Thrive! Promoting educator wellness May 2022

Educators, we value YOU!

Did you know there are nearly 120,000 students throughout Kent and Barry County? They rely on thousands of educators to teach, support and help them reach their full potential. These teachers and educators work tirelessly on behalf of their students every single day. These same educators rely on Kent ISD for support, training, resources and so much more.

THRIVE! Promoting Educator Wellness, provides an array of free wellness opportunities for school staff throughout the year and features a 5k run/walk open to the whole community. Join us!

Thriving Educator Series

  • 7 Feb
    • Building Schools Where We Want to Work
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM
      Location: Virtual
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: Thrive!

      In a recent interview of teachers, one educator said, "I never burned out on the kids. I never burned out on my subject. I loved teaching. It's all the rest of it that is chronic and exhausting."

      This session will focus on "the rest of it," which happens to do with working with and for other adults. Together, we will investigate what it might look like to build schools where we want to work and teams where every adult can feel successful.

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  • 14 Feb
    • How to Stay Calm in the Midst of the Chaos
      Date: Feb 14
      Time: 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM
      Location: Virtual
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: Thrive!

      The stressors in our schools are vast: student behaviors, district expectations, parents, societal pressures. How are we supposed to be the calm adult in the classroom when there is so much stress?

      Together, we will get curious about the stressors and learn how to utilize the right tools for you to help you find the calm in the midst of the chaos.

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  • 28 Feb
    • The Do's and Don'ts of Collaboration
      Date: Feb 28
      Time: 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM
      Location: Virtual
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: Thrive!

      The biggest issue for us as educators is that unless we are functioning in the first type of team, we are enduring unnecessary added stress because our teams don't know how to work together.

      The focus of this session will be on how we can build communal productive teams with the skills, mindsets and protocols to help us truly be all-star collaborators, so we can have the greatest impact on student achievement and reduce our stress loads.

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  • 9 Mar
    • Difficult Conversations 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM
      Difficult Conversations
      Date: Mar 9
      Time: 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM
      Location: Virtual
      Cost: Free
      Calendar: Thrive!

      We know organizations that avoid having the necessary difficult conversations spend an exorbitant amount of time dealing with symptoms of not having those difficult conversations: gossip, judgment, triangulated conversations, etc. In other words, when we don't have the necessary conversations, toxicity creeps into the system.

      The focus of this session will be on how we can build the skills necessary to have these conversations in healthy ways and practice those skills, so that these types of conversations become a little less difficult.

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Register now for the 2023 THRIVE! 5k

The THRIVE! 5k is back!

Sign up now to get in on the action on April 22, 2023, on and around Kent ISD's campus. Entry is just $25.

For 2022 race results, check the THRIVE 5k race website.

Thrive 2022 5k Race Photo