For Public and Private School Educators: LVE Educator Workshops
*At-Risk LVE Workshops for educators working with:
*Please note: LVE's educational resource books for young people at-risk are only shared with educators/facilitators that have taken the full LVE at-risk training for that particular population.
LVE has a cadre of trainers on every continent. They are a unique group of people – professional educators who are dedicated to helping young people grow toward their potential in safe, caring, quality learning environments and committed to "living the values." LVE trainers volunteer their time to promote the understanding of values education and to help others explore the underpinnings of, and the skills to develop, a values-based atmosphere. Part of LVE educator excellence is viewed as modeling the values, respecting student opinions, and empowering children and young adults to enjoy learning and implementing values.
There are a variety of LVE professional development workshops and seminars around the world. LVE Training is recommended in order to implement the program most effectively – and help children and youth, and ourselves, move toward "living values".
Cost: LVE trainers lead professional development seminars and workshops often in a voluntary capacity. In most countries, hosting organisations requesting the workshops pay the costs of trainers’ travel expenses and any onsite expenses. Participants can be charged a fee to pay the trainer for the training provided. In some countries, individuals and organisations kindly donate funds to the national LVE entity, be it an ALIVE Associate or Focal Point for LVE, when training is given on a voluntary basis.
These workshops are conducted most frequently and are designed for:
LVE Educator Workshops and Seminars are experiential. Participants are asked to reflect ontheir own values, offer their ideas on elements within a values-based atmosphere, and imagine an optimal classroom environment in order to reflect on emotions, attitudes and behaviors behind quality teaching methods. What methods allow us to create a values-based atmosphere in which all students can feel respected, valued, understood, loved and safe? LVE’s Developing Values Schematic is explored, demonstrating a clear model about how to help young people explore and develop values in today’s world. After they share their ideas, LVE's theoretical model and the rationale behind the variety of values activities are presented.
The workshop then turns to skills for creating a values-based environment. In a regular workshop this includes: acknowledgement, encouragement, and positively building behaviors; active listening; conflict resolution; collaborative rule making; and values-based discipline. These sessions are intermingled with small group sessions in which participants take part in Living Values Activities for children and youth.
LVE Educator Workshops and Seminars range from two to four days. Four day workshops are highly recommended for adults not familiar with conflict resolution and/or child-centered, participatory teaching methods.
These workshops are for those who wish to become LVE trainers. Participants should be professional educators; teachers, teacher trainers, education officials and psychologists who already have existing skills in training adults or facilitation groups. Ideally, they will have already taken an LVE Educator Workshop and used Living Values Activities with children and/or young adults.
A LVE TTT provides the opportunity for participants to see and experience the exact sessions involved in a regular LVE Educator Workshop. Additionally, the LVE Educator Training Guide is introduced and the rationale underpinning the training process is explained. Other sessions include the theoretical background of LVE, research which supports values/character education and LVE at the international level. TTTs are usually five days in length. The brevity of the training does not allow for development of facilitator skills.
TTTs for the young people-at-risk materials are two or three days longer than the at-risk training.
Read more about LVE’s program for children in difficult circumstances – LVE for Street Children
LVE offers a special training to drug counselors and drug rehabilitation facilities to learn to implement Living Values Activities for Drug Rehabilitation (LVADR). This professional development workshop incorporates the elements of the regular LVE Educator Workshop and adds sessions to practice skills and do the activities particular to this particular resource. This workshop varies in length. For experienced drug rehab counselors with a history of active group facilitation, the workshop is three days. For drug rehab counselors who have had little experience in participatory group methods and active listening, the training is usually six days. An LVE Facilitator will consult with the requesting agency to determine the needs. Learn more about the LVADR materials and results – LVDAR
LVE offers a special training to educators, counselors, probation officers, drug counselors and personnel at juvenile offender facilities to learn to implement Living Values Activities for Young Offenders (LVAYO). This professional development workshop incorporates the elements of the regular LVE Educator Workshop and adds sessions to practice skills and do the activities particular to this particular resource.
This workshop varies in length, depending on the needs of the educators or institution. However, at least a six-day professional development workshop is recommended in order to impart the needed skills for optimal implementation. An LVE Facilitator will consult with the requesting agency to determine the needs.
The LVAYO resource is extensive. Learn more – LVAYO
This is designed for teachers working in schools or refugee camps with children affected by war.
LVE offers training to to implement Living Values Activities for Refugees and Children Affected by War (LVARCAW). It is essential that educators receive this training prior to doing the program with children. Because most educators working in camps or schools in formerly war-torn areas have been subjected to the effects of war, the workshop is deliberately long in order to begin to engage them in a healing process and develop trust in the process.
LVE training for the LVARCAW program begins with a welcome, the purposes of the program, and introductory activities. Teachers are asked about their concerns, and in light of previous discussions with organizers, the program is shared in relationship to their particular circumstances. Teachers then participate in values awareness sessions. Sessions on active listening take place early in the training, and continue almost every day of the full ten-day workshop. The educators discuss the teaching methods and attitudes that create a learning environment in which students feel loved, valued, respected, understood and safe. Teachers are then engaged in several activities that are in both LVARCAW and regular Living Values activities for children. LVE's theoretical model and the rationale behind the variety of values activities are presented.
Several days into the program, Living Values activities that deal with war in the LVARCAW unit are introduced. The teachers are divided into small groups. They participate in some of the activities, are told about others, and teach the activities by the end of the training. It is important for all of the teachers to go through the lessons to understand how the process works, not just intellectually but emotionally. While this model is not that of a "talking cure," it allows people to express their feelings about war and those who are missing or have died. Hence, some of the sessions can be emotional or elicit strong emotions. The activities are designed with supportive elements and participants engage in expressive activities through drawing, puppets, sharing, relaxation/focusing exercises, and traditional songs. In one of the activities, factors leading to war are discussed; participants real concerns are engaged. The training provides additional sessions to develop skills for creating a values-based environment. This includes acknowledgement, encouragement, and positively building behaviors, conflict resolution, collaborative rule making, and values-based discipline.
This training for refugee teachers lasts two weeks. Follow-up sessions are recommended. If there is a need for this training in your country or region, please contact
Read more about LVE’s program for refugees and children affected by war – LVARCAW