Many teachers believe that teaching is more than just a "job;" they believe teaching is their calling.
Present TeacherTM professional development focuses on the personhood of the teacher. Foundational to our training is perpetually connecting and re-connecting teachers to their values and purpose that is core to their unique calling to teach. We know that teaching is a heart-centered profession that makes emotional, psychological, physical, mental, and spiritual demands on the personhood of the educator.
"You can't understand the teacher or his or her teaching without understanding the person the teacher is." (Hargreaves & Fullan, p. 63, 2012).
Present TeacherTM professional development draws a practical, systematic, and research-based path based on transformative learning theory, social/emotional theory, neuroscience, and mindfulness to teach teachers how to connect with their invisible, innate, and inexhaustible source of inner resilience and energy reserves.
Present TeacherTM professional development engages educators in "perspective transformation" processes that allow them to reflect on assumptions, beliefs, and styles of perception that create internal and external stress and shift their frames of reference of situations and another so that their behavior is more aligned with their core commitments and values.
The work of Present TeacherTM cultivates career professional from the inside out-- teaching teachers how in moments of teaching when they are most tempted to distance themselves from their students, their peers, their calling, and their very selves to actually get closer. Move in. Be curious. Be authentic. Be vulnerable. Be real. Be their fullest expression of their best teaching selves.
"A job is an exchange of energy in which you do a material task and someone provides money in exchange...
A calling, however, is an organic field of energy that emerges from the deepest aspects of who you are." (Marianne Williamson)