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Location: Statewide

Training Type: Online Real Time

Total Hours: 45

Cost: $ 490

Scholarship: Yes

Contact Information:

Maureen Elise Burford
(802) 272-5950

Holistic Education: 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 human energy system, or chakra system, and its role in human development. The premise of Tadd's Framework is simple: good function across the chakra system equates to optimal learning and wellbeing for all individuals. In this course, we will examine each of seven Framework categories of development -- as they relate to 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 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 in 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. “I have taken many courses and participated in many professional development experiences (individual and year-long). This particular course has been perhaps the most fulfilling of them all - teaching me so much about myself, while simultaneously enabling me to better support those around me to realize their potential in the classroom and outside of it. Theoretical and practical, this course has helped me be more intentional and reflective in my parenting, in my work in education, and in all other aspects of my life.” —K. Mannix, educator

Core Knowledge Area
  • Child Development & Learning
  • Observation & Assessment
  • Developmentally Appropriate & Inclusive Practices
  • Curriculum & Learning Environments
  • Professionalism & Ethical Practice
  • Program Planning & Development
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool/PreK
  • School-Age
  • Program Directors/Managers
Session Dates
Session Times
September 19, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
September 26, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
October 3, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
October 10, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
October 17, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
October 24, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
November 1, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
November 7, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
November 14, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Additional Information

Course Details: This nine-week, online class will meet weekly for 90 minutes via Zoom. Participants in the Foundations Training join a diverse group of educators and parents to gain a fundamental, comprehensive understanding of the Framework and its applications for ourselves and young people. Each week you will discover the function of a new Framework category. with a particular chakra center, and the role it plays in teaching. Classes are limited to 18 attendees to support optimal learning. ***** Meeting dates: the learning portal will open several days before our first class and there is a scheduled orientation to help you navigate our learning platform as well. Note that our live, online classes occur Monday evenings EXCEPT for Tuesday, November 1 in honor of family and school celebrations of Halloween. This course can be taken for 3 graduate credits via SNHU for an additional fee of $360. The course is also available for 45 CEU's. EARLY BIRD RATE: Register before July 15 for the early-bird pricing of $390 July/August Discounted Rate: $450 if you register prior to September 1 Split payment options are also available. SCHOLARSHIP support is available on request; group rates are available. Please inquire.