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Invest in Resilience

Invest in YOU: Restore, Refresh, and Reset in Time for Fall

We know it’s been a strange year.

The COVID-19 pandemic, and now the crisis around racial equity, will create an environment of stress and uncertainty this school year. Now that it’s summer, take the time to invest in your own resilience as you look ahead toward fall.

Explore 12 weeks of curated content designed to get you restored, rejuvenated, and reset in time for the next school year. And leave you with healthy habits to tackle any challenge. 

We will update this toolkit weekly. Keep checking back for new resources to read.

Celebrating

The Small Things are Worth Celebrating

Charles W. Chestnutt, the late 18th-century author and political activist wrote, “We sometimes underestimate the influence of little things.” It is easy to do it — underestimate something due to its size. We set these big goals or expectations for ourselves and for others, and when they aren’t met or when things come short…[]

Get Ready, Get Set … UnWind! Taking Some Time for You

You did it! You made it through the end of the school year — which is an accomplishment each and every year, but never so more than this year, when your classroom was taken away from you. For most, you lost your class in a way you never had to navigate before, all within a…[]

31 Days of Unwind: Your July Relaxation Guide

Hot weather, school’s out, and the days are long…the perfect ingredients for unwinding the body and mind. Don’t fret about how best to spend the time – use our daily calendar of suggestions to give you ideas. 

Reflecting

Reflecting by Journaling

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart – William Wordsworth We’ve all had a lot happen in the past several months. Emphasis: A LOT. Think about the changes we’ve all endured in such a short amount of time. Have you been able to process it all? Now that it’s summer and you have…[]

20 Ways to Get Started Journaling for Mental and Spiritual Health

You did it! You made it through the end of the school year — which is an accomplishment each and every year, but never so more than this year, when your classroom was taken away from you. For most, you lost your class in a way you never had to navigate before, all within a…[]

Download These Journaling Templates

Sometimes, the hardest part of reflecting is taking the time to do so. Habits can take up to three months to form, so to help with the pursuit of goal setting and journaling, we wanted to share some templates that you can use. In this downloadable packet are four different formats — find the one…[]

Unbroken

Bringing Heart to the Center of COVID

Even the littlest acts of kindness can go a long way. When COVID started to shut down schools, educators did what they always do — they stepped it up to help their students and their community better cope with their new norm and they tried to bring some heart to the center of COVID…[]

Educators – An Unbroken Spirit

In a time of crisis, amazing things can happen. You don’t have to look far back into history to see how individuals can respond with innovation and resilience instead of subsiding to what could have been a perilous ending. During World War II, the world saw innovations that changed the world as we knew it…[]

Join Us for Unbroken: the Webinar

Join us on Wednesday, July 29th at 1pm PT/4 pm ET to hear from the curriculum’s designer, award-winning social studies teacherpreneur, Heather Fuller.

Unwinding

Unwind with Hobbies to Spark Creativity and Imagination

As educators, you are often creating new experiences for your students and trying to encourage them to try something new. But when was the last time YOU tried something new? Why not try and step outside of your comfort level and see where it takes you?  Look, there are a lot of reasons why you…[]

The Art of Downtime

Going through life too fast The amount of information that is at our disposal through modern technology is more than we could have ever imagined even 10 years ago. There is so much stimulation that our brains have yet to evolve in an effective way to handle it all. And with COVID-19, our world has…[]

Giving Permission for YOU Time

Taking care of yourself is a valid goal on its own, and it helps you support the people you love. – National Alliance on Mental Illness As an educator, your profession involves teaching children or teens, supporting your school and parent community, and basically giving it your all! Sometimes embodying your role as an educator…[]

Empowering

Resilient Educator’s Recommended Reading List

How many of you dreaded the summer reading list during your school years? Be honest! I was a voracious reader, yet would read anything and everything except those titles mandated by next year’s teacher; it was an annual battle each summer. Now as adults, many of us yearn to find the time to pop a…[]

Why Do You Teach? Six-Word Challenge

As a former teacher, my New Year didn’t start on January 1st. Rather, it would begin at the start of the school year come August or September. And even though I’m not in the classroom anymore, I still find myself buying a new pack of pencils or scented markers each fall to mark the occasion…[]

Perseverance

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Book  Club Recommendations

From as early as the 1600s, book clubs have been a way for people to connect, reflect, and grow together. Book clubs have spanned mail-order businesses, bookstores, libraries, TV shows (thank you, Oprah!), and online forums. It is estimated that there are more than 5 million book club members in the United States alone.  As…[]

Dr. Seuss’s Words of Wisdom from “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” and Other Books

Many of us grew up loving Dr. Seuss books. To this day, you probably can recite at the very least a line or two of his rhymes by heart. Kids worship him, parents adore him, and teachers revere him. We teachers, in particular, have created Pinterest boards galore showcasing classroom projects, bulletin boards, and learning…[]

Resilient Habits

Long days and free time provide a great opportunity to incorporate self-wellness into your lifestyle. Explore these strategies to fortify your mind and body. Discover more teacher wellbeing activities.

Deep Readings

Explore some philosophy, current events, and thoughts about resilience from our handpicked, curated selection of book titles. And don’t forget to share the list with your fellow teachers, students, parents, and anyone else who may benefit from these great readings!

Salt in My Soul

Mallory Smith

Salt in my Soul

Mallory Smith
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How to be An Antiracist book cover

How to be An Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

How to be An Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi
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Only Child book cover

Only Child

Rhiannon Navin

Only Child

Rhiannon Navin
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The War for Kindness book cover

The War for Kindness

Jamil Zaki

The War for Kindness

Jamil Zaki
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Unbroken (Movie tie-in edition) book cover

Unbroken (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken (Movie Tie-in)

Laura Hillenbrand
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Our Iceberg is Melting book cover

Our Iceberg Is Melting

John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber

Our Iceberg Is Melting

John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber
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Man's Search for Meaning book cover

Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl
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Be Mindful and Stress Less book cover

Be Mindful and Stress Less

Gina M. Biegel

Be Mindful and Stress Less

Gina M. Biegel
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Professional Growth

Online Professional Learning Resources

‘Tis the season for professional development. Load up your laptop and enhance your teaching and leadership skills using these resources. Minimum time required: an hour per day.

Sneak Peek at Teaching Careers

Has this year got you thinking about different pathways in the education field? See where else teaching degrees and credentials can professionally take you.

Education Degrees and Credentials Guides

Thinking about upgrading your skills, specializing in a teaching subject, or even thinking about…leadership? Explore different degree options in the education field.