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Location: Statewide

Training Type: Online Real Time

Total Hours: 18

Cost: $ 200

Scholarship: No

Contact Information:

Maureen Elise Burford
(802) 272-5950

Foundations in Ellen Tadd’s Framework for Wise Education Deb Norris

Special Topics:
Sponsor: Creative Lives
Instructor: Maureen Burford, M.Ed.

Join Creative Lives Director Maureen Burford to explore a unique, effective approach to reaching and teaching the whole child -- author Ellen Tadd's "Framework for Wise Education," based on Tadd's understanding of the chakra system and its role in human development. In this course, we will examine seven Framework categories as they relate to the health of mind, body, inner life, and relationships; we will apply our discoveries to enhance our current approaches and achieve desired outcomes for students. The premise of Tadd's Framework is simple: good function across the chakra system equates to optimal learning and wellbeing for all individuals. The course includes experiential practice with specific tools and strategies that address: Inspired learning and inner happiness The mechanics of focus and concentration The building blocks of self-esteem and confidence What it means to want the best for others Emotional wellbeing Cognitive and character development Positive relationships Developing responsibility and discipline Strategies for improving your partnership with parents and colleagues For Pre-K through 3rd-grade educators Intended Outcomes Students will gain an understanding of the chakra system and its function and influence on human development. They will actively practice skills that enhance their work with children, colleagues, and parents, and will apply these same skills, in age-appropriate ways, to support children's development in each of the seven Framework categories. In addition, students will gain practice addressing common challenges in children such as struggles with focus and self-esteem, anxiety, bullying, shyness, impulsive behavior, and emotional overwhelm.

Core Knowledge Area
  • Child Development & Learning
  • Observation & Assessment
  • Developmentally Appropriate & Inclusive Practices
  • Curriculum & Learning Environments
  • Professionalism & Ethical Practice
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool/PreK
  • School-Age
Session Dates
Session Times
July 26, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
July 28, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
August 2, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Additional Information

There is an option to extend the learning at the Castleton Early Educator's Institute into a 3-credit course. This option will carry on after our three Institute meetings with 5 additional Zoom class meetings. Information about registering for this additional learning can be found at the link above!