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Cultivating Connection

Join us for 12 weeks of professional learning, wellness and community connection.

Fall session: September 13-December 4, 2021

Imagine connecting with fellow teachers who are committed to 
ongoing professional growth and their wellness.  

We promise you a fun, supportive community where you can share ideas and gain new strategies for your teaching practice, while also prioritizing your wellness.  

It's the kind of learning experience
that will leave you refreshed and inspired. 

The Cultivating Connection professional learning community is for you if:

  • you are a K-12 educator
  • you’re passionate about education
  • you value professional learning and personal growth 
  • you want to foster strong connections with students, families and colleagues
  • you're interested in connecting your classroom with other classrooms, guest experts and community members 
  • you enjoy connecting with fellow educators
  • you value self-care and wellness
  • you feel comfortable accessing videos and professional learning content online
  • you're available to join our community calls on Tuesdays (tentatively 5:30PM CDT on Sep 28, Oct 26, Nov 23)

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Cultivating Connection starts September 13!

At KG Education, we're on a mission to build a community of educators
who strive for excellence and support each other,
 while also taking care of themselves.
 
We're committed to ongoing professional growth,
but also want to live our best lives outside of school. 

Consider this your invitation to join us!

Our online professional learning community offers 3 pillars of support:

1: Professional learning
Your relationships with students, families and fellow educators are essential for effective teaching and learning.  Our six Cultivating Connection professional learning modules will support you in strengthening connections in each of these areas, plus explore how you can successfully make connections with other classrooms, guest experts and communities beyond the school.

2: Teacher wellness

When you are passionate about what you do, it’s easy to give too much, work too long and rest too little. We want to share with you the wellness practices that have helped us cope with stress and overwhelm.  As part of your membership to Cultivating Connection, you’ll receive access to guided wellness practices to restore and inspire you. These practices designed for educators include all-levels yoga videos you can follow along with at home and guided meditation tracks.
 

3: Community support
In our journey as educators, connections with other teachers are invaluable. When you join Cultivating Connection, you’ll be part of a strong community of educators. Our private group is a safe place for you to engage in discussion, share ideas and get support. 


What's included? 


6 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING MODULES

 Each online module includes a short video from us which will provide you with ideas and inspiration to strengthen your connections.   We’ll share practices that have proven useful for us in our years of teaching.  Follow our specific calls to action for each topic to implement new ideas in your practice.  
You’ll also get bonus PDF templates and curated resource lists from us to support you!

GUIDED WELLNESS PRACTICES

Explore yoga, meditation and breathwork through guided practices with Devon.  Practices include all-levels yoga videos and guided meditation tracks that you can access anywhere.  Devon is a certified hatha, yin and restorative yoga instructor.  Our guided wellness practices are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and calm.  

3 COMMUNITY CONNECTION CALLS

You’ll feel supported by our community as we share ideas and work together!  Join group  calls to participate in discussions, connect with others and share ideas.  These video calls will be opportunities to connect live for reflection and celebration with our group! 

We are planning to host them on Tuesdays after school: September 28th, October 26 and November 23. 

COMMUNITY

Connect with a group of educators to support your personal growth and professional learning.  We’ll lead you with discussions and check-ins to support your progress.  You’ll receive access to a private Facebook group where you can ask questions, work with other educators and share your ideas!

Investment: $249
KG Education Subscribers receive special offers on registration.  
Get your offer code when you subscribe here.

Cultivating connection
For Early-Career Teachers


  • 6 learning modules
  • 6 guided wellness practices
  • 3 live community connection calls via Zoom
  • membership to Cultivating Connection professional learning community
New Teacher bonus
  • Teacher Success Squad Membership We'll save you a spot in our *NEW* mentorship program for teachers in the first 3 years of their career.  Details at kgeducation.ca/successsquad
    ($240 value)

$489 value
$249 CDN 
*for a limited number of founding members

Cultivating connection
Full membership
+ BONUS OFFERs


  • 6 learning modules
  • 6 guided wellness practices
  • 3 live community connection calls via Zoom
  • membership to Cultivating Connection professional learning community
Bonus
  • 3 guided wellness practices ($30 value)
  • special discount offers for events in the 2021-22 school year

$249CDN
$199 
*with offer code for subscribers

Cultivating connection
Starter membership


  • 6 learning modules 
  • 2 guided wellness practices
  • 3 live community connection calls
  • membership to Cultivating Connection professional learning community 

$199 CDN 
$149
*with offer code for subscribers

Not ready to commit to the full 12 week experience?

Try our a la carte option to explore 1 Cultivating Connection theme with us!

Cultivating connection
A La Carte Experience
September: Connection to SElf


  • 1 learning module focused on connection to self and teacher well-being
  • 1 guided wellness practice: yoga + meditation
  • September 28 community connection call 

$39 

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26Minutes
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Cultivating Connection starts September 13!

What are teachers saying about
Cultivating Connection?

"I will always have support, from either Devon and Leah, or from other members."

"Cultivating Connection is a great solution for PD during a pandemic where there are many restrictions, making it impossible for in-person PD."

 "I love the connection most of all!"

Pssst... we already asked your principal about this!

Well, almost.
 
We wrote the template for you to request professional development funds 
to cover the cost of your membership, just copy and paste and send it off!

We know you're busy and we also know that so many teachers pay out of pocket
rather than accessing their school's professional learning funds.

Let us make it easy for you to get PD funding with this template. 

What do educators like most about being part of the Cultivating Connection community?

"Connecting with others.
Knowing that others are having similar experiences, yet also learning how experiences differ depending on location."

"I also love that KG Education is local with the majority of local and Canadian teachers so the terminology is similar when we are sharing between us."


Why join Cultivating Connection?

  • you'll have a plan for meaningful professional learning facilitated by experienced educators
  • online learning you can access whenever it is convenient  
  • use our learning modules during in-school PD days or on your own time
  • gain the support of fellow educators 
  • ongoing support throughout the 12 week program, rather than a one-time PD event
  • engage in online discussion and sharing with others
  • strengthen your connections to self, your students and their families, fellow educators, local and global communities
  • learn from educators who currently work in the field
  • affordability within limited professional development budgets  
  • wellness practices to support your physical and mental health
 

What will you learn?

In our teaching careers, we’ve learned how to foster meaningful connections that enhance teaching and learning.  In each module, we’ll share our big ideas, along with practical examples and strategies for how you can strengthen your connections. You can follow the call to action in each module to implement new ideas.

Module 1: Connection to Self
Module 2: Connection with Students
Module 3: Connection with Families & Guardians
Module 4: Connection with Fellow Educators
Module 5: The Connected Classroom
Module 6: Connection with Community  


In Module 1, we explore Connection to Self. This module is all about knowing yourself and your work style to set yourself up for success in your work life, while also prioritizing your wellness.

Our theme for Module 2 is Connection with Students: we share our ideas for how you can build strong relationships with students.

In Module 3, we explore ideas and strategies for developing positive connections with families & guardians.

Module 4 is all about Connecting with Fellow Educators. We know that being connected with a network of other teachers is a huge asset in this profession and we'll give you some ideas for how you can do this!

Module 5, The Connected Classroom is where we share our ideas and activities for connecting with other classrooms to enhance learning.

Finally, Module 6 explores Connection with Community. We'll share ideas for connecting beyond the classroom with community members and guest experts!


Meet Your Community Leaders

After a combined 34 years as educators, we've learned a lot.  
We'd like to share our experiences with you and help you connect with a supportive network
of educators that will inspire and encourage you!

DEVON CALDWELL

Devon Caldwell is resource teacher and a PhD Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at University of Victoria.  With over twenty years of teaching experience, she is an award-winning early years teacher with a passion for wellness, project-based learning, collaboration, and technology infusion.  Devon is a sessional instructor in Brandon University’s Faculty of Education and a certified yoga instructor.  

"THE KENTON GIRLS"

Devon and Leah co-founded KG Education in 2019 to support educators with a unique blend of professional learning and teacher wellness.  

Their events focus on building community connections between educators while providing inspiration for ongoing professional growth.  

LEAH OBACH

Leah Obach is the Literacy with ICT Teacher Leader for her school division, coaching K-12 educators in their efforts to infuse technology and inspire authentic, rich learning.  Leah has Master of Education degree in Educational Technology and Design and this award-winning teacher has experience teaching at the early years, middle years and high school levels.  Leah prioritizes lifelong learning and wellness.

Leah Obach

Passionate educator with classroom experience in K-12 schools
Technology coach & ed-tech enthusiast
Master of Education in Educational Technology and Design
Presenter & workshop facilitator with more than a decade of experience
Yogi.  Farm Girl.  Horse Lover.  Small town girl. 

Devon Caldwell

Teacher of early years, resource, pre-service teachers, and yoga
Presenter & retreat leader 
PhD Candidate in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Victoria 
Traveller, puppy mama, and proudest auntie ever


Q&A 
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Do I have to pay with a credit card?

Credit card payment is easiest and most efficient, but if that method does not work for you, please contact us at hello@kgeducation to make alternate payment arrangements.   

What’s included with each professional learning module?

Every module has a video with our ideas and inspiration for you, along with a call to action to help you implement the ideas in your practice.  We’ll also include a list of helpful resources for each module.  Some modules have bonus content as well. 

What are the themes for the 6 modules? 

Connection to Self
Connection with Students
Connection with Families & Guardians
Connection with Fellow Educators
The Connected Classroom
Connection with Community  

Do you offer discounts?

You bet!  Make sure you're on our newsletter list for special offers: kgeducation.ca/newsletter

What can I expect from the wellness practices?

Devon will guide you through yoga, breathwork and meditation practices that are suitable for all levels.  

What if I'm not satisfied with the experience? 

Contact us and we'll do our best to make it right.  If you're still not feeling satisfied, you've got 30 days from your date of purchase to request a refund.