WSASCD New Teacher Institute
Honoring Emotional Resilience in New Educators: Developing the Habits and Dispositions to Flourish

MAY 10 & 17, 2022 | 4–5:30 P.M. VIA ZOOM

May 10 and 17, 2022 | 4–5:30 p.m. via Zoom

Facilitators, Robin Henrikson and Emily Huff, will lean into the work and adapt activities from the book Onward by Elena Aguilar.

Objectives/Desired Outcomes:
By attending Honoring Emotional Resilience in New Educators: Developing the Habits and Dispositions to Flourish, participants will be able to reflect, celebrate, and dialogue in learning communities. Participate in this learning opportunity to unpack experiences and expectations that will help you flourish as an educator.  
Through personal reflection and collaborative dialogue, participants will: 

     • Evaluate your levels of emotional resilience by reflecting on personal and professional experiences over the last two years
     • Formalize the tools and habits that will enable you to flourish next year and beyond
     • Formalize some professional and personal goals that align with your values
     • Identify the personal and professional networks that will help support your continued success
     • Develop a plan for being accountable to your personal and professional vision

Washington State ASCD is focused on recovery efforts and trauma-invested practices that support a Whole Child approach. 

Who Should Attend: 
First–third year teachers and those who support them.

We know that emotionally healthy teachers create emotionally healthy learning environments. New teachers especially need the time, space and structure to reflect upon their experiences and develop personal goals. This workshop aligns with the ASCD Whole Child approach, which ensures that educational systems meet the rights of learners through the lens of the 5 Tenets (healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged). The New Teacher Institute addresses the “safe” tenet—each student learns in an environment which is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults. Further, this workshop supports the expectation that all districts in the state of Washington develop and implement an Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Plan  by June 1, 2021 and also The State Healthy Schools Washington (HSW) Program which supports the implementation of the ASCD Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model.

Course Focus
The sessions during Honoring Emotional Resilience in New Educators: Developing the Habits and Dispositions to Flourish are intentionally aligned with Washington State (OSPI) expectations related to HSW and Recovery noted above. By taking the time to assess their own resilience, teachers will further their support of student success at the classroom, school, or district level through the lens of the Whole Child.


Robin Henrikson, Ph.D. 
I am an Associate Professor at SPU and serve as Director of Assessment for the School of Education. I have worked at SPU for nine years. I have a passion for engaging and equipping educators in teacher leadership opportunities and ongoing professional learning through the use of collaboration. I also partner with school districts for program evaluation needs, primarily focused on education-based grants, and I am a former school board director. Before coming to SPU, I spent five years as a Mathematics Specialist at ESD 114, working with K-12 teachers with an emphasis on curriculum, instruction, and assessment development. Prior to that, I taught special education then mathematics at the middle school level for about 10 years. I earned my Ph.D. in Education from SPU where I focused on characteristics of effective professional development of teachers K-12 and the relationship to student learning. I earned my Masters in Educational Leadership and Principal’s Certification from SPU. I earned by B.A. in Special Education/General Education with teacher certification at Western Washington University. I live in Sequim, WA- out on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Because of my location, I have the unique opportunity to teach online courses and can really appreciate the convenience, yet rigor, and integrity that online learning has to offer. I am fortunate to have three children, ages 15, 13, and 10, one husband, two cats, one dog, and a few chickens.

Emily Huff, M.A.
Emily Huff is a member of the School of Education faculty at Seattle Pacific University; she also works as the director of field placements at SPU. Her teaching experience ranges from first grade through high school in Seattle and Tukwila, and she has supported teacher candidates at Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee, and SPU. She also serves as the director of an educational non-profit advocating for children in India and Kenya.

Registration is complimentary. 

Please contact Lisa Gehman at with registration questions.

WSASCD Membership
A two-year membership to WSASCD is included with registration for non-members. Note to current members: registration does not extend your membership.

You will receive one recurring Zoom confirmation to join the sessions shortly after your registration is processed. The confirmation contains your personal link to join both sessions. Follow the link in your confirmation to add the meeting to your calendar. Note: Only one device is admitted per email so please do not share your link.

Contact Lisa Gehman at if you are not able to locate your Zoom confirmation.  

Clock Hours
If you would like to obtain OSPI Clock Hours for participating in this learning experience, 3 Clock Hours will be available for a cost of $3/Clock Hour. Clock hours can be requested by those who attend in real time. Duration of attendance will be verified using the Zoom roster. A WSASCD Clock hour request form will be available following the last session.

Complimentary Book

WSASCD is excited to offer the first 50 registrants for this training a copy of Onward to support their learning for this PD. Please note: reading the book is not a requirement for the training. Please complete the book request form to receive your copy with registration to the PD. 

Contact Lisa Gehman at 360.943.5717 or with registration questions or for registration assistance.
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