Professional Development for SD79 with Equilibrium for Educators
Building Resilience in the K-12 Space
What does Equilibrium for Educators look like?
Equilibrium for Educators is a group executive coaching session for educational workers in the K-12 system. The session can be facilitated in person, online, or in a hybrid environment. As your facilitator, I start the session, setting the stage of trust and shared agreements, asking a self-assessment question of the group that’s scored.
Participants work through the questions provided and record their answers individually, allowing as many challenges to be addressed as there are participants in the session. At the end of the session, participants are asked to self-score themselves to the self-assessment answer from the beginning of the session, measuring for growth. The session closes with gratitude within one hour.
Honour the Land, the People, and the Experiences
As coach and participants get together for Equilibrium for Educators, Indigenous lands are honoured and acknowledged, participants are invited to let go of what they assume about themselves, and others, in the session, and a Q & A is available.
As the session gets underway, participants are asked to think of a specific challenge that's coming up for them at work, and keep that challenge in mind as we explore the framework of questions, guiding them to investigate their situation from a variety of perspectives.
Sharing is optional and all work captured in their journals/laptops is the property of the participant. Sessions are based in self-reflection to provide an ideal environment to pause and think deeply about one situation.
Being able to focus on one topic at one time is often a welcome departure for teachers, staff, and administrators who are consistently asked to manage multiple competing priorities simultaneously. Back to Menu.
What is the Pedagogy behind Equilibrium for Educators?
Participants are coached through a multi-domain framework (self, system, community) of inquiry that integrates their relational experiences within a systemic context where a challenge exists for them and may be blocking them from bringing their best selves to the work community.
Equilibrium for Educators embeds Universal Design for Learning principles and incorporates 22 UDL Checkpoints.
Learning Outcomes with Equilibrium for Educators
Participants will walk away with a different way of thinking about and experiencing their challenge situation. Personal changes include curiosity, empathy, and a deeper understanding of their role in the challenge.
Learning works best when we can experience, practice, reconnect, practice and repeat.
Single-session or multi-session programs can be built to suit your community learning needs.
Scalable from small groups to large audiences.
Sessions can be delivered pre-recorded, online, face to face or hybrid.
Flexible - bring this session to a staff meeting or incorporate into Professional Learning Community Agendas.
Results from Equilibrium for Educators
The Equilibrium for Educators program helps participants reframe their perception and experience of challenging situations.
We aim to uncover area(s) where a perspective gap exists for the participant that is creating a challenge being professionally, emotionally, socially, or systemically engaged in their school community.
By increasing awareness, perceptions shift, leading to increased compassion, personal empowerment, resilience, and understanding.
How Equilibrium for Educators fits your budget
Based on individual work, facilitated by one coach, sessions can be scaled from small teams to large groups making it ideal to bring Equilibrium for Educators to your school community in a cost-effective way.
Equilibrium for Educators is currently offered as a pilot in SD79. Let's talk about how we can partner to bring this session to your school community.
Integrating Equilibrium for Educators with SD 79 Strategic Goals
Self-discovery and learning empowers community members to redesign their own experience and measures of success by increasing self-and-system awareness. By using executive coaching, a mode of self-assessment and learning, Equilibrium for Educators offers a profoundly personal learning experience. Relevant to the individual's experience, participants learn and examine new ways to challenge assumptions and embrace and practice new ways of being in, and with, their complex working environment.
Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Honouring connectedness and exploration of identity, participants investigate their own role in their situation, being able to see more clearly how their systems connect to others'.
Honouring that learning takes time, we trust that each participant will embed their learning as they are able. We take time for participants to reflect and record their learning in the session, slowing down, being still, and incorporating silence.
Honouring the important role of storytelling, we welcome sharing with the understanding that some information is private and may only be shared with permission.
Honouring their new perspective and role in a challenging situation, participants have the opportunity to see the consequences of their actions, with a new story, and the opportunity to repair.
Culture of Care
When we invest in the social and emotional wellbeing of the members of our school community we show them we care by demonstrating that their social and emotional wellbeing is a worthwhile investment. When we provide tools, like Equilibrium for Educators, to increase self-awareness, we integrate caring by equipping the participants to see themselves within the system, as a vital part of contributing to its wellbeing, creating a generative cycle of care.
Future Focused System
Casting an eye forward, building leadership capacity and continuity through resilience, self-awareness, and self-efficacy through Equilibrium for Educators contributes to a healthy school community that can respond resiliently to challenges both known, and not yet imagined, in education systems in the 21st century.
Who is Equilibrium for Educators for?
Equilibrium for Educators is for teachers, support staff, and administrators working in the K-12 environment. Administrators are highly encouraged to participate in Equilibrium for Educators alongside their teaching and support colleagues to build trust and reconnect to themselves in the overlapping complex systems within the school environment.
Participants work individually, minimizing existing power differentials, allowing participants to answer questions authentically, inviting deep learning.
What's needed for an Equilibrium for Educators Session?
An in-person or online space to comfortably accommodate the participants
Audio support for voice amplification if needed in the space (needed for classroom or larger)
Participants who are willing and able to think of a challenge and do the individual, reflective work answering questions about their challenge and who will bring a way to capture their written answers - journal, paper, pen, or their preferred recording method/device.
Seating with accessible writing surface
Sufficient space between participants to provide a semblance of privacy while writing
Trust and Safety at Equilibrium for Educators
Participant sharing is optional. Anything shared must be presented to be anonymous. Participants are asked to hold the session content and shares as confidential.
Steph Kosty, ACC, CEC, BA
Steph is a sought after dual-level certified executive coach, professional mentor coach, facilitator, sport coach, and communication professional who is passionate about bringing awareness, compassion, equity, and balance to human, team, and organizational systems.
As an experienced facilitator, Steph weaves in trust, comfort, and understanding within her sessions by modeling humility, inquiry, and a deep respect for the bravery needed to look within, especially at work.
With decades of experience in corporate & executive education, strategic communication, and building trust in teams, Steph is an invaluable addition to your professional development toolbox.
Get in touch with Steph today to bring an Equilibrium for Educators session to your school community or chat with her to design a multi-session approach that can weave the knowledge gained in each session throughout the year for even greater impact.