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( charter, respect, values, listening, trust, diversity, culture,)


Communication skills


·      Nonverbal Communication

·      Open-Mindedness

·       Empathy

·       Clarity and Concision

·       Friendliness (Smile)



Team work --- 4 hours

Team building:  
teaching students to work in teams is one of the most important goals of a twenty-first-century teacher. The class will focus on forming the team, building the culture and charter of the team and show the students the similarities to a sports and music team.
 We start with

Faber Est Suae Quisque Fortunae
Everyone is the maker of their destiny

·       Trust among team members

·       Picking the team roles

·       Make your team mate a winner

·       Complementary Skills 

·       Enabling the charter (purpose, goals, roles, culture, (values, language, norm))

·       Common purpose 

·       Empower Students to Coach One Another

·       Challenge the Teams

·       Value Beautiful Work (Quality)

... working like a sports team/ Jazz group



 Uniqueness of the training:

  • ·      Ownership mindset ... Think like an owner

  • ·     Cultural Engineering mindset ... Provide leadership & management of a project

  • ·     Growth mindset  ...Your brain is like a muscle, use it or lose it

  • ·     Team mindset  ... To be successful. need to work together

  • ·     Brand mindset ... Who are you and how to show the world



Life-Skills ...Students become cognitively aware of their life skills while  doing activities:


From our experiences in business & education, we have created a curriculum that sifted out the manual part of work and created thinking employees with unique mindset thinking and life-skills to be productive in your organization.  These are the people that AI will be difficult to replace.


• Attitude (positive attitude, focus, emotions, flexible, moral leadership )

• Social & emotional learning ( character developmentempathy, responsibility, self-esteem )

• Team-work ( charter, respect, values, listening, trust, diversity, culture, honesty ) ,,, working like a sports team

• Problem solving ( creative & critical thinking, decisions, planning, curiosity, reflection  )

• Personal skills (financial literacy,  time management,  goal setting, communication, questioning )

• Business literacy (quality, processes, matrices, reporting, leadership, judgement )

  • Key Company Interface  Email, Social networking, YouTube, Self-branding skills (Who you are ), Networking with others





Flowchart: Alternate Process: Focused-Simplified 
Tailored to the organization 
Starter projects
Flowchart: Alternate Process: Present Teams- Problem solving

Curved Down Arrow: Feedback

Flowchart: Alternate Process: Focused-Simplified 
Tailored to the organization 
Starter projects
Flowchart: Alternate Process: Present Teams- Problem solving

Curved Down Arrow: Feedback

Flowchart: Alternate Process: Focused-Simplified 
Tailored to the organization 
Starter projects

Project Academy Corp. Culture --

 The following is our Corporate culture that we follow and believe in:


Key Word:





We will have high expectations to achieve the best results for things we strive for. Our outlook will be to always make things better than what we found. 


Trying something different

We should be willing to take risk in doing our projects and activities. We are looking for amazing things to be accomplished by all of us.


Believe in people

Each of us are unique in what we can do and accomplish. We look for the good versus the bad in our make-up.  W should strive to become better in our outlook.



Our organization doe not exist alone but is part of a community of others.  We should strive to continuously be looking to make it better and be an active member.



Caring, Empathy, Striving for the best. Loving kindness, Trust, Respect, Curiosity, Thinking skills (creativity, critical, questions, reflection), Responsibility. No excuses



We should communicate with our fellow team member to achieve results that make them look better and have a positive outlook towards them.

Our body language is a smiling face that looks at you in a positive way. We greet each other when we meet. and are polite and not aggressive.



We should take the time to celebrate our actions and communicate what we are planning or achieved.

We use visual measurement to communicate and keep each of us posted on our schedule


Overall symbol:

“Faber Est Suae Quisque Fortunae”

Everyone is the maker of their destiny


Our vision, goals, mission and purpose

Our organization documents are posted, clearly reviewed and discussed. We shall in include where necessary, time frames, measurements and expected outcomes to make sure these items are real.


Mindset thinking:

·      Ownership mindset … think like an owner

·       Cultural engineering mindset … manage tasks around a project

·       Growth mindset … The brain is like a muscle use it or lose it

·       Team mindset: …work together like a winning learning team.



 Class room activities: Our instruction is based on project based learning vs "caulk & talk" learning.


One-hour Class Period Structure 


  • 15 min. of class learning/discussion 
  • 30 min. of Exercise / Activities by the teams
  • Break 



Class Activities  ... Tied to the curriculum 



Self-Directed work groups Teams are giving a set of guidelines and they build their learning structure.  Guidance is provided by the facilitator.  
Reading Material
How to evaluate a companies culture
Team mindset
What new team leaders should do first
Why are Indian managers so good
Creating a Team Charter
Building a team

Uniqueness of our training


Image result for unique approachOur approach is unique in that it brings together the needs of both sides in the workplace. Our program shows the new trainees how that can interface with the companies’ values while building their strengths to become a needed employee or owner.  The company gets an employee with a culture and values that fit nicely into a corporate culture.

The following are our Uniqueness:

The program focuses on teaching life-skills to create a well-rounded individual who will fit into the work environment.  It uses the concept of mindset thinking around the following:

·        Ownership mindset ... Think like an owner

·        Cultural Engineering mindset ... Provide leadership & management of a   project

·        Growth mindset  ...Your brain is like a muscle, use it or lose it

·        Team mindset ... To be successful. need to work together

·         Brand mindset ... Who are you and how to show the world 

·         Life skills … Students become cognitively aware of their life skills while doing activities


Project based learning activities …Self-direct learning

o   Getting to know each other

o   Team creation ,,, learning & building a culture

o   Picking a problem to work on

o   Problem solving

o   Public reporting

 From our experiences in business & education, we have created a curriculum that sifted out the manual part of work and created thinking employees with unique mindset thinking and life-skills to be productive in your organization.  These are the people that AI will be difficult to replace.



Training Flow map:







          Detail project Plan for creating a learning team:

The basic project for the students:

The learning can be broken into major parts

After each part, the students will do exercises around What skills did i use;


Do a reflection about what they learned, what could we have done better and other thoughts




Can you take ownership of your learning?

We start with an initial set of Goals and Outcomes for the group to work on

Goals: Develop the methods, definitions and writing of “how a learning team operates”.



·       Operating principles of a learning team

·       Create a team charter

·       Written procedures and processes for a team

·       Defining the team’s culture


Ring the bell Motivate people  




Student Engagement Discussion



 Ice Breaker ...   Marshmallow project (Begin our thoughts on getting to know each other)

Brain Plasticity (Mindset)

Breaking the Ice with strengths


After doing the Ice-breaker assignment, Discuss the program goals, Their thoughts and discussion.


General Instructions:



Additional thoughts on team work:


Team work 1


Team work 2-full


·       You can use any resource to find information ( Web, books, people, etc.)

·       You can work together to create your thoughts

·       You need to write your thoughts as a group

·       Your group will discuss and present your thoughts at the end of the project

How to begin:

·       Follow the attached flow chart and develop your answers to the questions or thoughts.

·       Do your best as there is no one right answer.   Its what you want you make of it.


Questions to ask?:

When you set your goals, ask yourself the following questions:

• What steps will the team take to accomplish its mission?

• What specific actions or changes does it need to complete?

• What milestones does it need to reach to progress further?

• Does it need to follow a specific timeline?

• How will we measure and report progress?


2.0 Forming teams and setting community values, norms

Flip learning page



Life-Skill Infusion

Think of and define the following life skills:  Listening skills. Non-verbal skills, planning and goal setting, controlling your emotions, how to deal when you have a dis-agreement with others. Empathy for others,

o   Create an index card with a two sentence description for the skill

o   Try to implement the skill in your everyday activity

o   Reflect on your growth or lack of growth    

4.0 Public reporting and feedback


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Tools/Quick notes:

Web site for links to Life-Skills descriptions Link

 A team charter should include several components that help define the team and keep it on track.


 At a minimum, your team charter should include: Team Purpose (Mission) Measurable/Verifiable Goals.  Apr 11, 2011

Organizational culture – behavior of humans within an organization and the meaning that people attach to those behaviors.

  • Character skills
  • Impact-culture
  • An organization's culture includes its vision, values, norms, systems, countries, symbols, language, assumptions, beliefs, and habits.
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.

   Vince Lombardi


Processes Activities
One-pager Conflict resolution
Discussion Team charter work sheet
Flow-map Team roles work sheet
Five principles Listening skills
  Like a sports team
  Team work sheet

Another important proactive measure is ensuring that your team shares the same purpose, values, and identity


Team members questions to themselves What do I bring to the team? 2. What are our commitments to one another? 3. What differences exist between us? 4. How will we operate? 5. How will we know we are succeeding?
Learning life skills & having fun


The art or act of improvising, or of  composing, uttering, executing, or arranging  anything without previous preparation:





Improv File
Assessment/Rubrics File
Questions & learning File
Project framing File
Picking the problem File
Planning & schedule File  Getting set-up to do the project
Elevator pitch File    Short presentation of key items that you did
Mapping File   Information gathering plus how they are connected
Learning Process File

Brain Plasticity


Thinking skills

Creative thinking

Critical thinking
Meta-cognitive thinking
Reflection (feedback)


File  Maintain the state of doubt and to carry on systematic and protracted inquiry --- these are the essentials of thinking



Learning targets File Learning targets are short term goals or statements
Self-Reflection of the project File
Benefits of the process File
Preparing for the presentation check-sheet File
Scamper File   Coming up with ways to find new ideas
Links from home page of Project Academy


the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual

  Web-version 3

Interesting web sites;

Did you know? Today's learners will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38
TED talk Ken Robinson
TED talk Benefits of self-directed learning ... Motivation
TED talk Carol Dweck     ...Your Mindset

21st Century Learning


TED talk Tony Robins .. What shapes you; You define who you are; Need rituals to make things happen.
Talking together Getting young people to come together

Democracy is a Conversation

Service learning To create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world with young people, their schools, and their communities through service-learning

Creating contemporary learning environments from EDtalks on Vimeo.

Problems as opportunity  

SEL Discussion



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