HAPPY SUMMER!!!! It is with great pleasure that I get to share the success of our Greatness Groups in the Blue Oak Community.
These groups focus on teaching students how to use the Nurtured Heart Approach®, created by Howard Glasser, Psychologist and President of the Children’s Success Foundation. Here at Blue Oak, we are privileged to be using a curriculum created by Celeste Elsey, M.A., and Advanced Trainer®. The curriculum has made it possible for us to have fun while keeping structured groups for students to learn how to acknowledge each other effectively.
The intention is to build self-esteem by teaching students to celebrate their personal strengths and the “Greatnesses” in each other. Students are encouraged to use the principles of the Nurtured Heart Approach® with each other to foster a sense of community. They accomplish this by utilizing the concept of supporting their peers by “energizing the positive”®. Focusing on positive character traits in each other builds the student’s empathy based skills.
By learning these skills in a small group setting students have the opportunity to model positive empathetic behavior within the larger context of their class and school community. Building empathy through this approach can only strengthen the student’s ability to communicate and express emotions appropriately. Rather than engaging in maladaptive aggressive behaviors that can sometimes lead to bullying.
I am excited to share some of the feedback provided by students in videos regarding their experiences with Greatness Group. Perhaps one of the most rewarding parts of the process has been hearing how the groups have positively impacted other students. I hope you enjoy watching the videos as it has been a great honor working alongside these students. Thank you so much for taking the time to support your child(ren) here at Blue Oak Charter School. We look forward to a successful 2017-18 school year but in the meantime HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER!
Miss Genesee, School Counselor