THE EMPOWERMENT EDUCATION REVOLUTION!
Be a part of a global shift into a healthy and empowering educational system where we design schools where everyone thrives.
PARTICIPATE in the harvesting of the information that goes into the healthy and empowering educational system.
DONATE to keep the movement alive.
ADVOCATE for students and teachers who want to experience the new paradigm of learning and need support.
GOALS OF THE MOVEMENT
1-To do a major grassroots research project (by young people and the people who work with and parent them) that culminates into a new DECLARATION OF EDUCATION based in the open-sourced new-paradigm Empowerment Education Framework that will challenge the old system of education to shift into a system that results in all students thriving physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
2-To ENROLL at least 1 million students, teachers, parents, administrators and educational leaders to join by participating in the Empowerment Education Revolution (The Movement) so that we have W.E.L.L Kids NOW® (Well, Empowered, heart-centered, self-Leaders, who love to learn, love life, and are living their Legacy NOW).
3-To unleash a tidal wave of new learning environments over the next 10 years that change how students learn in schools and provide the tipping point for the shift in the educational system. (By 2025?)
i.b.mee. is proud to be serving as the central hub of the W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® by Evolving the Education System Movement so that WE can set a new standard and bring to life a healthy and empowering educational system.
The Movement includes 3 phases. (For more detailed information, please read our MOVEMENT DETAILS.)
Phase 1 – 1988-2018 – Research and Development
- Foundational research to develop the first draft of the Empowerment Education Framework.
- Applied research in schools in Asheville NC with teachers, administrators, counselors, and with all ages of students to develop the W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® System which is how we train and coach people to shift into the new paradigm of Empowerment Education.
- Pilot the W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® System in a high school in Asheville NC.
- Form a Movement Advisory Team to “approve” the strategic plan for the movement over a 2 year period.
- Partner with Martin Richards a certified coach from Sweden to help lead the Movement.
Phase 2 – 2019 – PREPARE for the W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® by Evolving the Education System MOVEMENT
- Expand our training and coaching to include more students, teachers and coaches through a virtual training and coaching platform.
- Design and market a phone APP that would connect students and teacher to live certified W.E.L.L. Coaches, collaborative empowerment learning groups, and training modules. (LEARN MORE – Page 21 )
- Update and grow our “Coaches for Education Association” – C4E-A
- Begin the Empowerment Education for W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® PODCAST.
- Begin the WORLD CAFE for Educators Zoom Conferences
Phase 3 – 2020 – Launch of the W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® by Evolving the Education System MOVEMENT
- Begin 30 to Thrive Zoom, Youtube, Facebook, and Blogspot radio podcasts.
- 30 to Thrive is a series of 30 minute interview podcasts that pick the brains and hearts of the great new-paradigm educational minds of our time. “In 30 minutes, you will gain the Principles of Success that will help shift the education system into the new healthy and empowering paradigm.”
- It will bring recognition to the movement and be the basis for our Research Study #2
- Continue acquiring research and participation from the World Cafe for Educators (on Zoom) we call Our Voice Counts.
- Educators meet on Zoom with a “trained facilitator to talk about where and how education should evolve. The information discussed will be a part of the research study.
- Launch My Voice Counts.
- My Voice Counts is a survey located online that asks our target market questions about how to change the education system. http://ibmee.org/tell-your-education-stories/
- Launch the Play or Pay Social Media Movement in summer 2020 via FB, Instagram and Twitter, Youtube, and BLOGS/VLOGS
- Begin certifying schools and other education entities in Empowerment Education so they can be known as W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® Centers. The Centers will be a total system of wellness, empowerment, heart-centered leadership and learning for young people. They will provide an inside-out systems approach to change that will support the shift of the local public school system into a healthy and empowering system and serve as models for other community learning centers.
- Have the Movement foundational programs ready to go.
- Coaches for Education are ready and more are being trained.
- WKN by Evolving the Education System social media outlets are growing and are interactive.
- Empowerment Education for WKN Podcast is up and running and we have at least 6 episodes under our belt and great educational leaders on board to talk with.
- 30 To Thrive is up and running and is attracting thousands of listeners.
- Our Voice Counts is up and running and has hundreds of participants.
- Begin a new project roll-out called The GLobal Empowerment Education Conference for 2021. (GLEE Conference online)
Bottom-line is that we know that the educational system is the place that we can empower our next generation of children to be healthy, resilient, confident, fulfilled, and positively contributing individuals in our communities no matter what their challenges are.
It all comes down to
HOW ADULTS SET UP HEALTHY AND EMPOWERING ENVIRONMENTS AND CONNECT WITH YOUNG PEOPLE!
As we SHIFT the old survival of the fittest, out-come focused, competitive educational system to an healthy and empowering one where children can be themselves and learn and grow with freedom, positive values, and without judgement, we will see a tremendous positive shift into a sustainable, peaceful and healthy world.
WHY THE W.E.L.L. Kids NOW® MOVEMENT?
Unfortunately, young people are not W.E.L.L. They are involved in “The Big 3” major epidemics.
(1) Chronic Disease – Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death for 5-14 year olds.1
(2) Violence (Bullying-Crime-Incarceration) – In 2011, 707,212 young people ages 10 to 24 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from physical assaults;2 during a single year, an estimated 2.1 million youth under the age of 18 are arrested in the United States. 3
(3) Suicide (Quitting-Depression-Addiction) – Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 12-24 year olds and 3rd leading cause of death for 5-12 year olds. 4
2 Main Reasons Why We Have These Epidemics:
1-Globally in 2014, 1 billion children aged 2-17 years experienced physical, sexual, emotional, or multiple types of violence.5 Every year in the U.S., more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children.6 We are in an epidemic of the unintentional disempowering treatment of young people in our world today. Research has just in the last fifteen years given us a clear understanding of negative effects of abuse. The human brain and nervous system are hardwired for connection (“I need to feel seen, heard and valued for who I am.”) and belonging (“I need you to like me and I need to be a part of something.”), so when young people experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or disconnections, it increases sensitivity to environmental stimuli and the fight, flight or freeze response.7 Continuously living in a reactive, fearful state without appropriate connections results in decreases in healthy mental, physical and emotional development and the inability to form safe, stable, and supportive relationships.8 (“The Big 3”.)
2-The inherent “systematic trauma” from the archaic, industrialized, one-size-fits-all current educational system and philosophy is not designed to deal with the adverse effects of ACEs that 2/3rds of American students are coming to school with.9 In fact, our current public school educational philosophy is actually causing secondary trauma in our students. Students are developing disempowering beliefs about their abilities to learn and grow and that high levels of stress and overwhelm is the norm. “We are actually in a beliefs gap in our schools, not an achievement gap.10 The ramifications of this robotized, competitive, outcome-based system has created a current generation of disconnected students and teachers that are unhappy and unhealthy and are too unaware or scared to say and do anything about it. (need other data from other countries here). Thousands of high school students are dropping out of school. What if the reason students are dropping out has nothing to do with them, but that the system they are learning in is not working and we have not been listening?
Today, we have unequivocal evidence supporting that young people need safe, stable, supportive relationships and healthy and empowering environments, especially during times when they feel scared, unsure, or not OK to have the best chance of reaching their full potential.11 It is time to offer an educational system and philosophy where students (and teachers) wake up every day as empowered partners excited to attend because they can’t wait to have another experience of how their gifts and skills will come alive in healthy ways and contribute to their personal growth and the greater good NOW. (i.b.mee.)
It is time to offer an educational system and philosophy where all the people working, learning and playing there are “fully at ease with themselves and with their colleagues, brimming with enthusiasm and energy. Nobody wears a mask or pretends to be someone they are not. Everybody is using their talents to the fullest and seems incredibly alive.”12
A system that is not just about education for all so young people can move from surviving to just getting by; it’s about education for all that moves young people from surviving and just getting by, to THRIVING. It’s about ensuring that our young people learn, live, love and lead in healthy and empowering environments with caring and inspiring adults who intentionally empower them.
Contact us for more information and your ideas.
1Leading Causes of Death: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr65/nvsr65_05.pdf
2 Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Webbased Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. (2010). [cited 2012 Oct 19] Available from www.cdc.gov/injury. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv-datasheet-a.pdf
5Hillis S, Mercy J, Amobi A, et al. Global Prevalence of Past-year Violence Against Children: A Systematic Review and Minimum Estimates. Pediatrics. 2016;137(3):e20154079
7CDC, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Adverse Childhood Experience Study https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/index.html
8https://www.samhsa.gov/capt/practicing-effective-prevention/prevention-behavioral-health/adverse-childhood-experiences and https://vetoviolence.cdc.gov/apps/phl/resource_center_infographic.html and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4090696/ and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4415131/ and https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/03/02/387007941/take-the-ace-quiz-and-learn-what-it-does-and-doesnt-mean and https://www.aap.org/en-us/documents/ttb_aces_consequences.pdf and https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/infographics/the-truth-about-aces.html and http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/12/21/peds.2011-2663 and http://www.columbia.edu/itc/hs/medical/residency/peds/new_compeds_site/pdfs_new/PL1%20new%20readings/the_lifelong_effects_ofearly_childhood_adversity.pdf
9Unlocking the Door to Learning: Trauma-Informed Classrooms & Transformational Schools, Maura McInerney, Esq. Senior Staff Attorney, Amy McKlindon, M.S.W. Education Law Center
10Dr. Steve Perry Principal, Keynote Speaker at the KnowledgeWorks’ Experience Conference, March of 2017
11https://developingchild.harvard.edu/ and https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childmaltreatment/essentials.html and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5178870/ and http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X13002449 and http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X13002723 and https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/essentials_for_childhood_framework.pdf
12Laloux, Frederick; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcS04BI2sbk and http://www.reinventingorganizations.com/uploads/2/1/9/8/21988088/140305_laloux_reinventing_organizations.pdf and http://www.reinventingorganizations.com/