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Wellbeing in Education: Healing Trauma Using Somatic Approaches

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Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am–12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Kathryn Kennedy  
Liz Tsardounis  

With the onset of COVID-19, wellbeing has become a vital focus area for educators to not only support their caregivers and students but also to support themselves. Using somatic approaches to healing trauma, this session provides research-based best practices from yoga, Qigong, mindfulness, and meditation.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Social emotional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

It is apparent in our every day lives and confirmed by research that we live in an age of distraction. With the growth in use of digital devices, we are constantly taken out of our places of being into ungrounded spaces of busy-ness and constant doing. While I'm 100% an advocate of meaningful use of digital learning, I am also just as much a strong believer in the practice of self-care, boundaries, trauma healing, and space to maintain balance and well-being.


In this 3-hour self-care workshop, attendees will first listen to the statistics around distraction, self-care, well-being, trauma, and secondary traumatic stress and will take part in a share and discuss segment to share their own experiences with distraction, busy-ness, trauma, and secondary traumatic stress. Research will be shared about the benefits of short practices to help promote wellbeing and trauma healing, and the remainder of the session (approximately 2.5 hours) will be dedicated to learning and experiencing wellbeing strategies from a variety of disciplines including yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, mindfulness, meditation, etc. Restorative practices will be used, including yoga nidra, yin yoga, gentle yoga, and sound healing.

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Dr. Kathryn Kennedy, Wellness for Educators

Dr. Kathryn Kennedy has been an education consultant and researcher focused on K-12 online, blended, and digital learning for over 15 years. She is also the founder of Wellness for Educators, an organization passionate about supporting educators with trauma- and equity-informed practices and strategies for wellbeing and social and emotional learning. Offering a wide array of professional learning opportunities, such as book studies, webinars, a podcast, and microcourses, and partnering with educational organizations to provide educators with collections of tools and a supportive community, Wellness for Educators is dedicated to helping educators build resiliency.

Liz Tsardounis, Wellness for Educators

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