Our kids deserve a better chance at every level -from preschool and summer school, to high school and college. Last year, I introduced the Innovation Districts for School Improvement Act, which provides grants to school systems that draft detailed plans for broad reforms at the district level
(PRWEB) June 26, 2008
Redlands-CA (PRWEB) June 24, 2008--- "Our kids deserve a better chance at every level -from preschool and summer school, to high school and college. Last year, I introduced the Innovation Districts for School Improvement Act, which provides grants to school systems that draft detailed plans for broad reforms at the district level," said Senator Obama in his letter to Anke Otto-Wolf, the creator of Self-Esteem Tools for Teachers and the initiator of the Self-Esteem in Schools campaign beginning mid August.
"The teacher is the most important factor in successfully educating our children, and we need to give our teachers everything they need to succeed," Senator Obama wrote.
Otto-Wolf's work seems to be answering to Mr. Obama's call for support of our Teachers so they are able to do what they really love to do: teach and educate our children.
The Self-Esteem Tools for Teachers and the Self-esteem in Schools Campaign with that unique approach, provides school districts the edge in achieving the demands which Senator Obama's School Improvement Act stipulates. Districts accept the Self-Esteem Tools for Teachers concept mindset, and receive complete guidelines for implementation; Teachers participate in e-workshops and e-seminars, and empower their students; and the students gain higher self-esteem, will be ready for the future, and will "meet the demands of the modern global economy".
Self-Esteem Tool for Teachers project includes much more than just classroom material; Otto-Wolf, a teachers herself, has recognized that THE most pressing task on hand begins by trying to change the mindset of society, and make education a vital and joyful part of growing up. Therefore, she includes the 'trickle down effect' and suggests that the change starts at the school district level; and then, teachers and principals, students and parents will participate in that change as well.
Otto-Wolf believes that Self-Esteem is the most underrated solution to increasing school attendance and decreasing violence; i.e., if the bully would have high self-esteem, the bully would not be bullying. Peak performances are achieved through boosting self-esteem, learning skills and learning abilities. The Self-Esteem Quilt© Concept is a classroom proven method offering vital Self-Esteem Tools to Teachers in the classroom.
And because "Teachers are the most important factor in successfully educating our children", the most relevant support material assists teachers in providing the 'can do' attitudes with positive affirmations, gratitude and joy exercises, as well as encouraging language choices. Children need to experience kindness for themselves and for others, learn how to have empathy and consideration. Teachers need these Self-Esteem Tools to enhance healthy emotional stability.
Senator Obama also said that "Teachers need more control over what goes on in their classrooms" which can easily be accomplished by allowing Teachers to have a small sliver of time a day, so they can create a calm classroom through silent moments, meditations, affirmations, and art work.
It is a firm obligation to counter children's lack of Self-Esteem; it has to be recognized as a debilitating factor in education, and it needs to be responded to. In our present world of so much fear and uncertainty, children feel insecure and lash out. In addition to the Self-Esteem Tools and Campaign, Otto-Wolf created the Self-Esteem teaching aid for the youngest of our students: that whimsical character Toley Ranz which represents the awareness of every child's inner voice. The sound of the Toley Ranz 'psst- psst' has a long lasting, positive impact on children.
Anke Otto-Wolf is a published author, a passionate teacher, and an authority on Self-Esteem; she has transformed 'wild' classrooms, from K-12, into tranquil, learning conducive environments. Anke's successful work with inner-city kids has earned her many awards and recognitions such as from former President Bill Clinton, and Marian Edelmann of The Children's Defense Fund. Anke is also the co-writer for a socially significant video against violence, "Go Ahead and tell", which won an Oscar 1994 from the film Academy in L.A. Additionally, the need of inner-city children to become self-sufficient, spurned the creation and publishing of "The Psst-psst of Toley Ranz". This inspiring, educational and intelligent series of children's books focuses on tolerance and self-esteem in kids. Anke is a Jack Canfield trained international speaker and presenter.
For more information visit: http://www.self-esteem-tools-for-teachers.com
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