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The Resilient Teacher Project

The Resilient Teacher Project

By Julie Sochacki
The Resilient Teacher Project: thirty minutes or less on-the-go professional development segments intended to inspire and empower busy educators. Go to
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Teacher Self-care and Wellbeing with Dr. Theresa Melito-Conners

The Resilient Teacher Project

The Half Day Teacher Retreat: Wellness Practices for Every Teacher
Julie created a free, wellness and self-care retreat for teachers!
January 26, 2021
Intentional and Inspirational Practices that School Administrators Can Implement Right Now
Dr. Janet Parlato, current principal of Watertown High School in Watertown, CT, shares intentional practices that have inspired her teachers. Janet's step-by-step suggestions can easily be implemented in any K-12 school. Find Janet's ideas in more detail, the 2020 Holiday Checklist, and inspiration in your inbox at Leader Shift by John Maxwell The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle Keep Moving by Maggie Smith GMorning, GNight!: Little Pep Talks for You and Me by Lin Manuel Miranda Strengths Inventory Connor Davidson Resilience Scale
November 05, 2020
Four Wisdom Teachings to Transform Your Life
Julie dives into the teachings of don Miguel Ruiz's The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book). These practices will bring more freedom, ease, empowerment and truth-telling into your life. It's a perfect time to adopt this wisdom as you balance your teaching with your personal life and world events.  If you want inspiration for teachers in your inbox, go to
October 22, 2020
How I Reinvented Myself Four Times and How You Can Find your Purpose
Julie shares four pivotal stories from her life when she took the leap outside of her comfort zone and what each one had in common. If you are trying to identify your life's purpose, this is a must listen! Have a question about finding your purpose? Email Julie: (find your purpose, teachers making changes, reinvent yourself, what do I do next)
October 10, 2020
Wellness Practices for Strong Immune System and More: Update and Check In
Recipes from today's chat: Grilled Zucchini and Peach Salad Lemony, Addictive Kale Chips! Green Goddess Pizza Go-to Green Smoothie
August 04, 2020
The Transformative Practice of Gratitude with Jennifer Wasmer
This episode dives into the power and magic of gratitude and includes a beautiful Metta meditation led by Jennifer Wasmer. Please find out more about Jennifer's work right here:
August 04, 2020
Our Wellness Wake Up Call: Wellness Series, Episode #2
Want teacher inspiration in your inbox? Go to Join guests Jenn Yorzyk Triger, Functional Food and Fitness Coach, and educator Dr. Theresa Abodeeb-Gentile for a lively and informative conversation about food and wellness! Jenn's shopping list: Theresa's avocado brownie recipe: Jenn's FB Page: My Healthy Path Jenn's email: Julie's email:
July 23, 2020
Our Wellness Wake Up Call: Wellness Series #1
Go to for the daily wellness checklist and leave your email for weekly wellness inspiration in your inbox--no matter what the situation might be in the Fall.  If you have comments or wellness strategies to share--or even if you'd like to share your wellness tips and journey on the podcast--email Julie at From the CDC: Dietary supplements aren’t meant to treat or prevent COVID-19. Certain vitamins and minerals (e.g., Vitamins C and D, zinc) may have effects on how our immune system works to fight off infections, as well as inflammation and swelling.
July 20, 2020
Cultivating Connection and Compassion in the Online Classroom
Julie shares a PD segment with her listening audience entitled Cultivating Connection and Compassion in the Online Classroom intended for University of Hartford faculty. Want teacher inspiration in your inbox? Go to
April 23, 2020
The Working from Home Transition for Educators
Want teacher inspiration in your inbox? Go to How to Work from Home During the Corona Virus
March 25, 2020
Teachers, Exhale: 10 Resilience/Wellness Strategies for Educator Ease during Covid-19
Want teacher inspiration in your inbox? Go to Reducing your overall stress: Soup recipes (no meat needed): 45 speedy, savory soups and stews: Six Surprising Ways Alcohol Affects Your Health How sleep affects your immune system:
March 21, 2020
What's Next? Teachers Taking the Leap
When that little voice of change starts to whisper in your ear, it could be time to take the leap! What do teachers do when they leave teaching? Contact Julie:
March 03, 2020
Integrating Elements of the Montessori Philosophy into the Traditional Classroom
Montessori teaching expert Tom Fahsbender, Middle School Director of Curriculum and Supervision at Washington Montessori School in New Preston, Connecticut, joins Julie in a conversation about transforming our teaching. Many elements of the Montessori model support strengthening our classroom community and our own self-care. 
January 16, 2020
Resilience and Empathy in Young Adult Literature
Joanne Mumley, veteran ELA teacher at Tyrrell Middle School in Wolcott, Connecticut, joins Julie to talk specifically about how she connects resilience and empathy to young adult literature in her classroom.
January 05, 2020
Transform Yourself; Transform Your Classroom: It's Time to Level Up!
It’s 2020! This is your year! It's time to level up! It’s not about how to change your students, it’s about how to transform yourself. With teacher burnout and mental health issues at an all time high, you are the only one who will give yourself the permission to care for yourself and make important changes that will shift your life and your classroom into a space of positivity, resilience and compassion.
January 05, 2020
Teacher Self-care and Wellbeing with Dr. Theresa Melito-Conners
Join Julie and Dr. Theresa Melito-Conners, founder of Dr. MC's Self-care Cabaret, as they dive into the topic of teacher self-care and wellness. 
December 30, 2019
Enjoy More, Stress Less during the Holidays
Teachers, undo and unschedule to create spaciousness in your December.  Eat simply and intentionally, recipes from Elise Museles: Mexican spiced quinoa vegetable soup Most delicious chopped salad: Cookie alternative:
November 26, 2019
Overcoming Overwhelm
Julie offers some strategies for moving out of overwhelm when everything feels like it's just too much!
October 23, 2019
Moving from Instructor-Centered to Learner-Centered in the Classroom
Julie sets a strong foundation for active learning and then explains the importance of inclusive teaching in the learner-centered classroom.  This is one example of a strengths inventory sheet:
September 26, 2019
Increase Mindfulness and Decrease Stress in the Classroom
Join Julie as she talks with Nicole Foti, Director of Clinical Experiences in the Department of Education at University of Hartford.
September 20, 2019
Diversity, Empathy, & Inclusion with Dr. Sarah Hart
Dr. Sarah Hart and I sat down to have a conversation about diversity, empathy, and inclusion. We enjoyed our conversation so much that we decided to record a portion of it. Enjoy!
September 11, 2019
What's Your Self-Care Plan?
Welcome to the new school year! Begin this year by creating a foundational self-care plan that will increase your wellness and energy level. Start today!
September 09, 2019
Self-care and Resilience in the Classroom
Joanne Mumley, ELA teacher from Tyrrell Middle School in Wolcott, CT talks with Julie about self-care and resilience in the classroom.
April 17, 2019
Dear Student Teachers,
Julie motivates and inspires teacher candidates to keep going by offering them a simple resilience plan. The finish line is in sight! 
March 19, 2019
Mind, Body, Spirit Challenge II
Julie leads listeners through a self-care challenge for mind, body and spirit.
February 22, 2019
Mind, Body, Spirit Challenge I
Julie leads listeners through a self-care challenge for mind, body and spirit. Veggie recipes:
February 05, 2019
Taking Care of Yourself in 2019
Julie shares three non-negotiable areas for wellness and a simple strategy that will create more space in your week.
January 18, 2019
Nov/Dec Self-care Practices
Julie leads listeners through self-care practices to nourish their bodies, minds and spirits throughout December. Simple, self-care, micro-practices: 134 self-care activities Find more time for you
November 26, 2018
Upgrading Our Thinking on Special Education
Dr. Sarah Hart joins Julie to share her wisdom and shift our perspective on special education practices. Behind The Shortage Of Special Ed Teachers: Long Hours, Crushing Paperwork by Lee Hale:
November 05, 2018
Moving Beyond Foundational Dispositions
While teachers need to exhibit strong foundational dispositions, they also need to move beyond these to create classrooms filled with empathy, kindness, and compassion. Top Qualities of Effective Teachers Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement
October 29, 2018
Embracing Teacher Self-Care
Julie sets forth foundational self-care practices for teachers. Show Notes: Recipe for energy balls: Blog: Three Course Meal in the Classroom: My favorite soup: Crock pot chicken soup: Elena Aguilar’s article: Getting mindful about breathing:
October 19, 2018
Best Practices: Initiations/Closures and Transitions/Routines
Julie shares some ideas regarding initiations, closures, routines, and transitions. For more on initiations/closures: For more on transitions:
October 16, 2018
Critical Thinking Skills for Global, Digital Learners
Julie answers the questions: How can we make sense of the practices that our global digital learners--our students--need to be experiencing in the classroom? And how do these practices align to the framework of Bloom’s taxonomy? More about critical thinking verbs: More about learning by doing by Ron Berger:
October 08, 2018
Resilience is the Doorway to Thriving
Listen to Julie's take aways from Dr. Maria Sirois' cutting edge workshop on resilience and self-care.
October 01, 2018
Planning, Instruction, and Assessment
Latest episode of The Resilient Teacher Project
September 27, 2018
The Four Agreements
Julie encourages educators to integrate Don Miguel Ruiz's The Four Agreements both in and out of the classroom. Go to for more!
September 19, 2018
The Characteristics of a Resilient Teacher
A third year resilient teacher shares her wisdom and insights.
September 14, 2018
Episode 2: Making Connections/Building Relationships for teachers/leaders
Nicole Martone, ELA Department Head at Danbury High School in Connecticut, joins Julie in a discussion about making connections and building relationships with colleagues and students.
September 11, 2018
Episode 1: Welcome!
University of Hartford clinical professor Julie Sochacki introduces and welcomes teachers to the Resilient Teacher Project, podcast episodes that serve as on-the-go professional development for busy educators.
September 01, 2018