Schools and Transition
All are welcome to participate in this group that is dedicated to the exploration of using person centered approaches in schools and transition. Thank you for your contributions and please continue to share back your learning on your experiences both in terms of success and struggle.
Introducing Person Centered Practices in Schools
A friend, who is a board member at an area charter school, sees value in using person centered practices at his school to enhance support for all students. No one else on the board, faculty, or administration is familiar with person centered thinking and planning, so I’m looking for suggestions of how you have gained entry and made the case for person-centered approaches to an otherwise unfamiliar audience. Any resources that can be shared to demonstrate benefits would be wonderful! Thanks for your help!
I have done a number of PCT trainings for school professionals, tailoring the training to their specific needs and utilizing the key skills I think they will find most useful in the school and classroom environment. Being a former special educator as well as the parent of a young man who graduated from public school with an IEP gives me a degree of credibility with that audience. That credibility is, I think, an important component. The biggest issue I hear, particularly from special educators (but not excluding gen ed) is the concern about “behavior” and how to manage challenging behavior. Using PCT skills to help them explore what the behavior might mean makes sense to them; they will readily admit an “important FOR” bias. In my experience, the communication chart, and 4+1 (introduced after a strong introduction to Important TO/FOR and balance) gain interest and acceptance quickly and easily. I also use Good Day/Bad Day with educators.
I’ve found the one page description is a nice starting place to trigger some interest and help gain a foot in the door with schools and educators.
Mike Steinbruck is doing great work in the NJ schools and can give you some good direction as well.
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