Eye Opening Experience

 I just received an excellent training from Deborah Taylor called “Building Strong Children”.  At the core of the training was a teaching of empathy and how difficult some of these children’s lives are.  I was raised in a rural area and have not always understood what the children’s lives in an urban area are really like. This training brought home how many forces are working against children in today’s society, and how important after-school programs and good influences are for the children.  It was eye-opening for me.

Deborah comes to my after schoolsite, at Buder Elementary, and helps coach me when I have various problems arise.  At the beginning of this school year, she was helpful with some behavior problems we were having, and trained me how to situate staff in a more effective way that led to fewer behavior disruptions almost immediately. 

 Spencer Miller, Buder Elementary ASAP site

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