There is no single reopening strategy for schools/organizations. Context matters, culture matters, community engagement matters. While strategies can be identified, they need to be tailored to locations and individuals.
-Karen Gross, Back To School: What’s The Plan?
Our consultation and programs help cultivate a commitment to wellbeing that lives at the core of (a) student learning and engagement in school life, (b) teacher commitment and efficacy, and (c) community cohesion and loyalty. The wellbeing of the people in your community is a reflection of your values.
At Re-Set we listen to “pandemic school” experiences from students, administrators, teachers, staff and parents. We hear educators and students express fear about engaging with “divisive issues” such as race and gender. When the community is operating under acute and chronic stress, those who feel like they belong at school and those who know someone at school cares about their wellbeing, fare best. An integrated, holistic approach to wellbeing cultivates essential connections between and among people. Relationships are the heart of a compassionate school culture.
White Paper published November 2020
Wellbeing Programs and Strategies
Back-To-School and Other Transitions
Acknowledging the ways we have been, and continue to be, affected by Covid-19 is a vital component of your transition back to school. A 2 hour session before or at the beginning of the term helps faculty and staff understand the impact that coping with multiple crises is having on our bodies and psyches. Working with this profound mind-body experience, Re-Set helps connect the adult community and provides strategies for contending with the uncertainties ahead.
There may be additional transitions during the school year: moving to hybrid or remote learning, temporarily closing school due to infections, changes in the school calendar or schedule. During the school year, adults and students alike will benefit from Re-Set’s personalized programs. We are able to respond quickly, help with needs assessment and provide the support and guidance you need.
Supporting School Leaders with Professional Forums
Your school leaders have been uniquely tested and will continue to face leadership challenges and opportunities in 2021/2022. Many administrators are working with depleted resources and inadequate support. Participating in a facilitated, professional forum, is a powerful means for gaining support, cultivating strategy and creating community with peers. Bringing together people who have similar jobs/positions yet work at different schools across the country, provides space for members to share openly and authentically. Forums run September to June and meet once a month.
Coaching for Leadership Teams
Acute and chronic stressors affect the capacity of leadership teams to communicate and collaborate effectively. One way to provide additional support for the administrators tasked with running the school is to help them as a group grow communication capacity and build collaboration skills. Jennifer Bryan facilitates monthly coaching sessions, providing a supportive, collegial learning opportunity for teams to reflect on how well they are functioning and to practice relevant skills. These sessions can adapt to prevailing needs of the group throughout the school year.
Wellbeing Strategy Consultation
Given the uncertainty of the school year ahead, growing the connectedness, cohesion and compassion of your community is a wise strategy. Jennifer Bryan can help you build a proactive wellbeing strategy, create targeted programs for various constituents and respond to the challenges of 2021/2022 in a steady, professional, innovative manner.