Compassion Coaching for Leaders (CCL)

“Wise, compassionate leadership is the ability to do hard things in a human way.”

Bridging Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Support Leaders, your Schools and the Entire District Ecosystem

August 2022 – July 2023

Why do you need this program:

The last several years for educators have been so challenging as we all had to navigate a global pandemic. Educators were asked to shift and change constantly to meet the needs of their students and staff in a safe way.

As an educator and leader in your community, how will you move forward from the pandemic and what lessons will you take with you from the COVID-19 crisis? Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will act with intention, compassion and courage? 

It is clear from the research that what leaders need now is social connection, savouring positive moments and strategies on how to rebuild resilience. Prioritizing a culture of compassion, awareness and community will be the foundation of a supportive learning community.

As a leader, you have navigated a global pandemic throughout the last several years with as much grace as possible amongst the ongoing challenges and the everchanging expectations. As we head into another new year, you may be ready for a fresh start and some new beginnings.

You’ve arrived here today because:

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You are ready to lead from a compassionate, kind and caring space

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You want to create a supportive, safe and open community for the leaders in your district and staff in schools

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You know there are difficult conversations to have and want support in having them

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You are ready to approach the trauma of the last few years with compassion and your team wants to move forward together

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Your staff/school/district need to rebuild and learn a system that embodies compassion

The pandemic has left an education system in a state of burnout, exhaustion and fear. Compassion arrives at a time of suffering. It is a positive emotion when pain/stress are present. Our system needs a positive path forward not a reactive one from a place of fear. Working from a trauma-informed lens, compassion is the positive force that supports ALL in a system. Your team can access support with this partnership with Lisa.

You are invited

Select school districts in North America are invited to assemble a team of educators and leaders within your district who want to come together to support the well-being of themselves and the systems in schools through a lens of mindfulness and compassion.

Who is this for? Districts are welcome to create a group of school and system-wide leaders who will move the needle on compassion culture within your district. This could include, and is not limited to Superintendents, Associate Superintendents, District Based Leaders, School-Based Leaders (Principals/Vice-Principals), Social-Emotional District Educators and Mindfulness Educators.

Self-Compassion is linked to more stable resilience. It’s also a predictor of well-being.

Consider this opportunity to bring your most passionate leaders together throughout the 22-23 school year to build their own skills of self-compassion and ripple the learning throughout the staff and students in your district.

Compassion is the most consistent, but underappreciated characteristic of successful people across occupations, and the profound benefits of practicing compassion include more constructive relationships, improved intelligence and increased resilience.

— Dr. Christopher Cook

91% (of leaders) said compassion is very important for leadership, and 80% would like to enhance their compassion but do not know how.

— Power Can Corrupt Leaders. Compassion Can Save Them, Harvard Business Review

Compassion is the quality of having positive intentions and real concern for others. Compassion in leadership creates stronger connections between people. It improves collaboration, raises levels of trust, and enhances loyalty. In addition, studies find that compassionate leaders are perceived as stronger and more competent.

Compassion on its own is not enough. For effective leadership,compassion must be combined with wisdom. Wisdom is grown through community, practice and embodying self-compassion. It is grown over time and can’t be found in a one-session learning experience.

— R. Hougaard, J. Carter, and N. Hobson: Authors of Compassionate Leadership.

Compassion Coaching for Leaders supports education leaders from the inside out, starting with self-compassion as the firm foundation from which to lead, moving to compassion for others in day-to-day leadership, and then acknowledging the wider circle of compassion encompassing common humanity, the greater good, and cultural values that set the compass for your organization. In other words – moving from self to school to system.

About Lisa

Lisa Baylis is a self compassion educator, best-selling author of Self-Compassion for Educators, and has been a school teacher and counsellor in the education system for the last twenty years.

As the creator of Compassion Coaching for Leaders, Lisa will leverage content and coaching, to support participants to put compassion into action within their school district by using powerful, evidence-based compassionate leadership principles, experiential tools, and practices.

What will my district gain by joining this Compassionate Coaching Leadership Training?

This program will give empowering tools and evidence-based practices to lead courageously, confidently and capably towards enhancing your own well-being and the interconnected potential of then supporting your whole team. Together we co-create a compassionate community offering a unique curriculum where you can safely cultivate your leadership development and personal growth.

Lisa will guide educational leaders to grow compassion from the inside out, moving towards spreading and sharing compassion throughout the school and system. 

Using the book, “Self-Compassion for Educators” as a foundation, leaders will learn how to:

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Anchor themselves in the present movement

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Develop greater compassion for themselves and their colleagues

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Mitigate the effects of chronic stress and grow their resilience

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Manage and support the difficult conversations that need to happen from a place of compassion

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Build cultures and community within themselves and their school while navigating difficult feelings, critical and judgemental thoughts and feelings of unworthiness

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Courageously create a system that supports compassion as a foundation from a trauma-informed lens

Summary of offer 

Compassion Coaching for Leaders is an online year-long partnership for leaders/districts/schools to place compassion at the forefront of self, school and system.

Self-paced Learning & Resources released each month (about two hours of videos/podcasts/articles and exercises) to complete around the topic all within an online clean and accessible platform

Community Space to share ideas and thoughts throughout the year

Mindful and self-compassion practice shared from a free app to deepen personal practice

Small group inquiry to discuss themes with facilitated questions, shared insights and learning

Monthly online – LIVE facilitated discussion with Lisa  to grow community and support compassion as a practice in schools

Retreat Experience at the beginning and end of partnership

Monthly Themes:

August

Beginning retreat:
Creating the container

September

Embodying self-compassion

 

October

Mindfulness: understanding trauma/compassionate response

November

Compassion: Leadership connections

 

December

COURAGE exploring biases 

 

January

CURIOSITY: Values

February

CLEAR YOUR WAY –  Role of a leader

 

March

CULTIVATE CARE – Inquiry – asking questions

April

COMMUNITY – Difficult Conversations

May

CREATING CULTURE – Creating Community

June

COMPASSION – Connecting SEL

July

Celebrating:
Ending Retreat

What to expect:

4-hour Kick off retreat in August

 Each month (4-6 hour commitment):

  • One-hour LIVE online sessions with Lisa
  • One-hour small learning inquiry groups for reflection/deepening learners
  • 2-hours worth of learning based on a monthly theme dropped each month
  • Invitation to regular mindful self-compassion practice daily

4- hour wrap up retreat in July

Base rate for up to 20 participants in the district cohort:

$14,999 + tax

Rate for 21-25 participants in the district cohort: 

$18,999 + tax

 

BONUS 

  • Free book for each member
  • Free meditation practices throughout the year
  • Book Club guide for the district 
  • Resource PDF of all practices and exercises

FAQs

What does it cost?

Base rate for up to 20 participants in the district cohort:

$14,999 + tax

Rate for 21-25 participants in the district cohort: 

$18,999 + tax

How much time will it take? How often do we meet?

  • Biweekly 60min group sessions (live online)
  • Reading material and video content (recorded) – 1-2 hours/month
  • Invitation to regular/daily practice 

TOTAL – 4hrs/month + commitment to 15-20min personal daily practice

  • 4-hour Kick off retreat in August

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 Each month (4-6 hour commitment):

  • One-hour LIVE online sessions with Lisa
  • One-hour small learning inquiry groups for reflection/deepening learners
  • 1-2-hours worth of learning based on a monthly theme dropped each month
  • Invitation to regular mindful self-compassion practice daily

…….

  • 4- hour wrap up retreat in July

Where does it take place?

All sessions are offered online via zoom and all curriculum, materials, and content will be hosted through an online platform.

Who is leading it?

Lisa Baylis is a self compassion educator, best-selling author of Self-Compassion for Educators, and has been a school teacher and counsellor in the education system for the last twenty years. As the creator of Compassion Coaching for Leaders, Lisa will leverage content and coaching, to support participants to put compassion into action within their school district by using powerful, evidence-based compassionate leadership principles, experiential tools, and practices.

Who is this course suitable for?

Districts are welcome to create a group of school and system-wide leaders who will move the needle on compassion culture within your district. This could include, and is not limited to Superintendents, Associate Superintendents, District Based Leaders, School-Based Leaders (Principals/Vice-Principals), Social-Emotional District Educators and Mindfulness Educators. 

What is the format for the course?

All sessions are offered online via zoom and all curriculum, materials, and content is hosted through a web based service and released on a monthly basis

What tools do I need to participate (ie. computer, Zoom, quiet space? etc)

You will need a computer and we recommend a laptop or desktop for the live zoom sessions, as ipads/iphones/chromebooks have limited views and features.  Ensure you have privacy, a quiet space, and will not be interrupted during the sessions.

Is the program self-paced, or do I have to be available at set times to participate?

Learning materials are self paced and can be completed in your own time throughout each month.  Live sessions are scheduled for set times and will not be recorded.

What happens if I miss a session?

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When do I have to pay? Can I pay in instalments?

Applications are accepted and Approved starting in April 2022. A non-refundable deposit of $5000 will complete registration. The remaining fee must be completed by September 1, 2022.  Instalments will be considered by-request.

What are acceptable payment methods?

All major credit cards are accepted. Cheque and e-transfer are also available.

What is your refund policy?

  • Full refund minus the deposit IF not fully satisfied by September 30th – written notification to end agreement
  • Withdrawal before December 15th you get 50% of course fees back
  • No fee returned after December 15th

Can I contact LIsa if I have questions outside of scheduled sessions?

Absolutely. Lisa is available for questions, mentorship and support throughout the program. Please reach out via email at lisa.l.baylis@gmail.com with other questions.

Please join me.

Virtual compassion coaching offers school leaders something new and vital. By working with Lisa you have a thought partner, a compassionate friend outside of your district and a thought-leader and change-maker who had direct experience with the world of education.

This sort of professional development is differentiated as it enables leaders to grow in awareness, reflection and compassion practices enabling them to tackle the very real challenges they are facing in their schools on a regular basis. By understanding, embodying and modelling practices around mindfulness, compassion and well-being leaders will build capacity and resources to further extend and offer these practices to their school based community.

Reach out to Lisa to initiate this year-long partnership, and set up a time for a consultation call.

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A gift for you:

Download a free poster that shares mindfulness practices for yourself and your classroom.
Perfect to put up on the walls in your staff room.