NO. OF CREDITS:
3 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 2.00 credits]
|WA CLOCK HRS:
James (Mario) Reaves
Without passion and sense of purpose, too many youth drift in life and school, falling short of their potential and becoming susceptible to drugs and alcohol, as well as academic underperformance. Educators in this course will learn how to use a proven program that engages students in grades 4-12 with what’s important for them, and helps prevent adolescent drug and alcohol abuse. Teachers show students a variety of short videos highlighting successful celebrities and cultural influencers from many different fields. These adults share their stories and speak powerfully about how they found direction in life—how they found a Natural High, which is the name of the program. Videos are supported by curriculum that guides discussion, provides students with opportunities for reflection, and concludes with a variety of activities that take students deeper into the subject.
All materials are found online at no additional cost. Outcomes from the Natural High program are aligned with Common Core and the National Health Educator Standards. While the Natural High program continues to be rated highly as a drug prevention program, its premise of finding and leading a meaningful life applies to all youth. Natural High has helped millions of students since its inception twenty-five years ago. Course is appropriate for educators of students in grades 4-12, counselors, psychologists, and intervention specialists.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
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.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
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.
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.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
None. All reading is online.
None. All reading is online.
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #1: COURSE FORUM: Introduction
Introduce yourself by explaining how long have you been working with students and in what capacity. Discuss the social and economic make up of your school/district. Please explain what led you to choose this course as well as what you are hoping to take back into your classroom and school district.?
Assignment #2: COURSE FORUM: The Story
Before you can access all of the video and curriculum information you will first need to sign up on Natural Highs website. It just takes a few seconds and it's free! First go to http://www.naturalhigh.org , then at the far top right side of the page press the orange Registration button. From there you will register your name and brief education information. After registering, you will have full access to all of Natural High's curriculum and videos.
Watch and listen to the following video's and then answer the questions below.
Assignment #3: COURSE FORUM: The Six Principles
Read all the information from the "Our Approach" tab. In this assignment you will become familiar with the preventative factors, what Natural High calls the Six Principles:
Respond to the questions posed below in 500+words
Assignment #4: COURSE FORUM: THE CURRICULUM
To help you better understand how Natural High’s curriculum and storytelling videos work, you will go through the 3-step process as if you were a student in your classroom. You will not be expected to actually do step #3, the activity(s) that goes with that video but instead review that step to understand how the 3 step process works.
Assignment - Watch 3 videos of your choice from the Natural High website and go through the 3-step process, for each one:
1. Watch the video.
2. Review and answer the discussion questions.
3. Review the “Activity'(s) listed" for each video. For chosen video's that have more than one listed activity, share which one you would prefer to use first with your class and why.
Assignment #5: COURSE FORUM: The Blog
The Blog tab on Natural High's website offers Inspiring and informational blogs. For this assignment you will review the blogs then share in 250 - 300 words which blog or a combination of blogs stood out and inspired you the most and why?
Assignment #6: COURSE FORUM: Case Studies
To answer this assignment you do not need to log into the Natural High website. Instead, select the Educators Tab on the opening website page. From there scroll down to the "Natural High in Action" section and review the case studies. When you are finished reading all of them, share in 200-250 words the case study(s} that appealed to you most and why. Also explain how you could start a similar program in your school or community to help engage students and community members in the Natural High program.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you do not have a classroom available to you, please contact the instructor for course modifications. Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #7: COURSE FORUM: Lesson Plan Prep
On a chart or mind-map, you will complete the following and submit to your instructor:
1. Organize your own lesson plans by choosing 5-7 story tellers videos, the accompanying discussion questions, as well as the dig deeper activities or you can choose from the Play List on your Dash Board Page. To assist you further with your lesson plan prep, you can refer to the scope and sequence page which is located under "Core Curriculum" from the Educators Tab on Natural High's introduction webpage prior to logging in.
2. List which videos you chose for your students to watch and why you choose them?
3. Create a time-line that you plan to teach the lessons.
4. Develop a survey for students to complete after they finished each lessons.
Assignment #8: COURSE FORUM: Create & Submit Lesson Plan
Now that you are familiar with how Natural High’s curriculum works,
Assignment # 8-A
Assignment # 8-B:
Use this option if you do not have a classroom available.
Assignment #9: COURSE FORUM: COMPARE AND CONTRAST
Looking back at your own junior high and high school years compared to today, in 300-500 words describe what you feel is the difference between how schools helped students to understand the dangers of drugs and alcohol compared to what your school and district currently have in place today. Describe how Natural High’s curriculum is different and how it compares and contrast from past to current intervention programs.
Assignment #10: (500 Level ONLY)
Create a video or power point presentation for your building staff, district staff and or your school board explaining what the Natural High program is, as well as the benefits you have witnessed as a result of teaching the curriculum.
Create a letter to your parents to that will let them know about the Natural High program and curriculum that you are using in the classroom. Make sure that the letter is not only informative but invite the parents to preview the program themselves by including the website,
Search for and summarize the key points to one or more articles on the importance of positive role modeling for youth. Describe as well an experience of the effects of positive role modeling from your time as an educator.
An assignment option of your own choice with the instructor's prior approval.
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #11: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Write a 350-500 word Integration Paper answering these 5 questions:
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
Mario Reaves, M.Ed. ESA received his Masters Degree in Education from City University Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Central Washington University. He has worked for the past 26 years as a public school counselor in the state of Washington. Mario currently works for the Clover Park School District. Mario served as a Professional Education Board member for City University of Seattle. He has been recognized locally and nationally for the proactive work that he does with students, teachers and his surrounding community. In 2011 Mario was named Natural High’s national Educator of the year. Mario’s passion is to motivate both students and staff to be their best. He has logged over 5000 hours of classroom instruction time teaching from a comprehensive counseling curriculum. His favorite, he admits, is Natural High’s curriculum. For 10 years, Mario was a district trainer for staff certification on how to de-escalate agitated and aggressive students. Mario is also a state certified mediator. Mario coached at the high school level for 14 years in football, basketball and baseball. In 2001 Mario was named Washington State coach of the year in the 2A Nisqually League. Prior to working in Education, Mario worked for 16 years for Washington State’s largest mental institution. As an Institutional Counselor he helped take care of many patients who were there because of drug abuse.
When not motivating others, Mario’s Natural Highs are Family, Fishing, Golf and Singing.
HOOKED ON SUCCESS: Helping Students Discover Passion & Purpose In Life
1. Sundt, Jon. "Founders Story". https://youtu.be/QxESuEL68wM, Naturalhigh.org. YouTube, 7 Oct.2013. Web. 15 Apr. 2018.
2. Young, Author: Emma, et al. “Iceland Knows How to Stop Teen Substance Abuse but the Rest of the World Isn’t Listening.” Mosaic, 17, Jan. 2017.
3. Decades of Scientific Research That Started a Growth Mindset Revolution.” The Growth Mindset – What Is Growth Mindset – Mindset Works.
4. Duckworth, Angela Lee. "Grit". https://embed.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance#, Naturalhigh.org, TedTalks, 9 May. 2013. 16 Apr.2018.
5. Bleu, Corbin. "Corbin Bleu – Actor, Dancer & Performer" https://youtu.be/dtOtm2eNhs8, Naturalhigh.org. YouTube, 5 Sept. 2014. Web. 16,Apr. 2018
6. Bernardo, Wuv & Sandoval, " Wuv Bernardo & Sonny Sandoval – Members of P.O.D" https://youtu.be/Fa57GbO0s2g, Naturalhigh.org. YouTube, 24, Jan. 2018
7. Hensen, Darrin, "Darrin Henson – Choreographer" https://youtu.be/7bGdYINHXRQ, Naturalhigh.org. YouTube. 20 Aug. 2013
8. Harrison, Queen, "Queen Harrison – World Champion Hurdler & Sprinter" https://youtu.be/m89wBdYrCWA, Naturalhigh.org. YouTube. 28 Sept. 2015
9. Hamilton, Bethany, "Bethany Hamilton – Pro Surfer, Author of ‘Soul Surfer" https://youtu.be/b6kUDZpmJnU, Naturalhigh.org. YouTube. 7 Oct. 2013
10. Gallery, Jaiden, "Jaiden Gallery-2017 Winner" naturalhigh-78n06pcknx6mbax.netdna-ssl.com, Naturalhigh.org. 2017
11. Nhi Huynh, Van, "Van Nhi Huynh 2016 Winner" https://youtu.be/e6FjdZKMqio, Naturalhigh.org. YouTube. 6 Jun. 2016
12. Jivani, Sanah, "Sanah Jivani 2015 Winner" naturalhigh-78n06pcknx6mbax.netdna-ssl.com, Naturalhigh.org. 2015
13. Common Core State Standards, naturalhigh.org/core-curriculum/, Naturalhigh.org. 2018
14. CDC National Health Education Standards 1-8, www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/SHER/standards/index.htm, Naturalhigh.org. 2018
15. Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum,www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/sher/characteristics/index.htm, Naturalhigh.org 2018
16. Rivera, Angel, "I feel like I don't have any goals", https://youtu.be/rFJY6MAY8TA. YouTube, 29 Mar. 2013
17. TeachToughStaff, https://www.teachthought.com/learning/25-ways-to-promote-passion-based-learning-in-your-classroom/. Teachthought, wegrow teachers. 2 May, 2018.