Oct 19, 2011 3:02 PM by Andy Koen
A local non-profit agency is hosting a free education workshop next month to help parents, teachers and education professionals work together to improve student achievement. The Family Attachment Center's 7th Annual Achieving High Success in School Community Educational Symposium will take place at the Penrose House in Colorado Springs from 9am to 4pm on November 5.
Founder & Executive Director John Trentalange says the course is based on the principle that children perform best when their emotional well-being is served.
"Working with children as a therapist, I noticed there's a direct correlation between what's going on with children in school and and what's going on with them emotionally," Trentalange said.
He says the economy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in particular have added to the emotional trauma of children in the Pikes Peak Region and that that stress directly diminishes a their intellectual ability.
"There is a tremendous need for this type of training," Trentalange said.
The symposium will teach parents and educators how to identify and work through emotional problems in struggling students. It also teaches parents how to get out of "defense mode" and work as a team for with the teachers and staff for the sake of the child.
Teachers and education professionals who take the course will receive six hours of continuing education training. Attendance is free, but seating is limited. To enroll, call the Family Attachment Center at 719-632-3204 by October 28.