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The Professional Development Experience that Enhances ALL of your School Improvement Efforts!

Join us for THE MAINE EVENT: National Conference on Positive School Climate!

This professional development experience focuses on PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL, and ORGANIZATIONAL WELLBEING!  The success of ALL your other School Improvement Efforts hinges on a POSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATE!

June 23 and 24th at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine

THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER!

  • Earn 1.6 CEUs from University of Southern Maine
  • Four Dynamic Keynote Addresses and 36 Workshop Options throughout the 2-Days
  • Examples of Workshop Topics: Positive Behavior Supports; ESSA; Neuroscience of Learning and Behavior; Bullying Prevention; Title IX Requirements; Leadership in times of Change and Upheaval; Alternative Education Programs; Restorative Justice…
  • Presentation of the Pegasus Awards for Professional Courage!
  • Learn strategies and approaches that TRANSCEND changing mandates to enhance ALL of your school improvement initiatives!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION!

The 2nd ANNUAL Maine Event: National Conference on Positive School Climate

June 23-24, 2016 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland Maine!!

There is still time to register for this one-of-a-kind professional development experience!

REGISTER NOW!!

Maine Event 2016 Program

Resources from our Presentation at NDPC’s National At Risk Youth Forum

Resources for school and classroom management, positive school climate, and restorative justice school discipline:

www.collaborativeforperpetualinnovation.com

 

Featured Presentation Slideshow:

AWEsome! … The experience that expands your perception of time and makes you a better person!

A recent Stanford study  illustrates how the experience of “awe” actually changes our perception of TIME!

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”  ― W.B.Yeats

The publication opens with:

“Awe Expands People’s Perception of Time, Alters Decision Making, and Enhances Well-Being Time might be the scarcest commodity for many people in modern life … This feeling of having too much to do and not enough time to do it—or “time famine” – has been linked to undesirable side effects including trouble sleeping, stress, difficulty delaying gratification, and postponing seeing a doctor when ill (Lehto, 1998; Vuckovic, 1999; Zhang & DeVoe, 2010). In light of these findings, we asked, what could be done to shift people’s perception of how much time is available?”

Researchers described awe as “the emotion that arises when one encounters something so strikingly vast that it provokes a need to update one’s mental schemas”.  In other words, awe causes us to change or expand our existing mental frameworks in order to accommodate the experience! (Imagine that!  The notion is awe-inspiring in itself!!) Think of all the dendrites and synaptic connections that are formed when we have to change up our perceptual frameworks …!

The study shows that when we experience “awe”, our perception of time actually expands “… due to awe’s ability to alter the subjective experience of time. Experiences of awe bring people into the present moment, which underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.”

 …  And regular incidences of awe cause increased feelings of personal well-being, increased compassion, and increased altruism!

The researchers found that a wide variety of experiences can elicit awe – powerful memories, Nature, Art, Science, and meaningful human interactions are some examples … And we can even deliberately cultivate this by tuning our attentions toward the profound and mysterious beauty inherent in everyday phenomena (like children naturally do)!

We can’t actually fly to another planet. But we can recapture that sense of having just tumbled out to life on a new world by looking at our own world in unfamiliar ways.” – Richard Dawkins

WHAT INSPIRES AWE for YOU?

Spark!!

Spark!!

Peter Benson, from the SEARCH Institute, describing SPARK and what we really want for our kids.

Brain Science and HAPPINESS

Happiness and your Brain
The underlined link above connects to another recent presentation … This one offers a framework for understanding the ongoing “battle” between the brain’s cognitive and emotional centers and strategies for actually increasing affective well-being (happiness)! School culture is shaped by individual behaviors, attitudes, affects, and interactions. Brain plasticity (the super cool phenomenon wherein our brain structure/archetecture changes in response to experience) is responsive to everything we see, hear, do, and think! Teachers and school administrators (or anyone else, for that matter) can use strategies in this presentation to increase both personal well-being and ORGANIZATIONAL well-being, enhancing the educational experience for everyone in the school!

 

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