This workshop is part of AISNE’s Welcome Back Week. We invite you to register individuals and/or gather a group from your school. 

This workshop is created for any educator in the first five years of their current teaching role. Teachers with longer tenures are also encouraged to attend.

The last several years have brought unprecedented challenges and changes to the classroom. Students and teachers have not had “a normal year” in some time. It’s understandable if new teachers (and some veterans!) need to come up for air, refocus, reset, and recommit to best practices. No matter where you are in your teaching journey, you’ll come away from this workshop with tools you can immediately implement in your classroom and overall practice.  

This is an opportunity to reflect, learn, connect with your professional peers, and benefit from their support. 


Two synchronous sessions:

  • Thursday, September 29 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM
  • Monday, October 3 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Presented virtually via Zoom meetings. 


This event is exclusively for AISNE members. Join today or renew your membership.

Member Pricing

  • 1 – 3 Attendees | $150
  • 4 – 7 Attendees | $135
  • 8+ Attendees | $120
  • 20+ Attendees | $110

Non-Member Pricing

  • 1 – 3 Attendees | $250
  • 4 – 7 Attendees | $235
  • 8+ Attendees | $220
  • 20+ Attendees | $210

If you have a question about this workshop, please contact us at This is a two-part workshop. Your ticket reserves your spot for both sessions.


Workshop Agenda 

You will be guided by three veteran educators with a wealth of experience supervising and coaching new teachers. They will focus on the disruption of the last several years and give you strategies and resources to build your own best classroom practices and establish a “normal” that works for you and your students. By reflecting on and assessing the success of pandemic years, you will uncover solutions for moving forward with confidence. This work is essential for those new to their teaching role, and valuable to veteran teachers. 

We will center on communication, connection, and community-building as integral elements to your work with colleagues, students, and their families. You will learn how to set healthy boundaries and expectations as part of your professional self-care. 

The workshop will be tailored to the needs of the registered participants with a pre-event survey helping to shape the specifics of the sessions.  

Common themes we anticipate being part of the session include:

  • Ways to balance successful teaching with self-care to avoid burnout
  • Tricks and tips for responding to emails
  • Structures that help you streamline and track your work
  • Methods to build relationships that support healthy communication
  • Classroom management dos and don’ts

Together we will build a supportive cohort, acting as a comfortable space to reflect and hold discussion. We will think anew about the daily grind and share challenges and successes. We will structure our time to include easy-to-implement tips and tools and evergreen discussions of scenarios. Each session will begin with connection, move to content, offer time for processing, and wrap up with additional time for connection and practice. Throughout our time together we will model community building that can be done with the students and adults with whom you work.  

About the Facilitators

Marta Rivas is an Early Childhood and Elementary Faculty Coach at Shady Hill School, in Cambridge, MA. She also serves as the school’s Librarian. Marta holds her M.Ed. from Lesley University.

Ken Rogers is the Upper Division Head at The Park School in Brookline, MA. He spent more than 20 years as a Head of Middle Schools and works with schools and education associations as a faculty coach and leader.

Kate Knopp is Dean of Faculty and an English teacher at Putney School in Vermont. She has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom and is passionate about helping faculty and students express joy and passion.

Join Your Peers

  • The Cambridge School of Weston
  • Cardigan Mountain School
  • Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall
  • Dedham Country Day School
  • Dexter Southfield
  • The Fenn School
  • Glen Urquhart School
  • Kingsley Montessori School
  • The Learning Project Elementary School
  • Nantucket New School
  • New Hampton School
  • North Yarmouth Academy
  • The Park School
  • Rock Point School
  • Shady Hill School
  • St. Andrew’s School
  • Tower School
  • The Wheeler School
  • Worcester Academy

Cancellation Policy

Virtual Events
Cancellations and transfer requests must be sent via email to Cancellations will receive a 100% refund less a $25 administrative fee. Transfers of registrations from one person to another are permitted up to 24 hours before the start of the event, or first event of a series of events.

In-Person Events
Cancellations and transfer requests must be sent via email to Cancellations received up to 14 days before the start of the event will receive a 100% refund less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received within 14 days of the start of the event will receive a refund less a $100 fee. This fee covers the cost of our minimum commitments with our hotel partners; thank you for your understanding. Transfers of registrations from one person to another are permitted up to 24 hours before the start of the event.

Not an AISNE Member?

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Join today or renew your membership.