Just for Educators

  • June is a Time to Rejuvenate & Plan
    womanSpecial sessions and a summer series that integrates research-based strategies that support head and heart. Take good care of your heart and know how grateful we are for you. Pure Community Webinars.

    ann contrearasMindful Mondays - Anne Contreras
    12:00PM -12:30PM EST
    6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28
    A 3-part series to reset your body and go deeper at the wall.

    michelleWell-Being Wednesdays - Michelle K. 
    11:30AM -12:00PM EST
    6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30
    Mindfulness-based sessions designed to support your well-being.

    mcgill5-Day Midday Reset - Gill McClean
    1:00PM -1:30PM EST
    June 7 - 11
    This reset in the middle of the day provides concentration, mood, focus.

    ann contrearasIncorporating Wall Space into a Mindful Practice - Anne Contreras
    11:30AM -12:00PM EST
    6/10, 6/17, 6/24
    A 3-part series to reset your body and go deeper at the wall. 

    school teacher and studentPlanning for Fall 2021: Return to School

    Integrating Social, Emotional & Academic Success: A Comprehensive Approach led by Dr. Victor Carrion, Stanford University. All sessions are closed captioned. 

    Are you planning for the full return to school and looking for ways to integrate a comprehensive approach to your SST (Student Success Team) process? Join the expert team from Stanford University who will share research, case study and practical strategies to plan for a plan that fits your school systems from Tier I, II, & III. Participants will learn how mindfulness, stress reduction and Cue Centered Therapy. B2L aligns with school-based MTSS models. This session is 3 hours. Both sessions are the same content.
    standford logo

    July 20, 2021, 01:00 PM – 4:00PM EST

    August 24, 2021, 01:00 PM – 4:00PM EST

    Workplace Diversity:  Standing Together
    diversity people
    Whether you are employed at an office, farm, restaurant, manufacturing facility or store, odds are you are surrounded by people from different cultures and backgrounds. Being employed in such a diverse and inclusive workforce requires sensitivity to the cultural backgrounds, native languages and social practices of those around you. This is particularly true at times of heightened racial or ethnic tensions. This guide will help ensure the workplace is inclusive, productive and accepting enviroment for everyone.

    Understanding the Trauma of Racismstressed woman
    Mental health professionals understand the psychological impact of systematic racism. Psychological trauma can be linked to racism, which can be traumatic in both overt and subtle ways. According to the American Psychological Association, trauma that results from acts of racism is called racial trauma. These acts can be obvious ones, such as workplace harassment and racial profiling, or subtle ones such as offhanded comments or non-verbal exchanges. Regardless of the source or severity of the acts, research shows that racial trauma can be related to physical health and psychological issues, including depression, anxiety, substance use and eating disorders. Additional resources on this helpful guide.

Pure Edge

Untitled Document

boy playing About Pure Edge Inc.
We believe that all educators and learners deserve to be taught strategies that help combat stress and support the development of social, emotional, and academic learning competencies with an open heart and mind.

Virtual Video Archives

  • Five-Day Leadership Institute: Integrating Culturally Responsive & Affirming Social-Emotional Leadership

    dr. Dawn video

    Join award-winning NYC school principal, Dawn Brooks DeCosta, Ed.D. as she leads you through Culturally Responsive & Affirming Social-Emotional Leadership (CRASEL). This institute is appropriate for all leaders who are seeking to go beyond the definitional work of “trauma-informed” and “cultural-relevance”.
    In this 12.5-hour course over 5 days, participants will engage in the following:

    Day 1: Self-Awareness / Racial Reflection & Utilizing Research-Based Practices in Culturally Responsive School Leadership (CRSL) & Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
    Day 2: School Leadership Teams Reflective SEL & Data Analysis
    Day 3: Social Justice in the School and Classroom
    Day 4: Mindfulness and a Self-Care Plan for Leaders
    Day 5: Multi-Dimensional Principal Performance Rubric - Crosswalk alignment of CRASEL framework with your district’s leadership framework

    July 26, 2021, 01:00PM – 3:30PM EST
    July 27, 2021, 01:00PM – 3:30PM EST
    July 28, 2021, 01:00PM – 3:30PM EST
    July 29, 2021, 01:00PM – 3:30PM EST
    July 30, 2021, 01:00PM – 3:30PM EST

    2 ½ hours per day – All sessions are closed captioned.
    This course qualifies for 1 CEU credit through the University of San Diego. The cost is $75 and is paid directly to USD. Here is the link to register.

    Tim Shriver
    breathing and adhd

    Grades 10-12

    wayfinder logo
    Brandy Arnold of Project Wayfinder presents 3 free lessons and tutorials. Wayfinder's Purpose curriculum helps students purposefully navigate high school, guiding them to explore who they are and what matters.
    Video Lesson 1, Facilitation Guide, Slides
    Video Lesson 2, Facilitation Guide, Slides
    Video Lesson, Facilitation Guide, Slides

    VIRTUAL PE mindful movement classes for supporting educator's well being.



    Launching new Start with the Heart curriculum this summer!
    Join us to get access to the new lessons & new videos. All sessions are closed captioned. All sessions are 1-hour.
    heart logoStart with a Heart PreK with Erin Cooney
    Monday July 19 11:30AM - 12:30PM EST
    Monday Aug. 9 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

    heart logoStart with a Heart K-2 with Erin Cooney
    Tuesday July 20 11:30AM - 12:30PM EST
    Tuesday Aug. 10 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

    heart logoStart with a Heart 3-5 with Gill McClean
    Wed. July 21 11:30AM - 12:30PM EST
    Wed. Aug. 11 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

    heart logoStart with a Heart 6-8 with Anne Contreras
    Thursday July 22 11:30AM - 12:30PM EST
    Thursday Aug. 12 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

    heart logoStart with a Heart 9-12 with Michelle K.
    Friday July 23 11:30AM - 12:30PM EST
    Friday Aug. 13 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST


    webinar icon Free lessons & tutorials to build belonging
    We know educators are preparing for full in-person instruction. Belonging is one of the core ways learners feel connected in the classroom. These free lessons and tutorials from Brandy Arnold of Project Wayfinder can help you get started!

    The Belonging curriculum is suitable for 7th-10th graders.
    Lessons are designed to support quick and easy implementation:
    -Suitable to be taught as one-off lessons or as a yearlong program
    -Each lesson is backed by evidence-based research and social science
    -Extensive classroom tools to build a positive and safe classroom culture

    Lesson 1 belonging with ourselves:
    View PDF slidesVimeo Lesson and Handout.

    Lesson 2 - belonging with others:
    View PDF slidesVimeo Lesson and Handout.

    Lesson 3 - Belonging in the Wider World:
    View PDF slidesVimeo Lesson and Handout.


    School leaders experience "physical and psychological effects, burnout, flat-out emotional exhaustion" and depersonalization.

    Sketch by Valeria Rodriguez
    View larger infographic

    A study found that "illnesses that were reported by the largest percentages of superintendents - high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, gastrointestinal problems, insomnia, anxiety, sleep apnea, and chronic headaches -- are attributed by superintendents to high levels of stress." View larger infographic

    2 FREE e-Books from 2 Great Authors
    Breath by James Nestor & The Call to Unite by Tim Shriver
    breath bookthe call to unite book


    How we can breathe, move, and rest to support our self-care
    This year, many of us have formed new habits and sought new skills in support of self-care, taking a day-by-day approach to our lives in the face of discomfort, stress, and fear. The ability to acclimate and self-regulate is particularly relevant in education, as those responsible for teaching and caring for others must be especially resourced and able to manage emotions. Stress is contagious. When we support the adults who serve our children and youth, the reciprocity of self-care supports the collective good. Self-care is the foundation that allows us to show up for our communities. READ MORE

    ☑ Register for FREE Yale Managing Emotions via Coursera
    Our friends from Yale are offering a free course: Managing emotions in times of uncertainty and stress for every educator in the nation!