RISE starts with a simple premise: In order to successfully teach students to care about themselves and for others, educators must first practice personal self-care.

Making caring an educational focus helps overall student success rates rise. Caring school cultures enhance learning, foster the spirit of equity, reduce bullying, and limit self-destructive student behaviors. But to effectively promote caring, everyone involved in education must proactively demonstrate self-care. Therefore, RISE advances an essential mindset—among educators and students, alike—that caring for others arises from caring for yourself.

The Program

Diana Patton believes that each student’s physical, emotional, social, educational, and character development needs are of paramount importance. Through RISE, Diana shows educators at all levels—from teachers and administrators to bus drivers and lunch room attendants—how to create caring and equitable school environments.

Learn more about the philosophy behind RISE in Diana’s White Paper.

RISE participants learn ways to:

  • Incorporate emotional intelligence into their teaching roles
  • Overcome burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Embrace empathy and kindness
  • Advocate for equity, inclusion, and diversity
  • Increase student attendance and classroom participation
  • Integrate strategic character and compassion moments into every school day

What RISE includes:

  • School Care needs analysis
  • Beginning, mid-year, and end-of-year assessment surveys
  • Multiple year-round workshops for educators
  • Diana Patton’s book, Inspiration in My Shoes, along with the companion workbook
  • Inspirational tips to encourage educator self-care
  • School board assessments and evaluations
  • One-on-one coaching for school counselors and staff
  • Parent engagement training and assessments

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I have never been more moved than I was listening to Diana Patton share her story. She inspired me and my entire staff to focus on being the difference in the lives of children.

Francis Scruci, Superintendent
Bowling Green City Schools