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LEARN.GROW.EVOLVE. | SPRING  2022 Newsletter

Dear Faculty,

As we successfully march into Spring, remember some days feel longer than others – so now is the time to really take care of oneself.

In this edition of LEARN.GROW.EVOLVE. you will find a variety of professional growth opportunities throughout the coming months, including articles and resources for your teaching and learning practices!

(April) Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month, a time to shine a spotlight on the deep pervasiveness of stress and how to spread awareness about healthy ways to cope. This month is a great opportunity for everyone to revisit and reprioritize healthy and productive stress relief strategies.

Stress is incredibly common affecting two in three adults, according to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America 2020 report. It can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of current circumstances or situations. Stress can also cause physical health problems from headaches and stomach aches to stroke and heart disease. With healthy coping mechanisms, however, we can all take better care of ourselves.

Here are a few helpful tips to reduce stress:

  • Avoid caffeine, which can increase heart rate and anxiety.
  • Take a hot bath and allow the heat to reduce muscle tension.
  • Turn to your relaxing hobbies, such as reading, cooking, and listening to music.
  • Schedule recreation, which is essential for physical and mental health, and gets outside to exercise, play, and experience other outdoor activities.
  • Breathe deeply, slowly inhaling for a count of four, exhaling for a count of four, and repeating until you feel calm.
  • Seek professional help if needed. If you or a family member would like help finding mental health care or substance use treatment provider, contact Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential coordination service provided by Concord-Carlisle Regional School District:
  • Call 888-515-0595. Support is available 24/7/365 in any language.
  • Visit caresolace.com/concord and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

As a district, we are committed to the well-being of our students, staff, and families. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you manage or cope with your stress. We’re all in this together.

Upcoming Webinars:

All webinars begin at 4:00 P.M. EST and last one hour. All webinars are offered on-demand. Learn more.


Take a Course with Landmark Outreach this Summer 

Join us for the 2022 Summer Institute from July 11-22! Choose from a variety of in-person one-day workshops, two-day seminars, and weeklong graduate courses and learn new strategies to help your students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) to reach their academic potential. Additionally, we will be offering a selection of one-day virtual options.

Check out our course calendar to browse course titles. Please note that courses are continually being added and updated. Registration opens soon!

SUMMER INSTITUTE July 11 – 22 Both virtual and in-person options.

ONLINE COURSES 15-hour and 3 credit courses

CAPE COD Seminars July 25-26 Both virtual and in-person options

 

~SUPERVISION AND EVALUATION~

The process of Supervision and Evaluation can be used as a wonderful growth opportunity.  See the upcoming dates:

  • DEVELOPING EDUCATOR submits evidence on parent outreach, professional growth, professional goals (and other standards, if desired) (Deadline April 15th)
  • EVALUATOR of Developing Educator completes and delivers Summative Evaluation Report (Deadline May 15th)

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We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions!
Email us anytime!
Kristen Herbert kherbert@concordps.org 
Sue Wisniewski swisniewski@concordps.org