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AIMS and EBS Healthier Together Wellness Symposium
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When: 05/16/2019
8:00 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Silver Spring Civic Center
1 Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, Maryland  20910
United States

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Association of Independent MD & DC Schools (AIMS) and Educators Benefit Services (EBS) have partnered to offer our very first Health and Wellness Symposium, which is a combination of EBS's annual spring conference and a health and wellness program for all AIMS educators and administrators. We'll begin with a keynote from Rachel Druckenmiller. That keynote will be followed by NINE different breakout sessions for everyone from benefits administrators to counselors and division heads! All of this is completely free to AIMS members, thanks to the generous support of Educators Benefit Services.


Tentative Conference Schedule


8:00 am - 8:30 am                Registration/Breakfast/Vendors

8:30 am - 9:30 am                Welcome & Opening Keynote

9:45 am - 10:45 am              Breakout Session One 

11:00 am -12:00 pm             Breakout Session Two 

12:00 pm -12:45 pm             Lunch & Awards Ceremony

12:45 pm -1:45 pm               Breakout Session Three 

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm                Closing Remarks



Keynote:  A Whole Person Approach to Wellbeing in Schools      

presented by Rachel Druckenmiller, MS Director of Wellbeing


Traditional approaches to wellness have focused almost exclusively on physical health, nutrition, and fitness. Those topics are of great importance in today’s schools, but a more comprehensive approach to wellbeing is needed, one that calls for greater alignment that includes integration and collaboration between education leaders and students to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. As teacher burnout due to compassion fatigue and other stressors continue to ramp up and student mental health is more fragile than ever, we need to foster school cultures that prioritize connectedness. Drawing from psychology, neuroscience, and best practices to promote wellbeing in schools across the country, we will explore what we can do to be the change we wish to see in the system and to ignite connection and wellbeing in our schools and among our students and staff.



You will select ONE session in EACH breakout (for a total of three sessions). 


Breakout One Session Selections: (Choose One)


Session 1A – Leveraging Supplemental Health Programs to Eliminate Potential Financial Hardships with HDHP’s

Join Joe Meehan and Chris Wilson from Reliance Standard to learn about the Group Critical Illness and Accident Plan now available in our region.

Session 1B – Mental Health in the Workplace

Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental illnesses that can affect us, our families, friends and the workplace. This session provides information about what depression and anxiety are, what to do, and where to go if you are concerned about yourself or others.


Session 1C – Know the Policy, Vaping and Juuling

As Chief Counsel for the Tobacco Enforcement Unit of the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, John Leovy is responsible for the State’s ongoing litigation against cigarette manufactures and helps craft Maryland’s policy and legislative strategies for cigarettes and e-cigarettes. This session provides information on the Attorney General’s efforts to regulate e-cigarettes and gives participants an opportunity to discuss how the Attorney General’s Office can support your efforts to keep e-cigarettes out of your schools.

Breakout Two Session Selections: (Choose One)


Session 2A - RISE - Resilience in School Environments (Part 1 of a two-part session)

Teaching is one of the most stressful occupations in the U.S. High levels of stress are affecting teacher health and well-being, causing teacher burnout, lack of engagement, job dissatisfaction, poor performance, and some of the highest turnover rates ever. Stress not only has negative consequences for teachers, it also results in lower achievement for students and higher costs for schools.  Schools and administrators that support the social and emotional well-being and resilience of their employees are likely to have a workforce with lower levels of stress, improved school employee attendance, and an increased ability to model positive emotions for students.  Join Kaiser Permanente as they discuss the importance of supporting and training educators on how to deal with the stress of student trauma.


Session 2B - Avoiding Burnout

In today’s work environment, many of us feel pressured to work faster, harder and longer hours. It’s easy to allow our jobs to become our lives. For many, this can lead to burnout, resulting in decreased productivity and dissatisfaction, among other things. Participants in this seminar will examine causes of burnout, as well as potential remedies. They also will come out with ideas to decrease their likelihood of experiencing burnout.

Session 2C – Social Justice in Wellness

With a better understanding of social justice on wellness, we as wellness professionals will be better equipped to establish a more equitable distribution of power and resources, so all people can live with dignity, self-determination, and physical and psychological safety. During the presentation, we will use the Six Dimensions of Wellness and the National Wellness Institute’s Multicultural Wellness Wheel to guide our discussion on social justice in wellness. We'll also learn how to identify how social justice is a critical aspect of wellness care and describe how unconsciousness bias impairs our ability to make equitable decisions for our clients


Breakout Three Session Selections: (Choose One)


Session 3A – RISE – Resilience in School Environments (Part 2 of a two-part session)

In this seminar, Kaiser Permanente will provide participants with information on the RISE Index.  The RISE Index is an assessment tool for developing resilient schools. Kaiser will identify supportive school practices across 5 domains which contribute to staff ability to care for themselves, their peers, and their students.  Under each domain there are a series of assessment questions that will help a school identify and assess current resources, policies, and support in their environment.


Session 3B – How to Understand and Develop Emotional Intelligence

Many of us know that getting along with others is the key to success.  Our ability to “play nicely in the sandbox” is fundamental to our career as well as our health.  We will discuss what an emotion is and why you are having it, and participants will learn how to understand what they are feeling and how it affects their moods, daily life and others around them. 

Session 3C – Digital Wellness

One of the most difficult parts of living and working in modern American culture is the omnipresence of digital communication. It can be hard to figure out what to prioritize and how to get past the feelings of guilt that often occur when you don't respond to that email or text right away. This session outlines both research and recommendations for best practices around managing your digital wellness both at work and in your home life. 



AIMS Members: FREE (Must still register)



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Technology support is being generously provided by:

HCGI, Inc.
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 810
Columbia, MD 21044
Contact: Bill Hottman (

HCGI Hartford (HCGI) is an employee-owned, privately held
IT and AV integrator and hardware dealer celebrating twenty-two years in business in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. HCGI represents over 200 hardware and software manufacturers. We are on the MEEC and State of Maryland contracts. We are a HPe Gold Partner and hold high-end certifications from NetApp, Cisco, VMware, Lenovo, Microsoft & Epson Brighter Futures Educational Dealer. We will be showcasing Infocus J Touch Interactive Displays designed for K-12 classrooms and Lexmark Multi-Functional Printers that eliminate unnecessary activities and give teachers more time to get back to more value-added tasks.







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