We believe that our relationships hold the keys to educational success. We now know the factors that determine achievement, well-being and better life chances, and we know that parents, communities and schools must work in partnership to assure these outcomes for every child. To this end Center for RelationaLearning (CRL) offers facilitation, coaching, and training services as well as publications, learning journeys, and conferences. We have spent over 40 years developing our understanding and practices of learning and leading relationally.
We offer this website as a portal to encourage people to attend to relationships as a major way to improve themselves, their communities and their schools. We invite you to enjoy and participate with us as we continue this journey to understand and improve our relationships with ourselves, each other and our environments.
The site offers a listing of our services. It works as a resource and guide to: improving teaching and learning relationships, building educational partnerships, and developing the skills and dispositions needed for relational leadership.
2013 Promises to be a great year for the Center.
1st - Workshops and Consulting George, Susan and other colleagues will be working together for 20 weeks during the year to help Australian schools and communities to build education systems that place highest priority on Families, Schools and Community working together to educate the whole child. The calendar gives the dates. There are many dates open for scheduling for those from Australia interested in working with George and center associates this year.
2nd - Learning Journeys There are already four learning journeys set for 2013. Noble Park Primary School and Elwood Primary will be conducting their fourth study tour in early April. This year Elsternwick Primary School will join in. St. Marks Primary will be conducting its second study tour with 16 people from four other Catholic Education Office of Melbourne (CEOM) schools and will be sending the first group of parents to participate directly in a learning journey.
From April 14-17, a group of primary principals who created a specialized learning journey several years ago return for an in depth look at: personalized learning, parent connectedness, community links and extended learning efforts in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. I’m sure each group will savor the people, programs, aspirations and culture of New Mexico including the margaritas.
Then in September, CEOM Melbourne will conduct it’s sixth study tour to New Mexico and California, examining how parents, schools and communities are working better when they work together to educate their children.
3rd - Conferences In collaboration with Finders University and the Sydney Myer Chair for Rural Education at Finders (and more sponsors to come), the center will host a major International Conference and Dialogue Oct 3,4,5, in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The title is Relational Leadership and Learning for Hope-full and Sustainable Futures. The purpose of the Dialogue is to share stories, practices, research, beliefs and values and ‘claim’ the primacy of relationships for learning and leadership formation. The dialogue will culminate with the launching of an International Center for Relationships in Education housed at the Center.
We expect folks from all over the world to come and share their understanding and practice around the center role of relationships in learning.
Susan Chambers- Otero will be offering some special one day Trips Through Time before and after the conference where participants can explore the sacred landscape of New Mexico and discover how communities have related to self, others and the land over time.