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Talking To Your Children

Here is a great article!Talking with Your Children about School


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Spillane Middle School an Excellent Model of QL Application

Christina Hoover’s math classroom at Spillane Middle School in Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District of Houston, Texas is immersed in Quantum Learning, as you can see in this picture.  In fact, all of Spillane Middle School is big on QL and the 8 Keys of Excellence. Students even learn about how the brain works and how they learn. Thanks to the staff and administrators at Spillane and keep up the great QL work!

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Coastal Academy Has a Field Day with the 8 Keys of Excellence

It’s the start of yet another school year, but it’s not business as usual for the students of The Coastal Academy.With the help of parents and teachers, a group of middle schoolers on the Student Leadership Team put together an “8 Keys Field Day” held yesterday in a local Oceanside park.

At this special event, students were invited to rotate between 8 different stations to grasp a better understanding of The 8 Keys of Excellence. At each of the 8 stations they experienced a key, its definition and body motion, and a story and activity pertaining to the key. Here is a summary of some of the activities held at each station:

Integrity: Students engaged in a game of Jenga with classmates. In this game, as more and more pieces are taken out, the tower becomes weaker. Students were explained that his is also what happens to our integrity when our actions don’t align with our values. Because of this, they learned that their integrity is stronger when their values and behaviors are aligned.


Failure Leads to Success: Students were asked to build a tower of cups. This displayed the Failure Leads to Success Key because, while often times the cups fell and they had to re-build the tower, they finally finished the tower and achieved success.

Failure Leads to Success

Speak with Good Purpose: Students played a game called “Two Truths and a Lie,” where one student told three statements about themselves, two true and one a lie, and other students tried to guess which one was the lie. They then discussed why it’s important not to lie to others and to practice Speaking With Good Purpose on a regular basis. They also took turns throwing bean bags at blocks displaying various positive and negative words, trying to knock out the negative words.

Speak with Good Purpose

This Is It: Students participated in a game of tug-of-war, signifying the importance of being in the moment and trying your best at whatever it is that you’re doing.

This is It

Commitment: What better way to practice Commitment than to participate in a 3-legged race? Students learned that it’s important to stay committed to the activities in their lives and not to give up when the going gets tough.


Ownership: Students got low for the Limbo and learned to take ownership and admit when they touched the stick and were out of the game. When the stick became too low to get under, students began stepping over it, signifying that they were Living Above the Line.


Flexibility: The boys were instructed to weave through an obstacle course of cones while the girls moved the cones to different places. This taught students to be flexible and keep moving through the course even though the path was changed.


Balance: One student was instructed to hold a stick with bags on each end, while other students added bean bags to each side. The object was to keep the two sides in balance so one side wasn’t heavier or more impacted than the other. This taught students that it’s easier to handle situations when they have Balance in their lives.


Way to go, Coastal Academy! This “8 Keys Field Day” was a great way to introduce the 8 Keys of Excellence to students and get them excited for the school year ahead.

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CoE Teacher Training Prepares Educators for the Upcoming School Year

CoE ClassroomIs it really back-to-school time already?

Oceanside, California  schools are preparing to open their doors on Thursday to a brand new school year with brand new students and – brace yourselves – a brand new framework for their classroom curriculum.

Yes, that’s right. Over 100 Oceanside School District educators attended the first annual Communities of Excellence – Living the 8 Keys teacher training event yesterday at our headquarters and it was a huge success! During the four-hour training session, teachers learned how to deliver “Key Lessons” to their students as well as how to integrate the 8 Keys of Excellence into their classroom curriculum using our new “one-stop shop” website,

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to teachers at the four introductory Communities of Excellence schools who came out yesterday:

Garrison Elementary School, Reynolds Elementary School, Coastal Academy, and Jefferson Middle School

We hope you had a great time and took away some strategies to implement the 8 Keys into your classroom.

Now a little bit about the program. CoE is open to schools across the nation and can be implemented in individual schools or at a district level. Participating teachers and school administrators receive training in the 8 Keys curriculum, which focuses on one Key per month from September through April and an 8 Keys celebration in May. Over the course of the program, students receive a set of 8 Keys keycards and a key ring.

One of the greatest features of this program is the all-inclusive Communities of Excellence website. There, teachers and students have separate, password-protected areas where they can access 8 Keys lessons, worksheets, and learning activities as well as share pictures, videos and stories from their classrooms. Supporters of the character development program also gain access to a private area of the website, which contains 8 Keys training material for use with company employees and corporate clients.

We are very excited about this new initiative and invite you to help us spread the good news to your friends and colleagues. Please click here if you’re interested in learning more about integrating CoE into your classroom/school/district.

Have a great start to your school year!

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A Very Successful Summer for Quantum Learning

QLMaestroQuantum Learning Education has had its busiest summer yet, and the training season is far from over. We have worked with thousands of students and hundreds of teachers throughout July and August, and have several programs booked for the rest of the summer months.

Our largest Quantum Learning for Students program of the summer was held in Houston, Texas and impacted 305 students. 98% of these kids and teens were classified as “homeless” by the government, and many were living in foster homes. This was truly an amazing experience for all of the students and facilitators involved and we hope to do many more student programs like it in the future.

We have also worked in California, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Maine, Florida, Wyoming, Iowa, New Mexico, Montana, and Illinois, in the last few months. Talk about busy! We are continuing to plan student and teacher programs for the beginning of the school year and through 2010.

One Quantum Learning for Teachers program that was held recently took place in Milan, Tennessee, and included local elementary, middle, and high school teachers, administrators and staff. We received some great feedback from this 5-day training, led by QL facilitator Cami Eiskamp, with teachers reporting an increase in energy, enthusiasm, and motivation for the upcoming school year. Read an article from the Jackson Sun about this professional development program here.

Well, that’s just a little bit about what we’ve been up to this summer, what about you? We sincerely hope you all are having a fantastic summer and look forward to seeing you in one of our teacher workshops in the fall!

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Social Networking Seminar for Parents Reveals the Secrets of Facebook, Myspace and Twitter

Secrets of Social Networking

How many of you have students that can’t get through the day without checking their Facebook page or updating their Twitter status? In just four years, social websites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter have become more popular than TV, with ninety-three percent of teens having social accounts online and kids as young as 7th and 8th grade spending up to four hours per day online. There’s a huge upside to knowing how to leverage the full potential of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites, but there are also some hefty risks if used improperly.

To help parents better understand the opportunities and risks associated with social networking for their kids and teens, Quantum Learning Network is hosting a special two-hour seminar entitled “The Secrets Behind Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter,” on July 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m at our headquarters in Oceanside, California.

At this seminar, parents will learn valuable information needed to help their kids, including the “best practices” of social networking for students:

  • Safe online homework collaboration
  • Reliable online researching
  • Online college recruiting secrets
  • Best sites for networking
  • How to make extra summer cash online

Parents will also learn how to help their children avoid the dangers of social networking, including:

  • Identity theft protection
  • Cyberbullying support
  • Damaging personal reputations, and
  • Hurting college admission and job opportunities

“It’s important for kids and teens to understand how to take advantage of what these sites have to offer. And it’s just as important that both they and their parents know the right way to do it.” – QLN president Bobbi DePorter

The cost to attend this seminar is $25 per person and just $35 per couple. Parents can enroll online or by phone at 800-285-3276, ext. 115.

Please enroll now to save your spot, and pass this information along to parents you know who would benefit from this very important seminar. We hope to see you on the 18th!

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National Student Excellence Program Set for Fall 2009


QLN COO Mark Reardon and President Bobbi DePorter with Mayor of Oceanside, Jim Wood

Learning Forum International, the non-profit side of our amazing organization, announced the launch of a national student character-building initiative, “Communities of Excellence – Living the 8 Keys,” at a celebration event held at our headquarters in Oceanside, California on Tuesday.

The event turned out beautifully!! It was attended by several local dignitaries and representatives from national, state and local government, including Oceanside Mayor, Jim Wood, as well as business and civic leaders who are supporting the program.

The “Communities of Excellence” program teaches students how to use the 8 Keys of Excellence to improve their learning and life skills both inside and outside the classroom and can be implemented at a district level or at individual schools. Participating teachers and school administrators receive training in the 8 Keys curriculum, which focuses on one Key per month from September through April and an 8 Keys celebration in May. Over the course of the program, students receive a set of 8 Keys keycards and a key ring.

Participating teachers and students also gain access to 8 Keys lessons, worksheets, and learning activities at the Communities of Excellence website,

“ ‘Communities of Excellence – Living the 8 Keys’ will take the 8 Keys of Excellence to a broader student base nationally by uniting community leaders, businesses, organizations, educators and parents in support of year-long school programs,” said QLN president Bobbi DePorter. “The purpose of this initiative is to inspire students to make positive choices and become productive members of their schools, their families, and society.”

In accepting a plaque for the City of Oceanside in recognition of the city’s support of Communities of Excellence, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood said, “Supporting young people, who are our future, is what it’s all about. The Communities of Excellence program does just that and I’m pleased, on behalf of the City of Oceanside, to support this very worthwhile initiative.”

Want to find out more about this initiative or even get your classroom or school involved? Visit the Communities of Excellence website or call 760-305-7317.

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