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Empowering Educators: Growth Mindset for a Transformative Classroom

This Empowering Educators workshop offers opportunities for educators and students to learn together about transformative ways to support learning and change within schools and classrooms. Teachers are encouraged to bring a student interested in learning more about the strategies presented.  Participants will explore experiential exercises that promote the integration of learning and personal growth.

In 2010, 1 in 5 children in the United States had a mental health disorder. Fortunately, research indicates that school-based preventive interventions aimed at improving social and emotional outcomes can improve academic outcomes.  In this workshop, you will acquire techniques to facilitate reflection, insight, openness, and self-awareness that can help students to access their own knowledge, worth, ability, and desire to contribute to their community and their own health and happiness.  

Dr. Ross' research indicates that transformation is only partially complete when the Hero's Journey ends; that there is a hidden half of transformation. Consider taking a quiz to learn where you are in the multi-year process of becoming an entirely new you.


Goals of the workshop:

  • to learn together about how to create the context for transformation, growth, and change within schools and classrooms

  • to learn specific skills and strategies to facilitate transformation, growth, and change

  • to explore experiential exercises that promote the integration of learning and personal growth


Key objectives (Participants will be able to:)

  • participants will learn the 4 golden rules of facilitating that promotes transformation and growth 

  • participants will learn the 3 types of facilitation of transformation and growth

  • participants will learn 4 critical experiential session debriefing questions 



Maximum Educator Participants: 25

Maximum Student Participants: 15

Deadline for Registration: January 16, 2016



Important Instructions for all participants:

  • Attending educators are responsible for arranging for student attendance based upon own district’s protocol for Student Field Trip Permission.  2 copies of the signed and dated permission slips need to accompany the arrival of the teacher with the student.  




Dr. Susan Ross bio:

Dr. Suzy Ross is the Director of Recreation Therapy and Complementary and Alternative Medicine at San Jose State University. Her primary research examines the underlying archetypal pattern of personal transformation and is the subject of her forthcoming book, “The Map to Wholeness: Finding Yourself through Crisis, Change, and Reinvention.” Dr. Ross has several published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has spoken at conferences across diverse disciplines in local, state, national and international conferences. As a consultant she provides support to healthcare agencies and to individuals in private practice. As a therapist, she specializes in the treatment of women survivors of sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, veterans, and adventure therapy. In partnership with indigenous elders, Dr. Ross leads study abroad to ancient Peruvian Inka sites to facilitate both Recreation Therapy and the recovery of indigenous wisdom through sacred play. Suzy lives close to the ocean and loves to be immersed in nature.


About Dr. Rona Zollinger:

Rona Zollinger, Empowering Educators Program Manager and Facilitator for the New Leaf Collaborative, finds inspiration in the process of imagining educational environments that nurture connections between teachers, students, communities and the earth. In addition to her after-hours workshop facilitation, she works as the College and Career Pathways Coordinator for Martinez Unified School District. For the last decade, she facilitated a transdisciplinary curriculum for at-risk youth where students and community leaders worked in concert for learning and change. She was recently the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year and a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.



Supporting Quotes:

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have is to give that of your own self-transformation.” -Lao Tsu


“Transformation is an ongoing process that tends to appear ordinary, when, in fact, something extraordinary is taking place.” - Suzy Ross, Map to Wholeness


“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” --A Course in Miracles, T-16.IV.6