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Since 1999, the Nurtured Heart Approach® has been transforming classrooms – empowering teachers and educational leaders with tools to transform children with challenging behaviors (as well as all students) into thriving, successful students.

Teachers are primarily trained in normal methods of classroom management which can backfire to a large extent with challenging children. The Nurtured Heart Approach quickly brings children to a much deeper and more residing sense of being powerful in positive ways by providing them with wonderful first-hand experiences of being respectful, responsible, thoughtful, considerate and capable.

To date, thousands of classrooms, hundreds of schools, and a handful of school districts have successfully taken up the Nurtured Heart Approach. Below are just a few of the many educational institutions that are thriving with the Nurtured Heart Approach – demonstrating higher test scores, less use of behavioral medication, less referrals for discipline, greater teacher satisfaction and so much more.

The Nurtured Heart Approach in Special Education:


Warren County Learning Center

Demographics: The Warren County Learning Center is a separate public school special education facility which provides services in grades one through twelve for 63 students experiencing social and emotional problems. The students have been identified as children with various disabilities such as, mental health disorders, autism, and other health impairments.

Success of NHA: The cost from the Warren County Clinical Fund has gone from $1,100 per child in 2001 to $167 in 2010. Not only has the school saved the taxpayer money but it has been successful in keeping children in their homes out of residential placements, hospitalizations and foster placements.

North Education Center

Demographics: Students with serious behavioral issues are referred from 12 member districts nearby, as well as from other districts whose special education strategies haven’t met the complex needs of these students.

Success of NHA: Students are spending more time in their classrooms; their listening comprehension skills are exploding, increasing 1.5 years over the course of the year; the use of a time-out room diminished, the room utilized for time-outs was repurposed into a classroom; went from a full-time School Resource Officer to part-time.

Nurtured Heart Approach in Elementary Education:

Tolson Elementary School

Demographics: Over 500 children. Over 80% free or reduced lunch. Serving the most underprivileged community in Tucson, Arizona.

Success of NHA: no children at all diagnosed as ADHD and no new children on medications; one child suspended twice; 1% of student body utilizes Special Education – a drop from 15%; the Gifted and Talented Program has grown from nearly non-existent to over 15%; standardized test scores excelling from the worst in the district, teach attrition fallen to nearly 0% from a remarkable 50%.

Nicholson Elementary

Demographics: Serves Chicago, IL

Success of NHA: Nicholson has seen a 20 percent reduction in disciplinary refractions school-wide and numerous individual student success stories

The Teacher

by Haim Ginott

I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that 
I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It’s my personal approach that creates the climate.
It’s my daily mood that makes the weather.

As a teacher, I posses a tremendous power 
to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations it is my response 
that decides whether a crisis will be 
escalated or de-escalated 
and a child humanized or dehumanized.

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