WELLBeing ON Y(OUR) TERMS
The BCCS wellness campaign, Wellness On Your Terms, is all about personal and communal advocacy in wellness, health and fitness spaces. When we feel we have choices and autonomy over our personal and collective wellness, we are better able to move into a place of wellbeing and liberation. Find definitions of terms, links to resources, and activities to practice to support your personal wellness, fitness and health, which supports our collective well-being.
The Wellbeing On Y(our) Terms content is being highlighted in February Black History Month and March Women's History Month events. All BCCS stakeholders are welcome to attend, in person or virtually, the panelist dialogue events. Find complete information and Zoom links on the news page under the "Equitable Wellness" title. (Scroll to mid-page.)
For more information - and because wellness takes a community - email email@example.com.This campaign specifically supports the intellectual/creative, physical, emotional/mental and social/cultural dimensions of wellness.
The Interconnectedness of Mindful Movement and Social Emotional Learning for Anti-Racist Practices
A follow-up workshop, Building A Community Of Care, is offered to staff to explore various mindsets and practices to support self care and stress mitigation, in order to better create environments of wellbeing for our scholars and all stakeholders.
BCCS created a series of mindful movement videos in collaboration with MN Department of Education. Watch Mindful Movement In BCCS.
The BCCS District Wellness Committee has a library of movement and mindfulness videos for Early Learning students - adults.
Please contact the Wellbeing Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Mindful movement incorporates movement and breathing together to help both teachers and students to increase concentration, lessen emotional reactivity and increase positive relationships within the classroom. Students and staff are offered the opportunity to participate in training where they learn the concepts of mindful movement and how to first develop personal practices and then collective practices in the classroom as life-long tools for students to elevate their voice, culture and emotional autonomy. Mindful movement benefits include increasing self-awareness, to support the unpacking of racail biases, and promoting prosocial attitudes, such as empathy, which is core competencies of SEL.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Social emotional learning (SEL) is implemented in BCCS through curriculum and instruction, as well as relationship-building. Additionally, the District Wellness Committee supports SEL skill-building for adults and students, through the understanding that, "All learning is social and emotional - even for adults." (CASEL, 2020). One of five core competencies of social-emotional learning is social-awareness; mindful movement increases social-awareness; anti-racist practices are rooted in self-awareness and social awareness that supports identification of systemic oppression and implicit biases. We understand that social emotional learning needs to be culturally responsive in order to meet the needs of the individual and the community.
We believe that we must implement practices that disrupt systemic inequities and challenge personal biases in order to create anti-racist systems and empathetic environments as an effective method for improving education outcomes for each student. Anti-racist mindsets and practices must be embedded mindfully in SEL techniques in order for all students and staff to feel included and safe. Knowing that unjust and racist systems create stress and dis-ease for all in the community (including the oppressed, the oppressors and the silently complicit), the BCCS District Wellness Committee is commited to implementing policy and programs to dismantle inequites and create an inclusive community.
EMPLOYEE WELLNESS SERVICES APPOINTMENTSBCCS staff have access to 1:1 or small group instruction or coaching in a variety of wellness modalities. Employees may visit the staff intranet for more information and to access the scheduling link.