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Anxiety Busters and Resilience Builders in the Classroom – Vancouver

November 30, 2016 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

345 CDN + GST

There are strategies, routines, and activities that promote a classroom environment supporting children and teens in bouncing back from setbacks and dealing with anxiety and stress with poise and self-confidence. Do you know them? Ask any teacher and the message is the same; my students are capable of so much more, but anxiety, discouragement, and a fixed mindset are preventing them from reaching their potential.

In this relevant and practical seminar, our facilitator unpacks the skills and knowledge that every teacher must possess to ensure that their students are ready to fully engage in learning and positive social interaction. Let’s explore grit, resilience, learned optimism, growth mindset, and emotional self-regulation together!

Teach toward the attitudes, habits of mind, and behaviours that provide the foundation for life-long learning and satisfaction! This is an opportunity to go “deeper” than subject matter and explore the conditions that allow our students to learn and be their best.

Target audience:
Elementary and High School Teachers
(Although all are invited to attend, this seminar has been developed for teachers rather than school social workers or school psychologists)



Donna Kester Phillips, Ph.D.

donna-kester-bioDonna Kester Phillips, Ph.D. has been an educator since the early 1970’s beginning in the elementary classroom.  Experience as a reading specialist and classroom teacher eventually led her to the college level where she is currently an Associate Professor of Education at Niagara University.  Her prior work as a trainer for a nationally recognized publisher helped her develop her skills as a workshop developer and presenter.  She has worked extensively as an educational consultant and has published articles and presented at national conferences on literacy and literacy instruction. Dr. Kester Phillips has a strong interest in mindfulness and has integrated this practice into her teacher preparation classes.  She has also established M.E. in School (Mindfulness Education in School), an organization with the purpose of assisting professionals in incorporating the practice of mindfulness into their own schools and professions.  In addition, she is in the founder of Mindfulness Conversations, a summer conference at Niagara University for teachers, counselors, health and wellness professionals, and law enforcement and military personnel.   Dr. Kester Phillips is currently doing research on mindfulness in a middle school, as well as studying its impact on reading success in a clinical remediation program.



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November 30, 2016
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
345 CDN + GST
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Delta Town & Country Inn
6005 Highway 17A (at Highway 99)
Delta, British Columbia V4K 5B8 Canada