Environment is a pillar of Transformation Education, which emphasizes brain-based learning through stimulating visuals.
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:
1. Aligning oneself with the organization’s mission, vision, and values;
2. Thinking in context of the needs of the child rather than the needs of the program, adults, or organization; and
3. Assuring alignment amongst its employees’ mindsets, physical environment, operating systems, program/curriculum, and outcomes with the organization’s avowed values and its beliefs.
Transformation Education Institute
Established in 2007 as The Upside Down Organization, now known as the Transformation Education Institute has built its reputation on providing high-quality, dynamic learning experiences for child-serving professionals in the U.S. and abroad. Partnered with The Children’s Guild and functioning as its external training arm, the Institute is unique in that it doesn’t just offer professional development — it serves children and families every day. Supported and staffed by The Children’s Guild Alliance employees and other child-serving professionals, the Institute is in classrooms, group homes, foster homes, counseling centers in schools and in hundreds of homes across Maryland. Our daily contact with children and youth across the academic and behavioral spectrum allows Transformation Education Institute to offer our clients a powerful blend of cutting-edge research and real-world application.
The Transformation Education Institute’s steady growth can be attributed to our loyal and highly satisfied workshop participants. Our customers’ “word-of-mouth” marketing has allowed us to grow from a single part-time presenter offering two seminars in the Maryland region to 25+ certified presenters offering a dozen superb seminars in 44 states, Washington DC, Germany, Latvia, Canada, Indonesia and Singapore. Transformation Education Institute’s growing reputation has been built on our commitment to providing the highest quality professional development experiences, to delivering outstanding customer service, and to improving the lives of children, youth and families through “Helping Adults Help Kids.”
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 percent higher than any reported outcomes in group care. For more findings, read the entire Transformation Education Case Study.