'Educators are in a unique and enviable position to not only build meaningful relationships with students, but also have a profound, and positive effect on their lives.' Karen Clarke 2015.
From Bullied to Brilliant - A Professional Coaching Program for Schools is a collaboration between Australian Teacher Aide and Karen Clarke, author of the book ‘From Bullied to Brilliant – How to Artfully Avoid Fitting In’. The program takes an innovative approach to bullying by focusing on the solution, not the problem.
Karen believes that how we approach bullying is more important than the problem itself* and applies this philosophy to show educators how they can use simple coaching techniques (that she believes we all know - but forgot we knew) to help children develop resilience and social emotional wellbeing.
Module1: Understanding Bullying in Schools – How to identify students in need of support
In module one, Karen shares the lived stories of a victim and a bully at school who were able to shift their pattern of thinking, and move on to lead successful lives. Through these stories, Karen helps educators gain a deeper understanding of the origins of bully and victim behaviour.
Karen shows educators how to use her exclusive From Bullied to Brilliant: Bully – Victim Indicator Checklist, to provide a clearer picture of the emotional and social wellbeing of students, and identify students in need of support.
Karen believes that this is an essential aspect of the coaching process, and necessary before moving towards a solution.
Module 2: Bullying in Schools - Moving towards a solution
In module two, Karen shows educators how to using simple coaching strategies to bring patterns and behaviours to the attention of students who may be struggling with confidence and self-esteem issues, and support them to find a solution.
She shares her practical tools and strategies that educators can use with specific students, with groups and in classrooms.
Karen believes that developing confidence and self-esteem in students plays a key role in moving towards a solution to end the bully/victim cycle.
*This program does not address physical bullying as Karen believes that this is a form of assault, and needs to be dealt with by parents, schools and relevant authorities.