Give students lots of opportunities to SELF-CORRECT their own challenges - TOGETHER.


We help you to

help groups of students

discover their own solutions for their own social-emotional and life skills challenges.

(Because RESEARCH proves:

kids remember + use their own solutions more often.)

(NO  lectures required.)

Easier for you. Better for them.


You love teaching, but correcting the same challenging  behaviors, even though it "comes with the territory," can be the most exhausting part of any day.

You want, and your students deserve, more time for enriched learning!

I've been there, and I almost quit. Then  I remembered my own childhood as a headstrong kid: I resisted  being told what to do. I remember wishing that my teachers would treat me like a person whose perspective mattered, instead of treating me like a problem that needed to be 'fixed.'  

We do a disservice to kids if, by age 4, we aren't enabling them as competent problem solvers... while also, very importantly, helping them to discover how much they share feelings, values, understanding and challenges with peers and classmates. 


We can nurture kids' healthy independence and build healthy belonging (a natural human need), by consistently facilitating peer group problem-solving discussions, preemptively, around familiar SEL challenges.

Short-term + long-term results:  

Less 1-on-1 corrections = More win-win's!!!

Imagine ...

  • Getting your students to willingly and self-sufficiently solve more  + more of their own challenges
  • Teaching in a mutually respectful classroom that works for everyone
  • Developing  leadership skills in a strong-theory-grounded vision and evidence-based practice that positively impacts your classroom ... and beyond ... 

Listen to the BIG PICTURE Social Emotional Lifeskills Podcast

Brief episodes, featuring interviews with a wide variety of educators, for the purpose of expanding understanding and creating more Win-Win's in every classroom... 

  • by valuing relationships 
  • by building genuine belonging
  • by increasing mutual respect between self, others and the one planet we all share. 


Build healthy belonging


Everyone wants to belong... it's human nature. An essential element of belonging is being 'seen.' Even brief moments, when  authentic, have lasting influence.

Teach smarter


Implementing the brain science of learning just makes good sense ... and the constructive results  accumulate rapidly.

Be a best practices leader


Teachers who've adopted this approach agree: professional advantages are worth the gentle learning curve involved. 

What does the LEARNING CURVE look like for this approach?


7-minute video explanation

Nurture kids' happiness and healthy belonging

TEACH SMARTER, not harder

You can develop students' social and emotional learning with easy-to-implement resources that ... 

... do NOT make more work for you, but instead genuinely engage

children's own natural instincts to collaboratively solve their own problems.


  • Less time focusing on behavior issues. 
  • Improved class environment.
  • More time for whole class achievements.

"When we begin to value who children are (not just what we want them to be), a shift happens in the way we think about learning and teaching." ~ Deb Curtis

Five IMPORTANT QUESTIONS to evaluate the short- and long-term effects of any SEL program:

  1. Do the SEL lessons you share with your students create deep learning experiences, as validated by current brain science of learning?
  2. Are you making the best use of students' natural inclination to collaboratively solve problems (and thereby increase their sense of healthy belonging)?
  3. Do your SEL lessons evoke your students' innate empathy, insight, truthfulness, and creative problems solving skills? (Or are you attempting to teach those attributes and skills?)
  4. Do your students remember and use, without lots of reminders, the specific lessons within your SEL program?
  5. Are you discovering more about your students with each SEL lesson, and are you becoming closer to them as a result?

If you answered 'YES' to all 5 questions: GREAT. CARRY ON !!!

sel: more than just behavior!

Social Skills


Connecting & Communicating


Expanding perspectives

Inclusion that rings true

Collaborating for Win-Win-Win


Accountability & Independence

Mutual respect

Real listening

Body language awareness

Conscience & Character

Emotional Skills




Self trust



Heart & mind integration

Cognitive Skills


Brain science of learning


Amygdala-friendly learning


Critical thinking / analysis


Growth Mindset



Cultural Awareness



TEACH SMARTER, NOT HARDER by activating and anchoring your students' own wisdom 

(in other words, their: innate empathy, critical thinking skills, constructive reasoning abilities

and natural-born instinct to solve problems collaboratively).

Learn how to facilitate consistent opportunities for your students to discover how much they and their classmates know and deeply understand 

about what works best for everyone.




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  • Interviews
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    • Classroom teachers
    • Speech and language pathologists
    • Special ed teachers
    • Afterschool instructors
    • Therapists
    • School districts
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