ThinkShops improve school performance

By Pam Bryant

Enhance performance and reduce stress. Understand your personality type and learning style. Improve communication skills and resolve conflict. These are just some of the objectives of a professional development series called ThinkShops™ recently launched by Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute (YLI).

ThinkShops helps educators and youth development professionals, offering tools and techniques that maximize effectiveness and performance in, and outside, the classroom. The series includes several nationally-recognized workshops based on scientifically-validated research.

“The purpose of ThinkShops is not to tell educators or other youth workers how to do their jobs,” said Stephen Lance, certified trainer for ThinkShops. “Through our partnerships, we have assembled a series of innovative best-practices that are proven to enhance performance. This has a direct impact on the lives of young people.” One YLI partner is the Institute of HeartMath (IHM), based in Boulder Creek, California. Through this partnership, YLI offers The Resilient Educator® training that teaches strategies to stop the negative impacts of stress – mentally, emotionally and physically.

“In my 22 years of teaching, these were the most beneficial workshops I ever attended,” wrote a high school educator. The workshops are also offered to S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice teachers, juvenile correction officers and staff.

For information: Pam Bryant, 803-553-7705,