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5/6/2011
When: 05/06/2011
From 7:00 am to 8:30 am PDT
Contact: Jessica Banks


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Debi Roberts presents

"Educational research investigating any impact TOC may have on emotional literacy highlights that TOC can be effective in reducing stress and increasing levels of concentration"

About the Webinar: 
Robert’s research considered whether TOC in combination with story could enhance the emotional literacy of ten year olds.  Her webinar on the 4th April will share details of that research and the implications for education and business including; ·       

  • What you NEED TO KNOW about group emotional literacy ·        
  • What you NEED TO KNOW about the levels of stress all children endure as part of their daily experience of school and how TOC can reduce that stress.
  • How TOC can be effectively taught to youth to impact BOTH their social and learning skills, supporting students engage, achieve and flourish both now and in the future.
About the Presenter: 

Roberts initially worked in the City as manager of the Local London Office for Gulliver’s Travel Associates, one of the world’s largest incoming tour operators (recently taken over by Travelport).

Not wanting to continue in a management role when she started a family, Roberts moved into education where she was fortunate enough to be mentored by one of the world’s leading authorities on Yygotsky, Galina Dolya.

Under Dolya’s tutorage, Roberts discovered what she always suspected was missing in much of main stream British education; a holistic, child centred approach.  Dolya’s schools valued high academic achievement but understood this was best achieved developing the whole child, (through the arts, philosophy and culture as well as higher ordered thinking skills such as logic).  It was here that Roberts was introduced to TOC.

TOC resonated deeply with Roberts and within a few years Roberts had created and was running her own TOC thinking skills programmes for children and parents.  The programmes were so effective that parents were keen for Roberts to set up a Saturday School so their children could continue benefitting from her teaching. And thus, the Indigo Academy was born.

Through the Academy, Roberts became increasingly aware of the benefits of TOC for those with high-functioning Aspergers.

Roberts came to the attention of the statutory agencies, and started working with the police, creating programmes for them to use with disaffected youths and their families in relation to self- esteem and alcohol misuse.

Most recently Roberts has completed a year’s formal research into her original TOC programme that combined TOC with story to develop student’s conflict resolution skills and enhance behaviour management.  This programme is now the subject of an academic book to be published later this year through Optimus Education.