Employee and Student Wellness

Maine School

Winter Wellness Summit

January 30 & 31, 2020

Life is Good, Wellness Makes It Better!

The Samoset Resort in Rockport

Register here
 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.   


  January 30th 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 


  January 31st 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: Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:10 p.m.

            Friday, January 31, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Where: The Samoset Resort in Rockport

Who: Individuals and Teams interested in Schoolsite Health Promotion and Wellness for Staff and Students

Cost: Registration - $145/person for two days

Morning refreshments and lunch both days and dinner Thursday evening included in registration

Accommodations are on your own, but we have secured a block of rooms at an excellent rate!

Rooms are available at The Samoset Resort for the State per diem rate of $122 prior to taxes for Single/Double Occupancy. Please note that in order to be tax exempt you must bring documentation.

To book a room at The Samoset Resort you must:

  1. Click on this link: Winter Wellness Summit
  2. Enter the date(s) of your reservation, have a credit card ready
  3. Ignore the next two dropdown buttons
  4. Click on the SEARCH button
  5. Proceed with instructions

The last day to book from the block of reserved rooms is Friday, December 27, 2019. After December 27, the rate will be honored if rooms are still available.

Click here for more details about the 2020 Maine School Wellness Summit and updated information. Join us for the first fully engaging and educational Winter 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