as told by OliveAnn Slotta, 2018
OliveAnn received the Disney Company’s American Teacher Award in 1991 for her work with this Imaginal Education program.
During the summer of 1986, a team of four high school teachers- one each from the disciplines of science, social studies, English and mathematics- met with two ICA Imaginal Education facilitators to design an image-based, two year curriculum rotation of lessons and community projects to radically alter the academically struggling, 100 +participating students. This new, school-within-a-school program identified and addressed these three unhelpful, negative images, for change:
as told by Leah Early, a high school drama and English teacher in Nevada 2018
As a high school drama and reading teacher, Leah Early created a two-week long Spring One Act Play Festival where every student was an actor during the week. On the last night two comedies were to be played. Her story, “Unlikely Hero” shows how images changed that night, from one student seen as a failure to being seen as a hero and how the student csst shifted their images from possible failure to joyful success.
“Creating a Reading Community” is Leah’s story about how a core of English teachers recreated their images when they realized that only 51% of them were graduating a grade level. Changing their reading strategies over a seven year period, the teachers and the students had new images of success: 87% of the students were reading a college level.