The Art of Connecting: Communication Skills Training for Teachers, School Counselors, and Education Administrators

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Since the advent of smartphone communications, skills for high-quality face-to-face engagement have become seriously at risk in education today. There is growing conversation and research about how prolonged time on social media has an isolating effect of on young people. Due to the seemingly perpetual demands and distractions of mobile/cell phone devices, there is a greater need for excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skill development than ever before.

This course is designed to satisfy each individual participant’s need to deepen their ability to listen, learn, and teach high-quality face-to-face engagement lessons. Participants will learn through modeling, improvisation, and practical exercises. The course focuses on improving interpersonal engagement by improving participants’ ability to communicate with poise, effectiveness, and responsiveness to another person’s present moment behavior, thoughts, feelings, and needs. Participants will learn how to listen with empathy and to communicate with authentic expressiveness.

Participants will practice highly engaging interactive exercises in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. Students will learn how to concentrate on the here and now between people with sensitivity and authenticity in the present moment with others. Participants will learn how to recognize and value others with the thought in mind “that people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

This course teaches and models how to inspire others’ self-expression, self-awareness, and self-development. From start to finish, the instructor will teach and model how to create and maintain an educational climate that is conducive to collaboration, where participants are open to enjoying new experiences while learning to trust themselves and others.

This course’s pedagogy draws from the instructor’s forty years of professional interdisciplinary practice toward the aim of improving human relations. Presently, Dr. Santana is a Professor of Directing Actors for Film at Columbia University Graduate Film School and teaches his Communication Skills Training course (The Art of Connecting) for executives from the worlds’ leading media companies at the School of Visual Art in New York City. His doctoral work in the area of reaching at-risk teenagers, “Honoring Dionysus: Listening Deeply to Young People’s Lives also informs this course, as does his work as the exclusive Inter-Active Teaching Instructor for the US Army Central Electronic Command (CECOM). 

Target audience

  • Teachers: primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs; 
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counselors; 
  • Headteachers, principals, and managers of schools.

Head teacher of classroom management courses: Ilaria Barbieri

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us (teachertraining@europass.it); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.

Details, locations and dates

  • Price: 480€
  • Activities included: if not otherwise specified all courses includes at least one city guided tour and one full day excursion.
  • Lessons are from Monday to Saturday, if not stated otherwise.
  • Class Schedule: class activities will take place in Morning (9 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).

Next courses in Florence

  • 22-27 June 2020
  • 29 June - 4 July 2020

Next courses in Nice

  • 10-15 August 2020

Not a EU teacher? This course is for you too!

Our courses are designed to fit the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, but are available also for teachers from all non EU countries.

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