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Implementing Schoolwide Mindfulness for Well-Being, Equity & Inclusion AA#3692

Region 3 SELA representative: Meg Thurman–

January 2, 2020
8:30am – 3:30pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel
3000 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703

Important information
* Individual registration is required for all attendees
* Lunch is included in the $35.00 registration fee
* CPDUs are available
* Administrator Academy Credit is available for $15.00
* Registration closes December 26, 2019
Registration will be from 8:00am – 8:30am
Presentation begins at 8:30am

*This workshop is being funded by an ISBE Discretionary Grant.

Participants will have the option of receiving CPDU’s or Administrator Academy (AA). CPDU only participants are not required to read the book or complete the dissemination plan. Those wanting AA credits must read the required book, complete the dissemination plan by February 20, and attend two 1.5 hour online mentoring sessions. The session dates are January 23 and February 20 at 7:00 pm.  Information regarding the mentoring sessions will be communicated to those requesting AA credit at a later date.

Required Book for AA:
Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom -effective, low-cost way for educators to help students manage stress by Jeanie M. Iberlin and Mike Ruyle.

 Required Article:
Creating Trauma-informed Schools from the Inside-Out” by Shawn Nealy-Oparah & Tovi C. Scruggs-Hussein, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) EdCal Magazine, 2018.

Recommended Webpage: to research resources for the application assignment.

This course is led by Matt Dewar and Gene Olsen of the nonprofit organization Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully and is geared to K-12 school administrators, but other school educators are also encouraged to attend. They recommend school wellness teams take the course together.

In this specially designed Administrator Academy, participants will become clear on what mindfulness is and is not. They will learn the benefits of mindfulness, the supporting research, and research-based practices. They will learn the most effective ways to integrate mindfulness in schools and classrooms, how mindfulness supports stress reduction, prevention of negative impacts of primary and secondary trauma, interrupts implicit bias, and cultivates empathy. These factors enhance the creation of positive culture climate in schools, improving academic and more equitable outcomes in our schools.

Participants will explore and strategize how to integrate mindfulness into their K-12 school community in a way that honors its unique environment, culture, and goals. Adaptations will also be shared for teaching mindfulness in a variety of special education settings.

Target Audience
Principals, Special Education Administrators, School Psychologists and Social Workers

Speaker Information
Matt Dewar
Dr. Matthew Dewar is the 2018-19 President of Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully and the founder of Journey 30K, a personal development platform that utilizes wellness and mindfulness strategies to transform individuals and organizations. Matthew is also a teacher, well-being coordinator, and learning facilitator at Lake Forest High School who has designed and implemented teacher professional development and school wellness curricula, including mindfulness-based wellness for faculty and students. Freshman at his high school take a year-long mindfulness-embedded Wellness for Life course that combines both Health and PE. Most recently, Matthew has created and implemented mindfulness programming for professional and collegiate athletes. His work has been featured on TEDx, NPR, Disrupt Health, and the National Wellness Institute’s podcast. He is the author of Education and Well-Being: An Ontological Inquiry. Watch Matt’s Opening Talk on Friday of COSEM’s Educating Mindfully Conference.

Gene Olsen
As Director of Student Services at CCSD 89 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Gene Olsen supports students, staff and families in programming and planning for successful student outcomes for all children.  He has served as a teacher of students with disabilities, local and building IFT rep, member of the PARCC Educator Leadership Cadre, and has presented at multiple state conferences. His responsibilities include coordinating special education services and supervising staff. He also oversees the district’s administration of services for IDEA, 504, McKinney Vento, Social Emotional Learning and DCFS. In his role, he has worked with federal and state initiatives, including PARCC, P20 Council, and CASEL. He is a member of the Illinois State Assessment Review Committee, Treasurer of the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE), and on the Board of Directors of Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully.

By registering for this event, you agree to the following:
You are giving permission for the information which you have entered into the registration form to be printed on a participants’ list. The list may be distributed to the workshop/conference participants.

Each registrant receives an official name tag, a careful payment record, and entry into the participant list.

Further you understand that when you register for this event, you are making a commitment to attend the workshop as lunch and materials have been purchased for you.  If you cannot attend, you accept the responsibility to cancel with the conference registrar Connie Borowski at or (309) 438-1952.

An additional fee of $15.00 is required for anyone requesting the Administrator Academy Credit.
Checks for the $15.00 Administrator Academy Credit needs to be made payable to ROE 51 and is only payable on-site.
(For check writing purposes only) ROE 51, Staff Development Center, 2201 Toronto, Springfield, IL 62712.

To register please visit the following page: Registration Page

Refund requests will be honored until 11:59pm on 12/26/19

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