Presenters

Joelle HoodFollow

First Presenter's Institution

Joelle Hood, LLC

Second Presenter's Institution

NA

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Session 2 (Ballroom E)

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

  • Relates to the Head Strand because research has shown that mindfulness can have a positive impact on academic performance. Teaching students the neuroscience about the stress response and how to self-regulate their emotions can help them focus more in class during lessons and assessments.
  • Relates to the Heart Strand because research has shown that practicing mindfulness can help individuals learn to respond rather than react, which empowers them to make better decisions and build a stronger classroom/staff room community.

Brief Program Description

When students and staff experience chronic stress, it negatively impacts their motivation, performance, and wellbeing, Participants in this engaging workshop will walk away with simple research-based practices from the fields of Mindfulness and Positive Psychology, that they can utilize with both themselves and students to reduce stress and anxiety, improve attention and performance, and strengthen overall physical and psychological well-being.

Summary

Stress is an issue of global concern among teachers, students, and well, humans in general. Chronic stress is harmful to our physical, mental, and social-emotional health. Additionally, when students and staff feel stressed, it negatively impacts their motivation, performance, and overall wellbeing, which can affect the morale and resilience of the home, the classroom, the organization, and the community.

Research-based practices from the fields of Mindfulness and Positive Psychology have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and boost well-being and self-reported happiness. In this inspirational, experiential, and highly engaging workshop, “Taking Time to B.R.E.A.T.H.E” participants will learn strategies that have been shown to strengthen efficacy, performance, the ability to focus attention, and overall physical and psychological well-being. They will walk away with simple, easy-to-implement strategies and practices that they

can use themselves for their own personal and professional growth, and that they can teach in the classroom to improve student capacity for engagement, achievement, and well-being. Additionally, these skills can be practiced collaboratively with staff building collective efficacy and stronger community, positively impacting school climate and culture. This workshop provides an easy framework to give staff the understanding, motivation, and practices needed to work on becoming better humans, better educators, and better organizations.

B = Build Belonging and Cultivate Connection

R = Reflect—The More Reflective You Are, The More Effective You Are

E = Engage in Self-Compassion

A = Attention On Purpose (Mindfulness)

T = Thankfulness-An Attitude of Gratitude

H = Harness Your Thoughts

E = Empathy

Evidence

In addition to the hyperlinked articles I have included in the summary, this workshop is based on two courses that I designed that were featured in my doctoral dissertation. Teachers in the study reported details about how the research-based practices they learned from the realms of mindfulness and positive psychology strengthened their well-being, engagement, and efficacy at work. Furthermore, the shift in the teachers’ well-being also positively impacted their relationships with students and the climate and culture of their classrooms.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Joelle Hood brings over 25 years of educational and leadership experience to her clients. As a former "Teacher of the Year" and "Principal of the Year", Joelle brings passion, energy, and expertise to helping all humans thrive. In addition to her doctorate degree in Organizational Change and Leadership from USC, she has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Educational Leadership. She is a Certified Life Coach through iPEC, holds a certification in Social Emotional Learning Leadership from Rutger's University, and is a graduate of the Mindful Schools Year-Long Mindfulness Instructor Certification program and the UC Berkeley Greater Good SEL Summer Institute for Educators. She provides researched-based keynotes, coaching, and experiential learning workshops to individuals and groups, as well as to educational, human services, and corporate organizations throughout the nation. Her areas of passion and expertise include: Leadership, Positive Psychology, Human Thriving and Flourishing, Well-being, Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness, The Science of Belonging, Mindset, Employee Engagement, Social, Emotional & Academic Learning, School Culture Transformation, Restorative Practices, Workplace Wellness, Team-building and Resilience.

Keyword Descriptors

Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, SEL, Thriving, Flourishing, Well-being

Presentation Year

2019

Start Date

3-4-2019 1:15 PM

End Date

3-4-2019 2:30 PM

Files over 10MB may be slow to open. For best results, right-click and select "Save as..."

Share

COinS
 
Mar 4th, 1:15 PM Mar 4th, 2:30 PM

Taking Time To B.R.E.A.T.H.E. Strategies for Strengthening Staff and Student Well-being

Session 2 (Ballroom E)

When students and staff experience chronic stress, it negatively impacts their motivation, performance, and wellbeing, Participants in this engaging workshop will walk away with simple research-based practices from the fields of Mindfulness and Positive Psychology, that they can utilize with both themselves and students to reduce stress and anxiety, improve attention and performance, and strengthen overall physical and psychological well-being.