1. What is the value of these workshops?
The workshops have been developed by experts in the Person Centered Approach, people with over 70 years of combined professional development, and long hours of rigorous personal development, as well as many years of implementation and refinement with customers. What clients today are receiving is a well developed and proven design, with results that offset the costs exponentially. Education Transformations workshops not only help participants solve the immediate issues that they bring, but also teach the skills for successful management of future concerns. The skills we teach are applicable in all situations, and will last a lifetime. Once learned, our facilitation is no longer necessary. Developing people is a necessity that produces results, and our satisfaction comes from working ourselves out of a job.
2. What are the benefits of using the Person Centered Approach (PCA)?
PCA is a way of communicating and relating with others such that all parties feel heard, respected and valued. By using this as a primary communication approach in the classroom, students will feel safer to participate and experiment with ideas and creative endeavors. PCA also: develops greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence; supports critical thinking; eliminates judgement and blame; allows students to experience their ideas being valued.
3. How can PCA help me with Common Core?
1) Teachers need to work in teams now more than ever, to understand what is expected of them, to implement the CC standards, and to support each other through a very substantial and significant school culture shift. PCA will help teachers develop the needed communication skills for these team efforts to be most successful.
2) Part of the CC standards is expecting students to struggle with and find their own answers. Teachers will need patience and comfort with ambiguity, in order to trust in this process of discovery, as their students work through their challenges. PCA fosters an environment of openness, empathy and respect, which makes it safe for student discovery to unfold and thrive.
4. How does Education Transformations make schools and classrooms safer?
We teach the Person Centered Approach (PCA) to teachers and faculty so that they can teach and model it to the students. PCA eliminates the need for blame and judgements, fostering open communication and personal responsibility. When you have an environment that incorporates all these things, students feel safer to be themselves, to think outside the box, and to be more considerate towards others. It gives teachers a way to address bullying behavior and explore differences in the classroom community, thereby reducing the incidences of bullying on campus and in the classroom.
5. Why are the workshops so lengthy?
Personal and professional development requires spaced repetition to be effective. Adult Learning Theory states that people learn what they want to learn when they are ready to learn it, and there are no overnight transformations. Our workshops are experiential in nature, working with real life issues through role-playing and other techniques. Change happens through consistent attention to ineffective patterns and behaviors, bringing to consciousness these behaviors that are not working, and replacing them with more effective alternatives. This just takes time; that is the nature of growth. Additionally, Education Transformations offers year long support after their workshops, to help keep teachers on track with their growth and professional goals.
6. Can I receive CEUs or Graduate level credits for your programs?
You can earn Graduate Level Semester Extension units (SEMs) for our workshops, through our accreditation with the SDSU and USD college extension programs. These graduate level units, unlike many district class’s CEUs, will stay on your college transcripts wherever you go in the US.
7. Who are your programs for?
Our programs are for seasoned educators, new teachers, lead teachers, department heads, counselors, aides, principals, and those who want to:
invigorate their passion and enthusiasm;
strengthen their commitment; and
engage their students powerfully.
8. Will my school fund me?
Many schools will support a teacher’s professional development, check with your principal. Also, we offer custom school wide programs, for which the schools will pay. If you think this is a program that would benefit your school community, share this with your principal.
9. My time with students is limited and my curriculum is extensive. How can I possibly add teaching communication and life skills along with everything else I have to teach?
Disruptive behaviors will always interrupt classroom teaching time. The more effective a teacher is in resolving conflicts and redirecting behaviors, the more time they will have for teaching. Once these skills are developed by the teacher, and modeled to the students, a classroom culture of responsibility and community is organically created, and becomes the way teachers and students operate together on a daily basis. Thus a less disrupted and therefore more effective learning environment exists, and communication and life skill learning is incorporated automatically.
10. I thought Carl Rogers was a psychotherapist. Are you expecting teachers to be therapists?
In Rogers’ later years, he recognized the value of PCA as a general model for all good relationships. He was particularly interested in education, and even today his influence is apparent in many of the models one finds in a student centered environment. Teachers generally are called upon to go beyond the scope of academics in their classrooms, often providing emotional guidance and counseling of a personal nature for their students, and PCA helps teachers provide for that need. So while teachers are not therapists, they will more easily and effectively be able to teach and support the development of Life Skills for students using the PCA model.