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WDC Elementary celebrates ENVoY milestone

Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary recently achieved a milestone when at least 80 percent of the school's classroom teachers have now been certified through ongoing coaching and professional development site visits.

Principal Louis Rutten said this accomplishment has been a real team effort.

"Everyone has been so open to support each other and practice their ENVoY classroom-management skills. We've grown together as a staff and understand how we can continue to get better together. I am so proud of how we have opened up our classrooms to area teachers to view ENVoY LIVE. We've positively affected about 75 teachers and more than 1,700 students," Rutten said.

The Wadena-Deer Creek School District has been using the Educational Non-Verbal Yardsticks or ENVoY program after extensive training with National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA). NJPA is providing about $75,000 to WDC Elementary to be used toward ENVoY training to become an ENVoY Certification and Demonstration Site. This funding has assisted with training teachers and support staff.

The Wadena-Deer Creek School District has been using the Educational Non-Verbal Yardsticks or ENVoY program after extensive training with NJPA. NJPA is providing about $75,000 to WDC Elementary to be used toward ENVoY training to become an ENVoY Certification and Demonstration Site. This funding has assisted with training teachers and support staff.

The ENVoY approach is based on Michael Grinder's best-selling book for educators called "ENVoY: Your Personal Guide to Classroom Success."

ENVoY is the name given to a system of non-verbal techniques used to improve classroom climate, enhance student productivity, and decrease the level of staff burnout. The non-verbal communication skills that staff members learn during ENVoY training has positively influenced the single most powerful leverage point in education: the teacher/student relationship.

Teachers who utilize the full range of nonverbal management skills are able to reinforce consistent and fair parameters while preserving their relationships with each student, regardless of unique learning styles or cultural backgrounds.

Teachers who implement the ENVoY system gain an average of an hour more curriculum time per week. ENVoY is a vehicle to shift educators from seeing themselves as those in power to "instruments of influence."

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