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Walk the Walk: Tips for Teachers to Integrate More Physical Activity Into Their Day
By Kat Krtnick Wilson, MBA

This blog is assurance that just a little bit of movement makes a big difference. Discover 5 easy ways for educators to add more physical activity to their workday and in turn, inspire students to also move more.

Educator Wellness
New Year, New Start: How to Make the Transition Back to Learning Less Stressful  
By Kaitlin Poock, LMSW

Instead of hitting the panic button the night before winter break ends, try these teacher tips and tricks for a smooth return to the classroom and your students.

Skill Development
Teaching & Learning
The Compassionate Classroom: Supporting Students with Vulnerable Nervous Systems 
By Tyler Gray, M.Ed

Students who have experienced trauma and constant change often have vulnerable nervous systems and emotional dysregulation, Here are 5 tips to help educators advocate for students in the foster care system.

Educator Wellness
Skill Development
Teaching & Learning
A Culture of Caring Requires Everybody: Key Takeaways from the 2023 Iowa BEST Summit
By Allison Bruhn, Ph.D.

The 2023 Iowa BEST Summit is in the books! Dr. Allison Bruhn shares three key takeaways, leading with "a culture of caring requires everybody."

Skill Development
It Makes Me Soooooo Mad:  Managing Upset in the Workplace
By Barry Schreier, Ph.D.

Workplaces can be like families and neighbors in that we typically do not get to pick who is a part of these groups. Often these relationships work marvelously and sometimes they can be difficult, stressful, and even contentious. Regardless, we have to manage work relationships. When relationships have tension in them, emotions can get heated, and tempers can flare. […]

Educator Wellness
Skill Development
Be Kinder to Yourself: The Power of Practicing Self-Compassion for Educators
By Kari Vogelgesang, Ph.D.

Practicing self-compassion can bring you inner peace and boost your overall well-being. Discover 5 ways to infuse self-compassion into your life and how it can power up your teaching, connectedness, and growth mindset.

Back to School
Leadership
From Stress to Success: 5 Winning Back-to-School Strategies for K-12 Administrators
By Brad Niebling, Ph.D.

As a K-12 school administrator, we feel the same anticipation and excitement as our staff and students for a new school year. However, the exhilaration of back-to-school season also comes with an added dose of responsibility, apprehension, and anxiety. Start the school year off right with these 5 wellness-driven strategies to cultivate positive social-emotional-behavioral health in both yourself and those you lead.

Educator Wellness
Skill Development
Achieve Calm and Focus: 4 Mindful Breathing Exercises Every Educator Should Try
By Zeus Pichardo Jr., MA

Mindful breathing isn't just one more thing for your to-do list. It is proven to support your overall health and mental well-being. Here are 4 simple mindful breathing exercises every educator should try to reduce stress and boost productivity.

Educator Wellness
Finding Balance: A Guide to Prioritizing Mental Health for Educators During the Summer Break
By Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic

Summer is often a much-anticipated time for educators to recharge and rejuvenate. But sometimes it can feel like there is a lot of pressure to squeeze in as many activities and appointments as possible. So how can you truly take care of your mental health and well-being without being overwhelmed? Check out these 4 tips to achieve a summer of wellness.

Skill Development
Teaching & Learning
Supporting Mental Health in Children with Autism
By Emily Shearer, MA

April is World Autism Month! To create an understanding and inclusive classroom environment, it is important to consider the various supports needed by students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, autistic children have unique needs when it comes to the area of mental health. One important thing to consider is that there are two common […]

Educator Wellness
Teaching & Learning
What to Do When Students Have Experienced Trauma
By Tara Tedrow

Have you ever looked at a student or asked them a simple question and it just set them off? Then for the next week, you replay the interaction in your head a million times, trying to figure out what it was you said or did that made them angry? The answer, while deep and hidden from […]

Teaching & Learning
Mindfulness in the Classroom: Tips & Tricks for Teachers
By Kaitlin Poock, LMSW

Tips for teachers to make mindfulness in the classroom seem a little more doable. Learn 8 step-by-step activities for different grade levels.

Teaching & Learning
How to Foster Creativity and Mental Wellness in the Classroom
By Claire McCall

Studies have shown the profound impact of creativity on students’ mental health and well-being. So, how can educators better facilitate the exploration and development of students’ capacity for imagination? Here are 3 ways to help you cultivate creativity in your K-12 classroom.

Educator Wellness
Managing Winter Break Transitions: Promoting Wellness for Self and Students
By Tevin Middleton, Certified Professional School Counselor, NCC

As an educator, winter break can be both a time of worry for your students and a much needed time off for yourself. Tevin Middleton, NCC shares 5 strategies to help your students ease into the long break (and back into the school routine) while still prioritizing your own wellness.

Educator Wellness
Please release the hamster: 8 tips for changing your routine
By Kelly Vinquist, Ph.D., BCBA

Step off the hamster wheel and find those precious moments for self-care. Dr. Kelly Vinquist shares 8 tips to help educators find their happy and be present.

Teaching & Learning
Belonging Begins with You: How to Build Strong Student-Teacher Relationships
By Allison Bruhn, Ph.D.

Building relationships with students is central to helping them feel like they belong. Whether you use formal or informal strategies to get to know your students, the ultimate goal is to make them feel like they matter. Allison Bruhn, Ph.D. shares 5 ways educators can create a positive classroom climate and foster a sense of belonging.

Back to School
Educator Wellness
Caring for Myself While Caring for Others: Back to School Edition
By Barry Schreier, Ph.D.

As an educator, you are worried about the mental health and well-being of your students and possibly your own. How can you feel more confident in your ability to help students? Learn five ways to better care for yourself and your students while working and living in our current world.

Leadership
Skill Development
Why every K-12 administrator should attend the Iowa BEST Summit
By Brad Niebling, Ph.D.

Discover why the Iowa BEST Summit is a can't-miss professional event for K-12 school, district, and AEA administrators. Brad Niebling, Ph.D. shares his own experience at last's year event, and how the Summit will help support your students' social-emotional-behavioral health, build your network, boost your energy, and enhance your leadership skills.

Back to School
Educator Wellness
5 wellness tips to help educators transition back to school
By Alissa Doobay, Ph.D.

For teachers, back-to-school season is particularly poignant. We will likely feel a range of emotions – all of which are natural and valid. Dr. Alissa Doobay shares 5 wellness tips to assist educators in mindfully shifting their focus back to the academic year.