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Teaching Learning Institute        
June 22-23, 2023     

St. George Episcopal School      
6900 West Ave., San Antonio, TX          
Audience:  PK2 - Grade 5 Faculty and Administrators
Member School Cost:  $225.00 per person
Non-Member School Cost:  $250.00 per person

Michelle Kinder  

Keynote Speaker     

Topic: Navigating Change With Mental Health in Mind
Michelle Kinder is a Leadership Coach and a Licensed Professional Counselor. In her business, Embody EQ, she helps leaders doing good in the world embody their emotional intelligence and prioritize the mental health of their teams. She is a fellow of the OpEd Project and has articles featured in over a dozen publications including TIME, Washington Post, Texas Tribune, Ms. Magazine, The Hill, Dallas Morning News, Mindful Magazine, Huffington Post and PBS’ Next Avenue. She is a nationally recognized speaker on leadership, navigating stress and trauma, embodying emotional intelligence, and prioritizing the mental health of teams. She is also the co-author of WHOLE: What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive and is a published poet. Michelle was raised in Guatemala as the fifth of six children and currently lives in Dallas with her husband, daughters, and pups.
“The perfect combination of passion, knowledge, poise, authenticity, warmth, and humor, Michelle Kinder holds her audiences in the palm of her hand. Each time I hear her speak, I feel moved, challenged, and spellbound. She’s masterful, relatable, and relevant.”   ~Tina Payne Bryson, PhD., co-author of The Whole-Brain Child, No Drama Discipline, & The Yes Brain 


THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2023  
Opening Eucharist - Rev. Ram Lopez
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm    
FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2023
  • 8:30-9:00  - Registration
  • 9:00 -10:00 - Keynote Speakers - Michelle Kinder
  • 10:30-11:30 - Keynote Panel Discussion
  • 11:30-12:30 - Lunch
  • 12:30-1:30 - Breakout Sessions #1
  • 1:45-2:45 - Breakout Sessions #2
  •  2:45-3:00 - Wrap-Up Session

Session 1

Administrator Breakout Session - 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm 
3 Vital Questions: Transforming Workplace Drama - Presented by Michele Kinder, Keynote Speaker
The following workshop breakouts in Session 1 begin at 12:30 pm:
EL Session - Toilet Learning vs. Toilet Training
The key to successful toiling begins with a toilet learning practice that is developmentally appropriate. This training will clearly spell out the difference between toilet learning and toilet training. Presented by: Jerri Thompson, St. George Episcopal School, Austin, TX
EL Session - The Value of Project-Based Learning and Process Art in a Pre-K Classroom
Participants will learn how to make the most of our youngest students' inquisitive nature and enthusiasm for learning through project-based learning and process art.  We will discuss why this is critical for students' future success in school.   Also, we will share examples from Mrs. Howard's Pre-K classroom at Trinity, and how this new focus benefited her community of learners. Presented by: Lori Foy and Madeline Howard, Trinity Episcopal Day School, Baton Rouge, LA
EL/LS (up to 3rd grade) Session - Managing and Organizing Morning Work Bins
Do you like to start your mornings with a consistent routine? Giving your students the opportunity to have a soft start to their day with hands-on and engaging activities is key. Discover the benefits of morning bins along with tips for getting started using them in your classroom. (JK-3rd approx with a focus on early skills/hands-on activities). Presented by: Tina Johnson,  St. George Episcopal School, San Antonio, TX
LS Session - Leadership and Service (House System)
It’s common in English schools for students to be divided up into “houses.” This presentation will show a model that our Episcopal Schools can use. Throughout the school year, kids earn points for their houses for good behavior, special accomplishments, and more. Since each house includes kids from every grade, it fosters a sense of community throughout the school, too. Presented by: Brian Clyne, Episcopal Day School, Brownsville, TX
LS Session -  Student Mental Health and Social-Emotional Learning
Participants will come away with ideas and resources to assist them in incorporating social and emotional learning in the classroom in isolation and cross-curricular. There will also be a focus on integrating student mental health monitoring as part of classroom management. Presented by: Cherie Clint, Episcopal Day School, Brownsville, TX
Chaplain Session - Chapel for All God's Children 
This presentation will address ways to nurture and engage children from Early Childhood and Lower School with developmentally-sensitive strategies.  We will identify theoretical considerations and practical tools for Chapel services. Presented by: Jill Walters, All Saints Fort Worth, TX

Session 2

EL Session - When Children Bite: What's Next?   
Biting is a behavior that stirs many emotions in both children and adults. During this training, individuals will gain a clearer understanding of the many reasons children bite and how to resolve the behavior. Presented by: Jerri Thompson, St. George Episcopal School, Austin, TX
EL Session - Mindfulness Strategies for Students and Teachers In Early Learning Classrooms   
Mindfulness practices through play, breathing, focused movement of bodies, and listening carefully to sounds can be used in the classroom for students and educators. Participants will learn how to support mental health and the development of young learners by incorporating practices into their classroom culture.  By the end of the session, participants will leave with attainable,  developmentally appropriate practices that can be used in early learning classrooms to support self-regulation, awareness, and mindfulness. Presented by: Meghan Verbitsky Fallin and Lauren Sassenus, St. John's Episcopal School, Dallas, TX
EL Session - The Benefits of a Mud Kitchen  
Mud kitchens are a wonderful tool to aid children’s learning in every way. Math and science skills to fine motor skills and everything in between. The best part children are having the best time and learning as they make those mud pies. Presented by: Jennifer Downs, St. Thomas Early Learning Center, College Station, TX
LS Session - Peer-to-Peer Teaching in the Inquiry-Based Classroom    
In the fall of 2022, St. Paul's Episcopal School formed a partnership with our local national monument, The Waco Mammoth Site. Through this partnership, our 5th graders learned to become curators of content-specific knowledge and shared their learning with their 1st-grade Reading Buddies. This presentation breaks down the process of developing a relationship with an informal learning site and provides practical activities for educators looking to incorporate inquiry and collaborative learning communities into their classrooms. Presented by: Laura Case, St. Pauls Episcopal School, Waco, TX
LS Session -  Validation in the Classroom    
Validation is the essential practice of making a child feel seen, heard, and understood. What we know, is that when severely deprived of validation, a trauma response can form in the brain. As educators, how do we provide this essential skill in the classroom? Presented by: Halie Maxwell, Holy Spirit Episcopal School, Houston, TX
Chaplain Session - Good Soil or a Beaten Path? Learn to Cultivate the Soil for Your Elementary & Early Childhood Chapel Program   
What key elements are needed to have good Chapel soil? How do you create an environment where students' hearts and minds are more likely to receive the seeds of faith you are offering? Come join Sarah Kates, PK3 - 8th Chaplain at St. Luke's Episcopal School in San Antonio, to hear how Leadership, Participation, and Storytelling can lay the foundation for God's incredible, radical, and mysterious love. Presented by: Sarah Kates, Chaplain, St. Lukes San Antonio, TX
Administrator Session - Building A great School Culture   
"Culture eats strategy for breakfast," says the great Peter Drucker. And nowhere is culture more important than in a school. Christy Heno, Dean of Faculty at Presbyterian School in Houston, will present the four basic needs of a healthy school culture and offer practical ideas for transforming your school culture into a more productive and positive one. This session is for chaplains, administrators, and teachers who are interested in improving the culture of their schools. Presented by: Christy Heno, Dean of Faculty, Presbyterian School, Houston, TX

Hotel Recommendations

Close to St. George Episcopal School
  • Estancia del Norte San Antonio, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 37 NE Loop 410 At McCullough, San Antonio, TX 78216
  • The Westin San Antonio North, 9821 Colonnade Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78230
  • Hyatt Place San Antonio Airport/Quarry Market, 7615 Jones Maltsberger Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216    
Near the Rim/La Cantera (11 miles to St. George Episcopal School)
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Landmark, 5615 Landmark Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78249
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott San Antonio Northwest at The RIM, 18119 Talavera Ridge, San Antonio, TX 78257
  • Residence Inn by Marriott San Antonio Six Flags® at The RIM, 5707 Rim Pass, San Antonio, TX 78257  
Riverwalk/Fancy Downtown (11 miles to St. George Episcopal School)
  • Canopy by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk, 123 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio, 300 E Travis St, San Antonio, TX 78205 
Super Fancy (9 miles to St. George Episcopal School)
  • Hotel Emma, 136 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215
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