By Stephanie Burgevin

When talking to people at conferences or on the phone, we are often asked to help them discern why they should book an aha! Process workshop instead of one of the hundreds of other workshops that are out there. We have more than 50 different workshops, so I won’t go through all of them, but they are all about improving outcomes. Here’s what some attendees and consultants who facilitate our workshops had to say about a few of them:

Professional development from aha! Process is different because everything that’s said can be taken back and used in the classroom to help kids be more successful. It’s not a fly-by-night thing: “Oh, I’ll use it for a little bit.” It’s not a program; it’s strategies that help kids, and it doesn’t matter what reading program you’re using, it doesn’t matter what math program you’re using, it doesn’t matter what textbook you have. Everything has an impact on kids, and that’s unlike any other kind of professional development.


aha! Process professional development is different because it really does address a system. When I look at what it does for kids, kids are looking for relationships with their teachers. That’s what they really want, and this process helps teachers build relationships with students so that students have an opportunity to have hope. So it’s a model for hope that reaches every aspect of the school community, and I have worked with lots of different models. I have seen lots of things implemented across the country, and I have never seen anything do that like this.


Early  Childhood: The workshops on early childhood education help educators answer the all-important question, “What are the most important things to do or say when interacting with young children?” With limited time and few resources, caring adults want to know how to maximize their time and efforts. These concerns are directly addressed in the Vocabulary and Mental Model Development and Readiness Skills and Relationship Building workshops.


The value of the Bridges Out of Poverty training is that any business, organization, or community that has employees from poverty or works with people in poverty gets to explore poverty in a different way and see how people are affected. They get to see the strengths, as well as the barriers, for people in poverty. They get to explore strategies that build sustainability for their business, organization, or community.


Attending A Framework for Understanding Poverty training empowers you to understand the incredible bond that exists between all human beings to survive and prosper. The shared understanding that is fostered by this training liberates participants to see beyond the hidden rules of middle class.


Motivation: Any educator who has ever wondered what motivation looks like, why some students have it and some do not, and how to enhance motivational tendencies will benefit from the Motivation: How to Motivate Students to Increase Performance workshop. Participants leave with a plan for enhancing goal-directed behaviors of students, self, and significant others!


One should attend Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World to help investigators learn more about the causes of poverty and explore their strengths and weaknesses while doing an honest self and community assessment. This workshop helps you learn skills and empowerment to build resources while building stability for your life. One investigator said, “This is the best life skills group I’ve ever attended.”


The Research-Based Strategies workshop features teaching strategies that meet the needs of all students but are critical for those from under-resourced backgrounds. Teachers who face the challenge of differentiating instruction for individual students’ needs are pleased to learn that the strategies presented during this workshop require very little effort and no additional classroom time once they are developed.


The Application of Research-Based Strategies for Math training helps students enjoy and understand mathematics. It helps math teachers understand our students better and why mathematics is a challenging subject for many of them.


Our goal is to give you hands-on strategies while assisting you in connecting with those you work with (students and adults) and helping them overcome their obstacles. That works in any school, business, or other organization!