Friday, August 31, 2012


MOST SCHOOLS are well underway and we have heard from many teachers and administrators who are now evaluating standardized test scores from last spring.  Many are not satisfied.  Reading the data for schools that have implemented Time To Teach!, I am amazed at how test scores have increased!  A California middle school reports going from 30% to 90% on the math section after only a few years of teachers being trained in Time To Teach!  Additionally, principals report reduction of discipline referrals by 70% and an 80-90% decrease in pesky, low-level behaviors in actual classrooms.  They are reporting that they are much more able to be in classrooms and connecting with students than spending time on discipline matters.  Teachers are reporting having more time to do what they love and are finding so much more reward and satisfaction and aren't so exhausted when they get home.  Contrary to popular belief, teachers have lives and very interesting and important lives at that!!!

As administrators and teachers continue to search for ways to help students improve test scores, many are finding the actual data of Time To Teach! schools fascinating.  It’s NOT that the adults in schools aren’t working hard; they are giving so much time and energy in efforts to help students be successful and, in many cases, are exhausted!  So, let me encourage you to look at the actual data, consider how a one-day training would look if implemented at your school and make an informed decision to finally INVEST in a proven strategy that would truly make a difference in test scores, productivity, less wasted time and energy and renewed interest and excitement by students and the adults!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Making It Happen!

Teachers and principals have indicated that they would love to have staff trained in Time To Teach! but express concern regarding limited budgets.  Here’s an idea…leverage costs by inviting another school or other schools to join you and share the costs for the one day training!  It is what many schools across the country are doing and are seeing great results. 
Contact us to talk about the many possibilities.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Time To Teach! Teach with passion, manage with compassion.

The best marketers are advising businesses that most people want products that are “quick, cheap and easy”, while still expecting the same level of quality as in the past.  The image that quick, cheap and easy conjures up doesn’t sit well with us because it implies a sub-standard product.  While that mentality may be something we sometimes feel forced to live with, such as in the educational world, we would encourage you to reframe it differently.  Instead of quick, think “time-efficient”.  Instead of cheap, substitute the word, “cost-effective”.  For the word easy, replace it with “doable” and “manageable”.  This reframe allows us to maintain high standards even with limited resources of time, treasures and talent.

Time To Teach! is an evidence-based strategy that accommodates limited time because it is a one-day training that returns to teachers’ valuable instructional time almost immediately.  Additionally, it is very cost-effective, requiring only the standard training fee and the Training Resource Manual.  Thirdly, implementation is very doable and manageable as teachers report utilizing the concepts and skills the very next day.

Your influence and impact with your students is priceless.  Don’t settle for quick, cheap and easy!  Learn more.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Back To Work!!!

Next week I will be presenting a workshop at the annual National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) in Indianapolis.  The theme of the conference is "Leading the Way" and I will be encouraging participants to be bold and to try something different.  My presentation will focus on empowering youth to Lead the Way to improve conditions and address school culture and risky teen behavior. 

I am an advocate for putting youth in the driver's seat instead of the back seat.  Adults can navigate and help steer through rough patches in the road,  however the majority of the driving should be done by the next generation of decision-makers.  Examples of this type of movement that we hav been involved in include: 
(1.) youth in Montana reclaimed an area around the high school football field where adults drank while watching the football games,
(2.) students at a Pennsylvania high school successfully negotiated for a "Homework Free Wednesday" once per month at a school who was addressing a serious stress problem,
(3.) Texas students took charge of creating new traditions to replace previously banned activities and events by changing student behavior and increasing personal responsibility and
(4.) a Massachusetts "Take it Back Night" was led by youth who challenged adults in the community to face a generational problem of alcohol and heroin abuse.

Young people across the country represent an often untapped power.  Youth can provide a resource for change when we enlist them in seeking solutions through authentic work, to address any number of issues facing our schools and communities.