Teachers Circle

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  • Cultivate your ability to stay heart-centered even in the most challenging circumstances,

  • Develop your empathic intelligence to perceive underlying systemic dynamics, 

  • Generate fresh, innovative responses to your classroom’s / school’s challenges


As educators, our work takes place inside a network of complex systems: interpersonal and family systems, school and administrative pressures, external assessments, social inequality and injustice … and, someplace in that web, the challenges of our own personal lives. The swirling of these pressures can lead us to believe that we have no power to affect positive change. But this is a false and demoralizing belief - because your greatest impact emerges from within – from our PRESENCE.

Practicing presence does not make the challenges magically disappear, but as you enter presence, you turn on the light of awareness and receive the gifts of insight and wisdom. This allows you to operate from a place of deep knowing as you respond to what arises.


  • You care for other people’s children as a teacher, facilitator or care-giver. 

  • You are interested in learning and applying intuitive and empathic practices to bring more ease, presence and joy to your relationship with the children you support.

  • You value the insights of a “big picture” / systemic lens to understand the family and systemic dynamics between you and the children you work with. 

  • You are looking for a safe space and a community of practice for support and personal and professional growth.

“ECL circle has had such a positive impact on our school community for both teachers and students. Teachers had a safe and comfortable place to discuss what weighs heavy on us and access our resources. By finding comfort within ourselves and through our colleagues, we were better able to meet the needs of our students who may be struggling emotionally. It brought our community together and equipped us with tools and resources to use in the classroom each day. I am so thankful to have experienced ECL Circles!!!”

— Alessa, Conte West Hills Magnet School



Monthly Teacher’s Circle
Monthly calls on Oct 16, Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13, & Jun 10
*Meeting times can be adjusted to participant’s needs. 

$20 for one
$180 for the series


Over the 10-month call series, we will:

  • Build a foundation of healthy support for your students. 

    • Right relationship with parents is a subtle but foundational dynamic between you and your student. When the parent-teacher relationship is out of order, teachers become more easily burned out, and students have more behavior problems. Learn how to activate a supportive partnership - even with difficult parents.

  • Transform burnout through connection and presence. 

    • You probably don’t need burnout defined, but here it is: a work-related syndrome involving emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a sense of reduced personal accomplishment.* We acknowledge that most of the contributing factors are systemic, not personal. However, the practices we share will not only empower you and reduce burnout, but they have the capacity to bring more joy and wonder to every aspect of your life. 

  • Access a “new level of thinking” to find innovative solutions.

    • Einstein has been quoted as saying, “a problem cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created it”. Our Systemic Coaching will teach you a new way of seeing yourself and your relational systems. Participants will experience a real expansion in their ability to perceive hidden relationship dynamics, and the ability to respond more effectively to complex problems. 

Case Study 


Conte West Hills Teachers Circle 
est. 2014 New Haven, CT

The purpose of the Teachers Circle (TC) at Conte West Hills is to help adults create learning environments in which children and young people can flourish. The circle supports the emotional well being, creativity, and learning of the teacher and thereby supports their classroom community. The TC supports school-wide innovators to create electrifyingly useful ‘next practices.' Our work helps us co-create and develop a lens of systemic awareness and tools. This work is a pioneering way to unlock potential in our students and us.

The TC meets once a month. Practices include stilling and systemic experiential exercises. Teachers extend their experience creativity through art and share with each other in a co-creative way.  They actively learn about the components of belonging, exchange, place and time which contribute to the teachers' personal growth and that of their students. Different practical tools are shared to support teachers with students that may have "fates" that are difficult for teachers, students, and their families. The Systemic Lens is a way to look at the teachers own relationship system and the students in the classroom. Many teachers expand and create many extensions into their classroom communities and with each other.


Circle of Support Project 

One aspect of the TC was providing a space for teachers to create and share activities with other teachers. Participants started by creating short beginning activities for staff meetings. Teachers were also provided with an opportunity to lead activities in TC meetings. The next step was having a group of TC teachers run small group activities during a staff meeting.

One of the Conte West Hills TC teachers, Melissa Nunes, created the “Circle of Support” activity for this staff meeting. Ms. Nunes started the activity with some music and a relaxing opening. The teachers created two different circles, one focusing on support resources and the other on various strategies for these resources. Teachers shared and co-created visual representations for themselves to utilize in their work. Some teachers used these activities with their students in their classes.


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