|Me facilitating a session on student voice at the
National School Boards Association annual conference.
Let me clarify that I am not talking about classroom teaching or the type of “sit-n-git” training that so many people are used to. Instead, I am talking about sharing my finally honed facilitation skills with learners to allow, encourage, grow, and sustain peoples’ inclination for self-leadership throughout their lives. That is what I love, and where I find deep joy and satisfaction.
Over the last month I have trained just under 500 people. Through travel to the Cascade Mountains, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, southeast and central Washington, Seattle, and a few points in between, I have worked with drug and alcohol counselors for youth, teachers, afterschool workers, nonprofit program directors and executive directors, and young people themselves. I have trained about community engagement, the history of youth work, self-sustainability, and a few other things.
One of the things that has left me deeply satisfied lately has been weaving personal development work into my formerly systems change-only thinking. These days I am encouraging learners to delve deeply within themselves in order to explore their personal perspectives, and then to take on changing the world.
I am ready to teach more. After several years of averaging four classes, workshops, and/or speeches every month, and I am ready to double that. Every month I receive a half-dozen inquiries from folks who would like to attend my workshops, but don’t have an organization that can host me or the funds to attend one of my other trainings. Today, my goal is to facilitate eight events every month where young people and adults can learn from my work.
Let me know if you’re interesting in hosting any of my work on social change and youth, meaningful student involvement, the changing roles of young people throughout society, community engagement in the social agenda, and more. I’m available!