Mindfulness-Based SEL in Action

December 2019

Note from the Editors

Welcome! December can fly by with special events peppering your calendar. How do you fuel your emotional well-being to stay balanced during this busy time of year? Our emotional hygiene is just as important as our physical hygiene. Let's make a point to make time for ourselves! Our upcoming book study Dare to Lead, by Brene Brown, will be a great opportunity to feed your mind.

If you find yourself with questions related to mindfulness or SEL we would be happy to help. Be sure to check out our upcoming learning opportunities in MLP/ MyLearningPlan for updates.

We invite you to share this newsletter with others who may benefit from all that is here. :-)

Liane & Kate

Resource Share: Mindfulness Activity Task Cards

Create a free account and download these task cards. You can also explore other Mindfulness resources available on this site!

Creating the Container

Changing your screen saver on your smartboard can influence the mood of the room. Consider showing gentle ocean waves or the classic crackling fireplace to set a cozy warm environment. Need to wind down at critical transitions during your class? We'd recommend the relaxing waterfall where students can work near a forest river. Read your environment and help to provide a welcoming tone. You'll find students will have favorites they'll request! Click on the picture above to the We Are Teachers site; they've developed a great playlist of the best screensavers on YouTube.
Check Out the SEL Poster Campaign at NYSED!

At CiTi, we have started placing these posters around our campus and of-site locations! Let's build Adult SEL Awareness together!

How to practice emotional first aid | Guy Winch

Self Care Saturday

Saturday, Jan. 11th 2020 at 9am-12pm

179 County Route 64

Mexico, NY

Join us for a morning of self-care with activities such as mindfulness meditation, making gratitude journals and jars, ColorStreet nails, essential oil play, yoga and more!

Register on MyLearningPlan

Using Restorative Circles and Play to Build Community & Resilience K-12

Monday, March 16th 2020 at 8:30am-3pm

179 County Route 64

Mexico, NY

Two of the most effective tools for developing safety, respect, belonging, and voice in your school culture are socially engaged play and universal Tier 1 circles. Circles offer a structured and safe way for all voices to be heard, to practice listening and speaking, to build relational capacity, and explore issues related to equity and our social and emotional well-being. Well led, socially engaged play is vital for students to learn the requisite social and emotional skills of self-regulation, cooperation, teamwork, solving problems, imagination and creativity. In this experiential workshop participants learn fun, engaging and community building games and play activities that can be used in any setting alongside, and/or as part of the restorative circle process. Two texts will be given to each participant as part of this workshop: The Circle Process Guide by Annie O'Shaughnessy and the Games Manual by Howard Moody

Register on MLP

Seeking Support with Mindfulness, SEL or Trauma-Informed Practices?

Liane and Kate are here to support you in a variety of ways. We spend a good portion of our time in classrooms modeling these practices with students, offering workshops, facilitating learning experiences in small group settings, coaching, book studies and more! Please check our catalog for offerings that may be of interest. You can also sign up for our email blast of offerings ~ see below!

We're all about helping you.

Please reach out for support!

Food for Thought: Gordon B. Hinckley

The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.