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[SPOTLIGHT] New York School District Prioritizes Self-Care with WellVille Staff Wellness Center

 

Welcome to “WellVille", a wellness center for district staff in Long Island, New York. In this episode of the GW Spotlight, Debbi Rakowsky, school social worker in the Three Village School District, shares her insights about creating a space for educators to pause, connect, and shift from a culture of burnout to balance. In this video, you will learn:

  • How WellVille got started
  • A typical school day in WellVille (virtual + in-person)
  • Equipment for the staff wellness center
  • How WellVille provides free counseling + workshops for staff
  • A creative way to get your walking steps in throughout the school day
  • Ideas for staff check-ins and support
  • How to get funding for your staff wellness center
  • The #1 thing you need to start your own staff wellness center

With compassion fatigue, anxiety, and depression on the rise, we must shift the paradigm of self-care is a luxury to self-care is a priority. As you will see from watching this video, Debbi shows us...

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Generation Wellness Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts to Give Your Favorite Educator

The holidays are here and you may be wondering what to give your favorite educator. We've got you covered with 11 of our favorite gifts for 2020:

1. Teach Peace T-Shirt
Give your favorite educator the gift of a new shirt with an inspiring message. This Teach Peace shirt is a great reminder of how important it is to teach social/emotional skills and mindfulness. Some schools encourage their entire staff to where these shirts on various days of the week to build positive school culture. This shirt is sure to bring a smile to their face!

Unisex T-Shirt Color: Dark Gray Fit: True to size Adult Sizes S-3X

https://www.generationwellness.shop/product/teach-peace-t-shirt-unisex-/19?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false

2. You Make A Difference Post Cards (set of 50)
One of the best gifts is a meaningful letter of gratitude. Give the gift that keeps on giving with these 50 postcards. Write a letter of gratitude to your favorite educator and give them the remaining 49...

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[RESOURCE] Let's Talk About It Webinar on 11.18.20

 

Do you remember the feeling you felt in May 2020 when the world watched George Floyd take his last breath?

Do you remember the discussions that followed?

Do you remember when we promised you that we wouldn't stop facilitating important discussion around equity, awareness, and social change, even when the media had stopped talking about it?

We are back and we hope you will join us tomorrow for the Fall 2020 LET'S TALK ABOUT IT.

Here is the link to register for the Zoom Call facilitated by Generation Wellness Trainer, RJay Barsh at November 18, 2020, 4pm PST:  www.generationwellness.com/lets-talk-about-it-registration

You are invited to ask an anonymous question after registering. The video above provides a few clips from the previous Let's Talk About It sessions. See you soon!

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The Annual Gratitude Apparel Sale is here!

 

It's that time of year again... The Annual Gratitude Apparel Sale is here! Why is all Generation Wellness apparel 20% off, you ask?

We could try to articulate our gratitude for you, but this year Alicia Keys said the words so beautifully in her song "Good Job":

"The mothers, the fathers, the teachers that reach us. Strangers to friends that show up in the end. From the bottom to the top, the listeners that hear us, this is for you, you make us fearless!"

Thank you for all the ways in which you show up for your students, staff, and your community. You matter. We love you. And now it's time to celebrate YOU!

Click here to start shopping now: https://www.generationwellness.shop/shop/apparel/2
Use the code: GRATITUDE

Sale ends November 8th, 2020

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[RESOURCE] Social/Emotional Learning Book List

We've created an SEL book list for you. These books help with teaching about the brain, mindfulness, connection, grief and many other topics. 

Click here to download the book list now

 

 

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[SPOTLIGHT] CA Head Start Equips 1,500+ Educators with Self-Care Resources

 

When Head Start centers closed in March, the staff were under an enormous amount of stress. They were now expected to work from home, which they had never done and they were also expected to teach children from home often times on a cellphone or an iPad.

California Head Start wanted to provide self-care strategies immediately to help ease the stress staff we're experiencing. Over 1,500 members participated in the Workplace Wellness Academy and staff were elated to find an easy to use resources that created a positive difference. One participant articulated, "I loved how this course made self-care simple and provided the empowerment and tools needed to affect positive change in my workplace. The entire course was amazing from the content to the handouts to the clear presentation!" 

Thank you for your dedication to staff wellness, Christine! You are a true Wellness Warrior!

Learn more about the Workplace Wellness Academy here.

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[TED Talk] Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

 

 

QUOTABLE: "What we need in education is a much better understanding of students and learning from a motivational and psychological perspective." - Angela Lee Duckworth

We invite you to watch this inspiring talk from Angela Lee Duckworth, an American academic, psychologist and popular science author who realized that IQ wasn't the thing separating the successful students from those who struggled.  She explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success. 

Source: https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance?language=en

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Staff Kick Off the School Year with Emotional Wellness

 

We would like to thank the 2,500 educators and all of the schools and organizations we had the opportunity of working with in August 2020. We know that this school year is different and we hope that you left our trainings feeling inspired and equipped with simple tools for a resilient school year. Thank you for everything you do!

Educators are the super heroes of our country and we know that you will always find a way to rise no matter the circumstances. This video provides a snippet of the back to school professional development virtual events. Keep shining!

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[RESOURCE] Empathy vs. Sympathy with Brene Brown


A great video to share with staff as we start a new school year filled with change, challenges, and the potential for transformation. Staff and students are stressed. Connection and empathy are going to be our super powers this school year.

[0:15] Empathy fuels connection.

[0:17] Sympathy drives disconnection

[0:30] 4 qualities of empathy

[1:00-2:30] Examples that show how empathy and sympathy are different.

Soul Pancake researched the effects of sympathy vs. empathy and on average people who received sympathy were less happy than people (happiness dropped by -6.71%) who received empathy (happiness increased by +6.92%). What is the different between sympathy and empathy? Empathy fuels connection while sympathy drives disconnection.

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[EXPERIMENT] Empathy in Action

This month’s experiment is about connecting with 1-3 people and sharpening our empathy super powers. What better time to do this than right now during so much uncertainty, stress, and grief with the pandemic? Everyone is facing some type of battle and connection is the key.

“Empathy is a way to connect to the emotion another person is experiencing; it doesn’t require that we have experienced the same situation they are going through.” -Brene Brown

Empathy is not trying to fix the problem or share your story, rather it’s about listening for understanding, validating emotions, and expressing words, body language, and tone that create a sense of “feeling felt”.

[EXPERIMENT] The invitation is to reach out to 1-3 people and connect with them. Maybe ask about their “rose” and “thorn” or “high” and “low” during this pandemic. Practice empathizing vs. sympathizing to increase feeling seen, heard,...

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