This is a multi-day event.
|Focus:||Mental Health and Wellness|
Teachers, School-based Administrators, Instructional/Learning Coaches, Inclusive Learning Teachers, Educational/Instructional Assistants
About this Learning Opportunity
Level up your knowledge of sensory systems, regulation, and the stress response network through this series of sessions focused on somatic embodiment for the classroom. Somatic work helps us access additional pathways to learning and regulation by focusing attention on body awareness as the primary agent. Embodiment is learned through reflective awareness of sensations through three sensory feedback systems - exteroception, proprioception, and interoception. Participants will leave these sessions with a greater understanding of sensory components of learning, co-regulation and polyvagal theory. This knowledge will then be discussed as tools to directly use in the classroom setting.
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This session addresses the LQS competencies
- #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
- #4: Leading a Learning Community
This session addresses the TQS competencies
- #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
- #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
- #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
About the Facilitator
My name is April Prescott, and when I was ten years old, I spent my summer holidays teaching to my stuffed animals—they were a captive audience and solidified my dream to become a teacher! I went on to work as an Educational Assistant for St Albert Public Schools for five years until I achieved my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta. While at the U of A, I enjoyed a season of varsity rugby to add to my 20+ years of playing the sport. After 16 years of teaching in early education for Connect Society and Aboriginal Head Start, I started my Master's in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. In the summer of 2016, I found myself in Bali, becoming a yoga teacher and satiating my love of travel. With my many years of experience and training, I come to ERLC with a desire to share knowledge, contribute to the field of education, and provide exciting opportunities for professional learning. When not working as an Inclusive Education Coordinator or a Mental Health Therapist, I train dogs for sheep herding, teach yoga, hike, kayak, camp, cycle, or play Dungeons & Dragons.
Areas of Specialization:
Trauma-informed practice for educators
Circle of Security
Mindfulness & Meditation
Yoga and Mindful Movement
Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Educator Mental Health & Well-being
Experiential Learning for Professionals
Planning for Program Unit Funding (PUF)
Effective Home Visitation
My name is April Prescott, and when I was ten years old, I spent my summer holidays teaching to my stuffed animals—they were a captive audience and solidified my dream to become a teacher! I went on to work as an Educational Assistant for St Albert Public Schools for five years until I achieved my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta. While... Read more »