Nurtured Heart Approach in Action . . .
“The Nurtured Heart Approach® has really helped me in creating an atmosphere of positive rules, consequences, and discipline in my classroom… The kids have really responded well to the overwhelming positive, irrefutable greatness qualities being recognized in them on a daily basis. They seem to crave this positive attention now, which is wonderful!" ~ Teacher
Since 1999, the Nurtured Heart Approach® has been transforming classrooms – empowering teachers and educational leaders with tools to transform children with challenging behaviors (as well as all students) into thriving, successful students.
Teachers are primarily trained in normal methods of classroom management which can backfire to a large extent with challenging children. The Nurtured Heart Approach® quickly brings children to a much deeper and more residing sense of being powerful in positive ways by providing them with wonderful first-hand experiences of being respectful, responsible, thoughtful, considerate and capable.
To date, thousands of classrooms, hundreds of schools, and a handful of school districts have successfully taken up the Nurtured Heart Approach®. Below are just a few of the many educational institutions that are thriving with the Nurtured Heart Approach® – demonstrating higher test scores, less use of behavioral medication, less referrals for discipline, greater teacher satisfaction and so much more.
The Nurtured Heart Approach® in Special Education:
Warren County Learning Center
Success of NHA®: The cost from the Warren County Clinical Fund has gone from $1,100 per child in 2001 to $167 in 2010. Not only has the school saved the taxpayer money but it has been successful in keeping children in their homes out of residential placements, hospitalizations and foster placements.
North Education Center
Success of NHA®: Students are spending more time in their classrooms; their listening comprehension skills are exploding, increasing 1.5 years over the course of the year; the use of a time-out room diminished, the room utilized for time-outs was repurposed into a classroom; went from a full-time School Resource Officer to part-time.
Nurtured Heart Approach® in Elementary Education:
Tolson Elementary School
Success of NHA®: no children at all diagnosed as ADHD and no new children on medications; one child suspended twice; 1% of student body utilizes Special Education – a drop from 15%; the Gifted and Talented Program has grown from nearly non-existent to over 15%; standardized test scores excelling from the worst in the district, teach attrition fallen to nearly 0% from a remarkable 50%.
Success of NHA®: Nicholson has seen a 20 percent reduction in disciplinary refractions school-wide and numerous individual student success stories
Nurtured Heart Approach® in Other Education Programs:
Tucson HeadStart Program
Success of NHA®: They have not needed to send a child for a diagnostic assessment or medication services at all.
by Haim Ginott
I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that
I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It’s my personal approach that creates the climate.
It’s my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher, I posses a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.