Engaging New Teachers

From workshops to symposia to lectures, MINTS offers a variety of events to engage new teachers in a supportive atmosphere.

Upcoming MINTS Events

January 20, 2022

  • It’s All About the Approach: Recognizing Emerging Mental Health Issues

    When is it ‘normal’ child or teen behavior? When is it concerning? And how do we approach someone to start a conversation about mental health?

    Those are the questions we will explore in this two-hour workshop. Participants will review signs and symptoms of a mental health emerging challenge and how we approach the individual. If someone has a specific situation they would like incorporated into the training, please feel free to fill out the scenario submission section of the registration. Please do not use any real names, but do include the age/grade and other demographics of the individual that might help set the scenario.

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    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 4:00pm to 6:00pm

February 2, 2022

February 9, 2022

February 16, 2022

March 2, 2022

March 3, 2022

March 9, 2022

March 10, 2022

March 16, 2022

April 14, 2022

  • Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms

    This training will cover the essentials of trauma-sensitive practice, starting with building an understanding of how trauma is defined, its causes, and its impact. The session will also seek to respond to pressing questions facing school-based staff: Without knowing which students have experienced trauma, how can a school create a culture that is sensitive to trauma and actively seeks to reduce retraumatization? How does trauma sensitivity fit into a tiered system of support? Participants will have the chance to reflect on their own and their school’s practice as they think about next steps in building a trauma-sensitive learning environment.

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    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Past Events 

December 8, 2021

  • 8-Week Wednesday Night Sip and Talk Series - “Teaching in Color: Through the Lenses of Love”

    This 8-week series is sponsored by the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support. This opportunity is free and open to the public. Participants will receive a certificate of participation (1 hour) with our Merrimack College PD provider number after each session. Please RSVP. NOTE: There is no session during the Thanksgiving break week.

    This 8-week series is hosted by Jennifer Hedrington. Jennifer is the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2021. She has been teaching for 16 years. While attending Law School, she found her calling to become an educator. Her teaching philosophy is teaching in color through the lenses of love, which allows her to educate the whole child while celebrating the uniqueness of each student. Jennifer understands that teachers are a powerful motivating force in the lives of students and have the ability to shape society’s next superhero or villain.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 6:00pm to 7:00pm

December 2, 2021

December 1, 2021

  • 8-Week Wednesday Night Sip and Talk Series - “Teaching in Color: Through the Lenses of Love”

    This 8-week series is sponsored by the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support. This opportunity is free and open to the public. Participants will receive a certificate of participation (1 hour) with our Merrimack College PD provider number after each session. Please RSVP. NOTE: There is no session during the Thanksgiving break week.

    This 8-week series is hosted by Jennifer Hedrington. Jennifer is the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2021. She has been teaching for 16 years. While attending Law School, she found her calling to become an educator. Her teaching philosophy is teaching in color through the lenses of love, which allows her to educate the whole child while celebrating the uniqueness of each student. Jennifer understands that teachers are a powerful motivating force in the lives of students and have the ability to shape society’s next superhero or villain.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 6:00pm to 7:00pm

November 17, 2021

  • 8-Week Wednesday Night Sip and Talk Series - “Teaching in Color: Through the Lenses of Love”

    This 8-week series is sponsored by the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support. This opportunity is free and open to the public. Participants will receive a certificate of participation (1 hour) with our Merrimack College PD provider number after each session. Please RSVP. NOTE: There is no session during the Thanksgiving break week.

    This 8-week series is hosted by Jennifer Hedrington. Jennifer is the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2021. She has been teaching for 16 years. While attending Law School, she found her calling to become an educator. Her teaching philosophy is teaching in color through the lenses of love, which allows her to educate the whole child while celebrating the uniqueness of each student. Jennifer understands that teachers are a powerful motivating force in the lives of students and have the ability to shape society’s next superhero or villain.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 6:00pm to 7:00pm

November 10, 2021

  • 8-Week Wednesday Night Sip and Talk Series - “Teaching in Color: Through the Lenses of Love”

    This 8-week series is sponsored by the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support. This opportunity is free and open to the public. Participants will receive a certificate of participation (1 hour) with our Merrimack College PD provider number after each session. Please RSVP. NOTE: There is no session during the Thanksgiving break week.

    This 8-week series is hosted by Jennifer Hedrington. Jennifer is the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2021. She has been teaching for 16 years. While attending Law School, she found her calling to become an educator. Her teaching philosophy is teaching in color through the lenses of love, which allows her to educate the whole child while celebrating the uniqueness of each student. Jennifer understands that teachers are a powerful motivating force in the lives of students and have the ability to shape society’s next superhero or villain.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 6:00pm to 7:00pm

November 9, 2021

November 3, 2021

  • 8-Week Wednesday Night Sip and Talk Series - “Teaching in Color: Through the Lenses of Love”

    This 8-week series is sponsored by the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support. This opportunity is free and open to the public. Participants will receive a certificate of participation (1 hour) with our Merrimack College PD provider number after each session. Please RSVP. NOTE: There is no session during the Thanksgiving break week.

    This 8-week series is hosted by Jennifer Hedrington. Jennifer is the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2021. She has been teaching for 16 years. While attending Law School, she found her calling to become an educator. Her teaching philosophy is teaching in color through the lenses of love, which allows her to educate the whole child while celebrating the uniqueness of each student. Jennifer understands that teachers are a powerful motivating force in the lives of students and have the ability to shape society’s next superhero or villain.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 6:00pm to 7:00pm

October 27, 2021

  • 8-Week Wednesday Night Sip and Talk Series - “Teaching in Color: Through the Lenses of Love”

    This 8-week series is sponsored by the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support. This opportunity is free and open to the public. Participants will receive a certificate of participation (1 hour) with our Merrimack College PD provider number after each session. Please RSVP. NOTE: There is no session during the Thanksgiving break week.

    This 8-week series is hosted by Jennifer Hedrington. Jennifer is the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2021. She has been teaching for 16 years. While attending Law School, she found her calling to become an educator. Her teaching philosophy is teaching in color through the lenses of love, which allows her to educate the whole child while celebrating the uniqueness of each student. Jennifer understands that teachers are a powerful motivating force in the lives of students and have the ability to shape society’s next superhero or villain.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 6:00pm to 7:00pm

October 26, 2021

  • 6-Week Virtual Series: Yoga for Wellbeing with Dr. Sarah Benes

    Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming six-week yoga series. These free and virtual sessions are open to the public and will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Benes, Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College.

    NOTE: These sessions will occur every Tuesday night from 7:00pm-8:15pm EST throughout mid-September and October on Zoom. The dates are 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26. Once you fill out the RSVP, you will receive reminder emails with a Zoom link for each of these sessions. We encourage you to come to as many sessions as you can.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 7:00pm to 8:15pm

October 20, 2021

  • 8-Week Wednesday Night Sip and Talk Series - “Teaching in Color: Through the Lenses of Love”

    This 8-week series is sponsored by the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support. This opportunity is free and open to the public. Participants will receive a certificate of participation (1 hour) with our Merrimack College PD provider number after each session. Please RSVP. NOTE: There is no session during the Thanksgiving break week.

    This 8-week series is hosted by Jennifer Hedrington. Jennifer is the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2021. She has been teaching for 16 years. While attending Law School, she found her calling to become an educator. Her teaching philosophy is teaching in color through the lenses of love, which allows her to educate the whole child while celebrating the uniqueness of each student. Jennifer understands that teachers are a powerful motivating force in the lives of students and have the ability to shape society’s next superhero or villain.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 6:00pm to 7:00pm