Give kids lots of opportunities to COLLABORATE & SELF-CORRECT their SEL challenges
"We are inspired by children's natural-born ability (and inclination)
to constructively and collaboratively resolve their own challenges ...
and we are motivated by the world's serious need
for them to fully develop and stabilize those natural-born abilities as quickly as possible."
I barely graduated from high school with 2.2 GPA. I did better in an open-admissions college, mainly because I was free to earn a lot of credits with independent and self-directed studies. (It's not that I'm proud of those facts, and it's not I wasn't intelligent enough to get good grades, it was that my learning style didn't fit the 'standardized' model... which made me very respectful of everyone else's learning styles.)
Marriage and motherhood were wonderful until my kids’ behavior issues started. Life was rough, until I had the idea to go into my son’s classes, and ask all those young students, together, what they knew and understood about a whole range of challenging topics. (NOT just behavior, because that would have been too obvious.)
My basic assumption was that any group of peers, together, could describe and define Win-Win solutions for any age-appropriate challenges that really mattered to them. Once they defined their own solutions, together, with zero coercion, it just made sense to me that they’d start being true to their own mutually agreed-upon ideas… and that’s exactly what happened !!!
After each week's peer group discussion, teachers (and parents) observed more spontaneous behavior improvements, less behavior malfunctions - both in and out of school… to everyone’s benefit, obviously.
After many years confirming the validity of the approach in my own classrooms, I committed to figuring out (testing, refining, re-testing with countless wonderful, kind and generous teachers across the country (England and India, too) how to make the approach easy-to-implement for any teacher, anywhere … and here we are!
As a public school kindergarten teacher in 1972, I sought out cutting edge approaches to teaching and learning. During a 6 year break as a mommy at home with my small children, I became immersed in the world of children and child development.
I returned to elementary teaching and later became a school administrator in a range of schools: public, independent, religious, magnet, charter, and dual language immersion.
As a life-long learner, I studied Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio, integrating wisdom from each in my personal approach when working with teachers, children and parents.
I've completed a Masters in Education and coursework for a Doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, where my early instincts about learning were consistently validated. As a grandmother, I now see my early beliefs and experiences reflected in modern research about learning and neuropsychology.
Childhood is the foundation-building time of life. It must be honored. Nothing is more important than consistently cultivating learning environments that respect and appreciate children's developmental needs.
Education designed to activate and anchor the full potential of children's curiosity, creativity and intelligent problem solving abilities is the highest purpose of our
The Kids' Own Wisdom® approach has proven, in class after class, with hundreds of teachers and thousands of students, that kids want, need and are fully capable of resolving
their own challenges.
Kids don't need more and more instructions from us, the adults in their lives. (They already get enough of that from us.)
Social Emotional Learning and Lifeskills Development does not have to be hard work for teachers. (It doesn't have to be hard work for kids, either.) It just has to be interesting and real, and that's where the KIDS' OWN WISDOM facilitation approach shines!
Yes, there is a slight learning curve with this approach, but ...
... this approach makes so much good sense, and aligns so perfectly with the most current and well-researched brain science of learning, that the rewards you'll experience will be well worth the brief time and effort required to learn the KIDS' OWN WISDOM approach.
Lani grew up in a family of highly respected educators in Seattle, WA.
She has taught and tutored all grades, TK - 6th, mostly at low-income schools in Denver, San Jose and Oakland.
Visiting many of her classes I've witnessed how all of her students like, respect and love her, because she lives her unshakeable belief that students, “won’t care that she knows anything unless they know she cares about them.”
Lani's adoption of the Kids' Own Wisdom approach was a "natural."
We've presented together at several conferences and worked extensively on co-authoring a book.
Lani is an inspired and inspiring teacher, committed to her students and to supporting other teachers' full realization of their own passion for providing meaningful education.
Lani is currently employed as a full-time teacher coach.
Maria was born in Colombia, where she returns every summer to be with her large family of education professionals.
Maria is multi-talented: beloved and respected bi-lingual teacher, high energy and adored soccer coach, gifted Reiki healer.
When I asked Maria to help with translating the Kids' Own Wisdom materials into Spanish, she took on the project with deep-hearted enthusiasm and
over-the-top integrity. I am forever grateful to her for enabling me to offer the Spanish version with complete confidence in its accuracy.
Maria is the loving mother of Matias and Milán and devoted wife of Marco.
"The more accountability we give to children,
the more they rise to the occasion."
... so that one day they'll have the necessary confidence to solve big challenges - collaboratively and with mutual respect.