitive problems and influence long-term health outcomes. Join the conversation and learn how small changes can improve your health and use your knowledge to establish boundaries and find solutions to help sustain healthy eating habits at work, home and on the go.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the association of elevated BMI with overall health mortality

  • Learn about evidence-based eating plans that help with preventing diabetes and improve cognition

  • Learn the basic principles of the Mediterranean diet and apply them to their eating lifestyles

  • Be able to set up a plan to improve health and wellness in their schools and work places


Presentation Materials:
Using Food as Medicine Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Kay Zimmerli (Kaiser Permanente)

 

More Than a Bubble Bath: Finding Ways to Maintain Vision and Passion for Your Work

Track: Purpose
Location: Cascade G
Presenters: Leah Starkovich, Professional Practice Organizer, OEA

Description: Practicing self-care goes beyond taking a bubble bath after a hard day. How can school employees stay true to their core beliefs and still have passion for their work? In this session, we will practice creating a vision for your work based on core beliefs as well as ways to stay regulated and true to your vision during the most stressful moments of the day. Learn ways to practice mindfulness and reflection in order to reduce toxic stress and practice self-care in your workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Have a strong vision for their work
  • Have strategies for staying true to their core beliefs in what can be a chaotic and stressful work environment

Presentation Materials: More Than a Bubble Bath Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Leah Starkovich (Oregon Education Association)

Creative Communication: How to Bring Great Ideas to Life

Track: SEW Nuts and Bolts
Location: Cascade F
Presenters: Shelly Henderson, CHES, Wellness Coordinator, Everett Public School District

Description: Developing a communication strategy is paramount to the success of your wellness program. This workshop will help you outline a communication strategy that fits your population. You will receive guidance on how to write a plan for your school/district and how to think “outside of the box” to create support and interest in your current and upcoming programming. You will leave with a toolkit of ideas on how to move your program to the next level. In this workshop, we will discuss, communication formats, marketing, writing goals, creating a culture of health, wellness committees and leadership support. For this session, I use an example of how I created a mindfulness program for Everett Public Schools using these strategies.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify their next steps in creating their own communication strategies
  • Identify current gaps in their communication programs
  • Be able to make adjustments to fine-tune (or start from scratch) their communication plan to generate more support and engagement overall
  • Leave with ideas for how to use resources they did not know were available
  • Generate a few innovative ideas that focus on marketing and creating a culture of well-being

Presentation Materials: Creative Communication: How to Bring Great Ideas to Life Presentation; Communication Plan Program Timeline

Presenter Contact Info: Shelly Henderson (Everett Public School District)

Healing Through Reflective Practices

Track: Social-Emotional Well-being
Location: Cascade G
Presenters: Lisa Collins, Director of Teaching and Learning, Parkrose School District

Description: Working in the current educational climate can be physically, emotionally and spiritually depleting. As the daily needs of students, families and staff members draw on our empathy and drain our reserves, our own respite and self-care can become elusive. Yet without self-care, we will become discouraged and exhausted. In this session, participants will reflect on their level of well-being and learn tools from art, meditation and journaling to walk toward greater health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to deepen self-reflective practices to identify self-care needs for themselves
  • Identify one area of self-care to implement based on their reflections
  • Experience activities they can implement in their work setting to assist staff with self-reflection practices to increase social-emotional well-being

Presentation Materials: Healing Through Reflective Practices Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Lisa Collins (Parkrose School District)

Money Does NOT Buy Happiness

Track: Financial Well-being
Location: Cascade H
Presenters: Teresa Muench, Affiliate Relations Specialist, NEA Member Benefits

Description: Everyone knows that if you do not control your money, your money will control you. Living that every day will eventually affect your overall wellness. No matter how well you eat or how much exercise you get, stress created by a lack of solid finances will make you sick. This session will present the foundational elements of taking control of your financial life and provide ideas on how you can implement financial wellness in your school employee wellness program.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Take control of their financial lives
  • Have a plan for implementing financial wellness in their school employee wellness programs

Presentation Materials:

Presenter Contact Info: Teresa Muench (NEA Member Benefits)

Physical Harmony

Track: Partners in Health
Location: Cascade I
Presenters: Doug Naugle, Elementary PE Teacher, Jefferson School District 14J; Kevin Lake, Elementary Music Teacher, Jefferson School District 14J

Description: This will be a very active learning experience for participants. Our program philosophy, dances, games and different options or running the program will be shared with participants. Additional time for participants to try to figure out ways to implement their own version of Physical Harmony will be given so ideas can be taken back and implemented immediately into a school. This is a 60% active to 40% non-active presentation. Please come ready to move, interact with others whom you have not met before and most importantly, have fun!

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with some of the advantages of combining music and PE in a school setting
  • Understand three options about how to implement Physical Harmony in their own schools
  • Learn dances and games that can immediately be implemented for use for staff and student wellness
  • Obtain strategies for managing large group activities with multiple grade and age levels in the same classroom/gym setting

Presentation Materials: Physical Harmony Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Doug Naugle (Jefferson School District), Kevin Lake (Jefferson School District)

More Than a Bubble Bath: Finding Ways to Maintain Vision and Passion for Your Work

Track: Purpose
Location: Cascade G
Presenters: Leah Starkovich, Professional Practice Organizer, OEA

Description: Practicing self-care goes beyond taking a bubble bath after a hard day. How can school employees stay true to their core beliefs and still have passion for their work? In this session, we will practice creating a vision for your work based on core beliefs as well as ways to stay regulated and true to your vision during the most stressful moments of the day. Learn ways to practice mindfulness and reflection in order to reduce toxic stress and practice self-care in your workplace.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Have a strong vision for their work
  • Have strategies for staying true to their core beliefs in what can be a chaotic and stressful work environment

Presentation Materials: More Than a Bubble Bath Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Leah Starkovich (Oregon Education Association)

Creating and Sustaining a School Employee Wellness Program

Track: SEW Nuts and Bolts
Location: Cascade F
Presenters: Jordan Ng, Physical Education Teacher, David Douglas School District; Jon Archer, Health Educator, David Douglas School District; Joanne Maki, Physical Education Teacher, District Wellness Coordinator, David Douglas School District

Description: This presentation is a look into David Douglas School District and its wellness program. The presentation will address where they started, what they have learned and their plans for the future to create a sustainable wellness program within the district.

Learning Objectives:

  • Have the tools and increased knowledge to start a program or further develop their existing programs within their schools and districts

Presentation Materials: Creating and Sustaining a School Employee Wellness Program Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Jordan Ng (David Douglas School District), Jon Archer (David Douglas School District), Joanne Maki (David Douglas School District)

TUESDAY, MARCH 26
Breakout Session 3

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Breakout Session 4

10:15 – 11:45 AM

Elements of a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

Track: Social-Emotional Well-being
Location: Cascade E
Presenters: Nicole Stelter, PhD, LMFT, EAS-C, Senior Manager, Strategic Customer Engagement, Kaiser Permanente 

Description: A psychologically healthy workplace (PHW) is as important as occupational, physical safety and oftentimes much more challenging to create and sustain. Additionally, the impacts can be as great or greater. This breakout session will review the concept of PHW to create awareness for school employees and leaders and provide an opportunity to identify and discuss real-time, actionable steps participants can take at their workplaces to create a PHW, regardless of their roles. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the difference between individual and organizational psychological health
  • Identify the various characteristics and impacts of a “psycho-socially healthy workplace” 
  • Identify the different approaches they can take as individuals and colleagues/leaders to each other to foster a psychologically healthy workplace
  • Identify actionable steps to apply PHW in their school workplaces, regardless of their roles

Presentation Materials: Elements of a Psychologically Healthy Workplace Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Emmie Hiersche (Kaiser Permanente)

 

Financial Wellness 101

Track: Financial Well-being
Location: Cascade H
Presenters: Robert Krage, Assistant Vice President, Foresters Financial Services

Description: Learn how the most common stress among Americans is financial and how stress affects people differently. Stress has negative results on individuals as well as work environments. Also learn the basics of financial wellness including best practices in the topics of savings, debt/credit management, time value of money, retirement readiness, how to protect families and businesses as well as the basics of estate planning. All this info is covered as a broad first step approach to getting educated around these topics to help empower individuals with knowledge to help them take positive steps forward in their own financial situations, ultimately relieving some stress in their lives. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Cover the topics above at a broad initial level as a first step approach to being educated around these topics

  • Overall objective is to help empower individuals with financial knowledge to help them take positive steps forward in their own financial situations, ultimately relieving stress from their lives

Presentation Materials: Financial Wellness 101 Presentation, Financial Wellness 101 Handouts, Foresters Financial Brochure

Presenter Contact Info: Robert Krage (Foresters Financial Services)

Healthy Heart, Healthy Mind: An Upstream Approach to Cardiovascular Wellness

Track: Partners in Health
Location: Cascade I
Presenters: April Parrott, Exercise Physiologist, PeaceHealth

Description: This presentation is a comprehensive look at cardiovascular risk factors and how addressing these factors as early as possible can help promote current and future physical and mental well-being. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify cardiovascular risk factors (nutrition, stress, inactivity, blood pressure, etc.)
  • Interpret health stats and values (TG, LDL, A1C, etc.)
  • Understand ways to modify cardiovascular risk factors
  • Describe what it means to “know your numbers” and how to control disease and improve quality of life
  • Discuss strategies for beginning and maintaining health behaviors

Presentation Materials: Healthy Heart, Healthy Mind Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: April Parrott (PeaceHealth)    

Leading Together for Healthy School Communities

Track: Leading Together for Healthy School Communities
Location: Cascade E
Presenters: Matsya Siosal, Director, Center for Community Engagement, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling

Description: Leading Together is a research-based program rooted in the belief that students flourish best in an environment where all educators feel supported, working together in a culture of mutual respect and courageous dialogue. Leading Together is designed to build relational trust within the adult community in schools. This workshop will introduce participants to the cornerstones of Leading Together, provide opportunities to practice activities from the Leading Together approach and reflect on ways they might incorporate Leading Together in their own school communities.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Reconnecting with what originally inspired them to be educators
  • Cultivating self-awareness
  • Building connections and community
  • Strengthening capacity to listen, pay attention and be present in teaching, leading and relationships

Presentation Materials: Leading Together for Healthy School Communities Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Dawn Montgomery (Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling), Matsya Siosal (Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling)

 

Sustainability in Action: A Case Study of Corvallis School District

Track: SEW Nuts and Bolts
Location: Cascade F
Presenters: Gigi Sims, District Wellness Coordinator, Corvallis School District

Description: School employee wellness programs aren’t a quick fix—they are essential for educator health and well-being, so how can your team make your school employee wellness program sustainable? Corvallis School District launched its program in 2013 with an OEA Choice Trust School Employee Wellness Grant, and the district’s grant funding ended in 2016. Three years later, Corvallis’ program is still alive and well! Come learn how they are sustaining their program and how the sustainability framework can be applied to your program. The session includes time to work on an action plan for making sustainability a reality for your school employee wellness program. Let’s do this!

Learning Objectives: 

  • Apply the sustainability framework to their school employee wellness programs
  • Learn how Corvallis School District is sustaining its school employee wellness program
  • Develop next steps for making their programs sustainable
  • Advocate for sustainable school employee wellness programs

Presentation Materials: Sustainability in Action: A Case Study of Corvallis School District Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Gigi Sims (Corvallis School District)

Resilient Schools

Track: Social-Emotional Well-being
Location: Cascade G
Presenters: Stephanie Cordell, Teaching Artist, Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program in collaboration with Oregon Children’s Theatre; Tamara Carroll, ETP Program Director, Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program

Description: Resilient Schools is a participatory workshop designed to help school employees frame and reflect on best practices for implementing school wellness initiatives (or any new initiatives). During the 90 minutes, school employees have the opportunity to become grounded in their purpose, name the challenges and pitfalls that often arise during large-scale shifts in policy and culture and identify strategies that allow schools to navigate such changes with positivity and resilience. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify positive opportunities that change/new initiatives can provide
  • Facilitate productive dialogue around the challenges and concerns inherent to new initiatives
  • Develop strategies for communication and using mis-steps/”failures” as a learning opportunity

Presentation Materials: No presentation materials

Presenter Contact Info: Stephanie Cordell (Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program, in collaboration with Oregon Children’s Theatre)

 

Exploring Your Options for a Quality Retirement

Track: Financial Well-being
Location: Cascade H
Presenters: Rob Jackman, Financial Consultant/Managing Member, Jackman Wealth Management, LLC speaking on behalf of the Society for Financial Awareness; Darrel Lawrence, Financial Consultant, LPL Financial

Description: This presentation will be focused on topics directly related to preparing for one’s future retirement. Among the topics and concepts discussed will be: 1) determining your financial personality and filling out a financial literacy questionnaire to help determine your current strong and weak points to potentially correct and financial biases you may currently be experiencing; 2) developing an understanding of forces that can erode one’s future wealth, such as debt, inflation, taxes and health care expenses; 3) presenting the benefits of the various forms of retirement accounts; 4) an introduction to Social Security maximization strategies; and 5) how to create a future income stream in retirement.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Know pre-tax vs. after-tax considerations when selecting the optimal retirement account(s)
  • Understand the framework for calculating one’s income replacement needs in retirement
  • Have an awareness that life expectancy has climbed dramatically since Social Security was first created, and someone can potentially spend an entire working career in retirement
  • Develop an awareness of retirement plan withdrawal rates to supplement Social Security and other sources of income in retirement

Presentation Materials: Exploring Your Options for a Quality Retirement Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Rob Jackman (Jackman Wealth Management, LLC on behalf of the Society for Financial Awareness), Darrel Lawrence (LPL Financial)

Little Hints to Lower Stress During the School Day

Track: Physical Well-being
Location: Cascade I
Presenters: Crista Hawkins, RDN, LD, Director of Youth Wellness, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council; Cheri Meeker, Nutrition Services Director, Newberg School District; Katie Ahern, MS, Senior Instructor and SNAP-Ed Program County Manager, OSU Extension Service – Deschutes County College of Public Health and Human Sciences

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: Little Hints to Lower Stress During the School Day Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Crista Hawkins (Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council), Cheri Meeker (Newberg School District), Katie Ahern (OSU Extension Service – Deschutes County College of Public Health and Human Sciences)

Leading Together for Healthy School Communities

Track: Purpose
Location: Cascade E
Presenters: Dawn Montgomery, EdD, Educational Leadership Adjunct Faculty, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling; Matsya Siosal, Director, Center for Community Engagement, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling

Description: Leading Together is a research-based program rooted in the belief that students flourish best in an environment where all educators feel supported, working together in a culture of mutual respect and courageous dialogue. Leading Together is designed to build relational trust within the adult community in schools. This workshop will introduce participants to the cornerstones of Leading Together, provide opportunities to practice activities from the Leading Together approach and reflect on ways they might incorporate Leading Together in their own school communities

Learning Objectives: 

  • Reconnecting with what originally inspired them to be educators
  • Cultivating self-awareness
  • Building connections and community
  • Strengthening capacity to listen, pay attention and be present in teaching, leading and relationships

Presentation Materials: Leading Together for Healthy School Communities Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Dawn Montgomery (Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling), Matsya Siosal (Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling)

OEBB Program Redesign—What’s Happened and What’s Coming?

Track: SEW Nuts and Bolts
Location: Cascade F
Presenters: Glenn Baly, Policy/Program Development Liaison, Oregon Educators Benefit Board

Description: OEBB and wellness partners (Kaiser, Moda and RBH) will discuss how they support the five elements of well-being (physical, emotional, social, purpose and financial) through their benefits, programs and services to members and entities. Special emphasis will be placed on wellness benefits and programs. OEBB and wellness partners will also review changes/additions coming to OEBB wellness programs/services for the 2019-20 plan year, including: a stress management app, Kaiser “micro-grants” for wellness rooms and Moda’s Wellness Advisors program. Attendees will be asked to provide input on the changes, especially how they would utilize the benefits/programs at their worksites.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the OEBB benefit, programs and services that support member well-being and entity worksite wellness programs
  • Communicate/educate coworkers at their worksites about the OEBB benefits, programs and services that support member well-being

Presentation Materials: OEBB Program Redesign Presentation

Presenter Contact Info: Glenn Baly (Oregon Educators Benefit Board)