The Teaching Well

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The Teaching Well is a non-profit that was started by teachers for teachers. We believe that the health and well being of educators makes a critical difference in school culture, teacher retention, and the lives of students. We are committed to cultivating healthy, resilient educators by providing a variety of experiential, somatic-based workshops and in person offerings for educators, school sites and districts.

Mission: We believe that transformation of our public school system relies on the millions of adults who lead within it, and that when these adults are healthy, emotionally regulated, and empowered, all children will thrive.

#selfcare #hardwork #balance #teacherselfcare #fillthewell #mindfulmentoring #selfreflection #happyteacherschangetheworl...
02/26/2020

#selfcare #hardwork #balance #teacherselfcare #fillthewell #mindfulmentoring #selfreflection #happyteacherschangetheworld

02/25/2020
Dr. Jordan Fairley

Thanks Dr. Jordan Fairley for helping us share our story! We believe that students will thrive when teachers are also supported to thrive! Join our cause by clicking the link below.

Keeping Oakland teachers in Oakland... 70% of teachers are leaving in 5 years!

The Teaching Well is providing opportunities for teachers to stay healthy, connected to their purpose and committed to student long term
⚠️You can help by donating: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/teaching-well-inc/replenishing-the-well-help-grow-theteachingwell

Make your gift today to help us shift educators from burnout to sustainability. Visit theteachingwell.org/donate #tapthe...
02/19/2020

Make your gift today to help us shift educators from burnout to sustainability. Visit theteachingwell.org/donate #tapthewellwithin #teacherwellbeing #teacherwellness

Only two more days left in our givng campagn. We are amazed at how many donors have shown their support. Will you be one...
02/18/2020

Only two more days left in our givng campagn. We are amazed at how many donors have shown their support. Will you be one of them? Visit the http://www.theteachingwell.org/donate to make your contribution to teacher wellbeing! #tapthewellwithin #teacherwellbeing #teacherwellness

“The vagus nerve is one of the pathways through which the body and brain talk to each other in an unconscious conversati...
02/17/2020
Opinion | The Wisdom Your Body Knows

“The vagus nerve is one of the pathways through which the body and brain talk to each other in an unconscious conversation. Much of this conversation is about how we are relating to others. Human thinking is not primarily about individual calculation, but about social engagement and cooperation.”

You are not just thinking with your brain.

Did you know that half of teachers quit within the first five years of teaching? We are working to change this statistic...
02/17/2020

Did you know that half of teachers quit within the first five years of teaching? We are working to change this statistic. Join us in interrupting the chronic teacher turnover cycle by making your donation today by visiting theteachingwell.org . #tapthewellwithin #teacherwellbeing #teacherwellness

We are in awe of all the generostiy sent to us towards our Replenishing The Well giving campaign. Join in to the efforts...
02/17/2020

We are in awe of all the generostiy sent to us towards our Replenishing The Well giving campaign. Join in to the efforts by clicking on the link in our bio to donate! #tapthewellwithin #teacherwellbeing #teacherwellness

Thanks for all the love, we've now raised $2,082 towards our goal of $12,000. Make your gift today so that we can reach ...
02/15/2020

Thanks for all the love, we've now raised $2,082 towards our goal of $12,000. Make your gift today so that we can reach our goal and continue to support teachers.#teacherwellbeing #teacherwellness #tapthewellwithin

HUGE NEWS ✨ The Quest Foundation has offered to match donations up to $18,000 (!!) for our #replenishthewell campaign! N...
02/13/2020

HUGE NEWS ✨ The Quest Foundation has offered to match donations up to $18,000 (!!) for our #replenishthewell campaign! NOW is a great time to make your gift to @theteachingwell at theteachingwell.org / link also in bio ✨ #tapthewellwithin #healyourself #radicalmindfulness #educationforliberation #putonyourownoxygenmaskfirst #teacherinspiration #matchgrant #sustainableresourcing #mindfulnesspractice

Happy spring! This week at The Teaching Well, we're working to grow our base of monthly donors, who are invested in help...
02/12/2020
Donate Now | Replenishing the Well: Help Grow The Teaching Well by The Teaching Well

Happy spring! This week at The Teaching Well, we're working to grow our base of monthly donors, who are invested in helping expand our work to more school communities.

By stepping into monthly contribution, you are able to make a large and steady impact over time, without breaking the budget! Please join us in giving $5, $10, or $25/month and supporting educators to #tapthewellwithin

Our work shifts teachers from burnout to sustainability. Help us expand our reach this year!The Teaching Well is a Bay Area-based nonprofit founded by teachers, for te...

“If we have to let go and begin again a thousand times, that’s fine. That’s the practice.” -Sharon Salzberg ...#mindfuln...
02/10/2020

“If we have to let go and begin again a thousand times, that’s fine. That’s the practice.” -Sharon Salzberg
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#mindfulnesspractice #teacherselfcare #radicalacceptance #radicalpractice #mindfulmentoring #cultivatingawareness #consciousteachers #mindfuleducators #fillingourwell #teacherssupportingteachers #adultsel #beginagainandagain #beginnersmind #learningforlife

“If you have to let go & begin again a thousand times, that’s fine. That’s the practice.” -Sharon Salzburg ...#mindfulne...
02/10/2020

“If you have to let go & begin again a thousand times, that’s fine. That’s the practice.” -Sharon Salzburg
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#mindfulnesspractice #teacherwellbeing #healthyworkplace #healthyschools #mindfulmentoring #tapthewellwithin #teacherinspiration #youareworthit #healyourself #humanizingeducation #radicalmindfulness #radicalacceptance

Natural Parenting Mommas
02/02/2020

Natural Parenting Mommas

"We need help. Someone to talk to, someone who will listen, someone whose job is to make things just a little easier. Th...
01/09/2020
'Cry when you get home’: Teachers need therapy to process the trauma of urban classrooms | Opinion

"We need help. Someone to talk to, someone who will listen, someone whose job is to make things just a little easier. The kind of help we give our students every day."

That is what we offer through The Teaching Well. If you work at a Bay Area or LA Area school and you think that a partnership with The Teaching Well would benefit you and your school, send us a message! We're in the planning stages for next school year. We can do this. We can show up for students and our communities. We're in this together.

Nearly half of all teachers say that they experience high levels of stress, and it doesn’t take much to see how such stress manifests itself in Philadelphia.

Guitars In The Classroom
01/09/2020
Guitars In The Classroom

Guitars In The Classroom

"Teachers need release valves, and hashing it out with other teachers or sobbing when you get home can do only so much. We need professional help, just as any professional who shoulders so much trauma would." MUSIC HEALS.

“The brain-disease model overlooks four fundamental truths: (1) our capacity to destroy one another is matched by our ca...
12/13/2019
The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma

“The brain-disease model overlooks four fundamental truths: (1) our capacity to destroy one another is matched by our capacity to heal one another. Restoring relationships and community is central to restoring well-being; (2) language gives us the power to change ourselves and others by communicating our experiences, helping us to define what we know, and finding a common sense of meaning; (3) we have the ability to regulate our own physiology, including some of the so-called involuntary functions of the body and brain, through such basic activities as breathing, moving, and touching; and (4) we can change social conditions to create environments in which children and adults can feel safe and where they can thrive.”

“When our senses become muffled, we no longer feel fully alive… If you have a comfortable connection with your inner sensations … you will feel in charge of your body, your feelin…

#teacherwellbeing #healthyworkplace #mindfulmentoring #tapthewellwithin #educatorwellbeing #selfcarefortherealworld #min...
12/13/2019

#teacherwellbeing #healthyworkplace #mindfulmentoring #tapthewellwithin #educatorwellbeing #selfcarefortherealworld #mindfulnesspractice #educatorsustainability #teacherstransformingtheworld #healyourself #findyourmedicineanduseit #transformativevessel #fillyourwell

“Our words to our kids when they are upset can either break them down or build them up. These phrases will build your ch...
12/12/2019
10 Emotion-Coaching Phrases to Use When Your Child is Upset

“Our words to our kids when they are upset can either break them down or build them up. These phrases will build your child’s emotional intelligence — these are soul-building phrases.”

This is an excellent resource for educators and anyone working with children. The printable at the end could be shared with families at parent/teacher conferences!

Our words can hurt or heal when our kids are upset. Build your child up with these 10 phrases that will coach your child through big emotions and connect with their hearts. Give your child the gift of emotional intelligence and set them up for life.

The Teaching Well will be presenting at the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC) Pacific Southwest C...
12/07/2019

The Teaching Well will be presenting at the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC) Pacific Southwest Conference on January 16th, 2020! At this conference for school leaders, we will be presenting on Creating School and District Systems for Employee Sustainability and Wellness:

This training tackles the complexity and opportunity of leading school organizations, cultures, agencies, and environments with a sustainability lens by focusing on school employee wellness. We start with the personal sustainability of school site leaders and district personnel. We provide tools, dialogue, and resources for leaders to hone their well-being in authentic leadership. We will explore new lenses for approaching the reality of leading in high-trauma, under-resourced environments, along with navigating the challenging adult dynamics this context can create for on-site and district-level leaders. The training explores the impact of our natural stress responses and how to navigate while creating healthy boundaries that support sustainability for self and others.

Audience: School site teams, district leadership, school board of directors’ members, county/region office of education leadership, state department of education leadership.

There are still spots available for our Winter 2020 Learning Institute - six NO-COST, state-of-the-art, intensive learning sessions for the mental health workforce and school mental health workforce of: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau.

Each session is a day-long learning experience. Participants are welcome to attend one full-day session or up to three full-day sessions.

Secure your spot today! bit.ly/mhttc-winterinstitute

Please register by December 20, 2019. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: We kindly request that you only register for sessions you are confident you will attend. If you are no longer able to attend, please contact us at [email protected] so that we may provide your space to another participant.

“We all have an innate capacity to heal,” Catalyst director Suzanne Koepplinger says. “But to tap into that, first we mu...
12/01/2019
To Confront Effects of Trauma, Start with Self-Care

“We all have an innate capacity to heal,” Catalyst director Suzanne Koepplinger says. “But to tap into that, first we must recognize that trauma lives in our mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, the healing must take place in our mind, body and spirit.”

Resilience practices and culturally rooted health traditions show promise for overcoming trauma in real-life settings.

“After exploring scientific research on how the brain uses sleep to process trauma, she became transfixed by the idea of...
11/18/2019
The Atlanta Nap Ministry preaches the liberating power of rest

“After exploring scientific research on how the brain uses sleep to process trauma, she became transfixed by the idea of rest as a form of reparations and sleep deprivation as an issue of racial and social justice. Rest wasn’t just personal; it was political.”

Tricia Hersey, founder of the Nap Ministry: “How can we resist these toxic systems that want us to be disconnected, that want us to work 80 hours a week, that want us to feel like we’re not worthy unless we’re producing something? This isn’t just about naps.”

WeAreTeachers
11/06/2019

WeAreTeachers

Just a thought.

“Stress and smoke have a major affect on our wellbeing. Breathing in particulate matter from smoke can exacerbate asthma...
10/28/2019
Fire Support: Herbs for Lungs and Trauma

“Stress and smoke have a major affect on our wellbeing. Breathing in particulate matter from smoke can exacerbate asthma and heart disease, and cause respiratory irritation and shortness of breath. Children, the elderly, and animals are particularly susceptible to smoke inhalation. Trauma can cause nervous instability, insomnia, and deep stress on your immune system and your flight/fight response (endocrine system).

Here are some key herbs and foods you can integrate into your routine during these difficult times.”

My heart is heavy for all of those affected by the current Northern California Fires. Heavy. Close friends have lost their homes, many have evacuated. Many are still scared. There is so much trauma around losing a home, losing a community, a piece of land you knew and understood, animals that you wi...

“It’s critical that these efforts are school or district-wide, says Jessica Lander, because an inordinate emphasis on se...
10/25/2019
'I Didn't Know It Had a Name': Secondary Traumatic Stress and Educators

“It’s critical that these efforts are school or district-wide, says Jessica Lander, because an inordinate emphasis on self-care or “resilience” without adequate supports places too much of the burden on the individual educator.”

Caring about students can come with a price. Self-care helps, but schools need to take the lead in helping educators cope with STS.

Educator family! Margarita Acosta and Sonya Mehta from the Teaching Well team will be presenting at the (free!) Teachers...
10/12/2019

Educator family! Margarita Acosta and Sonya Mehta from the Teaching Well team will be presenting at the (free!) Teachers for Social Justice (T4SJ) conference in SF today! 💪🏾💖

We’d love to have you join us in the afternoon block from 3-4:45pm in room 207 of John O’Connell HS. Details on our sesh:

Filling Our Well – Investing in Teachers’ Health & Wellbeing to Promote Educational Equity

In this session, participants will learn about the biology of stress and trauma through the lens of the education system. Through a somatic-based process, participants will learn to identify their own stress signals, understand how they carry stress in their bodies, and learn tangible ways to support themselves and their colleagues with stress resilience, emotional regulation, and sustainability. Specifically, the session will use a dynamic and interactive combination of learning through listening, conversation, writing, drawing, mindfulness, and somatic practices to cover: What is trauma and how does it affect the nervous system? How do teachers’ bodies respond to working in classrooms and communities with high exposure to trauma? How can teachers and others on the frontlines of the education system manage their trauma exposure to prevent burnout and be their best selves in the work? What tools can you add to your toolkit to calm your nervous system to tap into deeper resiliency, sustainability, and longevity in your work as an educator?

#T4SJ #tapthewellwithin ✨

The Teaching Well will be at this Saturday's FREE Teacher's 4 Social Justice Conference in San Francisco at John O'Conne...
10/09/2019
Teachers 4 Social Justice

The Teaching Well will be at this Saturday's FREE Teacher's 4 Social Justice Conference in San Francisco at John O'Connell High School!

We'll be tabling all morning and presenting from 3-4:45pm. Come say hello!

Our Workshop Description:

Filling Our Well: Investing in Teachers’ Health & Wellbeing to Promote Educational Equity

Target Audience: All educators, administrators, and community members

Workshop summary:

In this session, participants will learn about the biology of stress and trauma through the lens of the education system. Through a somatic-based process, participants will learn to identify their own stress signals, understand how they carry stress in their bodies, and learn tangible ways to support themselves and their colleagues with stress resilience, emotional regulation, and sustainability.

Specifically, the session will use a dynamic and interactive combination of learning through listening, conversation, writing, drawing, mindfulness, and somatic practices to cover:
What is trauma and how does it affect the nervous system?
How do teachers’ bodies respond to working in classrooms and communities with high exposure to trauma?
How can teachers and others on the frontlines of the education system manage their trauma exposure to prevent burnout and be their best selves in the work?
What tools can you add to your toolkit to calm your nervous system when experiencing chronic stress, trauma exposure, or fatigue, to tap into deeper resiliency, sustainability, and longevity in your work as an educator?

Facilitators:
Sonya Mehta, M.Ed., Director of Partnerships at The Teaching Well & Margarita Acosta, M.Ed., Mindful Support Specialist at The Teaching Well

Check out our amazing workshops and presenters, it's still not too late to register at www.t4sj.org!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ex6lFG2NaXNkl6d3lkbVdkVFp3YTE1M2dFQ0ROY2oxLWZz/view?usp=sharing

Meditation Techniques
10/03/2019

Meditation Techniques

It is important to remember that self-care doesn’t have to be a solo journey. Each of us is part of a community, and bio...
09/26/2019

It is important to remember that self-care doesn’t have to be a solo journey. Each of us is part of a community, and biologically, we all evolved to rely on one another for support and reassurance. Self-care is very much about how we give and receive support from others, and how much we are able to find, create and connect to healthy communities. The Bay Area is a special place in that there is a long history of community involvement here, and many residents here have a deep passion for community wellness.
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Photo from @ancestralapothecary from one of their herbal medicine classes in Oakland. If you’re interested in deepening your own knowledge base and connecting to your roots they have a variety of herbal medicine courses tapping into the indigenous wisdom of cultures from all over the world. What do you already know about your own ancestral medicine?
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#herbalmedicine #knowthyself #findyourmedicineanduseit #ancestralapothecary #leanonme #collectivewisdom #collectivecare

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The Teaching Well works in partnership with schools to more effectively support, retain, and leverage the brilliance of their educators. Together, we heal adult culture and create thriving school ecosystems by providing tools for healthy dialogue, emotional regulation, and mindful stress resilience.

We believe that transformation of our public school system relies on the millions of adults who lead within it, and that when these adults are healthy, emotionally regulated, and empowered, all children will thrive.

Our programming model consists of a three-year suite of professional development, alongside regular 1:1 mentoring for administrators and teachers focused on well-being and sustainability. In addition, we offer data-driven feedback on teacher retention and strategic consulting on systemic transformation.


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We are never too young to learn the gift of mindfulness! #mindfulbabies #presentmomen #wonderfulmoment #teachthemwell
Grief sensitive schools - yes!
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If you weren't able to join us today, remember that you can always come back and view the video and participate at your own leisure! I am feeling blessed by those who participated and shared such insightful, appreciative feedback! Have a wonderful evening family
ITS MID - OCTOBER I find that the fatigue, tiredness, and mental exhaustion that often come in October are actually invitations to lean into my flow. By this point in the school year, most of us have laid the foundation for the rest of the semester, but the honeymoon is over and we're starting to meet real challenges - with students, colleagues, systems and in ourselves. Our bodies are beginning to talk to us and let us know we're reaching the "fatigue zone," and rest, restoration and rejuvenation are required. As both of these realities settle within us- the need for rest and the need to stay strong till the holidays - we find ourselves at the intersections of discipline and surrender - and if we can find that magical place where we're doing work that matters, while also trusting the process and nurturing ourselves, we find ourselves in the Flow. SURRENDER What can you let go of to create more ease in your life right now? Who and what can you call upon to be your support and foundation? What would it look like to practice more trust? What part of you needs to be unleashed so more parts of you can rest, relax and soar? DISCIPLINE What core values guide you during challenging times? What are you committed to, in yourself and in your work? What are you unwilling to compromise, no matter what happens? Who are you accountable to, and why? What can you do each day, to stay connected to your larger goals and values, so that when the holidays come, you feel both ready to relax and also proud of your progress??? YOUR TURN What are your self care strategies during the October grind?? What does this reflection bring up for you? What would you like me to discuss during our Live! talk tomorrow??? Comment below! And share!!!
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