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A 5-part framework for supporting adult well-being in K-12 schools

Master practical strategies to empower your team and attract and retain passionate administrators, educators and staff, with a focus on personal advocacy and fulfillment.

Instructor: Carla Tantillo Philibert

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Whether you’re a school leader looking to hire and retain great teaching talent, or a front-line educator in search of practical tools and strategies to nurture your own sense of personal well-being and reconnect with your passion for the classroom, the (5) interactive sessions in this virtual professional-learning experience take you on an action-oriented journey, from a place of career inertia and frustration to one of job satisfaction and personal fulfillment.

Great educators and school leaders are great because they believe in themselves. That belief gets transferred to students through the embodiment of personal passion and high-quality instruction. But that unique brand of professional self-confidence doesn’t come naturally. It’s a product of lived experience. Educator, author, entrepreneur and keynote speaker Carla Tantillo Philibert has traveled the world helping teachers and staff focus on personal well-being. Join her and learn how to use your own lived experience to connect with students, re-engage with your mission and work, and achieve a more fulfilling career in education!


November – December 2024
3:30 – 5:00 pm EST


$495 per person
(discounts available for teams)

Who should attend

Classroom teachers, instructional coaches, teachers on special assignment (TOSAs), department heads

Meet your instructor

Author, leader and former classroom educator Carla Tantillo Philibert is one of the nation’s leading voices on the power of Collective Well-Being in schools. As the creator and founder of the SEL check and connect platform, Class Catalyst, she’s on a mission to help every student benefit from the help and support of a caring adult. After founding Mindful Practices in 2006, Carla’s work has been awarded the elite CASEL SELect status and has been studied by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago for the past eight years. Carla was a founding educator and curriculum director of a late start high school, designed to thwart gang violence and involvement for vulnerable learners in Chicago’s La Villta community. Today, Carla oversees the Collective Well-Being Project in Chicago Public Schools and consults with dozens of other districts, large and small, across the country. She is the author of Cooling Down Your Classroom (2012), Everyday Self-Care for Educators (2019), Everyday SEL in the Virtual Classroom (2022) and the Everyday SEL and Mindfulness series (EC, EL, MS & HS, second editions 2022).

The experience

Here’s what to expect when you, or members of your team, sign up to learn more about adult well-being and career success with Carla Tantillo Philibert.

Live practical learning sessions (virtual)

Series of (5) interactive virtual conversations, delivered over Zoom. Participants will spend the first part of the course taking ownership of their personal and professional well-being and the second half mastering a practical framework for achieving sustained fulfillment and career success.

Access to Personalized Learning Portal

In addition to the live sessions, each attendee receives password-protected access to the RocketPD Learning Portal, where they can access session recordings and resources to practice and self-reflect during their time in the cohort.

Plus, get a copy of Carla’s book

Every registrant receives the latest version of the book that most closely represents their grade level of expertise.

The outcomes

The path to adult well-being and passionate professional engagement starts with personal care and learning to advocate for your needs within your organization.

School leaders who take this program, will learn to:

  • Improve the climate and culture in their schools and classrooms by taking ownership of their personal well-being and professional health.
  • Advocate for their needs and/or the needs of their team within the broader school organization.
  • Create space and time to build awareness, identify self-coping practices and act with self-efficacy.
  • Strengthen adult agency in building collective well-being and overall staff connectedness.
  • Develop skills to support staff retention, satisfaction, well-being, and engagement at the school and/or district level.

What educators are saying…

“Carla is incredibly engaging and down to earth with any constituency to whom she presents. She works effectively with teacher’s aides, teachers, principals, district office personnel and families — anyone! Carla finds a way to connect to her audience and inspire new learning.”

Dr. Allison Slade

Director, Instructional Leadership & Strategic Initiatives
Roosevelt University

“Carla and the Mindful Practices team supports the social-emotional and well-being needs of our principals, assistant principals, and school teams. Their high-energy approach comes genuinely from the heart, is rooted in science, and helps administrators and educators deal with today’s many challenges. Everyone left our last session feeling motivated and revitalized to continue doing the hard work of leading schools.”

Dr. Karime Asaf

Chief of Network 4 Chicago Public Schools

“Mindful Practices’ Carla Tantillo Philibert is a charismatic, dynamic, and engaging speaker. Carla’s SEL prowess, hands on expertise, and knowledge assist her in providing the ‘best-possible experience’ for her audience when presenting. Carla is transparent in her delivery as a presenter, providing great tools and resources for educators. I would welcome Carla to any environment as a presenter for SEL in and out of the school community!”

Kenyea Beach

SEL Coordinator & Community Liaison
Chicago Heights School District 170

The sessions

Session #1

November 6, 2024 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM EST

Find your own starting point

  • Learn to understand & evaluate your approach to work
  • Confront big feelings like guilt & anxiety in the workplace
  • Develop a process for self-compassion & care
Session #2

November 13, 2024 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM EST

Differentiate your approach

  • Turn your focus toward students & their needs
  • Identify & allocate resources for self- and student-care
  • Communicate your needs (& needs of students) with administrators
Session #3

November 20, 2024 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM EST

Get immersed the ‘practice of well-being’

  • Develop clear personal & professional goals
  • Adopt a process for personal & professional fulfillment
  • Balance personal needs with the needs of the school community
Session #4

December 4, 2024 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM EST

Work in the right system

  • Evaluate your needs in the context of your school environment
  • Develop a ‘personal system’ to succeed in your environment
  • Adopt ‘practical well-being templates’ to be both efficient & effective
Session #5

December 11, 2024 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM EST

Learn to embrace & actively practice ‘self care’

  • Review & implement practical adult-well-being strategies
  • Develop a working plan to support personal & professional growth
  • Develop self-efficacy & support yourself with actionable goals

Packed with benefits

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Connect live with top people, on topics you care about

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Join colleagues from other schools for lively discussions

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Mobile app

Create flexibility & learn on your time with our mobile app

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Recorded sessions

Never miss a beat with available recordings (for 30 days)

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Certificates of completion

Get credit for your hard work with personalized certificates

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Access to (5) live 90-min. sessions

Practical action items

A copy of Carla's book

Access to the RocketPD Portal

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Access to (5) live 90-min. sessions

Practical action items

A copy of Carla's book

Access to the RocketPD Portal

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per person

Access to (5) live 90-min. sessions

Practical action items

A copy of Carla's book

Access to the RocketPD Portal

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Frequently asked questions

Elevate & advocate: a 5-part framework for supporting adult well-being in K-12 schools

At a time when schools are experiencing record attrition and low staff morale and engagement, this all-virtual cohort experience was designed to give school district leaders and their teams a convenient and effective way to facilitate and support conversations and strategies for improving adult well-being and staff retention, while and further supporting the professional needs of teachers and staff. The RocketPD cohort experience works at scale because it enables schools and districts to enroll a single staff member or a large team and receive a consistently engaging, practical and results-oriented professional-learning experience across the board.

Why do this as part of a cohort?

The RocketPD cohort experience is designed to give school district leaders an actionable, affordable and convenient way to facilitate difficult but necessary strategic conversations and initiatives at a time when schools and school communities face both intense initiative fatigue and competing distractions. Districts can register select members of their building or central-office teams for open cohorts, or inquire about a custom cohort for their entire staff, or large teams.

What’s included in this program?

Delivered over five weeks, the program includes (5) scheduled structured learning conversations, delivered virtually over Zoom. Plus, password-protected access to the RocketPD Learning Portal, where participants can access practical resources for each session and, for a limited time, the session recordings.

Who should participate?

Elevate & advocate: a 5-part framework for supporting adult well-being in K-12 schools is an (5)-session (90 minutes each) collaborative professional-learning experience for administrators, instructional coaches and teachers.

How will this help my team?

The RocketPD cohort experience provides a unique opportunity for school district leadership and their staff teams to engage in candid conversations and workshop-style learning with a nationally recognized educator and subject-matter expert in the area of adult wellbeing. Unlike one-off seminars and keynote speeches, the cohort provides a clear opportunity for sustained development and the basis for a framework that school leaders can use to create stronger, more supportive environments for sustainable success.

What is the schedule?

This (5)-session cohort-based experience will take place in November – December 2024. If you want to participate in this cohort, but the dates and times do not work for your schedule, keep in mind that, while live participation is always encouraged, the sessions are recorded and accessible via the RocketPD Learning Portal for a limited time. If you have a large team (15 or more), and the schedule dates and times do not work for you entire team, reach out using the form below to inquire about the formation of a custom cohort for your district.

How can I participate?

If you’re interested in joining the Elevate & advocate: a 5-part framework for supporting adult well-being in K-12 schools cohort, save your spot now by following the button on this page. Once you sign up, you’ll receive more information about the program, including payment and invoicing details. You’ll also receive a detailed follow-up email with information about your cohort, including scheduled session dates and times. Should you have questions at any time throughout the process, you’ll receive the phone and email of our project coordinator to ensure a positive experience.

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