FuelEd partners with pre-K-12 schools to provide innovative, research-based training and counseling aimed at preparing educators with the science, skills, and self-awareness needed to build and maintain secure relationships. Trainings cover empathic listening, trauma-informed approaches, genuine communication, and secure communication.
FuelEd’s innovative trainings creatively synthesize research from the fields of developmental psychology, counseling psychology, and social neuroscience into practical application for all educators, whether they are in district leadership, school leadership, or classroom leadership.
FuelEd’s Leadership Institute is a three-day retreat-style learning opportunity for all educators to develop interpersonal skills, self-awareness, and emotional well-being. Content includes a framework on the science of relationships, communication skills to build secure relationships, and deeper self-work where educators’ are able to explore their own early relationship history, their personal attachment styles, and their “triggers” in relationships.
Leadership Institute is hosted semi-annually in Houston, Texas for educators across the country, and is also offered on-site at interested school districts, campuses, and organizations. At the completion of Leadership Institute, participants in the Houston-area are eligible for a year of individual counseling.
Participants will develop new skills for building relationships as they learn how to:
FuelEd’s Empathy School is a five-hour in-person training on the art and science of effective listening. Empathy is the capacity to understand another person’s feelings or perspective and to communicate understanding to that person. Research demonstrates that when teachers and school leaders are more empathic, relationships are more productive and satisfying, resulting in a healthy school culture where students and adults thrive. Empathy School combines interactive activities, group discussion, skills training, role-play, and reflection to help educators master the four components of empathy: taking others’ perspective, recognizing others’ feelings, communicating understanding of others’ feelings, and staying out of judgment.
Schools who engage with FuelEd get access to an Extended Learning Guide, a comprehensive resource that includes activities, discussion prompts, and rubrics designed to empower educators to facilitate their own professional learning, independent of FuelEd.
At the completion of Empathy School, participants in the Houston-area have access to one year of individual counseling. FuelEd will also offer an Extended Learning Guide Support Series (three webinars) to Houston based partners that purchase Empathy School to receive support on how to implement Extended Learning Guide activities.
Participants will develop new skills for building relationships as they learn how to:
What people are saying . . .
"Leadership Institute did a great job of peeling back the layers of the individuals [present] . . . [Our trainers] were AMAZING at making us stay to pace as well as be upfront with each other. This PD really should be more standardized for 1st & 2nd year teachers. I think having this level of introspection before they begin teaching would inherently make them all much better, more aware educators."
"This was literally life changing. Thank you."
"Leadership Institute explained the science behind who we are, why we do what we do and how we can move forward to be the best version of ourselves; encouraging group work and partner shares; creating a safe space for people to feel okay with being vulnerable and in tune with their emotions and thoughts. I thought it was wonderful!"
"The training gives many opportunities for participants to practice the skills with real life situations. This creates a very real time practice . . . Additionally, it gives participants the perspective of both being the one showing empathy and being shown empathy. I'm leaving this session feeling not only informed but cathartic. The timing of this training was amazing!"
"Leadership Institute allows participants to get to know who they are and what drives them and their emotions which, in turn, allows them to translate their knowledge of self into action that better serves their students, colleagues, and peers."
"Leadership Institute did a great job of breaking down the different components of relationships in both personal life and at school. It was so incredibly helpful. I know the importance of building relationships with students, staff, and people in my life but didn’t realize how much I was a part of the cause when the relationship broke down. I have such a deeper understanding of myself and why I react the way I do, which opens me up more to be available and present in my life."
"This program does a really good job of communicating concepts I had heard of but did not have words for . . . I'm looking forward to doing FuelEd again!"
"[Empathy School] breaks the concept down into really manageable pieces — each workshop allows participants to completely engage and understand the concept. I am walking away feeling capable of implementing these things into my life."
"The training makes you take a step back and realize all of the times you haven’t shown empathy as much as you really needed to. I’m really thankful for this training. I think that every educator needs this check to bring us back to the fact that we all need empathy."
“FuelEd helps you to see how relationships can be built to impact the culture of your school. I feel blessed to have been able to take part in this. It's a gift of time to reflect and grow in a way that I haven't experienced in ally other professional development.”
"This training is of the most influential and meaningful trainings I have ever participated in. It does an excellent job at getting to the heart of the underlying issues impacting our abilities to develop and maintain healthy attachments and will have a huge impact on how I approach, repair, and strengthen relationships."
"This program really shows the proper way to communicate feelings, and to show empathy to others. The training is life changing."
“I think it's going to help me have a greater understanding that they see things and experience things differently. I have preconceived notions about students’ challenges and how they can "help themselves" but I need to first understand WHO they are. This will help me slow down and spend more time letting them open up. Empathetic listening involves less of me and more of them. This training will change my approach to making them feel comfortable and seen.”
“Empathy School allows space for participants to feel and process, while giving us the technical pieces for building empathy. This made our teachers feel so good!”
“Leadership Institute was a very transformational experience. I've been to a lot of PDs and I would put this on top. Most trainings are for teachers to go back and do something with their kids, but this was about adults finding their secure attachment. This was refreshing. It was focusing on the soul of the individual.”
Genuineness School is a five-hour in-person training on the art and science of authenticity. While empathy is foundational to secure communication, for relationships to thrive, educators must also learn to authentically express their own perspectives and feelings. In Genuineness School, educators learn to communicate honestly with others in order to cultivate stronger, more trusting, and more open relationships. Educators also learn when and how to use genuineness and empathy in conjunction to solve problems collaboratively with students and fellow educators alike. Genuineness School is offered as the second part of FuelEd’s Secure Communication series, available only to campuses that have already participated in Empathy School.
Genuineness School is offered as the second part of FuelEd’s Secure Communication series, available only to campuses that have already received Empathy School. Schools who engage with FuelEd get access to an Extended Learning Guide, a comprehensive resource that includes activities, discussion prompts, and rubrics designed to empower educators to facilitate their own professional learning, independent of FuelEd.
At the completion of Genuineness School, participants in the Houston-area have access to one year of individual counseling. FuelEd will also offer an Extended Learning Guide Support Series (three webinars) to Houston based partners that purchase Genuineness School to receive support on how to implement Extended Learning Guide activities.
Participants will develop new skills for building relationships as they:
In addition to the menu above, a select number of workshops from our three-day Leadership Institute can be delivered individually for school districts or organizations interested in an abbreviated introduction to FuelEd’s work. FuelEd Workshops vary in length and content matter.
Participants, depending on which individual workshop they experience, will develop new skills for building relationships and learn how to:
In conjunction with trainings, FuelEd provides counseling services to a subset of its participants -- pioneering at the intersection of mental health and education with a specialty in providing counseling services to teachers and school leaders. Having been one of the only organizations delivering counseling to educators since our founding in 2012, FuelEd believes wholeheartedly in the need for every educator in America to be matched with a well-trained, person-centered counselor.
Client-centered counseling utilizes a secure therapist-client relationship as the lever for change and healing, while allowing the educator to develop a self-awareness or “coherent narrative” about their lives, both of which are key drivers of secure attachment in adulthood.
We maintain a small counseling practice in Houston to continue to inform our programming, as well as our strategy for improving access to counseling for all educators!
As a result of engaging in FuelEd's counseling services, educators have the opportunity to:
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