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Teacher Career Pathways

NEW YORK, NY – Marcus Artigliere is a Teacher Team Leader with Teacher Career Pathways, part of the Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality with the New York City Department of Education. TCP works to build capacity of teachers and schools in an effort to promote sustainable change. This is achieved through one on one peer coaching, facilitating leadership conversations, fostering collaboration in schools, and creating strategic adult learning opportunities.
After an earlier experience working with The Art of Learning Project while teaching seminars to graduate students at Hunter College, Artigliere was interested in introducing the learning principles to a larger audience of educators. He applied to our book donation program in order to share copies of The Art of Learning with other teacher team leaders, potentially reaching over 280 schools in New York City. His goal with this project was to encourage new ways of thinking about learning and how to create new learning experiences with others.
The participants used excerpts from The Art of Learning as their professional literature. As a group, they discussed how the learning principles could be used to develop their leadership coaching skills.
“The book was helpful to push our thinking on the benefit of risk taking, reflection, and inquiry around both our instruction and our coaching practice,” Artigliere explained. The participants felt that this experience will not only help them to be more reflective about their practice, but will encourage them to learn from their missteps moving forward.

MP4P – Mental Practice For Performance

RICHMOND, VA – Scott Rohlwing created MP4P to address what he saw as the lack of emotional intelligence and performance psychology instruction for adolescents in both athletic and academic environments. “As a society, we’ve become so busy that tasks supersede just about everything. Many people are growing up not understanding Emotional Intelligence, relationship skills, coping skills, and mental strategies,” Rohlwing told the JWF. “I thoroughly believe that emotions are extremely important and the more we are educated on emotions, the more aware we are, and the more we can manage emotions, the better performers we will become and ultimately, better people. Embrace your emotion, acknowledge it, enhance it.”

Rohlwing is currently teaching a Mental Performance course to adults at the University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. In this course his students explore the ideas of Emotional Intelligence and Performance Psychology through learning principles such as Investment in Loss, Beginner’s Mind, Using Adversity, Making Smaller Circles, Downward Spiral, Stress and Recovery, and Power of Presence.

He is further developing the MP4P program with a local volleyball club, and plans to expand to a variety of youth programs such as gymnastics, soccer, and football. Ultimately, he hopes to expand to offering elective courses in middle schools and high schools through mobile learning and online micro-lessons.

Optimum Performance Training Institute

COLUMBIA, MD – OPTI is a holistic preventive healthcare network and performance training institute dedicated to educating people about how to use movement, nutrition, recovery, psychology, and mindset to care for themselves in all aspects of their lives. Corey Beavin, a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Director of Education and Internships, explains “Just as you need to learn basic algebra to do your taxes, or literacy in order to get by in the world, you need to be educated about how to take care of your physical body. Rather than being attached to the outcomes of your weight or what you can lift, this needs to be a process-oriented approach.”

The entire OPTI team of personal trainers, physical therapists, and nutritionists has begun to use The Art of Learning principles with their individual clients. In addition, they are bringing Resilience based principles such as Investment in Loss, Beginner’s Mind, and Using Adversity into their physical education initiative, which aims to teach principals and physical education teachers across the nation about providing their students with sustainable solutions for their physical lives. “I heard Josh speak and listened to his book and it completely aligned with my life and mission to change the education system of people, specifically in the realm of health as it relates to movement,” Beavin told the JWF. “The JW Foundation is an amazing resource and partner in people learning the realities of how to continue to gain competency in movement which, in its foundation, is a process-oriented, self-regulated behavior that views adversity as a learning challenge.”

Creative Learning and Collaborative Composition

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – Nikola Tošic is an improvisational jazz musician who facilitates creative music making workshops to students of varying ages and musical experience and teaches music in a free afterschool program for children in an underserved community.

His initial connection with the JW Foundation was as a contributor to our Learning Journal with his piece entitled Loving the Game of Making Music.

After exploring his personal relationship to The Art of Learning principles, Tošic began to think about how he could further incorporate these concepts into his teaching. “The Art of Learning has had a major role in reshaping my approach to obstacles and adversities, unlearning, maintaining presence, and cultivating quality in life. It feels natural to share this information and these experiences with my students,” he explains.

Within his creative music making workshops, Tošic is using learning principles such as Value Process Before Results, Investment in Loss, Beginner’s Mind, Breaking Down Walls, Internal Solution, and Downward Spiral to help his students embrace the process of working collaboratively to create something new.

“I try to have open discussions on ‘what just happened’ in the workshops which allows the participants to share what they noticed during a creative exercise (like a social dynamic, a problem-solution, coincidences etc). The nature of collaborative composition is that there are always obstacles, which usually need to be overcome in a novel way. ”

ONE Boulder Fitness

BOULDER, CO – Jessica Reiss, the Personal Training Director at ONE Boulder Fitness, supervises a staff of 13 personal trainers.  In her role as director, Reiss is interested in providing her trainers with the space to utilize their own creativity while supporting them in drawing on all of their strengths to provide their clientele with the best possible fitness experience.

She plans to have all of her trainers read The Art of Learning and to provide active workshops in which they practice the learning principles through movements. The team will then identify specific learning principles to incorporate into their training, such as how Making Smaller Circles by focusing on one area of the body with depth and intensity can help a person develop the tools to improve strength overall.
“In asking important questions like how to look inward, the internal growth will allow them to shine brighter for their clients,” Reiss says.  “I want to lead them into self discovery to become safely vulnerable in front of their clients to allow dialogue and relationship building.”
Reiss is particularly drawn to the concepts of Investment in Loss and Using Adversity within the realm of physical fitness.  “People get caught up with failures, which feel very real when experienced in the form of physical pain and discomfort. They don’t utilize these interpreted expressions of failure as part of success.  These failures diffuse them.  We have to see the value and the effort, not the outcome.”
With both her trainers and her personal clients, Reiss is interested in exploring the relationship between physical and emotional responses to adversity.  She plans to incorporate visualization and meditative breathing to help her staff and clientele create positive habits in one area of their lives in order to positively affect the whole.

Urban Art Beat

NEW YORK, NY – Urban Art Beat is a platform for creative expression, partnering talented artists and dedicated volunteers with under-served schools and organizations in New York City and around the world.  They believe that creative expression through the arts has the potential to enhance the mind, spirit, and artistic energy of youth and engage them in shaping a vision for their community’s future.  They empower youth, fight educational injustice, and reduce dropout rates by creating reliable partnerships and innovative projects through Hip Hop culture and arts education.

Jake Rich, UAB’s Assistant Director, approached the JW Foundation with an interest in bringing The Art of Learning principles to both the teaching artists within his program and the students with whom they work.

“Proper form is a crucial foundation for achieving success in any discipline, and learning how to learn can make everything a person does more efficient and effective,” Rich explains.  “I wish I had the opportunity to read The Art of Learning as a teenager and now I’m thrilled to be able to teach the principles to creative young people in NYC.  I’m confident our partnership with the JWF will be invaluable in guiding our students and teaching artists alike towards reaching our full potential.”

Photo credit: Rae Maxwell
Photo credit: Rae Maxwell

All Urban Art Beat teaching artists read The Art of Learning and participated in discussions and presentations on the content during their summer Professional Development retreat. With a focus on creating a common language and model for teaching, the retreat provided a platform from which teaching artists could plan for how to incorporate The Art of Learning principles into their work with students over the course of the school year.

In the coming semester, the teaching artists will discuss chapters of the book in their monthly meetings and work with some of the ideas outlined in the teacher, student, and parent companion guides.