Looking for engaging, inspiring, and practical professional development programs? 


 Looking for engaging, inspiring, and practical professional development programs? 


  • Engage in meaningful and in-depth learning that connects the hearts and minds of every individual; 
  • Develop the skills to create a living/learning/working culture in which every individual feels safe, valued, supported, engaged and motivated. This learning also focuses on the factors influencing the development of emotional intelligence and resiliency; 
  • Discover how basic human needs and emotions are inter-connected and influence action, behavior and potential; and 
  • Make connections between the current research on brain-compatible learning and creating a corresponding living/learning environment. 


You will experience: 

  • A new and inspiring professional development program that will re-ignite teachers’ passion and understanding of the importance of high-quality education; 
  • Current and relevant content and highly effective instructional and inclusion strategies providing the best possible learning environment; 
  • Ways to deal with the challenges present in todays schools, including increasing class sizes with decreasing resources and integrating all children to ensure inclusion; and 
  • Effective instructional strategies that will facilitate academic achievement while developing the social-emotional growth of children and adolescents. 

“Hearts and Minds Matter” is an 18-hour training, containing 5 modules over two days. Module 6 will be determined by the group and will occur six to eight weeks following the training and will take place using Zoom, a video conferencing tool. The goal will be to revisit and review progress and establish next steps. It will also be a valuable way to establish an on-line community of support. 

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If you have a group of 12 or more, we will tailor the workshop to meet your group's needs and we will come to you! 

EDUCATION SUPPORT WORKERS (Educational Assistants, Early Childhood Educators, Child and Youth Workers) 

The role of the education support worker is paramount in building inclusive classrooms that are safe learning spaces for all children. As such, Hearts and Minds Matter offers an engaging and practical one-day professional development program that will inspire these valued professionals to work collaboratively with teachers, students and parents to engage all children to thrive in classrooms. 

The focus of this program is understanding human needs & wants, brain compatible teaching/learning/working, emotional intelligence, factors of resilience, effective communication and conflict resolution and mindfulness. 

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Parents always have the best interests of their children in mind. As parents themselves, Jackie and Denise understand the challenges. In addition, Jackie and Denise have the lens of teacher and school principal so they are well positioned to help you on your journey towards raising emotionally intelligent and resilient children and to navigate the school terrain.  

Each of these workshops can “stand alone” or can be combined into a workshop series. 

Workshop 1: Raising Emotionally Intelligent and Resilient Children 

Workshop 2: Mindful Practices to Help Children Navigate the World of Today  

Workshop 3: Understanding the Brain and Your Child 

Workshop 4: Helping Your Child Develop a Growth Mindset 


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Emotional Intelligence (E.Q.) is a very powerful indicator of success in life. When E.Q. is developed, people have higher self-regard, effective self-expression, stronger interpersonal relationships, improved decision-making, and increased stress tolerance strategies. 

In our Private Sector workshops, we work with individuals and teams to understand the power of E.Q., Mindfulness, and Resilience to build more productive and engaging workspaces for all employees. 

Each of these workshops can “stand alone” or can be combined into a workshop series. 

Workshop 1: Creating Emotionally Safe Workplaces 

Workshop 2: Improving Emotional Intelligence Through Mindful Practices 

Workshop 3: Building Inclusive Teams  

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If you have a group of 8 or more, we will tailor the workshop to meet your group's needs and we will come to you! 

Dr. Jackie Eldridge is a renowned speaker whose passion, experience and humour shine through in every talk she gives. She is truly inspirational as she speaks authentically from her experience and her heart. Jackie has delivered keynotes across North America, Europe and Barbados. Her topics include: Creating Safe Spaces for All, Leadership Lessons from a First Year Teacher, Accessing Your Inner Wisdom Through the Power of Mindfulness, Nurturing Emotional Intelligence.

For more information contact Jackie at (647) 994-6562 or 

Mastermind for Teachers and Administrators

Are you a teacher or administrator who is looking for support, encouragement and community to help you navigate the complex world of classrooms or schools? Are you looking for a small group of people with whom you can confide about your challenges and who will give you sage advice and coaching based on their years of experience? A mastermind group is a peer-to-peer mentoring concept used to help members solve their problems with input and advice from the other group members. The concept was coined in 1925 by author Napoleon Hill in his book The Law of Success.  

As a MasterMind participant you will: 

  • Work with and learn from a small group of like-minded individuals; via Zoom, a tele-conference platform 
  • Dialogue in a safe and confidential space to share your success, challenges and goals; 
  • Work together to share resources and cultivate ideas as we support, challenge and encourage each  other 

MasterMIND for Teachers will be facilitated by Dr. Jackie Eldridge whose expertise spans forty years in education. Jackie has taught all grades from Kindergarten to Grade Eight as a classroom teacher and as a resource teacher. She is also a teacher educator at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. 

MasterMIND for Administrators will be facilitated by Denise McLafferty whose expertise spans 35 years in education. From classroom teacher to consultant to Vice-Principal and Principal, Denise has consistently focused on enhancing the culture and climate within her school communities.  



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