The Children’s Guild is guided by Transformation Education (TranZed), an organizational philosophy and operation system for child-serving organizations. TranZed helps The Children’s Guild create a flexible, brain-compatible organizational culture that emphasizes the values, skills and beliefs necessary for a successful life. Environment is a pillar of TranZed, which emphasizes brain-based learning through stimulating visuals. Throughout our website you will see examples of TranZed environments.
Transformation Education: A Case Study of the Children’s Guild
Researchers from The George Washington University conducted a study that explored the impact of Transformation Education on The Children’s Guild and two of its programs showing strong outcomes.
The Transformation Education 8
Culture shapes everything we do at The Children’s Guild. Our Transformation Education 8 provides a comprehensive way of creating a culture that engages every student and fosters achievement to the greatest extent possible, and experiences that meet the needs of every learner. Transformation Education 8 provides authentic, real world experiences that enable every child to thrive.
The most significant characteristic of a Transformation Education program is the infusion of specific values throughout all aspects of the programs’ people, systems, environment, and curriculum. Daily culture card meetings reinforce the organization’s messages about agile thinking and flexibility.
Focus on Well-being
Programs comprehensively address children’s emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioral needs in shaping children’s values and community involvement. Through mindfulness exercise, positive relationships with adults, and the development of self-regulation strategies; children are equipped with the skills needed to excel in their journey of personal growth and thrive.
Enriched Environments & Experiences
Physical environments shape the feeling, thinking, and behavior of all that are immersed in them. In a Transformation Education program, the physical environment is intentionally used to stimulate the intellect, excite the senses, and touch the emotions.
Knowledge about the brain and how the brain learns benefits students, staff, and parents. Transformation Education programs teach students and staff how the brain learns so they become lifelong learners.
Behavior Motivation Continuum
Transformation Education programs embrace a transdisciplinary approach to behavior motivation, including a framework for positive behaviors, neuroscience, occupational therapy, child development theory, and restorative practices. By combining prominent concepts from multi-disciplinary approaches, children are provided with individualized, meaningful learning experiences before, during, and after a behavioral incident to help them develop effective self-regulation of their behavior.
Exposure to the arts has a pervasive, positive impact on children. Transformation Education programs provide children with the opportunity to experience the performing arts, visual arts, and music in their program and the community.
Children and staff positively impact the community in which they live. Through community projects and advocacy, children are introduced to community issues in which they can contribute their voice.
The solution to any problem starts with oneself. Using the Transformation Education Problem Solving Process, children and staff develop the skills to realistically approach problems, recognize their own contributions, take responsibility, and implement solutions.