Leading Teams in Stress-Informed School Environments: A Deep Dive

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Prizmah Network schools $440 per person
Non-network schools $550 per person
Canadian Prizmah Network schools $330 US per person
Canadian Non-network schools $412.50 US per person (Code: CADNON)
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Prizmah Network schools $400 per person
Non-network schools $500 per person
Canadian Prizmah Network schools $300 US per person
Canadian Non-network schools $375 US per person (Code: CADNON)


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Emily Heeren, Jory Hanselman Mayschak, Nick Magle-Haberek
Educational Administrators / Directors of Teaching and Learning, Heads of School
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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM PT

The research is undeniable: stress and anxiety impact every facet of school life. School leaders and our communities are going through a uniquely challenging collective experience. By understanding relevant research on stress-informed environments, we can notice patterns of thinking and behavior that will enable us to strengthen our leadership practices, and to create school communities where our teams can build resilience and thrive.

Join day school administrators and heads of schools in a series of four 90-minute workshops as we deepen understanding around the patterns that arise in complex environments impacted by stress. In partnership with BaMidbar, we will explore critical questions about mental health and holistic wellness through a systems-wide, strategic, and clinically-informed lens. By the final workshop, we will begin to create action plans to effect real and meaningful change in our school communities.

Program Outline

In collaboration with Prizmah, trained BaMidbar facilitators will provide a systems-wide perspective on the intersection of mental health and wellness, and day school leadership. The four sessions are outlined as follows:

Session 1 | Understanding Stress and Anxiety

Tuesday, March 8
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM PT

In session one, we will build trust with one another as we explore important foundational questions: What are stress and anxiety, and how do they impact adults and children? How do they manifest for us as individuals and leaders, for our students and their families, for our teachers, and for our leadership teams? How can we mitigate the impacts of stress, and how might we help create conditions for members of our communities to thrive? This session will provide a theoretical framework to understand the impact of stress on the mind and body, and will help us cultivate awareness of how to create stress-informed and supportive school environments.

Session 2 | Mental Health and Creating Cultures of Belonging

Tuesday, March 15
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM PT

Building off the work in session one, we will explore the following questions in session two: What is mental health and what is wellness? How are they similar to one another, and how do they differ? How do school leaders meet constituent groups where they are on the mental health continuum, and why is this important? In this session, we will discuss mental health as a critical component of cultures of belonging, and reflect on why creating stress-informed school environments is more important than ever.

Session 3 | Organizational Self-Assessment

Monday, March 21st 
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM PT

Being stress-informed means that we are sensitive to the diverse life experiences of the people with whom we work. Session three will help us understand what it means to create a stress-sensitive school environment, why it’s important for schools to be stress-informed in this unique moment in time, and how we as leaders can develop the awareness needed to adjust behavior and thought patterns in order to effect change. We will conduct organizational self-assessments to recognize strengths and growth edges in our individual institutions as we prepare to create action plans.

Session 4 | Developing an Organizational Action Plan

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM PT

In this final session, we will talk about getting started and maintaining momentum. As we dive into the organizational self-assessment, we will have the opportunity to ask: How can we leverage our existing systems to create healthier school environments? How might we make lasting change within our organizations? We will offer recommendations on next steps and best practices, and begin to support you as you outline an individualized roadmap that will integrate your knowledge of mental health, stress, and anxiety into organizational policies, procedures, and practices.


Jory Hanselman Mayschak
Hanselman Mayschak

Jory is the Founder and CEO of BaMidbar. Since 2010, Jory has worked in a variety of roles in Jewish education, wilderness therapy, and experiential education programs. In 2016, Jory became the founding director of BaMidbar. Jory has a Bachelors of Science from Tufts University in Environmental Science and Philosophy and a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership from University of Colorado. She is also a Wexner Field Fellow. Jory sets the strategic vision for BaMidbar and oversees board development, strategic program development, and fundraising and development efforts.

Emily Heeren

Emily is the Program Director at BaMidbar, and she has held numerous roles within the organization since joining the team for its inaugural season in 2018. She believes deeply in both the power of the outdoors, and Judaism as mediums for personal growth, reflection, and self-exploration, and she revels in the opportunity to share those experiences with others. With a philosophical foundation in experiential learning, Emily has worked with youth and young adults for over 10 years in a variety of settings including high school special education, higher education, and mental health. Emily has a masters degree in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Special Education from Boston University.

Nick Magle-Haberek

Nick is the Clinical Director of BaMidbar. Nick has worked in the field of wilderness therapy and experiential education for the past 20 years. After working as a field guide for several years, Nick earned masters degrees in both Social Work and Outdoor Education at the University of New Hampshire. Nick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado and a Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist. Nick joined the BaMidbar team at its inception in January of 2018 as a Primary Therapist, and he has loved working at the intersection of adventure, personal growth, and Judaism since then. Nick oversees BaMidbar’s treatment programming, and manages the summer wilderness therapy program. He is also one of BaMidbar’s lead education program facilitators.