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Immersive multi-day training

The Whole Educator Collective

Teacher, school leader, and district administrator relationship skills, self-awareness, and emotional well-being are essential to healthy relationships and safe school cultures. If you want to build a movement toward relationship-driven schools, there are foundations you will need that our training can provide.

Workshop One

Science of Relationships

People talk about the importance of relationships in education a lot—but what does it look like to build relationships in schools? Why does it even matter? FuelEd's Whole Educator Collective training kicks off with answers to these questions and a deep dive into the latest science from developmental psychology, attachment, neurobiology, and trauma. By exploring how toxic stress and trauma impact the brain, how relationships heal and build resilience, and why secure relationships enhance educators' ability to drive learning, this foundational workshop gives educators an entirely new lens for understanding themselves, their students, and their colleagues.

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Following this workshop, educators will be able to:

  • Recognize the impact of relationships on the developing brain and its capacity to learn
  • Distinguish the types of relationships that promote learning from those that don’t
  • Self-assess their own ability to build secure relationships that drive learning
  • Identify behaviors that “trigger” them and their impact on relationships

Workshop Two

Secure Communication

Every day educators serve as counselors, coaches, and parent-figures. The best educators know how to use relationship skills to build trust, motivate, and inspire because effective teaching and leading in schools is less about calculus or chemistry than it is about connection. So, when we’re talking about building relationships as educators, what really matters, is your ability to make others feel safe and seen. This workshop combines instruction, discussion, practice, and coaching to teach educators two of the most powerful communication skills for building secure relationships in schools.

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Following this workshop, educators will be able to:

  • More effectively take the perspective of students and staff, even when different than their own
  • More skillfully respond to student and adult challenges, emotions, and trauma with empathic listening skills
  • More effectively identify and communicate about their own needs and problems with genuine communication skills
  • More effectively build relationships and solve problems with adults and students by learning how to combine the skills of empathy and genuineness

Workshop Three

Attachment Styles

We need educators who know how to care for others and care for themselves. But both of these things are really hard when working with insecure adults or students because, "those who need the most love ask for it in the most unloving ways." Personalizing others' behaviors is natural but also puts educators at risk of burnout, professional dissatisfaction, and turnover. This workshop gives educators foundational knowledge about how early relationships shape our ways of relating—also known as an "attachment style." When educators understand that their past influences who they are, they begin to understand that others’ pasts similarly shape who they are and how they show up. The result: more compassion, sensitivity, and responsiveness to the students and adults educators work with, and a greater ability to care for themselves.

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Following this workshop, educators will be able to:

  • Identify the four attachment styles in children and adults
  • Comprehend attachment styles as survival strategies built from early environments
  • Identify their own attachment style and understand how it developed and impacts relationships and wellbeing today
  • Attain a sense of affiliation with others based on common attachment experiences

Workshop Four

Educator Wellbeing

The problems associated with widespread educator burnout are real and while there are a lot of really well-intentioned efforts being made in the field to solve them, most center on educator self-care. Here’s the issue with this: on a neurobiological level, what society traditionally thinks of as self-care simply isn’t possible without first receiving care in relationships. That is why this workshop is designed to provide educators with real, live experience with being calmed and cared for through relationships (also known as co-regulation). With enough repeated experiences with co-regulation, educators develop the brain structures and skills for self-regulation, self-care, and resilience in the face of stress.

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Following this workshop, educators will be able to:

  • Show increased awareness of their own feelings, needs and perspectives
  • Have a greater ability to hold healthy boundaries
  • Increase self-compassion, self-confidence and self-worth
  • Identify and plan next steps for continued growth

Continued Development

The Alumni Network

While the Whole Educator Collective is all about growing educators, educators hold the power to transform schools. That's why, as the training comes to an end, membership in FuelEd’s alumni community begins! The alumni community is a place where educators are supported and empowered alongside a community of 15,000 like-minded others across the country who are similarly dedicated to growing their emotional intelligence and building relationship-driven schools.

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Educators in the FuelEd alumni network will be able to:

  • Reduce educator stress and increase educator wellness with a confidential, safe space to unpack stress and emotions in our peer support network
  • Increase hope and diminish isolation by experiencing peers with similar challenges in our group support circles
  • Intentionally practice and grow educator relationship skills with coaching and continued small group trainings
  • Amplify educator empowerment with events and workshops that highlight the ways educators are taking the training back to their schools to make change

What Educators Are Saying...

"FuelEd helped me truly understand what was standing in the way of my helping children from underserved areas be the best they can be. I worked through so many experiences from childhood to present and understand how to be a professional educator.”

“I have really learned to listen to my students' needs, to really understand the reasoning behind their behaviors, and to remove obstacles to feeling. I learned to help my students understand their emotions and be introspective. These new skills have helped me de-escalate conflicts."

“FuelEd has helped my team to become closer and to build relationships with one another more quickly and on a deeper level. This has enabled my staff of teachers to create a better network of support for one another and therefore, to better support our students."

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I train my staff after receiving this training?
The Whole Educator Collective is for educators to experience through the support of highly trained facilitators. If you would like to become a FuelEd trainer please send us a message.

Will I get materials?
Yes! All participants in live trainings will receive printed materials and those in online trainings will receive a digital workbook.

Do you offer CEUs for this session?
We have a relationship with the Texas Education Agency to provide CEU's for our work but it will vary based on the program and your location. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Can I come late or leave early?
Every minute of the training is critical both for the information as well as the relationships you will be building so we require attendance for the entirety of the program.