By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
The overall mission of youthfrontiers.org is to build positive school communities.
Two members of the non-profit organization came to the Four Seasons in Caledonia to work with the teachers, administration and support staff.
Youth Frontiers uses humor and positive reinforcement to help educators succeed.
“In order for us to accomplish our mission of the district for our students, we must have a rock solid foundation of having a positive climate and culture,” superintendent Ben Barton said. “We talk a lot about the importance of working as a team and taking a team approach to meeting all the needs of our students. Our investment in the honor retreat reinforces our focus on team.”
A three hour long presentation, which included audience participation, was meant to bring the teachers together as they prepare for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.
“Our retreat staff share personal stories centered on the values of the day,” according to their website.
“The retreat engaged our staff in activities that build community and transform them into a cohesive team, focused in a common direction,” Barton said. “This workshop helps staff affirm and acknowledge the contributions of their colleagues.”
The youthfrontiers retreat staff who were in Caledonia led the group of teachers in song. They had them break into groups and share who they felt most supported them in their day-to-day work environment.
They had to break into groups and sing songs in an “American Idol” style competiton.
The overall goal of the seminar is to help prepare the educators for a team approach towards teaching their students. The mission is to work with peers and help support one another in providing the best possible outcomes for children.
“We use laughter as a tool to help accomplish this mission,” Jorge Figueora of youthfrontiers said.