Generation Wellness Blog

Equipping students + staff with the tools to thrive in school + in life. We are the generation of wellness.

[SPOTLIGHT] WOOP Goals Provide Connection + Consistency with Julie Bruey

 

Julie Bruey is a high school english teacher who values learning her learners and teaching important life skills. In this episode of the GW Spotlight, Julie shares her insights about creating connection and consistency through WOOP Goals. Push play to learn:

  • The definition of WOOP Goals
  • How to teach intentions and goal-setting
  • Why the WOOP Goal routine matters
  • How students and staff respond to this weekly practice
  • Ideas for creating your WOOP Goal practice
  • The #1 result from consistently teaching/practicing WOOP Goals

With all of the uncertainty and constant change over the last year, consistent routines are needed more than ever. As you will see from watching this video, Julie shows us that these routines don't take much time, but creates massive positive impact. Thank you for your dedication to staff wellness, Julie! You are a true Wellness Warrior!

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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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[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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[SPOTLIGHT] Tumwater School District: Staying Well During A Pandemic

 

While all of us are familiar with the recommendations to stay physically healthy - wash your hands, cover your cough, practice social distancing, sanitize high-touch areas - Tumwater School District quickly realized that we also need to tend to the social/emotional health needs of our staff, students and their families. Being hurled into completely unknown territory - some dealing with the stresses of a lost job, sick loved ones, anxiety, and more - Tumwater School District quickly partnered with Lyndsay Morris, Founder of Generation Wellness and BHHS alumni, to address these important aspects.

TSD has committed to staff, student and community wellness by utilizing a phase-in system to provide ongoing resources, utilizing grant funds, as they endure the challenges of the pandemic:

Phase 1: Staff Wellness 

Learn more about the Workplace Wellness Academy here.

Phase 2: Family Wellness

Learn more about the Family Wellness Toolkit here.

Phase 3: School...

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[SPOTLIGHT] Bridget Schroedel, Assistant Principal

 

Generation Wellness Spotlight: Bridget Schroedel believes that discipline means to teach, not to shame. She is an innovative administrator bringing simple tools and interventions to her school and community that are creating massive impact. One example: After attending the Generation Wellness training in 2019, Bridget and staff dedicated an entire classroom to teaching and learning self-regulation. Their behavior referrals have decreased by 50% in just four months of implementation. Thank you for your dedication to a generation of wellness and sharing your shine with the world!

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[SPOTLIGHT] Educating the Whole Child District-Wide with Beth Bourque

 
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[SPOTLIGHT] From Service Project to CNN: Simple Steps that Create Massive Impact

 

Service projects are a great way to build community, empower students to dream big, and help others.

In this episode of the Generation Wellness Spotlight, you will:

- Find out why two WA state educators decided to create this service project and the ripple effect it created.

- Hear how a school district and local community raised over $20,000 to build two schools in Kenya.

- Learn ideas and specific strategies for implementing successful service projects. 

The Generation Wellness Spotlight highlights educators around the world who have attended the Generation Wellness training. We believe in sharing the good work that our #wellnesswarriors are doing to create a better school, community, and world. If you have a story you would like to share, email us at: [email protected].

Interested in starting a service project at your school? Access the complete kit with example forms, flyers, emails, and more here:

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[SPOTLIGHT] How to Create School-Wide Morning Meetings with Anne Malver

 

Morning Meetings are a great way to kick off the school day with success... building community, setting intentions, and preparing the brain for learning.

In this episode of the Generation Wellness Spotlight, you will:

- Understand "the why" of Morning Meetings.

- Hear how this school in Eatonville, WA begins each morning together (yes, ALL students and staff in the gym).

- Learn ideas and specific strategies for implementing successful Morning Meetings. 

For more information about Anne Malver (School Counselor in Eatonville School District) and her new book, click here.

The Generation Wellness Spotlight highlights educators around the world who have attended the Generation Wellness training. We believe in sharing the good work that our #wellnesswarriors are doing to create a better school, community, and world. If you have a story you would like to share, email us at: [email protected]

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[SPOTLIGHT] How to Create a Mindfulness + SEL Elective for Elementary Students

Wellness Warrior Spotlight
Name: Anne Malver
Occupation: Elementary School Counselor

How were you able to create a Wednesday Elective Period at the Elementary level?  

This was started in one of our elementary schools in the districts and our principal decided to adopt it as well. Our teaching staff LOVE it.  Teachers are able to bring their passions to students each week for 40 minutes during this elective period. We have two 40-minute elective periods every Wednesday - one for K-2, the other for 3-5. Some teachers and students grow plants in our greenhouse while others teach drawing and painting.  We have one staff member teaching coding and another taking students outside, and teaching wilderness survival skills. Our music instructor teaches students bucket drumming while another staff member teaches drama. The list goes on... Anything goes during this elective time!

What activities/curriculum are your students working through during this elective?   

I...

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[SPOTLIGHT] Teaching Mindfulness with Mallory Neuman

Wellness Warrior Spotlight

Name: Mallory Neuman
Occupation: High School Counselor

What skills have you focused on teaching this year?
Self-regulation and stress relief through guided relaxations and breathing exercises.

Working in a high school is busy and it seems there's a never ending to do list of standards to meet, tests and work/college to prep for and constant activities, assemblies and events. How is there time to teach these skills to ALL student at West Seattle High School?
As a high school counselor, you have to make time.  I’ll usually start a classroom lesson with a few minutes of deep breathing, before we get into the content.  We’ve also built lessons into our school-wide advisory curriculum, so even though I’m not personally delivering the lessons the students are learning about the benefits of mindfulness. Finally, I’ll work with departments who already understand the need for SEL and mindfulness (PE and World Language at the moment)...

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