In the political agenda to reform education, we have forgotten a great time proven truth: reform will not be achieved through standardized tests, teaching to the test, restructuring schools, privatizing schools, rewriting curriculum or standardizing curriculum, if we continue to oppress and repress teachers. The greatest human resource we have are teachers. It has always been true: from Jesus and Socrates to Rosa Parks and Helen Keller. There are no role models without teachers. Teachers must be freed of political harassment. Teacher must be allowed to help lead, structure and govern schools.
We must cherish the human heart. We must educate the whole child. We must return to our source, our teacher, for true reform.
Recognizing the essential role teachers have in educational reform, the Center for Whole Child Education offers graduate courses for school staff that address the most pressing issues in education. Our talented professors work with school districts across the country and have created courses that draw from the strategies, research, and experience of talented educators.
These diverse courses focus on the integration and effective utilization of experiential, social and emotional learning. The courses will assist in the creation of school and classroom environments that foster individual success and communal achievement.
Acknowledging that educator's time is precious, we offer conveniently located weekend and summer courses that provide three Neumann University graduate credits and 90 hours of Act 48 hours through CCIU. Courses are led by two professors to better meet the educational goals of all participants and ensure individualized collaboration. The cost of each course is $700.
Our courses are uniquely designed to be practical with strategies and activities that can be implemented into your classroom or school. They will leave you energized with a fresh perspective and renewed sense of passion. Please check out our course descriptions and schedule at http://www.thomstecher.com/gc-coursedesc.asp.
Raised in a family of educators, I believe that education is a life-long process and that we all teach best what we most need to learn. It is therefore imperative that we teach each other. My own unique life experiences have inspired, challenged and motivated me to specialize in the areas of self-esteem, wellness and student assistance programs.
As a parent of three special needs children labeled gifted, dyslexic and ‘profoundly retarded’, I have learned how to recognize, appreciate and admire the individual talents of my own children while addressing their special needs and gifts. My personal experiences of providing support, care and encouragement to my own children is not unlike what other parents and educators do on a daily basis.
I know that we cannot learn or succeed on our own. Therefore, I celebrate the importance of the school community in the development of each student and each parent. Through the work of Thom Stecher and Associates, I strive to refocus the educational community on what is important - each other.
To this end, I have dedicated my life to creating educationally-sound, motivating, engaging leadership opportunities for students, educators and parents based upon James Comer’s statement: There is no significant learning without significant relationships.
Together, we can build healthy communities where we grow as instruments for positive change.