The Children's Guild is guided by Transformation Education, or TranZed, an organizational philosophy and operation system for child-serving organizations. TranZed helps The Children's Guild create a flexible, brain-compatible organizational culture that emphasizes the values, skills and beliefs necessary for a successful life. TranZed is the trademark for Transformation Education, an organizational philosophy and operational methodology for managing schools and child-serving organizations. TranZed recognizes that a key problem with many child-serving organizations and schools is adult-centered rather than child-centered thinking. The adult-centeredness expresses itself through placing the needs of bureaucracy, the organization, and employees ahead of the needs of children and youth. Managing a child-serving organization or school by utilizing the TranZed approach creates child-centeredness by establishing an organizational culture that focuses the adults' mindset and behavior on:
- Aligning oneself with the organization's mission, vision, and values;
- Thinking in context of the needs of the child rather than the needs of the program, adults, or organization; and
- Assuring alignment amongst its employees' mindsets, physical environment, operating systems, program/curriculum, and outcomes with the organization's avowed values and its beliefs.
The Upside Down Organization
The Upside Down Organization (UDO), a program of The Children's Guild Inc., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching of the philosophy, operating principles, and tools to establish a TranZed culture and for promoting the deployment of child-centered environments in schools and child-serving organizations. Led by career child advocate Frank J. Kros, UDO offers professional development experiences, mentoring services, learning tools and organizational branding that helps improve the skills of all people who educate, parent, guide and care for young people.
To learn more about Transformation Education or the products and services of the Upside Down Organization, visit www.upsidedownorganization.org.
Transformation Education: A Case Study of the Children's Guild
Researchers from George Washington University performed a study that explored the impact of Transformation Education on The Children's Guild and two of its programs. The study shows outcomes of student academics, school satisfaction, organizational health and therapeutic group homes. One of the most impressive findings says the return rate to a least restrictive environment for students at the Children's Guild was 8.4 percent higher than the national average for special education students and 20% higher than any reported outcomes in group care. For more findings, read the entire Transformation Education case study.