August 2015

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Colorado School Counselor Association (CSCA).  Thank you CSCA and Matt Clemens!  Matt wrote a marketing plan for BrainWise as part of his MBA studies at the University of Colorado.  He found that school counselors were large users of BrainWise, and we are excited that our submission, “BrainWise:  Teaching K-12 Students Executive Functions and SEL” will be presented at the annual Colorado School Counselors’ Association (CSCA) conference.  The conference, titled   Superheroes in Education, will be held in Colorado Springs on November 11-13th.  Samantha Haviland, PhD, Director of Counseling Support Services at Denver Public Schools and Presenter Liaison for CSCA said that the review committee had received an overwhelming number of presentations, and congratulated us on our acceptance.  We will present an overview of BrainWise and outcomes that include Colorado State University’s Christine Cerbana, M.S. and Juliana Rosa, M.S. found when they collected and analyzed data on 600 K-5 students at Manitou Springs Elementary School, as well as earlier research Dr. Welsh conducted on adolescents.

Working with BrainWise on the Computer

Working with BrainWise on the Computer

Avaya Communications has a new corporate giving program that involves loaning the expertise of one of their senior management staff to a nonprofit organization.  BrainWise is the fortunate recipient of technical advice from Rob McMaher, M.S., APS Chief Architect and Consultant/Global ASA Team.  Rob is helping us put together a 5-minute You Tube video and an instructor training video.  He will share his expertise with us as a developer of online corporate training programs for Avaya.

Deaf and blind teenagers partying

Deaf and blind teenagers partying

BrainWise Board Member Dan Himelspach, J.D., is co-founder of Dispute Management, Inc.  When he learned that the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), in partnership with the JAMS Foundation, had announced a 2015 request for initial proposals, he encouraged BrainWise to submit one.  ACL/JAMS asked for projects that “advance the development, implementation, and/or assessment of conflict resolutions education servicing special needs youth populations.”  The 10 Wise Ways have been taught to this target population for years, and the skills help students manage inappropriate behavior, including conflict and bullying.  The good news is that BrainWise was invited to submit a full proposal, due in October.  Our project will request funds to pilot a blended learning approach with special needs teens.  They will be taught BrainWise face-to-face, and will use educational software and a companion mobile phone app to reinforce the concepts.  The problem examples will include specific conflict situations faced by deaf, blind and special needs students, as well as the typical problems everyone faces.

At the Light Board

At the Light Board

RYLA Plus is a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program for potential future leaders with physical disabilities, or other similar challenges.  Targeted for high school or college students ages 16-20, this is the third year that the Rotary Club of Denver Southeast and Easter Seals Colorado have held the week-long camp (www.easterseals.com/co/shared…/ryla/ryla-2015-flyer.pdf)   Rotarian Karen Loeb, Ed.D., PMP, professor of leadership and technical management at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business, leads the staff and students in leadership classes and activities.  She has invited BrainWise to be part of the curriculum, and will integrate the 10 Wise Ways into True Colors®, a program that helps individuals understand themselves and others based on their personality temperaments.

RYLA Plus Participants

RYLA Plus Participants

 

Girls in Lakakh, Kashmir

Girls in Lakakh, Kashmir

Street Scene, Lakakh

Street Scene, Lakakh

Serendipitous connections involving Rotary, and Indian educator, and a Tibetan Buddhist nun have resulted in BrainWise being taught in five schools for girls in Ladakh, a remote and desolate area of India.  Linda Sue Shirkey, a member of Denver Mile High Rotary Club, met Indian educator, Marguerite Theophil, Ph.D., on a trip to India.  She learned about Marga’s work, including efforts to help improve education for girls in the Kashmir/Jammu area where Ladakh is located.

Linda Sue was familiar with BrainWise from her Rotary club’s teaching of the program to inner city children and teens, and knew Dr. Li taught BrainWise to girls in Kunming.  She sent Dr. Theophil a copy of How to Be BrainWise and told her the program was taught to girls in the U.S. and other countries Dr. Theophil gave the book to one of the Buddhist nuns who was connected with five schools for girls in Ladakh, and was asked if she could help them add BrainWise to their curriculum.  Together, they raised funds to purchase five sets of the three curricula. BrainWise discounted the materials and sent them to Ladakh via FedEx.  We look forward to hearing more when the project gets started!