Improving Classroom Learning Environments by
Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE)
taught by Christa Turksma, DRS and co-led by Rebecca Cortes, PhD. and Ann Holler, MEd.
CARE for Teachers is a unique professional development program that helps teachers handle the stresses and rediscover the joys of teaching. Developed by the Garrison Institute to meet the specific needs of K-12 teachers, CARE is not another curriculum and does not increase teachers' workload. Instead, it offers them tools and resources for:
1. Reducing stress
2. Preventing burnout
3. Enlivening teaching
4. Helping students thrive socially, emotionally, and academically
How it works: Based upon current research on the neuroscience of emotion, CARE introduces:
1. Emotion skills instruction to promote understanding, recognition and regulation of emotions
2. Basic mindfulness activities, like short silent reflection
3. Activities that demonstrate how to bring mindfulness to challenging situations teachers often encounter
These skills contribute to better relationships with students, classroom management, empathy, and compassion. CARE helps teachers become effective guides and influential models of healthy social and emotional behavior.
Watch "Why CARE for Teachers Matters"
1. Friday March 6, 2015 from 5:00pm - 8:30pm (includes a light dinner)
2. Saturday March 7, 2015 from 8:30am - 3:30pm (please bring your own lunch)
3. Friday March 20, 2015 from 5:00pm - 8:30pm (includes a light dinner)
4. Saturday March 21, 2015 from 8:30am - 3:30pm (please bring your own lunch)
5. Booster session on Saturday April 25 from 8:30am - 3:30pm (please bring your own lunch)
Schools that register 3 or 4 teachers can receive 15% off the listed fees
Schools that register 5+ teachers can receive 25% off the listed fees
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code
About the Instructor
Christa Turksma is a child-clinical psychologist who received her training in The Netherlands. Before becoming a psychologist, she was a Kindergarten teacher and principal. Christa has worked on various research and intervention projects including the Fast Track Project in Seattle. Christa began providing training in the PATHS program (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) in 1988, and has trained thousands of teachers across the US, and in Canada, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, England and Australia. Christa is a co-developer of the CARE for Teachers program.
Continuing Education Credits
Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) Clock Hours:
$5 + separate $48 check to PSESD for 24 clock hours, including the April booster session
Department of Early Learning (DEL) STARS Credits:
$5 for 24 STARS credits, including the April booster session
Certificate of Completion for licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers in Washington State:
$5 for 24 credit hours
Please note, if you register to receive CE credits, you will receive the number of credits commensurate with the amount of course time you attend. CCFW cannot guarantee refunds for individuals who are unable to attend all sessions. For each CE option, sign-in will be required and applicable evaluation forms will be distributed during class sessions.