I will be presenting on DIRT GROUP/inclusion on Saturday November 15th at a “Super Saturday” training for the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) in Golden Valley, Minnesota ( http://mnaeyc-mnsaca.org/ ), and delivering the keynote at the Central Minnesota School Counselors winter Conference (as well as a break-out session) at St. Cloud Technical College on December 12th
( http://cmsca.webs.com/ ) . Thank you, Kenny!!
Discussion on DIRT GROUP and successful brain development
DIRT GROUP and applied theory
Implications for education
DIRT GROUP is an experiential social skills training group based in the context of a gardening / farming project for at-risk youth but the implications for practice in early childhood, special education, and mainstream education, as well as mental health are profound.
DIRT GROUP participants gain tangible results through increased social competencies which prepare them for life, increase achievements, and thereby their self-esteem. Through their participation DIRT GROUP members experience pride, ownership, and social inclusion and have the opportunity to participate in, and contribute to their communities producing a “big ripple effect “
Watch this blog for more information. Kenny has two upcoming presentations on DIRT GROUP on November 15th in the Twin Cities metro area and December 12th. Watch this blog for more info.
Next: How DIRT GROUP is grounded in and informed by four major theories from the fields of Sociology, Social Work, Education, and Psychology.
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As the cooler temperatures continue in Minnesota I am reminded of time spent last year in the Willmar Community Greenhouse and look forward to another growing season right around the corner…