Inspired by our clients: A catalog was created

October 23, 2007 Published by

After hearing from many of you about your successes in your schools and communities and finding new inspiration as we read your stories, we realized that these nuggets of optimism deserved their rightful place alongside the array of products and services we are offering in our first-everaha! Process catalog. Also, thanks to your requests, we are now offering a complete, all-in-one place to find just the solution you are looking for.

How does one describe what all we do at aha! Process? We have 112 products, 37 different workshops, and offer on-site consulting in our comprehensive improvement model for schools and communities. We are also proud to work with our thousands of certified trainers who have attended our Trainer Certification workshops.

So, we invite you to download what we hope is an easy-to-use resource, grouped by product families, with selected workshop descriptions and U.S. National Tour dates—along with descriptions of personal experiences from many of you. I refer to just a few of the resources in the catalog for you to review. But browse for yourself—and see what products resonate with you.

We have some fantastic and effective tools for the classroom and the community. Have you ever used manga in your classroom? Manga is the Japanese word for drawing in a comic style. On page 20 we have a catchy manga comic for your science students called Nona Lisa #1: The Case of the HydroLogic Heist that teaches about the water cycle in a very fast-paced, fun way. Using this mental model with your students, you’ll be sure they capture the lesson and remember the details. They might even say it’s cool.

I’m sure that by now you’ve heard of Dr. Ruby Payne’s release of the aha! Process Classroom Simulations that teach classroom discipline. Try to beat them! I’ve played the simulations, and I get caught up in beating the game and increasing my scores. I’ve learned from our new, young teachers entering the field that this computer-based solution is an ideal learning tool for them, as they are very familiar with computer games, Internet gaming, and using the Internet to solve problems. If you have teachers struggling with discipline, I encourage you to check out the demo that is available.  Solutions developed by grade level are available for review on page 12 of the catalog.

Mary Gruza, a Getting Ahead graduate, shares an aha! moment in Phil DeVol’s blog.  She talks about the future story she was able to develop as a result of her interaction and participation in Getting Ahead classes, which deal with developing a plan of economic security for oneself. Books like Bridges Out of Poverty, which provide guidance in building prosperous communities, begin on page 22 of the new catalog. We’ve found it to be true that to build sustainable communities it takes many partners from the community coming to the table. This includes people from poverty, middle class, and wealth; people in business, government, nonprofits, and schools. Check out the community endorsement of Bonnie Bazata in South Bend, Indiana. We are proud to be an involved partner in the change that is occurring in South Bend.

Take the time to read the other comments submitted by clients that appear in the catalog. It is truly amazing the changes that are happening one person at a time, one school at a time, one community at a time. We know this new catalog provides an easy-to-use format to find books, DVDs, and materials to assist you in your mission of teaching, educating, and changing the lives of individuals in poverty. I hope to hear from you with suggestions for future catalogs to make them even more user-friendly. Feel free to pass the catalog along to someone else who might have a need for one of our solutions.

-Ruth Weirich, aha! Process

 

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