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Kaleidoscope Academies - Phase 1 & Phase 2 - Anchorage, AK

  • Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa 401 E. 6th Ave. Anchorage, AK USA (map)

Want to change the trajectory of the lives of children and youth? Then, you need to be here!

It’s working! Youth and adults are changing how they see themselves and their communities. For youth to succeed in school and life, they need a network of caring, connected adults who can guide and help them thrive amid life’s challenges. 

Based on the world's best social-emotional research, Kaleidoscope Connect Academies equip you with the tools you need to work alongside youth to amplify their strengths and self-activate their complex systems of support.

Kaleidoscope Connect gives adults a “full-color lens,” providing a better understanding of youth and the daily battles they face: bullying, drugs, alcohol, suicidal ideation, and more. Using a strengths-based approach, these professional development training Academies will enable you to recognize, appreciate, and magnify what is right about youth, thereby assuring their chance to succeed and flourish. This renewed clarity gives you the tools and opportunities to connect with youth as they grow in meaningful and measurable ways.

Who should attend?

Anyone who works with children and youth, whether in a school, family-serving organization, faith-based community, parents, relatives, or friends of teens. We also encourage teens/young adults to join us.

** Phase 1 and Phase 2 are concurrent. Participants must have completed Phase 1 in order to attend Phase 2. **

Phase 1 Academy  

If you are new to Kaleidoscope Connect, this session provides a solid introduction to our framework, principles, and practices. During this interactive session, you will...

  • Learn about the power of Kaleidoscope Connect’s Integrative Youth Development™ (IYD) framework
  • Practice methods for connecting with youth and helping them self-activate their Webs of Support to build resilience and avoid risk-taking behaviors
  • Discover the power of the Student Support Card™ data collection and analysis tools

Phase 2 Academy

For those who have previously completed Phase 1. During this lively session, you will...

  • Deepen your understanding of Kaleidoscope Connect’s Integrative Youth Development™ (IYD) framework
  • Practice how to analyze the Student Support Card™ assessment data and coach youth and adults to effectively and efficiently understand, interpret, and amplify what is right and strong about youth 
  • Gain applicable insights for implementing IYD as a comprehensible, overarching framework for other programs and initiatives

What’s the cost? 

Registration fee covers two full days of hands-on training and materials.

  • Adult Only - $249
  • Student Only (high school or college) - $89
  • Adult + Student together - $315 total

LODGING: Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa — When making your reservation, use the block name, Brightways Learning, to receive the block rate of $105.00 + tax per night. Discounted rate expires 9/22/17.

AIRFARE: When booking Alaska Airlines flights to Anchorage for this Academy, you can use a code to receive a 7% discount. Please contact us for the discount code. The discount code is good for arrival/departure 3 days before and after the event.

Who are the facilitators?

  • Derek Peterson has almost four decades of experience as a child/youth advocate in Alaska and worldwide. He guides local, state, national, and international policy makers and program leaders to see and understand youth through a new lens. Derek created Integrative Youth Development and its Student Support Card assessment, transforming the complexity of youth development into an easy-to-understand framework that guides the best practices of numerous programs, communities, and school districts through Brightways Learning's Kaleidoscope Connect.
  • Laura Williams has over 20 years of experience working within and across organizations to improve community response to individuals who have experienced trauma. She supports leaders of local, state, and national initiatives with the concepts and methods they need to influence change within complex systems.  A passionate advocate, Laura embraces Integrative Youth Development’s approach to supporting the whole world around each whole youth. 
  • Lisa "Kersch" Kerscher has worked in K-12 educational curriculum development and school staff training for nearly two decades, including her consultant work and as Education Director for Brightways Learning. Over the last seven years, Kersch has co-developed the organization's Kaleidoscope Connect services and Student Support Card assessment, based on the Integrative Youth Development framework. She supports education entities to implement Kaleidoscope Connect to help see each other - especially students - in "Full Color".

Course Credits

Educators can receive 500-level Course Credit for their successful attendance and participation in either our Phase 1 or Phase 2 Academy during this training event. 

    (This Academy) had such a profound effect on me and the way I look at student support and how we all need to help them and support them. I always knew this, but you’ve opened my eyes even more. I can’t thank you enough.
    — Past Participant