Would you ever consider the idea that tearing your Achilles tendon, the largest and strongest tendon in your body could be a good thing? When two time American Ninja Warrior Jennifer Burdis tore her Achilles in 2015, she knew the injury would be life altering, but didn’t imagine it would be in the best possible way. With the two year healing process and the support of the Educational community on Twitter Jennifer, was finally able to find her purpose and passion at age 40 and share it with the community.
Find out how Jennifer was able to turn obstacles into opportunities and launch the EduNinja™ 30-Day Health and Wellness Challenge in 2015 to promote healthy habits and fitness activities for teachers, students, families, and friends.
Find out how Jennifer was able to meet the challenges and benefits of undiagnosed dyslexia to write her first book The EduNinja Mindset 11 Habits for Building a Stronger Mind and Body, and how she was able to find the courage to ‘strengthen her Achilles Heel’ by embracing vulnerability in developing leadership skills she had all along.
- Finding a need in your community
- Acts of service
- Connecting purpose and passion
- Taking risks
- Embracing failure
- Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals
DKG International Society for Key Women Educators: January 2019 (Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide, Eta Chi Chapter, CA State “It’s Time to Raise the Bar With EduNinja Nutrition, Movement, Mindfulness”
In many professions, especially teaching, workers are battling stress, fatigue, and wanting to feel safe and supported. Colleagues find themselves working long hours, staying up late working overtime, coming into work early, and working through lunch to get home and start this vicious cycle all over again. These sustained patterns over time may lead to chronic fatigue and eventually burnout if individuals don’t learn how to develop and access tools to catch the early warning signs and start making positive healthy changes.
Learn how to become more dynamic, focused, and engaging for your team of learners. Also, learn how to elevate these characteristics in others. In this speech Jen shares easy to implement strategies for daily physical activity, mind-body connection, and making healthy food choices as part of a daily foundation in achieving bigger goals.
When colleagues incorporate positive sustained strategies to increase daily activity, practice mindfulness, and make thoughtful food choices, together everyone in your community achieves more.
Norris School District: August 2017 “It’s Time To Raise The Bar With EduNinja Nutrition, Movement, Mindfulness”
We’re all capable of becoming EduNinjas! This speech empowers people to elevate their personal wellness using The EduNinja Mindset. Jen shares personal stories and reflective practices that reveal how personal and professional obstacles can be turned into strengths. Audience members learn skills that help them live stronger both inside and out and what it means to be an “ EduNinja” both in and out of the classroom by pushing yourself to your limits while maintaining a positive work life balance.
1. Gain strength in your story by looking at how past obstacles can be developed into strengths.
2. Size up the “course” or school year by setting goals with soul.
3. Make nutrition, movement, and mindfulness your strong foundation.
4. Grit and commit daily by being a ninja day in and day out.
5. Learn from failure and come out stronger.
6. Raise the bar. Raise your mindset.
7. Say “yes” to building community and sharing your learning.
- Work life balance
- Stress management for teachers, students, and families
- Nutrition, movement, mindfulness, and mindset tools
- Kinesthetic activities for the classroom
John Skretta, Ed.D. Superintendent of The Norris School District: “The Norris staff was thrilled to host Jennifer Burdis, AKA the EduNinja. Jen brings tremendous positivity and authentic enthusiasm to her work. At Norris, we have sustained a commitment to healthful practices to promote great education outcomes and a positive culture for students and staff. Sustaining that commitment requires having examples to aspire toward, and Jen offers this for all of us.
One of the great aspects of bringing Jen in as a speaker is she defies the normal convention of a consultant – she does not condescend or preach at her audience – instead, she engages colleagues and dignifies teachers through a heartfelt personal message and inspiring example. Furthermore, Jen fosters relationships with teachers through social media and her Professional Learning Network, or PLN. She wants educators to forge that connection with her and for all of us to succeed, together.”
Brian Maschmann Ed.D. Norris School District Assistant Superintendent:
“Jen Burdis’ journey from being a student, to an athlete, to an instructional leader has demonstrated her work ethic that inspires others. Her educational path was more difficult, as she shares, because she learned differently than other kids in school, having dyslexia, and then learning how to train her brain how to learn. By sharing her story, she inspires others, like me, to share about my own learning difficulties and how to overcome them.
She is known for her hard work through college, as a volleyball player, as an American Ninja Warrior, and now for her book, The EduNinja Mindset. I am inspired by her journey as a fellow educator, and am excited to share her story with others.”
CUE Conference November 2016: “Whole Child Approach to a Healthier Classroom: Empowering Educators to Lead From Within: A Guide To Creating a Culture Of Health At Your School Through Physical Activity, Brain Breaks, Kinesthetic Lessons, Nutrition, And Mindfulness”
Administrators and teachers know it’s important for students to take brain breaks at school to be healthier, happier, and more focused on their learning. The real question is: Are administrators and teachers taking time to follow their own advice? Educators are known for working endlessly at school, often times at the expense of own their well-being. They sacrifice lunch periods to answer emails or get the next big project planned. Often these leaders are the ones who need to be reminded to stop, check in, and see if they are truly modeling the healthy behaviors we want our students to emulate. Learn how to create a collaborative health and wellness team at your school to support a sustainable positive school culture and environment.
- Creating positive school culture
- Health and wellness
- Collaborative learning
- Developing school leaders
To learn more about developing the EduNinja Mindset with your team email firstname.lastname@example.org
EduNinja™ Fit Teachers: Empowering teachers to use a growth mindset when practicing kinesthetic techniques, sound nutritional habits, and mindfulness tools to meet the needs of the whole teacher and whole child.
EduNinja™ Hiking Adventure Club: Motivating hikers of all fitness levels to meet up early Saturday mornings for invigorating hikes throughout the county. It’s a great way to start the weekend off right.
EduNinja™ Classroom: Providing kinesthetic, nutrition, and mindfulness resources for teachers to access and apply to their classroom.