Tools For impacting Student Well-Being In The Classroom

  • Melissa Schreibstein George Mason University
  • Lewis Forrest George Mason University


Location: JC Room B

Navigating a fast-paced and complex world can strain student well-being given many of our studentsâ multifaceted lives (working, parenting, managing full course loads). This session is an opportunity for faculty to learn how to utilize evidence-based tools to make in-class time a valuable driver for student well-being. This highly interactive session will offer lessons on how to structure courses to incorporate well-being. The presenter will offer well-being resources such as guidelines, recommendations, and lessons learned from faculty at Mason and elsewhere. Data from a pre-post well-being competency used in academic courses that indicates studentsâ learning gains will be shared. This session will foster teaching collaboration as attendees will be encouraged to discuss their curricula and identify opportunities to embed well-being practices and/or content. The presenter will facilitate a dialogue on the realistic challenges to incorporating well-being into the classroom with the goal of helping faculty strategize ways to navigate those challenges.

Author Biographies

Melissa Schreibstein, George Mason University

Melissa Schreibstein is Director of Well-Being Programs for the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB) at George Mason University. As Director, Melissa manages CWB signature well-being programs and consults on the science and application of well-being across the university and in the greater Mason community. She also assists in the design and delivery of CWBâs leadership development and well-being executive and professional education programs. Prior to joining CWB, Melissa worked as a consultant to U.S. Army soldiers and leaders, also serving as Primary Instructor for the Master Resilience Training Course. She founded The Leadership Project, LCC, a leadership coaching and consulting practice that serves hardworking leaders and athletes in the D.C. metro area and across the United States. Melissa has more than 10 years of experience as a skilled coach and passionate facilitator, helping clients develop a mental edge, conquer obstacles, and thrive personally and professionally. Melissa completed coaching certification at George Mason in CWBâs Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being program. She holds ACC coach credentials from the International Coach Federation. Melissa studied positive psychology and resilience at the University of Pennsylvania when she became certified as a Level 4 Master Resilience Trainer for the U.S. Army. She received a masterâs degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her bachelorâs degree in psychology is from the George Washington University, where she captained the womenâs soccer team.

Lewis Forrest, George Mason University

Lewis E. Forrest II, is currently an Associate Dean for University Life at George Mason University. University Life supports every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation. It prepares Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. Within University Life, Lewis supervises three units and serves on several campus wide committees and initiatives. Many of the initiatives are specific to Well-Being and student engagement. He was previously the Executive Director of Masonâs Early Identification Program. He is an Alum of Mason (1996) receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in African-American Studies. In 2005 he received his Masterâs degree in Counseling and Development and was recognized by the College of Education and Human Development for outstanding achievement and academic excellence. He also has years of experience as a Professional School Counselor in Prince William County Public Schools.

10:30am-12:00pm Workshops