[semester equivalent = 3.33 credits]



Julie Bora



Stephen Covey’s perennial classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is back in the forefront of communication conversations. Though the entire book is worth studying, this course for K-12 educators focuses on practicing just one essential foundational skill: Seek First to Understand, Then To Be Understood : Habit #5. Learn how to be a better listener when others are responding emotionally.  Empathic listening is a real key to our influence as teachers. This course is a companion course to 8 Familiar Forces For Improving Classroom Culture.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  1. Become more aware of how we listen in general and in our own personal style specifically.
  2. Learned how to build Emotional Bank Accounts that create psychological air.
  3. Intentionally practiced shifting their listening skills to create a depth of connection with others by focusing with intent to seek first to understand.
  4. Practiced a listening awareness to free conversations of Autobiographical Responses.
  5. Shared learning, concerning Empathic Communication, with others.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit.  The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit. 


Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



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Julie Bora, M.S.T.  B.S. Biology/Pharmacology, M.S.T. Pre-K -6 Elementary Education, has taught a variety of subjects at elementary, middle school and secondary levels.

From these experiences my values inspire me to continue learning with a focus on some ways and means as guidelines to a wonderful life :

*Start with a perspective that a goal is not simply to apply best practice but to invent it. It's all about the personal, professional and planetary upgrade!

*Breakthrough ideas often result from the commitment of teams seeking to creatively solve challenges.

*Let things grow slowly. Small accrued gains make a powerful impact.

*Less is more.

When we want to build a ship, do not call forth everyone to collect wood, and do not assign tasks and work. Rather let's inspire a longing for that beautiful immensity of the deep and endless sea. People, believers, will come.



Cantor, Lee, Classroom Management for Academic Success, Solution Tree: Bloomington, IN.  2006. In this classroom management guide, Cantor puts active listening skills that build trusting relationships into an educational context. By using many examples he explains in a detailed and logical way how teachers may change habitual listening responses to promote appropriate responsible classroom behaviors. This book flows well and is user friendly.

Carnegie, Dale, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Pocket Books: New York, NY.  1998. The other side of the listening equation is speaking. With anecdotes of historical figures, leaders of the business world, and everyday people, Carnegie illustrates fundamental principles for dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. Though written many years ago, this is an awesome book that is still relevant today.

Clayton, Marlynn K., Classroom Spaces That Work, Bantam Books: New York, NY. 2005. ISBN-13: 978-1892989055 Physical environment matters, how it looks, how it feels. If you would like a helping hand with interior design issues that facilitate communication and reflection then this book is a supportive resource.

Covey, Sean, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, Simon & Schuster: New York, NY.  2008. Sean Covey has interpreted his father’s work for the Pre-K-3 crowd via the animal inhabitants of 7 Oaks. Through the stories children learn how to build desirable character traits and be proactive by solving problems through responsible planning.

Covey, Sean, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Fireside: New York, NY.  1998. Using real life stories, Sean applies the same principles from his father’s book to discuss good habits of middle and high school age students. Sean emphasizes that a teen must be a good listener in order to influence people. I would not recommend this book as required reading for teens but rather as a guide on how to be a better listener by practicing avoidance of autobiographical responses.

Covey, Stephen, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Free Press: New York, NY.  2004. A classic. The text for this course.

Duhigg, Charles, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, 371 pgs, Random House: New York, NY.  2014. ISBN-13: 978-0812981605. Imagine that you have a habit that you really want to change. Learn how habits work; they all work the same way: Cue-Routine-Reward. Find out what reward you are actually craving and change your behavior in whatever way you want. In our case for this course we want to consider cues that trigger us to respond autobiographically.

Goleman, Daniel, Emotional Intelligence, Bantam Books: New York, NY. 2005. Learn about the 5 crucial skills of emotional intelligence and how to incorporate them as you become a better listener. Emotions play a much larger role in listening and offering constructive feedback than what most of us imagine.

Headlee, Celeste. Heard Mentality: An A-Z Guide to Take Your Podcast or Radio Show from Idea to Hit, CreateSpace, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-1523915651. Part of the title of this book, the description after the colon, may be misleading. In fact we teachers are hosts everyday and our students and colleagues are sometimes our audience.  Headlee writes that finding a good host is not as simple as finding a smart person who can talk.  Finding the right host is harder than we think and it can depend on what’s being hosted. By skimming through this engaging book we may learn more about how to be a better hosts for our learners.

Kriete, Roxann & Davis, Carol, The Morning Meeting Book, 3rd edition, 232 pgs, Center for Responsive Schools, Inc.; 3rd edition, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1892989604. The ultimate guide to class meetings whenever and wherever they arise. Continue creating that sense of community in your learning environment with this guide on adapting meeting components for different ages and abilities, including upper grades and English Language Learners. You may also desire to learn more about core competencies by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Rifkin, Jeremy. The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness In a World in Crisis, Penguin: New York, NY. 2009. ISBN 978-1-58542-765-9. Researched for over 4 years by 25 people and Rifkin, this book is a comprehensive and mind altering read.

Van Den Brink, Margreet, More Precious Than Light, Hawthorne Press: Hawthorne, NJ. 1996. Learn how dialogues can transform relationships and build community; immerse yourself with insights and practice in true encounters fostered through dialogue.