The time has come to field test a new workshop based on the principles outlined in my last few posts. Below are the (short and sweet) details. If you’d like to participate and provide feedback that will help develop the final program design, please contact me via the e-mail address provided. If you’re interested but can’t make either of the dates I’ve listed, or find traveling to the NY metropolitan area too difficult; let me know, we might be able to work something out.
Workshop Title: The Inner Journey to Teaching Mastery
Note: This workshop is a special focus group, prototype program where participants will be asked to provide feedback that will be used in creating the final program design. Enrollment will be limited to (6-10) participants.
Description: Research indicates that it’s a teachers personality and presence that makes the biggest impact on the success of their students. While many call these personal attributes ‘soft’ skills, implying their lack of importance, they are in fact essential. This workshop will focus on the inner life and emotional well-being of teachers, and link it to building a more powerful, open, and effective classroom presence. Teachers will have a safe environment in which to reflect, re-connect to their purpose and passion, and engage in activities that will help them recognize, and use their gifts more fully.
This will not be the typical staff development workshop where participants will take notes, or learn a few new teaching techniques. It will not focus on what to teach, or how to teach it. Instead it will provide experiential activities and practices to help each participant bring their best, and most effective ‘self’ to the classroom. It will explore the more complex components of teaching: self-awareness, authenticity, trust, and coping with rising levels of classroom stress.
When: Two dates are presently available to choose from:
October 23rd, 9:00am-4:00pm
October 25th, 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: There will be no charge for these special focus group, prototype sessions. Donations to cover the cost of food and beverages are appreciated.
Where: The workshop will take place at a suitable venue (TBD) in Rockland and/or Westchester in NY.
Who: Pete Reilly is an educator who has devoted his professional life to empowering students, teachers, and administrators to fully utilize their unique gifts and talents.
He is the former Director of the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center, and has served as President of the New York Association of Computers and Technology for Education (NYSCATE). Pete has just completed his first book on teaching, “A Path with Heart: The Inner Journey to Teaching Mastery”; and writes extensively on the topic of educational leadership. His blog, “Ed Tech Journeys” received the 2006 Edublog Award for Best Newcomer; and Pete’s essay, “When the Classroom Door Swings Inward”, is part of the anthology, “Being Human at Work”; edited by Dr. Richard Strozzi-Heckler and published by North Atlantic Press.
He has received many educational honors, including being recognized as “Outstanding Administrator” by the Lower Hudson Council of School Administrators. Pete is well known for his interactive workshops on “Leadership” at NECC; the National Charter Schools Conference; National School Boards; IBM Palisades; as well as Tech Forum conferences in NYC; Chicago; and Austin, Texas.
Over the course of his thirty year career Pete has facilitated more than (40) Long Range Plans for school districts in NY, CT, NJ, VA, PA, and CA. Pete was a visiting expert to China in 1996 as part of an effort by the UNICEF to improve education in that country.
He is a certified Master Somatic Coach, holds a black belt in Aikido, and has designed and delivered many programs that support teachers and administrators in developing the skills they need to be more effective in their work.
Contact: For more information, or to discuss the program in more detail, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org