Monday, June 17, 2013

Old Saying, "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!"

We were thinking about the above saying that was widely distributed a few years ago.  It might be improved by saying, "I don't want to be part of the problem, but I really don't know how to be part of a solution".  Doesn't that make sense when we hash and rehash the problems in our schools and communities and then realize that it's all just TALK with no idea or concerted effort to solve the problems?  Even the news media will invest time, treasure and talent toward initiatives like "Education Nation" where they have days of speakers and conversations but rarely a call to action about how to actually do something toward solving the problems.  As a teacher, I get so tired of just talk!!!  I am sure that is why Jim and I spend so much time creating steps and vital behaviors that are practical and proven toward school improvement.  You don't need more talk.  You LIVE in the problems! But, what should we actually DO ???
IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS WE WILL BE EXPLORING THIS FURTHER AND WILL WELCOME YOUR THOUGHTS AND INPUT.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Top Shift inThinking Towards REAL Social Change

A secret to improving school culture & climate is found in changing your mindset about student leadership from engaging only the "traditional" leaders in a school to empowering the "influencers" in your school.  We just completed our new "How-To" manual about a real process to do just that!  Our campaigns deliver a call-to-action to the influencers.  It's the "Influencers" whose power just may be hiding in plain sight!!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Renewed Interest

We are excited about a number of requests and renewed interest in the Social Norms approach to prevention, but especially in the areas of education. Many teachers, principals and school personnel are tired of doing the same old programs that give teachers all the responsibility and leaves out the very stakeholders that could truly change the culture and climate of a school! I think Jim's book has really given a clear picture of how campaigns across the country have impacted schools and communities as he gives many lessons wrapped in stories. We are compiling a manual of how-to's that will complement out trainings and will empower the students to continue their efforts for years to come.