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Cultivating Leadership In and Out of the Classroom

Date: Wednesday - April 06, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Riverdale Country School

5250 Fieldston Rd, New York NY 10471
Facilitators: Lance Ramer and Stephanie Simpson
For all grades
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Being a successful leader is not an easy task. Whether you are a classroom teacher, an administrator, a coach, or a community leader, it is important that we elicit high productivity from our followers. Drawing from studies and models from Sport Psychology and Mindfulness, we can learn how to build a strong practice that can be brought into our classroom, rehearsal, meeting, games, etc.

Sport psychology is an interdisciplinary science that draws on knowledge from many related fields including biomechanics, physiology, kinesiology and psychology. Professional athletes, dancers, coaches, and teams not only train physically in their specific field, but also rely on psychological skills training programs (PST) in order to perform effectively and optimally.

In this workshop, for teachers , basic concepts and models of sports psychology will be introduced including Situational Leadership and Group Development. We will look at the different styles of leadership necessary to be effective along with how to create and develop a cohesive, high performing class or team. Additionally, we will touch upon other models including Flow, Self Talk, Goal Setting, and Visualization. Participants will use these models to analyze case studies, film clips, and personal experiences.

Tentative Agenda:

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast, networking

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Introduction

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Workshop #1 : Goal Setting and Self Talk

Goal Setting the Championship Way involves using the “SMART” concept.  Determining goals is important, but the process is vital.  In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of the following: specificity, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-sensitive.  Participants will be guided through constructing their own “SMART” goal.  A significant element to achieving goals is self confidence. The inner voice becomes the key to building and maintaining a strong and healthy self-confidence. This is called Self Talk - the act or practice of talking to oneself, either out loud or silently. It is important to train ourselves to limit the negative self talk and foster the positive self talk. Fortunately, there are many tools we can use to help our students so their minds work for them and not against them.

11:15 - 11:30 am

Break

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Practicum #1 : Small group work

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Sharing/Recap of morning

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Workshop #2: Situational Leadership and Group Development

As teachers, coaches, and administrators, we are constantly holding positions of leadership. Being an effective leader is not an easy task. It is important that we elicit high productivity from our followers. Drawing from studies and models from Sport Psychology and Mindfulness, we can learn how to build a strong leadership practice that can shape both our professional and personal lives. We will look at the different styles of leadership necessary to be effective along with how to create and develop a cohesive, high performing team.

2:15 - 3:00 pm

Practicum #2: Small group work/analysis of film clips

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Individual Study

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Closing: Sharing/Feedback


Lance Ramer is an educator, teacher and coach living in Jersey City. He holds a BA in Math and Psychology from the University of Rochester, an M. Ed. in Leadership from New England College, and will graduate in May with an MA in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University. Lance is also a licensed Principal and a Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has been teaching and coaching at the high school level for 14 years and has combined his background in leadership, psychology and motivation to cultivate leadership in out and of the classroom. Lance currently teaches Math, Psychology for Peak Performance, and is the Head Football Coach. He has also coached Basketball and Baseball at the Middle School and High School level. Lance played 4 years of college Football and 2 years of college baseball at the U of R. He also played professional football in the AFL2 and CIFL for the Rochester Brigade and NY/NJ Revolution. Currently, Lance has a number of student-athletes playing college football at schools like Harvard, Michigan, Middlebury, Albany, and Williams. He is also certified through USA Football as a player safety coach, and has membership in the American Football Coaches Association, NYSPHSAA and USA Weightlifting

Stephanie Simpson is an educator, coach, speaker, and yogi living in NYC. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emerson College, an MFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from Smith College, and is a RYT-200 Certified Yoga Instructor. Using her background in dance, yoga, mindfulness, mediation, self psychology, and sport psychology, she consults both businesses/groups and individuals to push beyond obstacles by connecting the mind and body in order to perform optimally and reach their greatest potential. Stephanie has led workshops for the National Dance Education Organization, National Council of Teachers of English, the Lovett Learning Institute, and several wellness retreats. Currently, Stephanie is building the dance program at Riverdale Country School, where she also teaches Psychology for Peak Performance. In addition, she is the head coach for "My College Audition" and a Co-Founder/Artistic Director for "Reject Dance Theatre." For more information, please visit www.stephanie-simpson.com


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Fee includes Continental breakfast, lunch and all materials.

Group Discounts for 3 or more registering together.

Early Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event

  • NYSAIS members - $175.00
  • Non-members - $210.00

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

  • NYSAIS members - $195.00
  • Non-members - $230.00

Late fee of $10 will apply 2 days before the event.

* Note: Payment is by credit card only.
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