The Council Project is “a breakthrough…the kind of model program that can be replicated throughout California.”
—US Senator Barbara Boxer, in a 1999 letter to Gary Hart, then California’s Secretary of Education
“There are so many benefits. First and foremost, council has made barriers to honest communication virtually disappear. Since I’m a home teacher, my position as “the teacher” with only one student can sometimes inhibit students’ willingness to share ideas. They know that I have “the answer,” and the benefits of group discussions are lost. Council allows that teacher-student paradigm to disappear. Being on equal footing has inspired my students to take risks. I have been trying for years to remove that barrier; now I have a way to do it.”
—Susan Zakarov, Berenece Carlson Home Instructional Program and Hospital School
“In the eight months since council came to our school, we have used it in moments of joy, crisis, celebration, stress, fear, and disappointment. No matter the occasion, council helps all of us validate who we are and where we fit in this world. Teachers, students, administrators, and parents regularly learn from one another’s stories. Council has given us the avenue to appreciate each other’s experiences, experiences that we share through our stories.
—Guillermina Jauregui, Principal, International Studies Learning Center (LAUSD)
"Since August of 2006, Council in Schools has provided tremendous benefit to the thousands of LAUSD students and over 2,000 educators who have participated in pilot programs and trainings. These benefits include essential social-emotional skills, building safer and more caring learning environments, helping teachers to find their own creative ways of personalizing and differentiating instruction, and helping students find relevance in school by linking academic curriculum to their own lived experiences. These claims are confirmed by the WestEd evaluation of the program for the years 2006-09 and also by the anecdotal reports and comments from participants."
—Dr. Judy Elliott, former Chief Instructional Officer, LAUSD
“The workshop in Freiburg was a big opener for my self. It provided a new angle on the whole of therapy, education, society, pathology, spirituality and self. It touched me in a sense of "Ahhhhh that´s what it really is about". Until now I was kind of distracted and struggled hard fighting all these problems, solving all the equations... not seeing the joy, the vivid, the simple.”
—Manuel Tumino, school psychologist Freiburg, Germany
“Given that Human Development is a core requirement in our Counseling Program, it is important that students master the course content. On the other hand, it is just as important that students are provided an opportunity to develop the skills and attitudes that are fundamental to the counseling and teaching professions; such as cultural sensitivity, perspective taking, critical thinking, and empathic understanding. Having council in my course has proven to be an effective and meaningful way for students to develop these fundamental counseling skills. council also fosters cultural sensitivity, and allows students in a large class to have small group encounters in which each person has the opportunity to express their thoughts freely. More than anything, council fosters a spirit of curiosity and openness, and reminds us that good learning begins with relationship and rapport between students and teachers alike.”
—Dr. Betsy Perluss, professor, CSULA