Building Community and Navigating the New Normal

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Building Community and Navigating the New Normal

The Need

As educators, our lives have been forever changed. We have all experienced trauma in some form. Our school year ended abruptly, and since that time, our students and families have been struggling with the sudden interruption of life and learning as they knew it.

Now, as we prepare to go back to educating students, everything is uncertain. Plans are constantly changing, and educators are being asked to adjust, readjust, and then adjust again. In many districts, this is likely to continue throughout the 2020-21 school year. It is imperative that we address the effect of this pandemic experience not only for our students, but also for the adults who work with them.

The notion of “school community” has changed. It has never been more important to build connections among colleagues.

The Solution

To build strong connections among colleagues and create a new vision of caring schools, CREATE and PSEA have developed a four-hour “train-the-presenter” remote professional learning program for PSEA members (EA and ESP). At the end of the training, members will be prepared to lead “Building Community and Navigating the New Normal,” sessions for PSEA members throughout the 2020-21 school year.

This four-hour remote training session provides opportunities to explore adult social and emotional needs, learn and collaborate on strategies to build caring connections with our students and with colleagues in schools, locals, and union gatherings. Join us as we share laughter, talents, experiences, and plans that will help nurture our relationships for creating a successful school year for all.

Who is this Train-the-Presenter Workshop for?

Any PSEA member who is interested in the relationship between mindfulness and overall well-being, and who is interested in sharing mindfulness with other PSEA members to help build community and resilience.

  • Teachers
  • School Nurses
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • SEL and MTSS Specialists
  • School Social Workers
  • Education Support Professionals
  • State and Local PSEA leaders

Key Information and FAQs

WHAT: What will the training include?

    • Two 2-hour training sessions on the “Building Community and Navigating the New Normal” curriculum and how to lead it in a future professional learning opportunity
    • Copy of the complete “Building Community and Navigating the New Normal,” curriculum
    • Follow-up online group session after providing first “Building Community and Navigating the New Normal” presentation
    • Email consultation as needed

WHO: Who will lead the Train-the-Presenter training sessions?

The training will be provided by professionals from CREATE for Education, a non-profit organization that serves educators with evidence-based programs and practices to nurture healthy, caring, equitable school communities that support social and emotional learning and teacher wellness.

Learn more about CREATE and the CARE and CALM programs. 

WHEN: When are the Train-the-Presenter sessions?

Class 1:

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 4-6 p.m. (EST) 
Thursday, Sept. 24,  4-6 p.m. (EST) 

Class 2: 

Monday, Sept. 28, 4-6 p.m. (EST)
Wednesday, Sept.30, 4-6 p.m. (EST)

Class 3: 

Monday, Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m. (EST)
Wednesday, Sept.30, 6-8 p.m. (EST)

COST: What is the cost?

The PSEA Education Foundation is sponsoring the training for a limited number of PSEA members.

HOW: How do I enroll?

<<Registration has ended for these sessions.>> 


Q: Once I am a trained presenter, can I lead PSEA-member sessions online and face-to-face?

A: Yes, the training will be designed so the presentation can be conducted online as well as face-to-face.


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