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ERIC Number: EJ869916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Celebrating the Gifts
Herman, Douglas V.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v17 n2 p54-55 Sum 2008
This article describes how learning communities can reach reluctant learners by providing multiple opportunities for recognizing the inner gifts each child possesses and tapping these strengths to foster personal mastery and independence. Using servant leadership and the Circle of Courage as a guiding vision, the staff at Grandfather Academy has developed a learning community where there are multiple opportunities for students scarred by school failure to experience belonging, generosity, mastery and independence. Programs in canine assisted reading, math intervention through technology, art initiatives in ceramics and weaving, instruction in piano and guitar, and monthly communal celebrations are all showing tremendous payoffs in student safety, satisfaction, and service to others. Those at Grandfather Academy have noticed a reduction in aggressive outbursts and hurtful behavior directed at staff and peers from students who have discovered their inner gifts in academics, music, or fine arts.
Reclaiming Children and Youth. PO Box 57 104 N Main Street, Lennox, SD 57039. Tel: 605-647-2532; Fax: 605-647-5212; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina