You Can Do It! Education continues to attract attention as adding value to the search for distinctive ways to help young people achieve their potential...In the United States, as part of its alcohol and drug prevention program, the Anaheim City School District has just approved for all schools and students the introduction of the curriculum "Program Achieve. A Curriculum of Lessons for Teaching Students How to Achieve Success and Develop Social-Emotional-Behavioral Well-Being." As a result of Michael Bernard's need awareness activities within the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach, the social-emotional agenda is being incorporated within the strategic planning framework for the College and will again be featured as a central topic for college-wide discussions in the College's fall retreat. In England, the YCDI Mentoring Program is being increasingly used throughout the country as part of a variety of government-sponsored initiatives. Michael Bernard has just returned from the UK where he presented a national one-day conference addressing social-emotional competence in London as well as conferences in Warwickshire and Wolverhampton. Through the efforts of Prospects Education Services, three new position descriptions have just appeared in the Times Education Supplement seeking professionals to help in the training and promotion of YCDI. There are now schools throughout England that are incorporating various aspects of YCDI into their school's programs. YCDI's parent education program was recently written up in a major parent education publication while the Department for Education and Skills publication "Intervening Early" recognizes YCDI as one of three promising whole school approaches for helping children get their best from schools. This coming late July and early August, Michael Bernard visits New Zealand and Australia for a series of 10 one-and two-day conferences designed to introduce educators and mental health practitioners to the current theory and practice of YCDI...a highlight of this tour is a mini-conference "The Evolution of You Can Do It! Education" sponsored by the Australian Scholarships Group to be held in Melbourne, July 25 and 26. Over 1,000 schools in Australia are employing YCDI with increasing numbers hanging out the banner "This is a You Can Do It! School."
In Southern California, Michael Bernard has just completed a three-day YCDI Train-the-Trainer for 25 people. As a result, schools in several school districts have: adopted YCDI as a framework for primary-level alternative education (students with behavior problems unable to remain in regular schools), as part of alcohol and drug prevention program, and several schools have adopted YCDI on a school-wide basis. He also presented to the College of Education faculty a seminar on "What's Missing in American Education? Developing Student Social-Emotional Competence" with a focus on teacher training and other professional training programs. In Southern California, several other schools are implementing YCDI on a school-wide basis. Michael Bernard is completing a project where he trained school counselors to use Program Achieve with small groups of identified "at risk" primary students - reports have been great!
In Australia, plans are firming up for a week of workshops presented by Michael Bernard including an invited public address at the University of Melbourne, "A New Vision for Victorian Education..." organized by Erica Frydenberg and Daryl Greaves. The Australian Scholarships Group continues to provide the financial and infra-structure support that has enabled YCDI to be visible in almost 10% of all schools in Australia with long-term persistence being shown by our state coordinators, Debbie Taylor and Jenny Williams.
Michael Bernard is soon to travel to England where he shall be conducting school-wide trainings, meeting with Catholic Education, doing further training of a local education authority in the YCDI new mentoring program as well as the Compass Program, plus working with the community of Walsall who have received extensive government funding to raise community spirit that includes transmitting YCDI throughout primary, secondary and post-16 schooling (this is a ground-breaking project spear-headed by Ian Cleland). Prospects Education Service (Sue Overy) continues to make fabulous in-roads in networking YCDI throughout local education authorities and other government initiatives.
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