Courses & Offerings

The Circulus Institute offers several professional learning pathways to engage with educator well-being and resilience.

OUR APPROACH

Our approach to professional development whether online or in person is to create experiences that focus on personal connection, reflection, and growth. Research shows that sustained, reflective, collaborative, and coached professional learning are the most effective forms of professional development (Darling-Hammond et al, 2017). All of our professional learning offerings are designed to create meaningful and sustained learning using research-based adult learning strategies.

TAILORED OPTIONS

For interested schools, Circulus will design a tailored learning experience for your staff and faculty specific to the well-being needs of your school community. A tailored design offers a flexible and personalized approach to help support the long-term growth and resilience of your faculty to thrive throughout this year. To discuss the school partnership option, please contact us.

WINTER 2021 COURSES

As educators, you are in the midst of the most stressful school year in recent history. You are faced with a new normal in how we teach, lead, and advise your students. And this comes with a sense of loss and of feeling good at what you do. But you are not alone. This fall we are offering three courses based on your school role to help you feel more confident and resilient in your work.

Our courses are designed to run for three weeks, including three full weekends. We intentionally have spaced the courses this way to allow for reflection and growth work to occur outside of school days. Explore our fall course offerings below.

OUR OFFERINGS

Reclaiming Your Resilience For All

As educators, you are in the midst of the most stressful school year in recent history. You are faced with a new normal in how we teach, interact, and create meaningful connections with our students. And this comes with a sense of loss and of feeling good at what you do. But you are not alone.

In this three-week-long learning experience, educators will become more resilient, learn the skills to thrive this year and beyond and create a plan to nurture the resilience of their school community. Most of the work will be completed during the three weekends throughout the course and educators can expect to spend about an hour a week reading, watching videos and reflecting.

When? January 28 – February 16
Most of the work is asynchronous, but attendees will be asked to attend 2 video meetings.

What? By the end of “Reclaiming Your Resilience”, participants will:

  • Connect with a global cohort of educators to reflect on their experiences
  • Build a stronger sense of resilience and efficacy for themselves and their community
  • Share a wellbeing plan that will help colleagues and students sustain resilience throughout the school year

Who? This learning experience is designed for teachers, counselors, administrators and school leaders. Participants will be placed in separate peer support communities (PSCs). Each PSC will be facilitated by a coach to tailor the experience to our participants’ needs and provide support.

Fees – Individuals: $600 USD; Groups of 5 or more: $400 USD per group member

To inquire about a scholarship, please contact us here.

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Reclaiming Your Resilience For Counselors

After you have taken care of your students, their families and your colleagues, who will take care of you?

Over the course of three weeks, you will be supported by a community of counselors and guided by our coaches who are attuned to your needs.

This course is divided into three sections of synchronous and asynchronous work, complemented by facilitated peer-support groups and individual coaching sessions.

  1. Self-reflect: Reflect on your experience of 2020, discover your own resilience, explore lasting self-care and boundary strategies, and protect yourself from compassion fatigue
  2. Consider the community: Discover ways to share the responsibility of care for our community, explore how collective efficacy plays a critical role in sustaining your work.
  3. Plan ahead: With the support of your coaches and colleagues, develop a self-care plan and a team-care plan so that you and your colleagues can persist and be a safe and consistent source of support for your students.

When? February 25 to March 16, 2021
Educators can expect to spend about an hour a week reading, watching videos and reflecting. Most of the work is asynchronous, but attendees will be asked to attend two video meetings

Who? Open to all counselors, pastoral staff, school social workers and psychologists

What? Interactive, community-based work online and two facilitated coaching sessions via video calls.

FeesIndividuals: $600 USD. Groups of 5 or more: $400 USD per group member

To inquire about a scholarship, please contact us here.

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Collective Efficacy: Together We Make a Difference

How to bring educators together in order to strengthen their belief that, collectively, they can make a difference in young people’s lives.

 

What? In this three day virtual retreat, participants will explore the concept of collective efficacy

Why efficacy? Self-efficacy is having a belief that our actions will lead towards positive outcomes. When we believe we are successful, data shows we actually are more successful and our students reap the benefits. But this belief cannot happen in isolation. We need the support of our colleagues and community to create a shared sense of efficacy that is bigger than us alone. When school communities come together with a shared belief they can succeed, they will. In fact, research shows that collective efficacy plays a mediating role between the organizational climate of a school and teacher burnout. Teachers stay in schools when there is a high sense of collective efficacy. But how do we get there?

During the retreat, we will explore ways to strengthen the capacity of your school community during stressful times using small, doable, and sustainable strategies.. We’ll look into the concept of collective efficacy and the impact it has on strengthening our schools. And we’ll explore ways to build a resilient community even online by integrating these components:

  • Social sensitivity
  • Social support and collaboration
  • Social problem-solving
  • Sustaining resilience over time

Who? This three-day retreat is designed for teachers, counselors, administrators and school leaders. We recommend joining as a team to scale efficacy strategies throughout a larger department or as a school-based PD initiative.

How? Educators will be invited to join the course and move through the experience online. There will be two live Zoom meetings, with some asynchronous work over the course of the three days. Participants will be placed in peer support communities (PSCs). Each PSC will be facilitated by a coach to tailor the experience to our participants’ needs and provide support.

When? March 11 – March 13

FeesIndividuals: $400 USD

To inquire about a scholarship, please contact us here.

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