For Staff

Teacher & Staff Wellness

An important part of the CASEL framework involves implementing SEL at all levels in a district, which includes the central office and all staff. Teaching in a pandemic has been particularly stressful. By caring for its teachers, #SEL in 205 believes that these behaviors can be modeled for our students as well. A website was created to aid teachers in accessing resources and information around wellness. Additionally, every Wednesday CUSD #205 staff receives an e-mail with the subject line “Wellness Wednesday”. This brief digital newsletter focuses on wellness themes/topics and uplifting messages for district staff to think about and try out. Some themes have included: Gratitude, Compassion Fatigue, Finding Your Flow, and Am I Enough? The Wellness Wednesday newsletters are linked HERE. They can also be found on the Mental Health and Wellness website that is linked below.

Self Care

Staff Mental Health & Wellness Page

Link Here

Mental Health & Wellness Site

Choose to Thrive in 205

In March of 2022, our Student Success team held our first-ever wellness event for educators, Choose to Thrive in #205. Over 250 people attended and learned, imparted knowledge, collaborated, socialized, laughed, and celebrated one another's company. In coming years, our team would love to expand upon this event and offer it to any CUSD #205 employee.

Watch some highlights of the event in the amazing video linked below, which was created by GHS student, Steven Mulimi '22.

Learn even more about the event by visiting the Choose to Thrive in #205 website, also linked below.

Teacher Resources Around SEL & Mental Health

When fully implemented, SEL is a part of every aspect of the school day, including core curricula. Teachers in District #205 have received resources and professional development around SEL in the classroom. A teacher dashboard was created to cull a variety of resources. Last year alone our teachers received professional development around brain regulation, LGBTQ issues and mental health, restorative practices and embedding SEL in the classroom. This year, the professional development has focused on trauma-informed practices, more on brain regulation, and ramping up Tier I instruction with engaging activities. Professional Development opportunities targeted towards SEL will continue to be offered the rest of the year.

Not only that, but we have a district-level instructional coach, Mindy Matthews, who is devoted to helping teachers and staff regarding SEL in 205. Our long-term goal is for SEL to be found within every classroom and curriculum in #205. Click on the links below to view the referenced teacher dashboard, known as the #SELin205 Virtual Office, as well as our SEL PD Offerings.

#SELin205 Virtual Office

#SELin205 Virtual Office

#SELin205 PD Offerings

SEL PD Offerings

Suite 360 for District #205 Staff


Tidbits for Teachers

SEL in the Classroom

Our district SEL instructional coach has shared strategies and activities teachers can use to embed SEL in the classroom. Click on the link below to access this resource.