Healthier Classrooms, Healthier Kids (Engaging the Whole Child) (Course # 19HE0729)

Date(s): 7/29/2019, 7/30/2019 
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Registration open through 7/26/2019 6:00 AM EST


2 seats currently available.



The registration period has closed for this event.


Course Description

Our classrooms are home to students facing physical, social, and emotional decisions and struggles like we have never before seen. As educators, incorporating whole child health programs into our classrooms can provide students with the capacity and self-efficacy to make better informed decisions.

This workshop will help you establish your classroom as a hub for health, as it pertains to the Whole Child, akin to physical, social, and emotional health. Participants will learn skills for how to care for themselves with mindful practices and build on those techniques to coach students into responding rather than reacting. Presenters will showcase techniques for crisis and non-crisis situations, as well as best practices for establishing trauma informed classrooms.

Information will be presented pertaining to the physical health of our classroom, as you will hear from local speakers about the hunger and nutrition struggles our students face. Additionally, grade level appropriate Michigan Model curriculum will be showcased as a foundational Social Emotional Learning curriculum.

Free event at Kent ISD, catered breakfast and lunch provided.



Amber Fox; Amber Hubbell; Patti Ward, M.Ed. ; Steven Dieleman

Amber brings a dynamic background of international and domestic experiences in many arenas of health care and education. While earning a bachelors of science, she worked with early childhood centers, health clinics, and community empowerment organizations in East Africa; leading into her service as a Peace Corps Community Health Volunteer in South East Asia. Amber went on to complete her Master in Public Health-Health Promotion, while working in local school districts. Amber continues to work in her passions of health, education, and community service as a Health Education consultant at Kent Intermediate School District.

Patti has been practicing mindfulness for many years and will confirm that it has changed her life in immeasurable ways. She has been teaching the Mindful Schools Curriculum since the spring of 2013. She has taught K – 12th graders in both private and public-school settings. She graduated from the Mindful Schools Yearlong Teacher Certification program in 2015, served as a mentor for the last two years and is now a Guiding Teacher for this program. She has also received training in Making Friends with Yourself, Learning to Breathe, and Koru Mindfulness.

With over 35 years of experience in the field of education and a M. Ed. in the area of Learning Disabilities, she has loved every aspect of her career. Whether it was as a special education teacher, a teacher consultant, a curriculum director, a professional learning consultant, title I director, adjunct instructor at Aquinas, CMU, or GVSU, educational consultant for Kent ISD or a supervisor for special education interns for GVSU, each role has taught her so much about the stressful and yet amazing educational system. Evidence is mounting about the positive effects that Mindfulness can play in our schools. Perhaps this is the future of education, and it can begin with us.

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Course Cost

There is no cost to attend.

Credit Information

Course: Hours - 15

SCECHs- Range of 5-10 Hours


Kent ISD/ESC Building, LOT #11

2930 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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