Fall Dates Announced for Shawn Achor’s Happiness Advantage Orange Frog Workshop
A Favorite of School Districts
“The wonderful thing about The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog training is that anyone can lead it. In my situation, I introduced my staff to it as the superintendent, but we have enabled all staff members to take charge. Our chartering team has members of administration, teachers, support staff, secretaries, and even our maintenance man. It's hard for anyone to argue the difference it has made with everyone in our district.”
-- Joel Pedersen Superintendent, Cardinal Community School District
On September 19 – 21, 2017, International Thought Leader Network (ITLN) will hold Shawn Achor’s Happiness Advantage l Orange Frog Workshop and Train-the-Trainer at Mission Beach in San Diego, CA for a limited number of participants.
More than a decade of research has shown that our formula for happiness is backwards; happiness fuels success, not the other way around. Shawn Achor in his best-selling book The Happiness Advantage outlines the research case based upon hundreds of studies worldwide showing that happiness is one of the greatest competitive advantages you can give a brain, raising creativity and productive energy, as well as buffering against stress and depression. It is essential in rapidly changing environments and is a precursor to reaching our full potential.
This is why organizations and educators are lining up to schedule this workshop and why International Thought Leader Network is once again, after selling-out every session since 2015, providing it this Fall for a limited number of participants. The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog workshop provides a blueprint for increasing team, district and community engagement and tapping into people's intrinsic motivations. The workshop has been credited with raising engagement scores, increasing levels of optimism and well-being, reducing stress and producing record breaking educational outcomes.
The Happiness Advantage is based on years of research by positive psychology expert Shawn Achor and others in the field of positive psychology and neuroscience. Achor considered a leading expert on the connection between happiness and success spent 12 years at Harvard, winning over a dozen distinguished teaching awards before traveling to over 50 countries bringing his research to over one-third of the Fortune 100. His research has made the cover of Harvard Business Review and his TED Talk is one of the most popular ever, with over 15 million views. In addition to The Happiness Advantage, he is the author of New York Times best-selling books Before Happiness, as well as his immensely popular business parable The Orange Frog.
Gallop Education, in a 2014 survey of more than 7,000 teachers regarding various aspects of their workplaces, reports nearly seven in ten are not emotionally connected to or are dissatisfied with their workplaces, believing their opinions don’t matter at work. The Happiness Advantage l Orange Frog Workshop allows educators to address this problem while moving everyone from information to transformation. “We’re seeing the impact of this work in school districts around the country. Superintendents, staff, faculty, students, and entire communities are embracing healthy cultures and positive environments as the foundation for success. Our mission is to create an active community of leaders and learners around the country who are putting this science to work, and build upon the research, to better our schools and improve educational outcomes,” note ITLN co-founders Greg Kaiser and Greg Ray.
Become a force for positivity in education. If your district is not fully maxed out with positivity, don't miss this unique opportunity to experience The Happiness Advantage The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog Workshop™ provides a dynamic, experiential approach to applying Shawn Achor’s leading research on positive psychology in education and translates it into a powerful solution for creating lasting behavioral changes for participants and sustaining a more positive culture in your school or district.
Register now for San Diego to ensure your spot; seating is limited!
The Cardinal School District Story
In 2009, Cardinal Community School District could be said to have had the deck stacked against them, and it was true. Its county had recently been rated as having the lowest income in the state. When Joel Pedersen took on the role of Superintendent in 2010, he was heavily advised against it. At the time, due to Open Enrollment, students were leaving the district in record numbers, crippling the district financially. ACT and student achievement scores were down and Cardinal was named a Persistently Low Achieving School. Attendance rates were down, and perhaps most importantly, there was a crisis of identity. “We’re Just Cardinal” was a popular excuse for any sub-optimal performance.
Pedersen sought to change all that by focusing on building a Positive Culture. In 2015 Pedersen introduced “The Orange Frog,” seeking to become the first “Orange Frog District” in the country. Positive Results followed. According to Pederson, “The wonderful thing about The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog training is, anyone can lead it. In my situation, I introduced my staff to it as the superintendent, but we have enabled all staff members to take charge. Our chartering team has members of administration, teachers, support staff, secretaries, and even our maintenance man.
It's hard for anyone to argue the difference it has made with all levels of people in our district.” Joel Pedersen Superintendent, Cardinal Community School District highlights a $5.3 million bond passed by community approval rating of 66% (1st vote) in Wapello County, which was recently named the poorest county in Iowa by Wall Street Journal. ACT scores have increased by 3 composite points since 2009. $1 million net change in student open enrollment since 2005: -$350,000 revenue in 2005 to +$650,000 revenue in 2016.
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About Shawn Achor and International Thought Leader Network
Shawn Achor, in partnership with International Thought Leader Network (ITLN), assists education organizations around the world in bringing happiness research to life at work and in education through training, research partnerships, and large-scale interventions. The Happiness Advantage │Orange Frog Workshop™ and its accompanying business parable by Shawn Achor, The Orange Frog, are designed to deliver key lessons about The Happiness Advantage, serve as a rallying language for teams and organizations to embrace the book's principles, and provide the foundation for sustained positive behavioral change linked to desired organizational and educational outcomes.
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