On January 15th, 2018, faculty from the Penn State Western campuses (Fayette, New Kensington, and Beaver) gathered to participate in a workshop day devoted to building positive environments that foster resilience and learning. Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence is sponsoring the day. Suzanne Shaffer (York) is presenting, in collaboration with Cheryl Tkacs (Fayette) and Deborah Sillman (New Kensington). The morning session provided an overview of resilience with a focus on building group connections and support. The afternoon session explored the role of mindfulness in building up inner resources that support the development of resilience.
This was a very positive and rewarding day with faculty. Evaluations were quite positive and encouraging, stating that the day was meaningful and practical. It was wonderful to work with the faculty at the western campuses for the first time! Their passion for the work they do with students was palpable and contagious!