Strengths or weaknesses?

Most children have both. Which do you focus on in your home or classroom learning experiences? Many of us know how important it is to work with our strengths; however, putting that into practice flies in the face of how our brains are wired. Come join us for a workshop on strategies and skills to identify and override our natural tendency to notice and want to work on what our kids aren’t doing well. Learn how to incorporate strength-based practices into your home and classroom with two experienced strength-based practitioners.

Who will benefit most from this certificate course?

Educators, parents and caregivers who would like to deepen their understanding of using strengths to promote lifelong learning.

Learning Outcomes
Following successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify their strengths and the strengths of their learners
  • Identify the obstacles to using strengths, especially in challenging times
  • Explore a variety of tools to use with learners to build self-awareness of individual strengths
  • Describe how the strength-based model builds resilience in self and others
  • Acquire a basic understanding of resiliency strategies for self and learners

How: Presented in partnership with the Transformative Learning Foundation. See workshop page for more info.

When: Wednesdays, 9/16 – 10/7, 2020 at 5:00 – 6:30 PM PDT
(See timezone converter)

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: $195 USD

*** Note: TLF recently added a “Pay What You Can” option. No one will be turned away for an inability to pay. Please contact us at for more details. ***

Facilitators: Monica Cochran and Kathy Magnusson

Monica CochranMonica Cochran, M.Ed. has worked with children, parents and other adults in a wide variety of educational, hospital and business settings for over 40 years. She has been active in alternative education since 1978, home educated two of her own children, and has worked with other home educating and distance learning families since 1997. She has vast experience in helping learners of all ages and abilities enjoy learning. She especially enjoys helping learners who have both unique talents and unique challenges develop their strengths and create learning experiences that work for them. Currently, Monica works with learners and their families around the world through her private practice, Learning Without Borders.

Monica earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in a multi-disciplinary program in child development, social work, and early childhood education and a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in special education with certifications in learning disabilities and emotional impairment. She also earned a Primary Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society and is an Advanced DIR practitioner. Since 1997, following her youngest son’s auto accident, she has also been active in supporting survivors of brain injuries and learners with other health and developmental issues, as they redesign their lives.

Kathy MagnussonKathy Magnusson, M. Ed. believes learning is an adventure. She has over 25 years of working with youth in a variety of formal and informal settings. Kathy taught as a public school science teacher and developed a leadership program for girls ages 10 and up. Kathy has earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota.

As the owner of Wildewood Learning, Kathy develops tailor-made professional development opportunities for educators and youth professionals that will support them in designing positive learning environments for their students. Kathy is an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Interface trainer, she provides training to professionals in trauma-informed and resilience-based practices. Kathy believes educators and youth professionals need to develop their own social and emotional learning skills to create meaningful relationships with students, creating a ripple effect that changes the process of learning for all.