Facilitated by:
Kelly Wilson, Director of Special Education, Forest Lake Area Schools
Jill Krautkremer, School Psychologist, Forest Lake Area Schools

You are invited to join the Educator Resilience Cohort. This series of 10 dynamic sessions are centered around the acclaimed professional resource book, Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar. Designed specifically for MASA members, this cohort offers a collaborative space where you can connect with fellow school leaders and delve into Aguilar’s framework, exploring its profound relevance to your unique roles within your school and community. With a focus on the four crucial elements of who we are, where we are, what we do, and how we are, participants will immerse themselves in Aguilar’s 12 habits and dispositions that can be consciously nurtured to fortify resilience. We wholeheartedly encourage you to prioritize self-care and deliberately cultivate your own resilience, empowering you to effectively support others. Join the Educator Resilience Cohort today, and embark on a transformative journey of professional and personal development!

View the informational flyer online here!

Who is this for?
All MASA members

When is it?
The cohort is offered from August 10, 2023, through May 8, 2024. We will kick off with a longer in-person session in August, followed by monthly virtual sessions. We plan to reunite to celebrate our journey together in May, but it will depend upon where in the state people are located.

The time of the sessions will be determined based on responses from those interested in the cohort.

Register by July 7, 2023. The times of sessions will be determined and shared the following week!

Register for the cohort here!

Registration Fee
$250 for MASA Members. A copy of Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar will be mailed to all registrants.

Session Dates & Topics
August 10 – 10-2 (Quora Education Center)
Know Yourself, Understanding Emotion, Tell Empowering Stories
September 20 (Virtual) | Build Community
October 25 (Virtual) | Be Here Now
November 15 (Virtual) | Take Care of Yourself
December 20 (Virtual) | Focus on the Bright Spots
January 17 (Virtual) | Cultivate Compassion
February 21 (Virtual) | Be a Learner
March 20 (Virtual) | Play and Create
April 17 (Virtual) | Ride the Waves of Change
May 8 (Location TBD!) | Celebrate and Appreciate

Continuing Education Units
15 CEU’s have been requested from BOSA for this cohort opportunity.  Hours earned will be based on participation/attendance at each session.

Kelly Wilson is the Director of Special Education with Forest Lake Area Schools.  Kelly has worked in the district for over 20 years serving also as a speech language pathologist, assistant director of special education and K-12 building principal.  Kelly is currently enrolled in the University of St. Thomas, and is pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and is an adjunct professor.  Kelly has collaborated with Jill in the creation and implementation of the Educator Resilience course with teachers, para professionals, health office assistance and the administrative team.  Seeing the positive effects of the course, Kelly and Jill are excited to share their findings and assist other districts in their support of staff, their mental health and resilience.

Jill Krautkremer is a School Psychologist in Forest Lake Area Schools. For 17 years,  she was a building level school psychologist with a variety of roles in her building(s). In 2019 she began focusing on district wide behavioral support and over the last several years has expanded to supporting social emotional learning needs of both students and staff in the district, with a particular interest in building educator resilience as the first step in supporting student needs. After working for a year in a community of practice with the Minnesota Department of Education on Social Emotional Learning, Kelly and Jill recognized the importance of focusing on adult SEL and specifically building a more resilient team of educators within a school district.

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