Employee and Student Wellness

Please note that the Maine Department of Education now requires credit card payment for all professional development events. If this is an issue please contact Cristina.stade@maine.gov.
 Maine School Wellness Summit


Life is Good, Wellness Makes It Better!

Bates College, Lewiston

 Click here to view draft agenda

To make this an awesome professional development, we are pleased to bring to you two talented educators as our opening keynote speakers each day.   


  June 25th OPENING KEYNOTE:  Murray Banks! Murray is a motivational speaker and world champion athlete with roots in teaching school. Murray lives life with a passion for health and well-being. This year he will share the importance of positivity on one’s health and well-being using hilarious images, imaginative videos and poignant classroom stories. Learn more about Murray at www.murraybanks.com 


  June 26th OPENING KEYNOTE:  George Manning returns to the Wellness Summit with more learnings, tools, and resources for life! George will provide knowledge and skills from more than 40 years teaching of psychology at the collegiate level. He will engage the audience with his enchanting personality and stories focused on life, work and the pursuit of balance. Read feature article about George in Maine Seniors Magazine!

As is tradition, the conference will offer sessions that address the Physical-Emotional-Mental-Social-Spiritual and Occupational dimensions of health with a special emphasis this year on Mental Wellness for all!


The goal of the Summit is to prepare and empower participants to create healthy, positive and safe schools for all school personnel and students by promoting policies and environmental practices that support healthier schools, improve personal health and well-being, and enhance academic achievement.  This year’s agenda includes…


Inspiring Keynote Presentations from the world of education  

Engaging Workshops on Personal Wellness Practices and Positive School Environments                   

Wellness Focused Networking    Wellness Galleria of Ideas    Leadership Skills    Worksite Wellness Program Planning


The schedule is built to allow for quality networking with colleagues and professionals from across the state who value schoolsite health promotion and wellness.

Summit Details:

When:                 Tuesday, June 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:10 p.m.

                             Wednesday, June 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Where:               Bates College, Lewiston

Who:                   Individuals and Teams interested in Schoolsite Health Promotion

Cost:                   Registration May 1 – June 15 - $125/person for two days

                            Registration May 1 – June 15 - $75/person for one day

                            Late registrations after June 15 - $135/person for two days

                            Late registrations after June 15 - $85/person for one day

 Morning refreshments and lunch will be included in all registrations served by the multi-award winning Bates College Dining Service.

Accommodations are on your own.  Bates College has dormitory rooms for very low cost.  Confirmation emails will include information for Bates College as well as a list of area hotels honoring the government rate of $93 per night for conference attendees.

Click here for more details about the 2019 Maine School Wellness Summit and updated information.

Join us for another fully engaging and educational Wellness Summit, a component of the Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Program, a program of the Maine Department of Education!


Schools are not only places of learning, but they are also worksites. Fostering school employees’ physical and mental health protects school staff, and by doing so, helps to support students’ health and academic success. Healthy school employees—including teachers, administrators, bus drivers, cafeteria and custodial staff, and contractors—are more productive and less likely to be absent. They serve as powerful role models for students and may increase their attention to students’ health. Schools can create work environments that support healthy eating, adopt active lifestyles, be tobacco free, manage stress, and avoid injury and exposure to hazards (e.g., mold, asbestos). A comprehensive school employee wellness approach is a coordinated set of programs, policies, benefits, and environmental supports designed to address multiple risk factors (e.g., lack of physical activity, tobacco use) and health conditions (e.g., diabetes, depression) to meet the health and safety needs of all employees. Partnerships between school districts and their health insurance providers can help offer resources, including personalized health assessments and flu vaccinations. Employee wellness programs and healthy work environments can improve a district’s bottom line by decreasing employee health insurance premiums, reducing employee turnover, and cutting costs of substitutes.


For ideas on employee wellness programs visit the Staff Lounge in the virtual school on the US CDC healthy Schools website.


Susan Berry
Health Education and Health Promotion Coordinator
Coordinated School Health Team
(207) 624-6695