Middletown Parent Workshops

KEYNOTE: Makerspaces: How They Can Help Make the World a Better Place
Presented by: Melissa Thom
Find out more about Maker Spaces, The Maker Movement and the impact they have on children's learning and development. See how they are used in the school setting and discover tools, strategies, and experiences that will help nurture the development of creative problem solvers using a "maker mindset" and concepts of design thinking. Learn about different ways parents and families can make a difference in their daily lives.
Melissa Thom has been in education for 17 years. The first twelve years were spent as a classroom teacher: six years in Phoenix, Arizona and six years in Hartford, Connecticut. Currently, she is a Middle School Teacher Librarian in West Hartford, Connecticut. She is also the Vice President of the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL). Melissa is a passionate educator who believes that learning and teaching should be joyful. Melissa strives to help bring about important changes to the educational experience of each child and teacher.

Wellness Lessons for Social Emotional Learning
Presented by Kathleen Kiley Fisher
Whether you are a parent, friend, spouse, teacher, or healthcare provider, your words of wisdom contribute greatly to the well-being of everyone around you. Your understanding of the mind-bodyspirit connection assists in the self-care, growth and healing process of others.
People who use wellness tools such as mindfulness, yoga, creative play, meditation, and guided imagery to relax and rejuvenate are Wellness-educated. In addition to being less stressed and more effective, they present themselves as refreshed, confident, and patient, setting the tone and the conditions for positive reinforcement in their environments.
Wellness tools are designed to be practiced by anyone, anywhere – in the workplace, at home, or in school. They require no extra equipment and take only 5 – 15 minutes. These simple, easy ways to selfsoothe and calm can easily be taught and shared. Come and learn the 5 core competencies of Wellness education. Participants will learn simple self-care techniques that can: balance emotions, improve self-confidence, strengthen focus and concentration, enhance empathy skills and maintain consistent, positive energy flow.
Participants do not have to become trained yogis or meditators; they can simply practice wellness tools to self-regulate and support themselves. Wear comfortable clothing. No mats are necessary.
Kathleen Kiley Fisher is the founder of Wellness Insights, LLC. As an Energy Medicine Practitioner and Yoga Training Facilitator, Kathleen offers Wellness classes and training programs in stress management, social & emotional learning, and mindfulness for self-care. Kathleen's Wellness programs are offered in hospitals, schools, correctional institutions, and state health agencies. She is also the author of three Wellness manuals: 'Wellness Lessons for Social and Emotional Learning', 'Destress With Mind, Body, and Breath' and 'The Spiritual Mind'. Kathleen offers weekly Wellness classes in the Hartford area.

Fostering Maker Mindsets: Supporting the Maker Movement at Home
Presented by Rebecca Deotte
Learn about the Maker Movement that is transforming the way students learn, create, and contribute in schools and communities across the country. At home, families can help foster students' Maker Mindset and support design thinking through activities, projects and turning teachable moments into new opportunities for students to become creative problem solvers.
Rebecca is a certified school library media specialist with the Middletown Public Schools. She received her Masters in Library and Information Sciences with a concentration in School Libraries and MakerSpaces from Southern Connecticut State University. She has previously worked and volunteered with local parents organizing around educational issues and driving the Middletown Schools' Bookmobile.

Make a Difference with Blankets
Presented by Melissa Thom
 Parents will learn how to make a difference in their community through organizations such as Project Linus (http://www.projectlinus.com). The workshop will include a hands-on portion where participants will work together to make blankets out of fleece and yarn that will be donated to the local Project Linus chapter. (No sewing or needles required!)
Melissa Thom has been in education for 17 years. The first twelve years were spent as a classroom teacher: six years in Phoenix, Arizona and six years in Hartford, Connecticut. Currently, she is a Middle School Teacher Librarian in West Hartford, Connecticut. She is also the Vice President of the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL). Melissa is a passionate educator who believes that learning and teaching should be joyful. Melissa strives to help bring about important changes to the educational experience of each child and teacher.

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