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News Flash

November, 2001
You Can Do It! Education continues to grab hold in England. 150 new schools are at various stages of initial implementation of YCDI bringing the total number of schools in England using YCDI to almost 300! Over the next year, 1,000 learning mentors participating in the National Pilot Mentoring Programme (Cardiff University) will be trained in YCDI using the newly published "The You Can Do It! Education Mentoring Programme." The Times Education Supplement (Friday, November 2, 2001) has run a story on the success of YCDI in transforming school climate and student attitude in a south London school...In Southern California, 170 educators attended a one-day conference "The Missing Piece to Raising Achievement and Developing Social-Emotional-Behavioral Well-Being" presented by Heather Leary (Lindsay Thompson "Teacher of the Year" in Victoria for dissemination of YCDI best practices), Jan Campbell (Head Teacher, Brierley Hill Primary School, first YCDI school in UK) and Michael Bernard (Founder of YCDI)...

August, 2001
Michael Bernard has just returned from a 5-week speaking engagement in Australia and New Zealand...Down-Under, upwards of 800 schools have adopted YCDI resources in the past 18 months to help promote student achievement and social-emotional well-being...Heather Leary, a YCDI national trainer and Student Welfare Coordinator at Yarrawonga Primary School, has just been awarded a $50,000 Traveling Scholarship by the Lindsay Thompson Foundation as Teacher of the Year in Victoria for her work in introducing YCDI to schools in her region...schools throughout Australia and New Zealand are at various stages of implementation of YCDI...in Spain, as a result of Michael Bernard's recent visit, YCDI resources are being translated and a number of schools in the Canary Islands, Madrid and Barcelona under the direction of the Misioneras Hijas of the Sagrada Familia of Nazaret are planning to implement Program Achieve, classroom teaching -learning practices and YCDI's parent education program...

May 2001
Walsall is an economically-depressed community (West Midlands) in England. The English Government has just announced a community grant (New Deal Grant) of £52,000,000 over 10 years to support community improvement. You Can Do It! Education is a key part of the grant with YCDI scheduled to go into all schools with guaranteed funding of between £100,000 and £250,000 per year. YCDI to work with parents and develop training programs based on 4 Foundations of Confidence, Persistence, Organisation and Getting Along for community service departments including police, health, social service as well as small business. "Slogan" of Walsall New Deal: "We Can Do It!" with themes of Confidence, Persistence,Organisation, Getting Along.

March 2001
Michael Bernard has just returned from a whirlwind 7 days in Australia where he gave workshops in Perth and Broome, Western Australia, Cairns and Brisbane, Queensland, and in Milwala on the border of northern Victoria and southern New South Wales...through the efforts of Debbie Taylor, YCDI Program Director, Victoria, and the Yarrawonga Primary School, Victoria, 420 teachers (whole teaching staffs) and principals attended his conference in Milwala where educators warmly received You Can Do It! Education as a prevention and intervention program to support children's psychological health. Some 40 schools in the Benalla, Shepparton, Echuca and surrounding areas have committed themselves to adopting YCDI on a whole-school basis...In Cairns, 10 or more Catholic schools in the diocese will be implementing YCDI...Catholic Education in various states continues to offer tremendous support for YCDI...a team from Western Australia and Queensland will be working together on a project coordinated by Jenny Williams, YCDI Coordinator in Queensland to implement YCDI in indigenous communities to combat increasing suicide rate in Aboriginal adolescents...Michael Bernard appeared on television news and radio...there is rapidly growing interest in YCDI in urban and rural communities Australia-wide...the Australian Scholarships Group, a major sponsor of YCDI has recently announced a free training grants scheme where schools can receive free professional development and YCDI resources through special application. Over 50 schools have already applied through the grants scheme...Michael Bernard returns to Australia this June with workshops scheduled for Tasmania, Victoria (Melbourne, Bendigo), Sydney, and Brisbane...

February 2001
Michael Bernard has just returned from a very successful visit in the United Kingdom where he trained as part of the mentoring training team connected with Alan Evan's National Mentoring Pilot Project run out of Cardiff University, Wales...In London, he met with members of the Government's Key Stage 3 (Years 7 - 9) policy and research team where he has been lobbying successfully for policy direction in encouraging schools and teachers to include in their teaching the 4 Foundations...In Waltham Forrest, he conducted a very successful full-day conference for head teachers and senior management from 22 schools...In Walsall, he spent a day with representatives from the New Deal who are interested in building a 10 year community-building collaborative project around principles of You Can Do It! Education...

January 2001
Michael Bernard has just returned from Australia where he conducted a three-day accredited training course in You Can Do It! Education (YCDI). Seventeen trainers from different states participated. The event was covered in radio interviews in Melbourne and Sydney... 50 schools in the area of Seymour, Victoria, has elected to introduce You Can Do It! Education to help cope with problems of depression, youth suicide and under-achievement... some 60 schools in northeastern Victoria are in the beginning stages of implementing YCDI as part of their overall program for dealing with youth problems... this March, Michael Bernard offers workshops in Perth and Broome, Western Australia, Cairns and Brisbane, Queensland and in northeastern Victoria...

 


 

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