Teaching From the Heart: Nonviolent Communication in the Classroom program offered Oct. 31


Image of white femme with glasses smiling in foreground with background of full moon and bats, text: In-Person Teaching From the Heart: Nonviolent Communication in the Classroom with Gina Simm, Mon., Oct. 31, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Belfast, Maine — Registration is open for an in-person professional development program, Teaching From the Heart: Nonviolent Communication in the Classroom, through the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. This professional development program for educators, teachers and those working with preschool–third grade children will be held Oct. 31 from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. ET. The cost is $195. A continental breakfast and catered lunch are included. More information is available on the Hutchinson Center website.

Instructor Gina Simm has taught in early childhood education for over 30 years. Her background in Montessori education and children’s theater launched her into the world of public schools, where she spent most of her career as a first grade teacher (including a year spent teaching English in China). Simm worked closely with Miki Kashtan, a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication. Simm’s knowledge of Nonviolent Communication has transformed her classroom into a place where systems of the heart create a child-centered environment for moving through conflict. Simm lives in the Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community in Amherst, Massachusetts. More information about her work is online.

Participants will learn how to use Nonviolent Communication methods for social-emotional learning and classroom management.

Participants will learn how to manage classrooms and learning environments with a practical, simple curriculum based on Simm’s book, “Heart to Heart: Three Systems for Staying Connected (A Manual for Parents and Teachers)”. Skills that help maintain the heart-to-heart connections that support children’s ability to self-regulate and improve their emotional intelligence are at the core of this course. Participants will also learn how to use children’s literature to implement Nonviolent Communication. The reliable systems taught by Simm will provide participants with empathetic training to help children in the classroom and beyond.

This course is designed to benefit teachers, educators and anyone who cares about children (preschoolers through third grade), especially:

  • Afterschool program staff
  • Caregivers
  • Childcare providers
  • Educators
  • Grandparents
  • Homeschool teachers and organizations
  • Montessori teachers
  • Parents and guardians
  • School counselors
  • Summer camp counselors
  • Teachers (including those in training)

Lorrie Heard, a recent participant, says, “I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to build community in their classroom, especially, after all of the disruptions to students’ lives and learning this past year. A lot of feelings are coming up and many students lack the skills to talk about them and express their truest feelings and needs. They need a program like this that teaches them the language and communication skills to deal with conflict and allow them to feel comfortable and safe in their learning community.” Read more about Heard’s experience in the Teaching From the Heart program here.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion, and 0.6 CEUs/6 contact hours are available.

Early registration is recommended as spots are limited. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for people who live or work in Knox or Waldo counties. Qualified participants may be eligible for funding from the Harold Alfond Center for Workforce Development to cover the cost of professional development programs. Click here to learn more.

For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Abby Spooner, um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 207.338.8002. For more information about upcoming professional development programs or to register, go online.

About the Hutchinson Center:

The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center for the University of Maine in Orono, that serves as an educational and cultural center for the midcoast area. It is named for University of Maine President Emeritus Frederick E. Hutchinson. The mission of the Hutchinson Center is to broaden access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy among University of Maine System entities, University of Maine departments and divisions, and that engage a wider Maine community.