A common denominator among all of the great teachers is a sense of humor. That’s not to say you have to be hilarious in order to be happy, but it clearly helps a great deal not to take yourself so seriously. And it turns out that humor is a skill. As we move into the fall, our energy can wane, and sometimes we’re more reactive. Learning to be in the present moment, without judgment, boosts our resilience and allows us to cultivate awareness of our emotions. When we’re fully present, we’re more likely to find appropriate light-heartedness to moments of challenge and to relieve stress by finding humor in a situation.


Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out by Ruth King

Mindfulness and compassion practices help create the general conditions that minimize bias and can be used as a tool for cultural competence. Ruth King offers guided instructions on how to work with intense emotions mindfully and shows us how to cultivate a culture of care from a less tangled place to a place of greater clarity and compassion.


Brian and Charles

Brian and Charles follows Brian, a lonely inventor in rural Wales, who spends his days building quirky, unconventional contraptions that seldom work. Undeterred by his lack of success, Brian attempts his biggest project yet–an artificially intelligent robot who learns English from a dictionary and has an obsession with cabbages. What follows is a humorous and entirely heartwarming story about loneliness, friendship, family, finding love, and letting go.


Cult of Pedagogy Podcast, Episode #135

Teaching strategies, classroom management, education reform, educational technology — if it has something to do with teaching, Jennifer Gonzalez is talking about it. On this episode of her podcast, Gonzalez breaks social norms and audience expectations by telling two stories that had me laughing and crying by the end.


Three Funny Things

Get happier by seeing the humor in things.


We welcome you into our R+R Office, an interactive environment where you can explore Resilience Resources! We invite you in to learn, laugh, and explore our favorite resources linked within. Each month there will be an updated space with a new theme and new tools to engage in.


Cultivating Resilience in Educators: Be Here Now + Humor

Thursday, October 27, 2022

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Who should attend:

PreK - Adult Educators, Leaders, and Support Professionals

This month's session focuses on cultivating our ability to pay attention and find levity in challenging times. As we move into the fall, our energy wanes, and we're triggered more easily. Learning to be in the present moment enables us to cultivate awareness of our emotions and make choices that foster our resilience. CEUs available. *All sessions will meet virtually.

Together we will engage by exploring the following:

  • Mindfulness: What, How, and Why?
  • A Dive into Joy and Humor
  • Humor - What's Your Style?

The objectives of this program are to build positive workplaces one staff member at a time. Through this program, an individual will have the resources and training to be able to:

  • Self-assess their current well-being
  • Increase their awareness in strategies to improve well-being
  • Create, implement, and revise goals to improve well-being
  • Practice effective skills and habits of resilience

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2022


Anxiety Group Training

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Who should attend:

Middle school & high school social workers, counselors, and educators comfortable with mental health group facilitation.

The Anxiety Group Training provides a run-through of an 8-10 week Anxiety Group for middle school and high school students. The purpose of the group is for students to develop anxiety management skills, build peer support, as well as provide direct services for those who have identified needs in this area.

This group includes skill building in the areas of emotion management, assertiveness, mindfulness, and problem solving. The lessons are designed to assist students in developing skills that will help them cope with stressors and

teen life. Topics will include: identifying and dealing with difficult emotions, developing coping strategies, identifying healthy support systems, and responsible decision making.

Anxiety Group Facilitators will receive the following material:

  • Curriculum Outline
  • 8-10 Week Teaching Slides
  • Facilitator Notes
  • Pre-Grough Feedback Form
  • Weekly Feedback Form
  • Final Feedback Form 
  • Group Permission From Template
  • Handouts
  • Resources

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2022


Please share our monthly resilience resources with your district staff.

For more information on our resilience programming please contact Amy Sparks, SEL Manager or Megan Perry, SEL Manager.

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