Foundation Health Institute Enrollment Opens

SANATOGA PA – Registration for the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation annual health and wellness conference, known as the “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Institute,” has opened in advance of its Aug. 7 (2018; Tuesday) launch at SunnyBrook Ballroom, 50 N. Sunnybrook Rd. It features breakout sessions that include active learning, community engagement and mental health.

Teachers and educators from across greater Pottstown view the day as a way “to collaborate and learn with colleagues before the start of the upcoming school year,” the foundation said in a Monday (June 11) announcement. “W are pleased to keep the momentum going, helping educators incorporate more active learning into their classrooms,” foundation President Dave Kraybill said.

The foundation began hosting the conference in 2014.

Registration costs $50. Participants can choose from more than 25 professional speaker sessions to attend. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served, and also provides networking opportunities for those in attendance.

Registrants can choose their sessions from five tracks: active learning, social and emotional learning, healthy eating and nutrition, physical well-being for educators, and leadership and motivation. Peer-to-peer sessions and expert-led content presentations are expected to give those attending opportunities to gain the perspective of like-minded educators doing diverse work in each field.

Active learning track sessions include examples of programs, classroom management techniques, lesson plan development, active learning with special or targeted populations (such as students with individual education plans or student-athletes), use of kinesthetic classroom spaces, action-based learning, and academic classroom focus.

Social and emotional learning touches on topics like resilience, mindfulness, yoga and breathing, and trauma-informed classrooms, and is open to other successful classroom management topics that promote learning readiness from an emotional wellness perspective.

The healthy eating and nutrition track discusses school or building-wide approaches to support healthy eating and nutrition education of students and faculty.

Because a classroom cannot be strong without a healthy teacher, a focus on physical well-being for educators has been introduced this year. Teaching can be physically demanding at the end of a busy school day. This track offers latest best practices for physical fitness and self-care for educators.

The leadership and team motivation track is focused on identifying unique leadership strengths, discovering ways to lift class and staff members when morale starts to sag, creating a solid team framework, boosting leadership confidence, and inspiring creativity.

The conference also allows educators to fulfill their Act 48 requirements, and receive a professional development certificate. More information is available on www.pottstownfoundation.org, including a registration guide. Contact Amanda Frattarelli at 610-323-2006 Ext. 28, or by e-mail at Afrattarelli@pottstownfoundation.org with questions or for more information.

Photo from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation

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