Kathleen Macferran

Kathleen Macferran is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC, http://www.cnvc.org). She has offered Nonviolent Communication training to schools, community groups, churches, hospitals, families, correctional officers, and prison inmates. She is one of the trainers for the Freedom Project, an affiliate organization of CNVC that strengthens community safety through supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers. In addition to working with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Kathleen founded and was the Music Director of the Rainier Chamber Winds from 1990-2008. Kathleen views the music ensemble as a metaphor for social organization since the well-being of one individual clearly depends on the well-being of all. 

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a practical, learnable process for communicating with empathy, honesty, power and compassion. It integrates personal development with social change. The purpose of NVC is to ensure everyone's needs are valued equally and fulfilled in ways that contribute to connection, harmony and peace. It develops people's ability to listen to and transform blame, anger and criticism into respectful, constructive communication, and to resolve conflicts peacefully.


Sylvia Haskvitz

About Sylvia Haskvitz
Sylvia Haskvitz , MA, RD, has been in the field of education since she was thirteen tutoring pre-teens. As an adult she taught in public, private and charter schools in San Francisco and Tucson and taught foreign language in after school programs. She enjoys developing learning activities that support joyful learning through experimentation with creativity and nature. She has offered NVC trainings in many education departments and school settings across the country. Sylvia has co-facilitated Teach for Life, an annual NVC inspired five day Educators Institute.

She has been a certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication since 1989 and has planted the seeds of compassion in numerous communities throughout the U.S. She is the dean of Educational Services for Elucity Network, Inc. bringing NVC to organizations and businesses throughout the world.

Creating Thriving Learning Communities: Integrating NVC into Education

A Telecourse Recording with CNVC Certified Trainers Kathleen Macferran from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA and Sylvia Haskvitz from Tucson, Arizona, USA

Recorded: July 29 - 31, 2009
Total Duration: 4 hours

Cost: $20.00 USD

Listen to Sylvia and Kathleen introduce themselves:

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This course recording is designed to:

  • Support educators in creating classrooms where learning is joyful and where cooperation and respect naturally emerge
  • Model an environment where everyone’s needs matter and conflicts can be resolved with caring and connection

By listening to this course, you will learn skills that increase your ability to:

  • Care for your own needs as well as the needs of students, teachers, administrators and parents
  • Create partnership relationships based on mutual respect and cooperation
  • Significantly reduce conflicts
  • Communicate effectively

Integrating NVC into your own life and the culture of the classroom will be the focus of this course. Bring your back-to-school challenges to the class and have support in responding from NVC consciousness and language.

Create a learning community where:

  • every person matters
  • learning is connected to values
  • empathy and honesty are the primary modes of communication
  • choices are based on values/needs
  • individuals find power through requests to meet needs
  • compassion is contagious
  • celebration and gratitude replace praise and compliments
  • difficult conversations with parents and staff turn into mutual cooperation
  • conflict resolution skills are understood and used by all
  • protective vs. punitive use of force is used if necessary

Cost: $20.00 USD

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