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Support for Educators in the Field

70 Teachers Participate in Professional Learning Day at WCE

Saturday, November 04, 2017

WCE’s Professional Development System Office welcomed 70 partnership teachers, site coordinators and supervisors to an event on Oct. 13, titled “Radical Hope: Teaching for the Future of P-12 Students.”

The full day event featured a series of breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics including coaching for new partnership teachers, using inquiry labs to discuss controversial issues, supporting new immigrant and refugee children and families, and tech tools to help teach cultural events.

Sylvia Jabaley and Heather Lilly Lerch delivered a lunch address titled “Radical Hope: Mindfulness as a Component of Effective Teaching.”

Jabaley and Lerch are co-founders of Yoga Village, a non-profit organization that brings yoga to schools and other community organizations. Jabaley cited statistics on the alarming levels of reported stress among teachers and encouraged participants to make time to care for their own physical and emotional needs. In addition to sharing yoga exercises, the team shared resources including Mind Up™ and GoNoodle designed to help teachers incorporate movement and mindfulness into the school day.

About Yoga Village

The mission of Yoga Village is to build strength and resilience through community yoga partnerships. By joining with schools and other organizations serving the public, Yoga Village instructors offer the tools of yoga to vulnerable members of our community who might not find yoga on their own. Their partners include Winter Park Elementary School, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy, Forest Hills Elementary School, Mary C. Williams Elementary School, Good Shepherd Center, Familes First, Inc. and North Carolina Boys and Girls Home of Lake Waccamaw.  

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About PDS

Watson College partnerships now include 146 schools in 12 school districts, including one Department of Defense district, two charter schools and four early colleges. More than 2,200 teachers in southeastern North Carolina are PDS partnership teachers.