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Guiding Cooperation for Educators

Guiding Cooperation for Educators trains teachers in contemporary educational neuroscience, and offers them tools for bringing it to life in everyday interactions in the classroom. Equipped with brain science and a new way of understanding challenging behaviors, teachers are more able to manage challenging behaviors with positive tools, and to guide cooperation for the entire classroom. 


Your school community will learn effective tools from experienced educators and researchers. Delivered in a hybrid format, they will practice tools in community, learn about best practices, and access lectures & supportive visuals. 


Guiding Cooperation offers teachers a shared framework and language for supporting children through challenge, navigating tough dynamics and ultimately, supporting calm & cooperation.

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Benefits for Teachers

  • Increased knowledge about child development and educational neuroscience that informs classroom practice

  • Concrete resources and tools immediately ready for application and use in the classroom

  • Community building with colleagues and grade level teams and shared language for resolving challenges

Benefits for Administrators

  • Supportive environment to offer school communities the most up to date research in educational neuroscience and social emotional learning

  • Community building and supportive templates for working together so that accountability extends beyond our work together and into the lives of your teachers and staff 

  • Visual resources, workbooks, infographics and more for ongoing access by your staff

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Why Guiding Cooperation?

Our program goal is that all educators have the research based skills & frameworks to support children with positive interventions so that all children can both access support and also, cooperate.

Relying on social emotional and neuroscience research, we take relationship-based tools and concepts and streamline them for educators working with groups of students. In order for any learning to happen, we first orient educators around regulation and co-regulation.

The Guiding Cooperation program is designed to:

  • Deliver resources to schools in a cohort model, strengthening teams in the process

  • Reinforce educator community with regular meetings, and to nurture reflection in the classroom community 

  • Provide ongoing learning through lectures by Dr. Chelsey and Dr. Robin, coupled with live reflection and school-wide professional development

Real Outcomes

I have seen really big changes in my students and classroom when I use the Guiding Cooperation approach. I have enjoyed the content and the constant reminder of the basics of what our students and staff and teachers are dealing with. Having a safe forum to focus on the emotional struggles has been great. Helping the relationships and emotional well-being changes the energy and learning in the room.


-Margaret, Special Education Educator, AUHSD


Today's training was the best staff development day that we have had in a long time. I feel that everything we learned today can be used in the classroom, and my table was able to pick a student and apply it to all the lessons we were talking about.

-Nick, Teacher, Wellspring School

With this program, I've learned how to prioritize my students unique needs, socially and emotionally- especially given the pandemic context. I've learn the importance of positive tone and language. As teachers, we've learned all of this before, but the Guiding Cooperation approach and specific steps helped me better reflect on the skills in a way I'd never experienced before.


-Camille, Teacher, Saklan Elementary 


Doing Guiding Cooperation as a team so we all learn together and focus on using these same principles is really helpful.  I really like the emphasis on the positivity and describing behaviors and efforts in a positive way and altering our language can really make a big difference with our students. 

-Natalie, Speech Pathologist, AUHSD

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