Sustaining your wellness for the long haul

Presenters: Angel Montoya, Christopher J. Cormier, & Nancy L. Markowitz

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As we approach the midpoint of this challenging school year, skyrocketing stress levels are understandable. But they don’t have to lead to burnout. On this webinar, presenters will discuss how to cope when your energy reserves are depleted but the challenges just keep coming. They will share strategies for caring for yourself and colleagues so everyone can thrive for the long haul. Participants will: Learn why their own well-being is foundational to students’ well-being and learning; Examine symptoms and patterns of burnout; Discover eight dimensions of wellness and how to nurture them; Consider the unique challenges facing teachers of color and how to address them; and Learn how to embody and apply a social, emotional, and cultural framework to teaching and learning.

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Angel Montoya is an anti-racist educator and researcher in Denver, Colorado. She is dean of students at Northeast Early College in Denver. Previously, she served as dean of students and cultural and linguistically responsive instructional support specialist in Albuquerque (New Mexico) Public Schools and as a language arts teacher. She completed her Doctorate of Education at the University of Colorado Denver, specializing in leadership for educational equity with an emphasis in Latinx communities. She is an advocate for humane and inclusive education for students of color and the educators who serve them. She has found that there is a deep connection to one’s eight dimensions of wellness and ability to engage in critical consciousness and to address anti-racism in their individual and professional life, which has become a primary focus of her research.

Christopher J. Cormier is a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University in the Graduate School of Education. His recent research focuses on the mental health of teachers across the United States. He has also conducted research on the underrepresentation of teachers of color in special education and the overrepresentation of minoritized students in special education, both domestically and internationally. He earned a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Nancy L. Markowitz is the founder and executive director of the Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child (CRTWC) and professor emerita in the Department of Teacher Education at San José State University. Her most recent work includes the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Teacher Educator Institute, an innovative program to scale the Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child’s framework for integrating social, emotional, and cultural competencies into teaching. She started her career as an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and as a K–8 private school administrator. She went on to receive a Ph.D. and be selected as a Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Scholar. Her passion is to transform schools into places where both students and their teachers learn and thrive.

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