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2017 First Tee Partnership Update

ORLANDO, FLORIDA (November 9, 2017- November 11, 2017) – The First Tee invited Ken Blanchard and Blanchard Institute to their 2017 Annual Network Conference. Ken gave a Keynote on Organizational Leadership and Inspiring the Next Generation. Blanchard Institute accompanied by care partner, Robert Brown, trained 82 members in Leading Change where chapter Board Members and Executive Directors learned how to lead successful organizational change efforts by understanding the different stages of concern and adjusting their leadership style to improve productivity and morale. Another 43 Executive Directors and Program Directors were trained in Building Trust where they learned how to build trust to increase engagement, creativity, and commitment in the workplace.

Blanchard Institute was also invited to train at First Tee’s Outstanding Leadership Summit for students and their Alumni Summit for former First Tee students. At the Outstanding Leadership Summit, Blanchard Institute trained 28 First Tee students aged 14 to 18 in Student Self-Leadership. Students learned how to goal set with SMART goals and the SLII™ Model through juggling. Blanchard Institute also trained 12 Alumni aged 18 to 29 in DISC Personality where they learned about different types of personalities and their learning styles. Prior to the training all the Alumni took their own DISC personality assessment to better understand their own mindset and learned how they can best work with each mindset.


Update on CSRM Partnership- 2017 CSRM Annual Member Meeting

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (November 6, 2017) - Blanchard Institute attended CSRM's Annual Member Meeting for the second time in a row this November. Blanchard Institute's booth demonstrated to members the importance of resiliency through a game of "Resilience Pong", winners walked away with a Ken Blanchard book. Currently CSRM and Blanchard Institute are in the middle of Year 2 of a 3-Year Pilot program with 2 of their Districts, Hesperia Unified School District and Victor Elementary School District. Blanchard Institute has surveyed 20,000 students each year, trained 160 Principals and over 230 Teachers from Hesperia and Victor Elementary in the past 2 years.


StudentSL Program in Ukraine

UKRAINE (July 2017) - Our Care Partners, Radooga Ministries, in Ukraine have been hard at work training over 25 new trainers for our StudentSL program this summer. They hope to train over 1500 kids this summer at their many leadership summer camps. Blanchard Institute plans to travel abroad and participate in the program during the summer of 2018!


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Keynote for SBCSS Educational Leadership

LAKE ARROWHEAD, CALIFORNIA (June 10, 2017) - Vicki Halsey, co-author of Legendary Service, keynoted at San Bernardino County Superintendent of School's (SBCSS) Educational Leadership Summit for Superintendents and Leadership Staff! She discussed Legendary Service and how to build a culture of care in school districts!


High school student, Ellena Tabbal, worked the BI booth, representing resilient young people!

High school student, Ellena Tabbal, worked the BI booth, representing resilient young people!

2017 CLAS Summer Convention

MOBILE, ALABAMA (June 13, 2017) - The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) invited Ken Blanchard and Blanchard Institute to their 2017 Summer Convention. Ken gave the keynote speech on “Leading to Succeed in Changing Times” to over 1300 Superintendents and School Leaders, representing 138 school districts in the state of Alabama. Kevin Hammond and Ben Tabbal presented two breakout sessions on “Leading through a Thriving Mindset”.

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About CLAS

The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools provides high quality professional development for school districts and administrative leaders. They represent over 3,500 members all over the State of Alabama. Their mission is to “coordinate and facilitate the resources of all members for the advancement of public education.”


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Cesar Chavez Middle School StudentSL Program

OCEANSIDE (June 9, 2017) - 30 at risk students with low GPA’s and/or behavioral problems from Cesar Chavez Middle School in Oceanside participated in a yearlong StudentSL course that was incorporated into their school curriculum by their teacher, Rhianna Johnson. The leadership program was so successful it resulted in a dramatic increase in grades, resilient self-leaders, greater confidence, good relationships between both their fellow students & their teachers, and a renewed excitement about school & their future.

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In celebration for all of their hard work, Blanchard Institute rewarded the students with an end of the year rock climbing party! The students used their newly acquired leadership skills to help everyone ascend to the top of the rock climbing walls.


"Leading at a Higher Level" in Education

Ken Blanchard Spoke with San Bernardino Superintendents & Community Leaders

"Leading at a Higher Level": Bringing World-Class Leadership to Schools

SAN BERNARDINO (April 21,2017) - California Schools Risk Management (CSRM) has partnered with Blanchard Institute to improve San Bernardino's status as one of the lowest ranking counties in California in education and per capita income. Ken Blanchard spoke on Leading at a Higher Level on April 21, 2017 at 9:00am. The event was attended by over 50 Superintendents and Community Leaders from San Bernardino!

"Educators have the most important job of anyone in society," said Ken Blanchard, co-founder, Blanchard Institute. "It is my life's mission to help develop leaders that influence our future. Our partnership with California Schools Risk Management provides world-class training to school leaders in the Inland Empire while building resiliency in students".  Resiliency is a learned life skill preparing individuals for uncertainties and life success. "We address the underlying beliefs, mindsets, and status quo that keep generating the same cycle of problems, no matter who our leaders are or what improvement programs we adopt," said Dr. Margie Blanchard, co-founder, Blanchard Institute.

Blanchard Institute is working with 25,000 students in 54 Schools in the High Desert and has trained 160 principals and school leaders on how to inspire their staff and teachers; how to connect and train students with life skills and how to break the cycle of poverty and victimhood by teaching them to make responsible choices.

"Blanchard's able to provide information to principals, teachers, and parents, as insight on students, such as types of support that may be needed from their teachers," said Dr. Karla Rhay, CEO, CSRM. "We're able to identify which students need help to prevent extreme and potentially dangerous behavior, e.g., suicide or violent crime. We know that students who are connected to their schools and teachers make better choices and lead safer lives."

CSRM provides property and liability insurance to 31 school districts in San Bernardino and Riverside. The organization supports school leaders and graduates future leaders to serve the Inland Empire and improve the safety of students.  As research from Dr. Wayne Hammond over 20 years and 600,000 students supports high student resiliency with higher graduation, increased attendance from students and teachers, reduction of crime and vandalism, and an increase in grades and schools' accountability ratings.

Blanchard and CSRM, serving the Inland Empire with a path for long-term student development of 21st Century Leaders.


BI Livecast post

The event was attended by over 128 Superintendents and Principals!
We look forward to planning next steps with all those who are exploring building resiliency within their school cultures!
CLICK to see a recording of the LiveCast The presentation and Q&A session included the current research, case studies, and the measured positive impact that building student resiliency has had over the last seven years with over 600,000 students. Topics included:
  • The INCREASED EFFECTIVENESS as teachers and principals positively shifted the way they interact with colleagues, students, and parents—improving relations and school culture
  • REDUCING AT-RISK BEHAVIOR and bullying across school districts—resulting in increased attendance and test scores

Hosted by the Blanchard Institute, guest Presenters included:
Dr. Wayne Hammond (CSO, Meritcore and the Resiliency Initiative) shared his research and specific examples of how students are measured, supported, and produce a positive shift in risky behavior, test results, and improved relationships between teachers, students, and parents.
Dr. Cynthia Zurchin (Superintendent Ambridge Area School District,
Ambridge Pa.) Shared stories from her 30-year career in the field of education in urban and suburban schools and the development of an educational climate for the students, their families, educators and the community that ensured success. She also coauthored a book with trained life-coach Jim Ballard:
The Whale Done! School: Transforming a School's Culture by Catching Students Doing Things Right.


Blanchard Institute and Resiliency Initiatives Roundtable


SAN DIEGO/Escondido, CA (February 19, 2015) — The Blanchard Institute hosted a round-table discussion for forward thinking, highly active and respected individuals in the student and education development space.




Laurels for Leaders teams up with Blanchard Institute for ASB Leader training


The Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders luncheon is held in February each year around the time of the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The program provides an opportunity to offer encouragement and recognition for the accomplishments of young people who serve in leadership roles in our schools ... Read more




Second Year of Student Self-Leadership at The First Tee San Diego


After introducing the concepts of SLII® to the educators and staff, we developed a customized Student Self Leadership program that included a connection to The First Tee's values. Faculty at two locations led students through the program and witnessed the value, so they began sharing it with the larger organization ... Read more




Schools rolling out the Resiliency Assessment


The creation of a Strengths-Based culture in schools involves educators and their communities facilitating a coordinated sequence of positive experiences and providing key supports and opportunities. This paradigm shift starts with individual educators and extends to the school community and its families. School principals are eager to receive this information, a snapshot, of where their students and school cultures are succeeding and where they may want to explore deeper.




2-Day Student Self Leadership supported by Blanchard Institute

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Once, sometimes twice, a year the Ken Blanchard Companies offers staff members' children (including friends and other student family members) the opportunity to attend at no-charge a one (sometimes two) day Introduction to Student Self Leadership training at Blanchard headquarters ... Read more