Maine School Wellness Summit registration opens

The first annual Maine School Wellness Summit will be held on June 22 and 23 at Bates College in Lewiston, and the Maine Department of Education has now opened registration.

This professional development event is a component of the Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Program (MSHPP) and is replacing the Wellness Conference, previously held at Sugarloaf. Changing times, program feedback and survey results led to the redesign of the MSHPP and the Maine School Wellness Summit.

The goal of the Summit is to prepare and empower participants to create positive, healthy and safe schools for all school personnel and students, improve personal health and well-being, and enhance academic achievement.

The agenda includes fresh and engaging workshops, roundtables, exhibits, and plenary sessions on leadership, worksite wellness and school health. A major change from the Wellness Conference to the Summit is that individuals and teams are welcome.  Teams are still recommended, but if not possible it is recommended that attendees schedule a full school team meeting or a meeting with an administrator following the Summit to share learnings and draft action plans and strategies to implement in the next school year.

This year’s Summit participants will be inspired by keynote presenter, David Lee from our home state. Also, participants will draft an action plan to support the health and well-being of one’s school, district employees and students, and network with colleagues and professionals from across the state around schoolsite health promotion and wellness.

The cost is $100 per person for both days and $70 per person for one day only registrations. This includes morning refreshments and lunches served by the multi-award winning Bates College Dining Service. Accommodations are on your own; information is available on the website. Click here for more details about the Maine School Wellness Summit and register by June 15.

KEYNOTE: David Lee from Portland is an internationally recognized authority on organizational and managerial practices that optimize employee performance. He has worked in the healthcare field as a clinician, supervisor, and trainer, and in the corporate world as a manager and trainer. David draws from a broad range of disciplines translating the principles of human nature into practices that optimize employee performance. His keynote will inspire us all to bring our best self to work every day! Find out a little more about David Lee here.

If you have questions, contact Coordinator of the Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Program susan.berry@maine.gov.

Join your colleagues as together we kick off a new chapter of the Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Program.