FINDING YOUR TRUE NORTH: Educator Retreat (July 15-17)
NO. OF CREDITS:
2 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 1.33 credits]
|WA CLOCK HRS:
July 15-17, 2020
Menucha Retreat Center
Personal and professional stresses can cause us to lose our “true north.” That inner heart center where we feel like our true selves and engage life with passion and confidence. Come and recover your inner compass back home to an inspired, hopeful you with the tools to maintain after your retreat. In our three days at the lovely Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, we will:
In addition to the many connections you’ll make with like-minded educator, you’ll be in a partnership with another participant for support, both during and after the retreat. This retreat is appropriate for educators at all levels, school counselors and psychologists as well as administrators. This retreat will be facilitated by experienced Heritage Institute instructors Mike Seymour and Brenda McKinney.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.
CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.
AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
None. All reading is online.
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #1: COURSE FORUM: Introduction & Aspirations
Share what you would like those in this space to know about yourself professionally and personally. Explain what drew you to this retreat. In what ways do you hope to be and feel different as a result of the experience? Please read and comment on the postings of 2-3 other participants. (and if you’re one of the first to register come back later).
NOTE: No further assignments required for those taking this course for clock hours or PDU's. CREDIT REGISTRANTS: Please DO NOT do the following assignments until AFTER the retreat. Thank you.
Assignment #2: COURSE FORUM: Exploring Practices
In this assignment, you’ll have an opportunity to explore some practices that will benefit your sense of well-being. Several of these practices were introduced at the retreat. I suggest you try each one at least once and then commit to doing one or more practices daily for two weeks. If none of the following suit you, please follow whatever practices you have worked for you in the past, like quiet walks, yoga, etc.
When your two weeks is over, write a 500+ word reflection describing:
a) The practice(s) you worked with.
b) Any difficulties you may have encountered and how you dealt with them.
c) The positive outcomes.
Comment on what changes in you noticed and if you feel you have the resolve to continue any one or more practices.
An alternative for those of the Christian faith is to practice Centering Prayer with instructions given in this video by Fr. Thomas Keating, former Abbot of Snowmass Abbey, Colorado and one of the founders of this technique. Review the video one or more times, and then do the prayer. It’s not necessary at this point to continue for 20 minutes, but try for at least 10 minutes.
Assignment #3: COURSE FORUM: Brene Brown & The Power of Vulnerability
Brene Brown and the Power of Vulnerability
In Brene Brown’s TED Talk she comments on her research that found characteristics of what she identified as wholehearted people. They:
1) View the video
2) In 500+ words, describe a situation in which you feel you embodied one or more of these characteristics and another situation in which you did not. What fears, concerns and habitual patterns caused you not to be wholehearted?
Assignment #4: COURSE FORUM: The Power in Telling the Truth
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32) is one of the Christian scriptures that has become a wisdom saying in the secular world. Telling the truth is closely aligned with Brene Brown’s work on courage and vulnerability, but comes with some additional perspectives.
Describe in 500+ words one or more situations and relationships in which you feel you are out of integrity and need to become realigned with your truth. Describe what you need to say and how you would go about that in 400-500 words.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you do not have a classroom available to you, please contact the instructor for course modifications. Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #5: COURSE FORUM: Collecting Resources
In the retreat, and prior to assignments, we have covered a variety of subjects that can, in some way, be translated and adapted for use with students. Issues of meaning, purpose, being yourself, being open and willing to tell your truth, as well as mindful, caring practices all fall within the purview of social and emotional learning (SEL) which is today being given the recognition in education which it deserves.
Select one or more areas to focus on and build a resource list of books, articles, website and videos.
Present your resource list (3+ pages) in the form of a powerpoint, Google sites, Prezi, or video with subtitles.
Assignment #6: COURSE FORUM: Action or Lesson Plan
Assignment # -6-A:
Assignment #7: (500 Level ONLY): Outside Reading
Select a book from the bibliography or another of your own choosing, and in 500+ words:
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #8: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Write a 350-500 word Integration Paper answering these 5 questions:
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
Mike Seymour, M.S., has been associated with K-12 education since 1990, most recently in his role as President and Co-Director of The Heritage Institute. Mike is also the founder and Director of a non-profit sponsored by The Heritage Institute, Youth for a New World, which engages youth in global issues and local solutions. Earlier Mike was a consultant and trainer to schools, school districts and Educational Service Districts on such diverse subjects as leadership, visioning and planning and at-risk students. Mike has been board member, Chairman of the Board and volunteer Executive Director of Community for Youth, a highly innovative and successful mentoring program for disadvantaged students in three of Seattle’s most low-performing high schools. Mike authored a text—Educating for Humanity: Rethinking the Purposes of Education—calling on a new vision for education, showing how important the stakes are today for an integral education realizing the interconnectedness of the world. Mike's Awakening Self blog speaks about the important historic shift humanity is going through in our times, and how awakening into a new consciousness is a global phenomenon. Mike also authored a book about his work in Burundi, East Central Africa with a peacemaker, Priosper Ndabishuriye,
As part of Mike's dedication to environmental causes he attended in 2013 the Climate Reality training given by Al Gore and his organization, and subsequently created an online course titlede CLIMATE CHANGE FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, instructed by Charity Staudenraus.
Mike has a special interest in open, democratic forms of education that allow students to engage in real world issues. Mike has a B.S. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University.
FINDING YOUR TRUE NORTH: Educator Retreat (July 15-17)
Beck, Martha. 2002. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live. New York. Three River Press. New York Times bestselling author and Life Designs, Inc. creator Martha Beck shares her step-by-step program that will guide you to fulfill your own potential and create a joyful life.
Brown, Brene. 2015. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. New York. Penguin Random House. Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.” She dispels the myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
Palmer, Parker. 1999. Let Your Life speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco. Jossey-Bass. With wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor, Parker J. Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose. Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives.
Steindl-Rast, David. 1984. Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fulness. New York. W.W. Norton & co. This powerful book by a Benedictine monk has launched a quiet movement to understand and practice a life of gratefulness. The simple truths in this approach to spiritual development has been taken up by the Gratefulness (https://gratefulness.org/) organization which supports practitioners with daily meditations, stories and other means of grateful reflection.