Let's face it, we've all been through a lot recently. Educators have risen to the occasion and cared for our students and children in unprecedented and difficult times. But who is taking care of you? As we aim to rise up above adversity, we are best equipped to care for others when we are at our best.
Each course in this 7-course Wellness Series concentrates on a unique aspect of wellbeing; Emotional, Intellectual, Digital, Physical, Environmental and Financial. The final course pulls it all together around community wellness. Each course begins with a focus on the wellbeing of the educator, then shifts the focus to that of the learners. Participants may choose to select individual courses from the menu of wellness offerings or enrol in all 7 courses as part of the W.I.L.L. certificate program.
Audience: International Educators and Leaders
Certificate: Participants who complete a minimum of 6 of the 7 courses will receive a certificate of participation, recognizing a deep devotion to leading and modeling wellness in an international school community and beyond.
University Credit: Participants may elect to earn one university credit for each course in this series through the University of Northern Iowa. An additional fee of $150 USD applies.
Time: All courses in this series will take place on Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM (Singapore Time)*
Cost: $250 USD per person, per course or $1,500 USD for full 7-Course Certificate Program
Facilitation: All courses are in partnership with Dr. Leigh Martin and specialists in each area of wellness.
WELLNESS SERIES - COURSE 1
Emotional Wellness for Leaders & Learners in International Schools
January 18, 25, February 1
Led by Dr. Leigh Martin
Course Description: We've all heard the pre-flight reminders, "In case of emergency, secure your own oxygen mask before helping others." Simply put, you can't help others when you are out of oxygen. Yet, for the last few years educators have given of themselves in ways never imagined. This course encourages you to "secure your own oxygen mask", offering practical strategies and solutions to manage the personal emotions that often accompany international living. We will focus on leading emotional wellbeing of international educators and colleagues, before shifting our attention toward student wellness.
Week 1: Global Transitions
Week 2: Setting Healthy Boundaries
Week 3: Managing Anxiety for adults and children - guest speaker Dr. Jeff Devens
WELLNESS SERIES - COURSE 2
Intellectual Wellness for Leaders & Learners in International Schools
February 8, 15, 22, March 1 - (*7:00 - 8:15pm Singapore Time)
Led by Dr. Wyatt Wilcox
Course Description: In an age when the load of information and depth of division can feel overwhelming, we are challenged to find ways of processing and responding that are healthy and productive. This course presents 7 intellectual virtues as a framework for addressing this challenge as you learn to nurture personal growth, productivity, and sound decision making, as well as healthier personal and professional relationships. This course is intended for teachers and teacher-leaders who are seeking to become better thinkers and learners, and provides strategies for reinforcing those traits with students.
Week 1: Introduction to the 7 Intellectual Virtues, starting with Intellectual Courage
Week 2: Intellectual Carefulness & Tenacity
Week 3: Intellectual Fair-mindedness & Curiosity
Week 4: Intellectual Honesty & Humility
WELLNESS SERIES - COURSE 3
Digital Wellness for Leaders and Learners in International Schools
March 8, 15, 22
Led by: Steve Katz
Course Description: We have the power to upgrade our relationship with our devices. This course offers insight and practical steps toward having a healthy relationship with technology, including managing our reputation online, and keeping private information secure. Learn about trends that affect tech usage, “untethering”, and supporting your family to manage their technology in your home. This course is intended for teachers, teacher leaders, and parents, and is focused on the digital wellbeing of adults and students.
Week 1: Developing a healthy relationship with technology
Week 2: Digital reputation and security
Week 3: Success stories and what really works
WELLNESS SERIES - COURSE 4
Financial Wellness for Leaders & Learners in International Schools*
March 29, April 5, 12
Led by Dr. Jeff Devens
Course Description: Death and Taxes...Two things we can't avoid as American Expats. While the certainty of death is, well certain, there are a number of things American Expats can do to mitigate taxes. It is essential to understanding strategies for securing and preserving income after working so many years to secure it. The purpose of this three-part series is to introduce international educators to the tax planning process, as well as discuss viable options for employing tax strategies that may reduce tax expenses into retirement and allow individuals to keep more of their savings into retirement.
Week 1: How we have paid no U.S. federal/state tax for the past 26 years as international teachers, legally! Taking account of various tax breaks afforded to international educators
Week 2: How to "retire" on $109,250 as a married couple, or $54,625 as a single, and pay no taxes. Understanding how "income" is taxed vs "unearned income" along with strategies for saving thousands a year in taxes.
Week 3: Retiring before age 65 and having most if not all of your medical expenses covered under the Affordable Care Act along with leveraging Roth accounts for maximum tax savings and health credits.
*Please note - this course content is specifically geared toward US citizens and tax structures in the US. We are working to develop an international version of this in the future.
WELLNESS SERIES - COURSE 5
Environmental Wellness for Leaders & Learners in International Schools
April 19, 26, May 3
Led by Laurence Myers
Course Description: We often think of humanity as being somehow separate from nature. And yet, so many of us find connection and joy in it. How are individuals and the world around us connected? And how can we promote the balance we want in our educational communities through environmental wellness? In a busy world with so much to do, connecting to the environment has the potential to bring with it change in our educational communities. In this course we delve into best practices related to engaging students in doing good for the planet and themselves through connections to nature.
Week 1: What is Environmental Wellness and what do I have to do with it?
Week 2: How Environmental Wellness Improve Learning
Week 3: Creating Space for Environmental Wellness
WELLNESS SERIES - COURSE 6
Physical Wellness for Leaders & Learners in International Schools
May 10, 17, 24
Led by Dr. Josh Symes
Course Description: This course offers a range of practical strategies and solutions to enhance your physical wellness, and the wellbeing of those around you. Making time for physical wellness is challenging in a demanding profession that require us to serve a wide range of people. Will look at a range of focus areas apply the physical wellness principles and strategies to our own lives and that of others. We will look at why each element is important, ways that we can enhance each practice, and how we can enhance our own wellbeing, the wellbeing of colleagues, and for the students and families that we serve.
Week 1: Sleep and Relaxation Practices
Week 2: Health & Movement Practices, Principles & Frameworks
Week 3: Physical Wellness in our Schools and Communities
WELLNESS SERIES - COURSE 7
Leading Wellness Initiatives in your Community
May 31 & June 7
Led by Dr. Leigh Martin & Dr. Josh Symes
Course Description: This short course provides an introduction for those who are looking to take purposeful action in creating greater levels of wellbeing in your school community. Wellbeing, resilience and mental health have become increasingly important concepts in schools for students, educators and the greater school community to function effectively. In this course we will draw on the theories and science of wellbeing to develop a deeper understanding of wellbeing frameworks, whole school wellbeing strategy, social and emotional learning, interventions and approaches to enable individuals to flourish.
Week 1: Getting Started - Leading Wellness in your Community
Week 2: Tools & Takeaways - Implementing Wellbeing for Immediate Action
LEADING SCHOOL INNOVATION:
Building Your Innovation Leadership Capacity
June 15, 22, 29, July 6
Time Coming Soon
Led by Dr. Shabbi Luthra
This course is for school leaders/aspiring school leaders who want to learn how to grow their innovation capacity, through creating school innovations designed to meet the needs of their students and impact their schools. Participants will learn a systematic approach to identifying important learning opportunities and designing prototypes customized for their unique school contexts.
Week 1: Understanding Disruptive Change
Week 2: Innovator’s DNA
Week 3: Accelerating Successful Innovations
Week 4: Essential Conditions to Sustain Innovation