Working on Wellness: Increasing Wellness Competencies

About the Module

Stay up-to-date by joining us to explore the New Wellness Standard and associated competencies were recently added to the National Standards for Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences. This module includes a discussion about the recent impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student and teacher wellness. Focus is placed on practical strategies that FCS teacher educators, pre-service and in-service teachers can implement to improve their own wellness while also modeling health and well-being for students.

Presenters will :

  1. Describe the recent addition of the Wellness standard to the National Standard for Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences,
  2. Relate the addition of the Wellness standard to the historical context of the FCS Body of Knowledge.
  3. Explore the impact of global events on teachers and students well-being
  4. Discuss the importance of FCS educators practicing and modeling wellness in the classroom.

Resources Available to AAFCS Members Only

Members: To view and access the resources for the module, you must be logged in to your MyAAFCS account.

Resources for this professional development module include the following:
  • Resource document provided by presenters
  • Web Links related to topic
  • Lesson Plan related to topic
  • Global Interdependence in Action
  • Recommended Readings and AAFCS PDU Certificate

AAFCS Members: To see the "View Recording" button and the Module Resources, you MUST be logged in to your MyAAFCS account.

Correlations to Standards

The resources provided for this VPD Module correlate with the:  

FCS Body of Knowledge
  • Wellness
Family and Consumer Sciences National Standards 3.0
  • Family
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Human Development
National Standards for Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Family and Human Development
  • Wellness
  • Instructional Strategies and Resources
  • Learning Environment

Meet the Presenters

Dr. Nicole A. Graves has been a South Dakota State University faculty member since 2002. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Family & Consumer Sciences Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences. She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses for Family & Consumer Sciences Education and Agricultural Education students. She also teaches online FCSE graduate courses for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Her research includes examination of teaching strategies via Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and investigation of teacher preparation, retention, and well-being. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, she also serves as the on-campus advisor for the AAFCS/FCCLA Alumni student organization, Program Committee Chair for the South Dakota FCCLA Board and Directors, Professional Chair for the South Dakota Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (SDAFCS), and President for the National Association of Teacher Educators for Family & Consumer Sciences (NATEFACS).

Susan Turgeson has been a member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point since 2012. She completed a doctoral program in Educational Leadership in 2015 and is currently an associate professor in the School of Health Sciences and Wellness. She primarily works with pre-professional family and consumer sciences students and graduate level students. She was recognized as the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) National Teacher of the Year in 2009.  She also received the AAFCS New Achiever Award in 2005 and the AAFCS Leader Award in 2017.  Prior to working at UWSP, Susan taught for a year at the middle school level and twelve years at the high school level. She also worked in various FCS-related positions including children's section librarian, small business and farm accountant, rental property manager, grocery store customer service, vehicle sales, and home visitor supervisor. All of these experiences provided opportunities to work with diverse individuals throughout the lifespan.  Susan is actively involved in her professional organizations and serves in various leadership roles at the state and national level. Throughout the year, she conducts keynote addresses, breakout sessions, and trainings at conferences throughout the United States. She is currently engaged in a collaborative project related to teacher education standards.