WHO WE ARE IN THIS GROUP We welcome educators: teachers, counsellors, headteachers and principals. And we are open to members of the public who wish to talk about education.
The founder of this group, Martin Richards is a life-long educator. But it’s not about him, or the co-leaders Meg Hanshaw PhD or Konstantina Kanaroglou. It’s about YOU.
WHY WE DO THIS We see students who struggle and give up. We see students who fail school and turn to drugs or crime, or settle for a smaller life. We see students who do not know who they are, or what they want or how to reach for it. And their school years are limited.
We want to see students who don’t give up. We want to see students who succeed. We want to see students who know who they are, what they want and how to reach for it.
As experienced educators, trainers, coaches and facilitators, we wondered, how can educators support students, wake them up and help them take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that their school years hold for them?
We think we have found four key skills that will help educators do this. We believe that these meetings will support educators ongoing professional and personal development so that they, in turn, can support students to live rich and rewarding lives.
Have you ever tried to convince your students to do something that's important for their future?
You know that 'telling them what to do' is not successful. There is a better way.
These meetings are about you. And your students. And their futures. And how you can communicate with them and give them the best lives possible.
• By coming to these meetings you will develop your skills for working with students, and see with growing wonder and amazement how wonderful your relationship with your students can be. • These are the most important conversations that you will ever have. They are about the leadership that's needed in the classroom.
WHAT WE DO We hold two kinds of meetings. Some are open, free and open to all educators. Others are structured and for paying participants only.
Open Meetings These are monthly and free. • We share our experiences of working in education and discover which skills we want to develop. • We share the joy of having great relationships with students • We share the challenges of developing relationships with students • What you will get from these meetings is a deepening connection with those you work with and increasing joy from working as an educator. • What we do in these meetings is easy and hard. Easy to learn, hard to do. That's why we have these free monthly meetings, to continue to support your professional and personal development from the skills training meetings.
WHAT WE DO, in detail There are two free meetings every month 1) "Listening from the Heart" We connect with like-minded people in facilitated conversations and share the benefits of listening from the heart. 2) "DEMO" We demonstrate how to listen from the heart.
Structured Meetings Not lessons, but you will learn. These monthly courses are facilitated by professional coaches. There is a small fee for these. There are two series of monthly meetings. 3) "The BASIC Course", there are four meetings in this series. For full details, check the description 4) "The SKILLS Course", there are four meetings in this series. For full details, check the description
WHAT WE DO, in detail • We train teachers to listen from their hearts so that they, at last, can hear what their students are saying, and be better able to support them in waking up and helping them take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that their school years hold for them • In these meetings, we practice the four most important leadership skills in education - listening, asking questions, building relationships and self-management. • Each month we focus on one of the four key skills - listening, asking questions, building relationships and self-management. • We spend most of the time practising the selected skill and reflecting on our learning.
WHAT HAPPENS in our Structured Meetings? These aren’t lessons, or webinars, or anything like what you may have experienced before unless you have experienced flipped lessons or experiential learning! At the start, the facilitators briefly share their experiences, then in small and larger groups, you will practice and practice the skill. As your skills develop, problems fade away, new possibilities appear, courage grows. At the end, you will reflect on your learning, and choose how you will continue to develop. The first series is called BASIC, followed by the SKILLS series which is more challenging. You are welcome to attend the free meetings in between the course meetings to support your ongoing development.
THE PATH If there is a path, we think it looks like this: Listening from the Heart > DEMO > BASIC (1-4) > SKILLS (1-4)
And for some educators, it looks like this: Listening from the Heart > Listening from the Heart > Listening from the Heart > BASIC 1 > Listening from the Heart > DEMO > BASIC 2 > Listening from the Heart > BASIC 3 > Listening from the Heart > DEMO > BASIC 4 > Listening from the Heart > etc
WHO LEADS THIS The founder is Martin Richards. He is a life-long educator, experienced facilitator and a certified professional life coach. He taught Mathematics to teenagers and English to adults. Outside of his work as a consultant, he has given inspirational talks called "Making Choices to be Proud of" to thousands of teenagers, every month for ten years in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has learned what works.
Co-leaders Meg Hanshaw PhD is a board-certified coach and educational systems-change consultant who founded the nonprofit i.b.mee. (I Be Me) located in Asheville North Carolina USA. i.b.mee. is a trauma-informed coaching, training and consulting company that specializes in preventing and reversing the root causes of toxic stress in education so all students thrive in school, relationships, career and life. Konstantina Kanaroglou, founder of Leadership Coaching.gr who run workshops and accredited courses for Educators. Konstantina is a certified CPCC Co-Active coach and certified by the ICF. She is also a graduate of the Co- Active Leadership program and an ORSC practitioner.