A person runningBEST/MTSS Summer Institute 2018

Strand M

Developing Social Skills and Mindfulness-based Practices to Promote Engaged Learners

Rhiannon M. Kim


Educators are charged with the task of teaching students executive functioning, emotional regulation, andsocial skills. Our educators are teaching an increasingly broad range of diversity: poverty, Autism SpectrumDisorders, Childhood Trauma, ADHD, anxiety, and much more. This strand will provide educators with evidence-based tools and strategies they can employ daily in both their personal and professional lives, set intentions, and track progress through a variety of strategies including: self-reflection, student input, and peer review.

We will link the common denominators between PBIS Universal, Zones of Regulation, mindfulness skills and practices, social emotional development, trauma's impact on the brain, and research-supported practices. A combination of lecture and experiential practices will be used during the strand.

Participants will develop implementation plans that can be embedded into the academic day to gain productive work time in the classroom and reduce teacher burn out. We will also learn how to build intentions for personal and professional growth as well as class-wide and small group intentions for engaged learning and better outcomes. Additional outcomes include: sending weekly practices home to families and strategies to develop social skills groups.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone is welcome!




Rhiannon M. Kim M.S., CCC-SLP RYT-200, is a public school educator, university lecturer, and yoga instructor whose specialized focus is on mindfulness practices, self-regulation, coping strategies, and developmental childhood trauma. Rhiannon has worked in public schools for over nine years. She worked as both a paraeducator and an interventionist prior to earning a Masterís Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She worked at Chamberlin Elementary for five years as the building-based Speech-Language Pathologist. She is currently part of the Clinical Team for the South Burlington School District. In addition to her work as an SLP, she lectures at UVM in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department teaching Mindfulness and Helping Skills. She also lectures for Saint Michaelís College teaching both Mindfulness Based Practices for Educators Level I and Level II. Rhiannon is also a certified yoga instructor who has been teaching for over five years.