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“Hopeology”? Serious idea, goofy package

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on March 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
March 12, 2010 5:41 pm

Since I came down pretty hard on Sen. Rosa Franklin a while back for wanting to sprinkle the term “kids at hope” throughout state law – thank goodness that bill died – I’ll offer reparations by giving some free pub to this $40 class at Kids at Hope University, whose graduates will receive a certificate in “hopeology.”

The ad:

All Caring Adults are invited to attend:
Module I Training – Certificate in Hopeology

4 hour introductory session – This training is an exciting experience exploring the science of hope, optimism and success and how it can be instilled in all children without exception. Exploring a cultural strategic framework and how an entire campus/organization/community can support the success of every child. Practical application of evidence based protocols in support of a child’s success is also discussed and operationalized. We answer the simple question “Why do some children succeed and others fail?”

Facilitated by Wally Endicott of Kids at Hope.
Tuesday April 6, 2010
(8 am – 12 pm)
Gary & Carol Milgard Family Hope Center
Chief Leschi Training B
10402 Kline Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98496

$40.00 Class Fee Includes:

Unleashing the Power of Kids at Hope training manual
Kids at Hope report Card
ACES; Lapel Pen
Certificate of “Hopeology”

Wally Endicott
Executive Director
Treasure Hunter*
Kids at Hope NW Region

*Treasure Hunter: A caring adult who searches beneath the surface to find all the talents, skills, and intelligence that exist in all children, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Office: (253) 502-4659

Wally Endicott, Rosa Franklin and the other good people behind this initiative really do make a serious point: Treat kids like losers, and they may wind up losers. Treat them like winners, and there’s a good chance they’ll wind up winners.

But the terminology – hopeology? treasure hunter? – makes it sound like the marketing director is a certain purple T-Rex named Barney.

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