About The Growth & Resiliency Model©
The Growth & Resiliency Model© was created and copyrighted in 2021 by Simply Bee CEO Audrey Grunst, LCSW. It is the foundation of the work we do with educators, students and parents. This comprehensive five-step model is designed to fuse theory, skill, and knowledge into people's understanding of their personal growth and emotional development. Through this model, we provide school communities with a toolbox of strategies and skills to create a growth-oriented environment both inside and outside of the classroom.
The theory behind this model is that a growth mindset occurs when you are aware of your internal world, can observe it without judgment, know how to respond instead of react, and can integrate all that information into the external world effectively. The final step is to reflect on the process, celebrate what went well and learn from what didn't. Through the use of this model, we believe you can learn to intuitively overcome life's daily challenges–both inside and outside of the classroom, while appreciating them as opportunities for positive change.Learn More
What We Solve
Mental health is a growing need in the field of education. Educators are reporting higher levels of burnout, anxiety, depression, worry, fear, panic and isolation – all of which leads to higher rates of turnover and lower interest in the profession as a whole.
Fortunately, there are more and more open conversations between educators, administrators and licensed professionals to help provide the necessary skills and strategies to build resilience.
What We Achieve
Mental and emotional wellness is essential to achieving success – whether academically, professionally or personally. Educators have a unique ability to create a ripple effect of wellness by infusing SEL skills they use in their classroom in their interactions with peers, parents, administrators – and even in their personal life.
Our goal is to provide realistic, turn-key information that aids in reducing feelings of overwhelm, increasing the ability to cope during challenging times and ultimately cultivating a growth mindset.
Instructional Training Programs
In this pressure cooker society, it’s ever-so-important to learn practical, efficient and generalizable skills from mental health experts who know first-hand what it means to be in a high stakes position. The partnership between schools and Simply Bee is an opportunity to train, support and coach students, educators and families to simply bee-come the best versions of themselves both inside – and outside of the classroom.
Supplemental SEL Programs For Students
- Become Aware of The Big 4
- SEL Classroom-based Curriculum
- Set Yourself Up For Success: College-Bound Senior Workshop
PD Workshops For Educators
- Growing A Resilient Mind: Keynote Workshop
- Become Aware of The Big 4
- How To Gain Control During Uncertain Times
Workshops For Parents & Families
- Growing A Resilient Mind: Parent Edition
- Practicing Failure
- Overcoming Perfectionism
Personal Wellness Program
4x4 Wellness Program For Educaors
For many educators finding time, energy, positivity and practicing self-care seems more and more out of reach due to the ever-increasing demands on their plates. They feel as if their buttons are constantly being pushed, they're overreacting to situations without understanding why, and they feel highly irritable with zero energy left for their personal life.
Our team of experts understand, and that's why we created our 4x4 Wellness Program for Educators. Our goal is to help you discover how to make changes that positively impact your personal and professional life. We will teach skills that help keep you aligned with your values, which will in turn keep you energized, productive and proud of how you're making a difference. You will walk away with strategies to approach life with a clear mind and an increased ability to stay present, motivated and patient.
Our Four 'Set' Approach
Each set includes four mini-lessons & applications that take 15 minutes (or less) to complete
Control Your Time
Mental skills are the foundation to success. Being able to manage time is critical so you feel like you're able to "get it all done" and still have gas left in the tank for spiritual, physical and emotional health. Our days tend to be filled from morning to night and it's hard to imagine you have any "hidden" hours in your day. But you do! And we can help you find them.
Sustain Your Energy
We approach nutrition and movement from a mental wellness viewpoint. Your mood and emotions impact the way you make decisions about food and exercise. Those two factors are critical to your ability to sustain energy throughout the day. When those "bad days" pop up and you're feeling tired and unmotivated, you have the tools to help prevent you from spiralling out of control.
Improve Your Self-Care
Once you're able to identify extra hours in your day to focus on your overall health and nutrition, it's important to continually care for yourself. Mindfulness and movement are two of the best ways to practice self-care. You don't have to be an expert yogi to feel the positive effects of gentle movement, breathing and deep relaxation techniques.
Boost Your Mood
Emotional health emphasizes the importance of educators' experiences and how they feel about themselves, their students and environment. Restoring a positive outlook on day to day activities boosts mood and improves the interactions between educators and their students.
93% of participants indicated they would incorporate new mindset skills learned in the 4x4 program into their practice.
89% of participants indicated they learned something new in the 1st week of the 4x4 program.
83% of participants indicated that their participation in the 4x4 program impacted their decision to implement a wellness plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Request A Custom Presentation?
Am I Required To Offer The 4x4 Wellness Program to Everyone In My Building/District?
Are PD Presentations In Person or Virtual?
How Much Access To the 4x4 Wellness Program Will My Educators Have?
How Much Access Do I Have To A PD Presentation?
How Quickly Can My Team Get Started With The 4x4 Wellness Program?
Can These PD Topics Be Made Available As Presentations For Parents?
Do You Provide The 4x4 Program For An Individual Educator?
Meet The Experts
Audrey Grunst, LCSW, is the CEO and a therapist at Simply Bee. Over the past four years she has partnered with several schools and districts across Illinois to provide supplemental Social Emotional Learning (SEL) support for students and parents, as well as, personal wellness programs and professional development workshops impacting the lives of thousands of educators.
Meet Stephanie S.
Stephanie Smith, M.A., M.Ed. & IIN Certified Health Coach has been an educator for over 15 years and has experience as a teacher, coach and a school administrator. She is passionate about helping children, adults and educators live their happiest and most vital lives through health and wellness. In addition to working at Simply Bee, she is currently a sixth grade teacher.
Meet Stephanie B.
Stephanie Bersh, E-RYT has a passion for wellness that is grounded in the practice of yoga but also utilizes breathing exercises and energy work as tools to help clients access relaxation, stress reduction, emotional release and physical blockages. She guides clients toward finding safety in their body and connect to their breath and mind in order to improve their overall well-being.
Looking For More Information?
If you would like additional details on booking a custom presentation or have questions on pricing and/or availability for our team, please schedule a brief call with our Manager of Community Education, Kate Kelley, MSW, and she will be happy to help!Get In Touch
Check Out Some of Our Past Work
SEL for Students
PD for Educators
Workshops for Parents
Space Is Limited!
We are now booking into the Fall 2022-23 school year.
Grab a spot on the calendar to show your educators how much you value their well-being. We will help them focus on their professional development and personal wellness.
Contact our Manager of Community Education, Kate Kelley today.
Thank you for everything you do for the children in our communities!
We can all remember that one teacher who made an impact in our life. The one who set us on a whole new trajectory. That teacher who believed in us and empowered us to aim high and dream big. We created these workshops for them.
We ask so much of our educators. They are the backbone of our country; shaping young minds and doing it selflessly without missing a beat. We are here to do our part and give back and to help our educators fill their cups first - - for once in their life! We hope you see the value in our programs and invite you to connect with us to learn more.
Learn From Our Experts
This activity and tutorial video is one of our most requested resources at Simply Bee. You will get an opportunity to establish your core values and learn the importance of using them to guide you through your life.
Wellness Wheel Activity
Did you know that your wellness is comprised of 8 components? This activity and assessment is designed to help you explore the many elements that make up your holistic wellness picture. The goal is to help you identify areas of strength and areas that may need adjustments.
Happy Holistic Educator E-Book - $9.00
A 56-page resource for educators who are looking for a self-paced, easy to follow wellness workbook. With this resource you will learn ways to improve your mindfulness practices and physical health with applicable mini-lessons and exercises.