Collective Care and Wellness Series
Throughout the next few years, the Office of School Support will offer a new series of district-sponsored wellness activities for staff. Schools will also have the opportunity to create staff relaxation spaces, or participate in relationship building and wellness activities as a school community (information coming soon!). Join us for upcoming opportunities!
Find Calm in the Chaos with Dr. Joi Lewis
Through online modules + four virtual live sessions with Dr. Joi Lewis we will offer a brave and sacred space for those who want to increase their capacity for Healing Justice (Radical Self-Care + Social Justice) to become a part of building a healed future. Participants will deepen their knowledge, skills and abilities to engage the community in challenging conversations about social justice, racial justice, radical self-care, toxic stress, oppression-induced trauma, conflict, crisis, and change, all without concern of shame and blame. The course learning platform is based on Dr. Joi's book Healing: The Act of Radical Self-Care.
- Sessions will be virtual on April 19, 26, May 3, May 10 from 4:30-6 p.m.
- Supplemental Pay (for all staff) or Lane Change (for TAs/EAs) is available, if sessions are outside of duty day
- Participants should commit to attending all sessions and complete an application if interested in participating. LINK: Dr. Joi Sessions Application Form
Ongoing (in partnership with staff wellness)
- NEW! Staff bike ride on Thursday, May 12 organized by SPPS Staff Wellness and Safe Routes to School. Learn more at this link: Staff Slow Ride
- Virtual staff yoga offered through employee wellness. Learn more and sign up on the link: Virtual Staff Yoga
- Virtual staff meditation offered through employee wellness. Learn more and sign up on the link: Virtual Staff Meditation
Why this series?
Every member of the SPPS Community plays a role in cultivating collective wellness and a healthy school and district culture. As we increase our collective wellness, it will improve relationships among adults, in classrooms, in schools, and in district offices and help improve school and district climate. This is at the root of Social Emotional Learning (SEL).
Though we have all been affected in different ways, we’ve all faced challenges in the past few years. When we acknowledge the harm of negative culture and the history of trauma and systemic racism, recognize recent tragedy and losses, when we make changes allowing people to heal, only then can we move forward with a vision that cultivates wellness for individuals leading to strong relationships.
"It is crucially important for us to take care of ourselves and for our school systems to take care of us so that we can take care of our students. Essentially, the first relationship we have is with ourselves” --Dr. Dena Simmons (from here)