Welcome to SCEL
Are you interested in how children and adults can become better thinkers? Better problem solvers? Better decision makers? Would you like to know more about how to assess someone’s learning potential? The Southeastern Center for the Enhancement of Learning (SCEL) offers programs and curricula that have been shown to enhance learning skills. As a result of our proven training, we can equip the parent, teacher, therapist, employee or employer, with the necessary skills to help themselves and/or others – from ages three to adult – become better lifelong learners.
The SCEL Training Experience - What makes it special?
Any Cognitive Enrichment Training is a special experience, but we like to
think that Cognitive Enrichment Training at SCEL is “extra special.” The main
thing that makes it so special is the fellowship with some very interesting
people--from our certified trainers to our interesting mix of novice and
experienced participants. Trainees come to us from a wide variety of settings:
public schools, charter schools, private schools, special needs schools, home
schools, educational therapy settings, and clinical practice. Add to this the
geographical diversity –which in past years has included participants from
eleven different states (literally coast to coast from Georgia to California)
and ten different countries –mainly from Europe, but also including Russia, UAE
and Thailand, and you have fertile ground for intellectual “sharing.”
A second thing that makes our training “extra special” is the quality of our training staff. All of our certified trainers have earned advanced degrees, have extensive classroom experience, and have completed many hours of Cognitive Enrichment training—some of which, for each trainer-- has been through International ICELP Workshops. Their dedication to our training makes it possible for us to offer smaller classes in order to meet individual training needs.
We try to limit our classes to ten participants, and, with our own staff trainers, can often offer classes with as few as six trainees. Each class is conducted by a certified trainer who is present for all the sessions –even if there are occasional guest presenters. This insures continuity and efficiency of time use, and more importantly, provides a contact person for after training follow-up. (For information on SCEL Trainers check the website under Contact Us.)
The availability of Teacher’s Guides and a Training Notebook with resources for each course is also an important extra. We feel that part of our training is to help participants learn how to use the Guides. We have chosen to include them in our registration fee rather than make them optional and available for purchase at additional expense. We also provide internet access at the training site.
As important as these aspects of our training are, however, there is another element that really makes the difference—that is a big dose of Southern Hospitality. In order to minimize the interruptions inherent in full day training, we furnish lunch and two breaks daily. Breaks and lunch are valuable times for discussion and interaction among trainers and participants.
Our trainers are sensitive to individual needs, and are anxious to give our trainees individual attention, but our main resource in this department is our hospitality chairperson. She is available to help with any problems that may arise.
Finally, when you train at SCEL, we say, “We are yours forever!” You are free to contact us at any time for advice or just to chat.
SCEL held its annual Summer Training Workshop June 18 -19 on the Alpharetta campus of DeVry University. Classes completed include Basic Level I and II in addition to all three levels of Standard. Eight individual schools were represented along with private practitioners, social workers, speech therapists, and business owners. We had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and had an amazing two weeks learning together.
SCEL also trained teachers and administrators on-site at the Morris School District in New Jersey where district-wide interest is growing. SCEL is working with the Morris School District to do further training in October and helping them prepare for their initial implementation.
SCEL is excited to partner with the following schools as they commence implementation of FIE in their schools or expand their existing implementation to include more opportunities for their students:
- Brookstone School - Charlotte, North Carolina (www.brookstoneschools.org)
- North Carolina School for the Deaf - Morganton, North Carolina (www.ncsd.net)
- North Cobb Christian School - Kennesaw, Georgia (www.ncchristian.org)
- Perimeter Christian School - Johns Creek, Georgia (www.perimeterschool.org)
- Prince Avenue Academy - Athens, Georgia (www.princeave.org)
- Morris School District - Morristown, New Jersey (www.morrisschooldistrict.org)
- Rocky Bayou Christian School - Niceville, Florida (www.rbcs.org)
- Imago Dei at TCA - Valencia, California (www.trinityclassicalacademy.com)
More Training Opportunities
We have had many inquiries regarding subsequent training before the Summer 2013 Workshops. SCEL is looking into scheduling on-going training. If you are interested in training outside of the Summer Workshop, please go to the "contact us" page and send us an inquiry with what courses you would like to take and what dates would work best for you. We look forward to meeting your future training needs by offering periodic classes through out the year.
Upcoming Trip to Israel
New owner and training coordinator, Pam Hull will be traveling to Jerusalem, Israel in the first weeks of September to observe the life-changing work being done at the Feuerstein Institute and introduce herself to Reuven and his son, Rafi. Meetings are planned with the upper level staff to collaboratively develop how SCEL can better meet training needs here in the United States. A tour of the historic city is planned. Check back for photos and the next update.