The W.E.L.L. Lab: A Coaching Center as an Alternative to Suspension
The U.S. suspended 3.5 million students in-school, 3.45 million students out-of-school and expelled 130,000 students in just a single year. These individuals are at a greater risk for ending up in jail, sick, or even dead. Suspensions are associated with negative student outcomes such as lower academic performance, higher rates of dropout, failure to graduate on time, decreased academic engagement, and not being able to form future meaningful relationships and functional families. Each child who drops out, uses drugs and becomes a career criminal costs the taxpayers 2.5 million dollars. Research shows that what is needed is a safe place for students to process emotions and stress, build appropriate sensory input strategies and positive references, learn to self-regulate and set meaningful, reachable goals, engage in restorative justice practices, and develop cognitive, social, and emotional skills that effectively transfer back into the classroom and into their lives in their community.
i.b.mee. Substitute Teachers for Primary and Secondary School
Using our research-based “Principles of Success” and integrating innovative new educational paradigm research, our W.E.L.L. Coaches (who are trained educators) will work with your classroom for the day. The classroom teachers leave the main academic standard they want their students to learn and then the W.E.L.L. Coach brings it to life in a dynamic way. They will engage students in real-life conversations and activities that build social and emotional intelligence, wellness, personal empowerment, self-leadership, self-discipline, internal safety, awareness, and intrinsic motivation to learn and contribute. Teachers and students co-create common classroom language, values, guidelines, empowerment and conflict resolution techniques, 21st-century skills and concepts, and strong “family-like” relationships. Created by teachers, for teachers, our classroom community-time activities provide a unique opportunity for students to truly connect with their peers bringing out their interests, feelings, perspectives, and needs which promotes higher brain learning mode and engagement. These relationships, concepts, and skills become the foundation of the W.E.L.L. Classroom.
Students learn more when Activities turn work into passions and play!
Teacher Empowerment: The W.E.L.L. Classroom
The Teacher Empowerment Coaching program, just in the design of the program itself, supports teachers in learning and sustaining the most current trauma-informed, resilience-building, personal empowerment research practices today. School Districts and principals who want their teachers to become truly effective in these skills can call on our Teachers Empowerment Coaches to support them in the classroom in implementing teacher methodologies for empowering all their students even the most troubled. Each teacher receives in-real-time classroom coaching from an Empowerment Coach. The two become a team for transforming whatever is needed. -No evaluations -No “have to’s”. Instead, there is an ART and SCIENCE to this shift. The science of the “why” and “how” to truly be empowered is mixed with the art of the teacher’s personality and gifts come together to create their own W.E.L.L. classroom.
Teacher E-Coaching is part of the W.E.L.L. Lab or can be an individualized program for certain teachers who are ready.
Secondary Student Empowerment: Live Your Legacy Leadership Experience
Most middle school and high school students live with toxic stress that affects their choices, health, and levels of success. School is a place that we can teach teens how to deal with the stressors in their lives and set goals that truly work and are enjoyable. i.b.mee.’s W.E.L.L. Coach, Dr. Meg Hanshaw works with the Principal and a teacher (health, PE, or counselor) to develop and implement an empowerment course/program that covers the Principles of Success of i.b.mee.’s W.E.L.L. System curriculum. The foundational framework of the W.E.L.L. System is based in coaching science and includes learning concepts and skills in wellness, personal emotional and mental resiliency, process goal setting, finding and living your purpose, peer coaching, and setting boundaries to name a few (Leadership). The first year (or 2) involves a lesson-by-lesson development process until the school’s individualized program is complete.
Consulting for Trauma-Informed, Person-Centered Schools
If your school is ready to move forward with creating an environment that is truly healthy and empowered for your students and staff in the new educational paradigm, then contact us to consult with you to discuss what you are wanting. Dr. Meg Hanshaw will help you create your plan that meets you where you are and then help you implement it! She will meet with the key stakeholders of the school to determine and implement healthy, empowered and W.E.L.L. ways of being (processes and systems) in the school.
Dr. Hanshaw also does speaking engagements on different Empowerment Education topics for PTO’s, schools, teachers, and students to help them understand what empowerment is and why it is important to develop these skills.
Speaking for PTO’s and your Teaching Staff