Invite The Whole Child – Create An Inviting School – A Formula For Success

Invite The Whole Child – Create An Inviting School – A Formula For Success

IAIE World Conference October 16 & 17 , 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus Airport Columbus, Ohio

Tommie Radd, PhD, LPC, NSCC, NBCC,CRC: Consultant

Contact information for additional questions:
Dr. Radd, 614-607-1373; email: [email protected]; web site:

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To reach the goals of invitational education, conscious and intentional plans need to be in place and the process to support and maintain an inviting school needs to be a central focus. These goals are too important to leave to chance. – Tommie R. Radd, PhD


Invite The Whole Child – Create An Inviting School –
A Formula For Success


  • Introduction and Workshop Overview – Self Concept, Perceptual Psychology
  • An Overview of Guidance System Components and Checklist – Key to an
    Inviting Classroom:

    1. Behavior Management (extrinsic)
    2. Self-Talk/Self Pictures (intrinsic)
    3. Curriculum (student skills)
    4. Implementation (staff skills)
    5. Family Involvement
    6. Observation/Evaluation
  • Life Lab – The Heart of the Real Classroom
  • An Overview of System Inviting Formula including the ITS and CANA
  • Activity and Ideas for Implementation
  • Questions & Closing

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Invitational Education:
Theory of Practice based on Democratic Ethos Perceptual Tradition Self-Concept Theory 
The whole is equal to more than the sum of its parts. —Tommie R. Radd, PhD

Overview of a Guidance System

  • Behavior Management – Extrinsic – what we say and do
  • Self-Talk & Self-Pictures – Intrinsic – what we say and believe with what we think and feel
  • Curriculum – Student Skills
  • Implementation – Staff Skills
  • Family Involvement – Family Skills
  • Observation/Evaluation

System Components Implemented

  • Congruent
  • Systemic – identify all components of the System or whole and understand the relationship between components
  • Slowly and simultaneously
  • 3-5 year process
  • The Whole is larger than the sum of the parts

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The Self-Concept Series is taught to all students

  1. All are important and valuable no matter what they think, say, feel, and do.
  2. All show they are remembering their worth by making helpful choices toward themselves and others. They are responsible for helping not hurting self and others.
  3. All are responsible for their choices. This accountability empowers all to make improvements because of their worth.

NOTE: See Pod Cast at

Classroom Group Guidance Checklist

Life Lab

A way of defining the classroom as a simulation in which students, pre-K-12 and beyond, learn, experience, and apply the essential skills needed for life; the comprehensive developmental guidance system creates a life lab in every classroom through which students develop a conscious and intentional frame of reference that can be applied throughout life.

Invitational Education Formula

The Guidance System, Staff Involvement, Professional Teams or Committees

A Conscious and Intentional Plan with the skills and processes needed for a winning invitational education program.

A Life Lab of experiences needed for post-school success.

Students can develop their spirit, purpose, and potential when

  • there is a plan for change that is an integral part of the day-to-day operation of a school
  • there is a conscious plan to support the self-concept
    development of all within a school
  • the perception of students, staff, and families
    regarding school relationships, procedures, and
    policies is communicated and modified when it is
  • personal, social, emotional, and behavioral skills are taught
  • students provide ongoing feedback to educators as to their day-to-day experiences in school, and
  • there is an intentional process for consciously creating an inviting environment for all students.

GWG Assessments Self-Concept Series Resources

  • ITS
  • CANA
  • Florida Key
  • Self-Concept Series
  • ISS (see IAIE Web Site)
  • Other System Assessment

Invitational Teaching Survey (ITS)
A 43-question diagnostic class climate assessment, taken by students, which gives student input about their classroom experiences and whether they have a feeling of being “invited”; a diagnostic tool to involve students and get their input on ways to improve climate and school relationships; one indicator of ways to support staff growth experiences and plans; one way to observe and evaluate change at the end of a school year through pre-post assessment; the school climate assessment included in The Grow With Guidance® System.

Children’s Affect Needs Assessment (CANA)
A 42-question diagnostic curriculum assessment taken by students that provides student input into their classroom guidance curriculum activity selection; a diagnostic tool to involve students and create a sense of student ownership for guidance skill implementation and change (Note: ownership occurs when students “own” a problem and admit, recognize, and acknowledge personal needs and challenges that support assuming responsibility and commitment for change); assessment questions asked in the five essential learning strands of the curriculum of The Grow With Guidance® System; one way to observe and evaluate change at the end of the school year through pre-post assessment; the student curriculum assessment included in The Grow With Guidance® System.

Your Action Plan

  • List 3 ways you can implement the strategies for yourself! Starting with YOU helps you to feel more comfortable with helping others!
  • Brainstorm 3 ways you can incorporate a plan for your school based on the System and Schoolhouse Information.
  • Explain how the practices and strategies address creating a conscious and intentional inviting climate for you, your school community.