I'm home today. I turned down two gigs. The first was Girl's High School PE the second was High School Band. I do believe specialization is for insects, but I try to know my limits.
Wednesday I am working at the Gerber School.
"Today the school provides special education services to residents of our Residential Treatment Program and some young men from the Transitional Living House.
Serves children and youth in grades 4-12.
Built in 1982 to meet residents' special education needs.
Funding provided by the United Methodist Women of the Central Illinois
Conference and Mrs. Alma Trevett Gerber in memory of her husband, Winfred D. Gerber."
Circle of Courage
Agency-wide, Cunningham uses the Circle of Courage resiliency model, articulated by Brendtro, Brokenleg and Van Bockern in Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our hope for the future to guide our youths' psycho-social development.
The Circle is in keeping with the Cunningham philosophy of "Kids' Needs First" and our agency tradition of family, and involves four interrelated dimensions: Belonging (attachment), Mastery (achievement), Independence (autonomy), and Generosity (altruism).
The Circle of Courage has no sharp edges. It serves as a nurturing framework for guiding a child away from isolation and despair into a community of love and caring. In the words of poet Edwin Markham:
He drew a circle to shut me out.
Heretic, rebel a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win.
We drew a circle that took him in.