THE POWER IN YOU: Being Your Authentic Self


[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]



Brenda McKinney



Students see right through us when we’re not being ourselves. Standing in our authentic self is the personal foundation of good teaching, no matter what level or subject or across all personality types. In this course for all teachers K-12, we will draw upon the work of two noted educator/writers, Parker Palmer, and researcher/author, Brene Brown, to help participants explore what may be getting in the way of being fully themselves. You will learn steps that you can take to reclaim your personal power. A choice of Brene Brown books will run less that $15 used on Amazon.


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

1.     Discovered rich resources that support a journey of personal transformation.

2.     Developed a new way to talk and think about feelings and fears, many that have been hidden

3.     Analyzed vulnerabilities and exposed them while discovering our own courage.

4.     Developed a personal commitment and plan that becomes part of the daily walk.

5.     Woven positive brain changes into your own habits and thinking.

6.     Realized that the need to take this journey about the power of you is innate in all of us and seeking a collective transformation is part of personal change.

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.



The  Parker Palmer  book is ONE of the options for the 500 level assignment. Highly recommended reading.

None. All reading is online.




Brenda McKinney, CEO of Vancouver, WA based BrainVolution, is a developer and dynamic facilitator of workshops that teach practical thinking and learning tools for raising student achievement with the brain in mind. She has trained educators throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a popular presenter because of her ability to motivate, make things fun, and teach practical techniques for the classroom that can be used immediately. Brenda continues to read hundreds of books and articles on the subject of neuroscience and searches for the answer to success for every student. Her work with at-risk students and those with reading problems have made her a popular speaker at the state, regional and national level.

Brenda is able to synthesize the new research and continues to address the role of how to use the latest findings to create high achievement classroom. She brings 30+ years of experience at the elementary, middle school, high school and university level as a mentor teacher, consultant, motivational speaker, university instructor, and reading specialist. Brenda has her Master’s in Education from Washington State University and is nationally certified in Brain Based Learning through the renowned  Jensen Corporation, led by Eric Jensen, a noted international spokesperson for neuroscience and education.


Brenda will inspire and motivate you with her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. Her wisdom, techniques, and brain based approach to education will inspire you and challenge you to meet the demands of this ever changing world.


THE POWER IN YOU: Being Your Authentic Self


Brown, Brene. 2017. Braving the Wilderness. New York: Random House.


Learn to understand how to believe in yourself fully and be able to acknowledge who you are. Vulnerability is tested when we must survive loss of confidence and our ability to literally brave the wilderness. An excellent read that will help ground your feelings.

Brown, Brene, 2015. Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Love, Parent, and Learn.New York: Random House.


Excellent resource to inspire you. Learn how to walk through struggle where your courage is tested but come out the other end with new values and a sense of rising strong. Stories of struggle are big ones, but no matter how big they are the rising strong process is the same. This feels like a must read for nearly everyone.

Burnett & Dave Evans. 2016. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Life Joyful Life. New York: Borzoi Books.

ISBN  978-1-101-87532-2

The authors show you show how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are.

Burnett & Dave Evans. 2018. The Designing your Life Workbook: A Framework You Can Thrive In. New York: Bonzoi Books

ISBN  978-152-473-1813

Accompanying workbook that can be used for 500 Level assignment.

Parker, Palmer. 2000. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

ISBN  0-7879-4735-0

Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives.


Brown, Brene. 2012. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead. New York: Penguin Books.

ISBN: 978-1-101-59499-5.

Brown, Brene, 2015. Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Love, Parent, and Learn.New York: Random House.

ISBN: 978-0-8129-8580-1.

Brown, Brene, 2010. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You ‘re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Minnesota: Hazelden Publishing.

ISBN: 978-1-59285-849-1

Burnett & Dave Evans. 2016. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Life Joyful Life. New York: Borzoi Books.

ISBN:  978-1-101-87532-2

Burnett & Dave Evans. 2018. The Designing your Life Workbook: A Framework You Can Thrive In. New York: Bonzoi Books.

ISBN:  978-152-473-1813

Cron, Ian Morgan. 2016. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery. Inter Varsity Press.

ISBN:  978-0-8308-4619

Cron, Ian Morgan. 2016. The Road Back to You Study Guide. Inter Varsity Press.

ISBN:  978-0-8308-4620-7

Dispenza, Joe. 2012. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One. New York: Hay House.

ISBN:  978-1-4019-3808-6

Martineau, Scott. 2016. The Power in You:  How You Can Create Happiness, Balance, and Wealth. New Jersey: John Wiley & Songs.

ISBN:  978-0-471-79362-0

Parker, Palmer. 2000. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

ISBN:  0-7879-4735-0

Sandberg, Sheryl. 2017. Option B. Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. New York:  Alfred Knopf.

ISBN: 978-152-4732-684

Singer, Michael. 2007. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

ISBN  978-1-60882-049-8

Stosny, Steven, PhD. 2016. Soar Above: How to Use the Most Profound Part of Your Brain Under Any Kind of Stress. Deerfield, FL: Health Communications.

ISBN 978-0-7573-1908-2


Choose ONE that fits most appropriately with your learning for this course.

Some movies on the list are amazing but are not an appropriate fit for this course OR YOUR assignment.

13 inspirational movies

11 Movies that gave you courage to be YOURSELF

25 inspirational movies

35 inspirational movies



Become Who You Really Are

Being the Real Me Without Apologies


Daring Classrooms

Depression, the Secret We Share

Finding Yourself

Four Secrets to Being Brave

The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage

Transcending Failure and Rising Strong


Ultimate Source of Happiness is Within Oneself

The Courage to Trust Yourself: Listen to the Nudges


Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are

The Gifted Wisdom of Unpleasant Feelings