Newsletter: Feb 22, 2022

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We've definitely been busy lately! We are doing monthly staff training for the Yavapai County High School where we're exploring the power of CLRS and the use of emotional intelligence. The staff there is VERY tuned-in to the needs of their students and is hungry for new approaches.

Prescott Unified School District is having teacher training today and their teachers choose the programs they want to attend. Our program was so popular that we're running TWO sessions about CLRS. We're also working with PUSD as they develop a new and exciting SEL program for the fall. We plan to be part of that program!

And finally, our first online course will be available in March! It has been a real learning curve for us to develop the course (this was our third version) in a way that would actually support online learning. We're excited to be in the final stage of reviewing everything in the course. Watch for an announcement in March!!

Uncertainty and Resilience

When we speak with groups, we always begin by asking people how they are feeling right in this moment, and to share that with the group.

“How are you feeling right now?”

It’s a simple question, and it would seem at first glance that there are some simple answers: “I feel good.” “I feel fine.” “I’m OK.”

Or, if someone is really brave, they’ll say “I feel a little nervous right now.” Of course they do! They didn’t know that they would be asked to “expose” their feelings out loud to a group of their peers or a group of strangers. That’s scary stuff! Anyone on their right mind would be “a little nervous” doing that!

This simple question exposes the difficulty in discussing our emotional lives. We don’t even have the vocabulary to describe our feelings in useful detail — over three-quarters of the people we talk to have a hard time coming up with a “feeling” word.

A New Approach for Educators

Applied Emotional Intelligence Skills for Educators

We know that students and teachers are feeling unprecedented levels of stress, uncertainty, and anxiety. Our tools will help you re-establish and reconnect in meaningful ways with your students, colleagues, friends, and family.

We are currently booking training for the fall 2022 semester. We can work with your school or district with either teacher training or train-the-trainer programs.

If you have an existing SEL program, we work alongside that to provide training and practice in using Curiosity, Listening, Respect, and Support (CLRS).

Learn more on our website, or click below to have a conversation with us.

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Larry Levenson
Larry Levenson
Larry Levenson is the founder of Circle Dynamics Group and a national leader in training educators in emotional intelligence and the use of genuine listening and curiosity in conversations with students. He has a Master's degree in Human Development.

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