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Bringing Out the Best in Students, Schools and Staff: From the Inside-Out

Appropriate for all educators

Course Description

The intent of this course is for educators to: be able to work and live with more peace of mind and well-being, less stress and better relationships; be more effective with their students and parents; help students improve behavior and learning by understanding the connection between their thinking and their experience. This course focuses on a new paradigm for prevention and education that changes lives, organizations and communities from the inside-out. It begins with where behavior and behavior change originate. Educators are helped to see their own and students’ experiences with “new eyes.”

Once seen, lives improve. Relationships among and between staff and students and parents are then affected positively. Then when a critical mass is reached the entire school community and organization is affected in a healthy way. This course shows how Health Realization draws out people’s innate health, wisdom and internal resilience. Its main focus is exploring three universal principles that combine to create people’s experience of life. The course shows how this understanding helps people to live in well-being and have healthier behaviors. It focuses on the health of the educator. Since most of what transpires in education occurs from the outside-in, this course is designed to challenge assumptions. Learn how this approach was applied successfully at the Thatcher Brook Primary School.

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Required Books:

[Note: Required books should be ordered ahead of time from publisher by calling numbers provided below.]

•    Pransky, J. (2003). Prevention from the Inside-Out. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse. 888-519-5121
•    Pransky, J. (2001). Parenting from the Heart. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse. 888-519-5121
•    Pransky, J. & Carpenos, L. (2000). Healthy thinking/feeling/doing from the inside out: A middle school curriculum for the prevention of violence, abuse and other problem behaviors. Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press. 802-247-3132.
•    Pransky J. (2008; 2006). Somebody Should Have Told Us!: (Simple Truths for Living Well). Strategic. [available from instructor at first class]

About the Instructors

Jack Pransky, Ph.D. Jack is a national and international consultant, speaker, and author who has worked in the fi eld of prevention and community organizing since 1968. He authored Somebody Should Have Told Us!; Healthy Thinking/ Feeling/ Doing from the Inside Out: A Middle School Curriculum and Guide for the Prevention of Violence, Abuse, and other Problem Behaviors; Parenting from the Heart; Prevention from the Inside-out; and others. Jack now specializes in prevention from the inside-out, and specifi cally in “Health Realization.” In 2004 he won the Vermont Prevention Pioneers Award.