Here you will find writings that give some insight into Trinity’s programs.

For Educators and Parents

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 in


2016 Leadership Lab Students

As my Co-director and partner Sandra Crockard explained in her personal blog last month we are learning a new practice of reaching out to our network. I’m using this occasion to address educators everywhere who have ever felt limited by the present tools and practices of education to reach their students- both concerning a subject and addressing their development as competent, resilient members of our shared society. We experienced the same sense of restraint with techniques in our theatre development.

Our Past

Trinity started working with the Toronto District School Board in 1984. In those early years we created plays, with teacher’s guides , on various issues. As we encountered the limits of this traditional play-audience format, especially in terms of empowering audience members, we moved through many years of exploration both in schools and the community. Through trial and error we ‘deconstructed’ the primacy of performance when using theatre, and moved to a more interactive practice between player and audience member.

As we worked in schools we were constantly asking ourselves, on the basis of our daily exchange with young people, what do students ultimately want from their school experience beyond the acquiring of information, skills, and marks.

What do teachers and other educators want to connect with their students, and fulfill their sense of vocation in meaningful ways?

Our Present

Out of this exploration we have created many presentations, workshops and courses. Of these, our Peer to Peer and Making Connections programs in particular embody what we believe begins to answer those questions re what students and teachers ultimately want in education.

Essentially both programs are mentoring programs that extend participants’ learning capabilities by addressing their social/emotional development, both peer to peer and intergenerationally.

What do Students and Teachers ultimately want?

So what did we find? What do students ultimately want? To be recognized, to be inspired, to learn.

What do educators ultimately want? To feel that their teaching has contributed to a student’s competency as a learner, as well as contributing in a positive way to their personal and social growth for the future.

During our explorations it became increasingly important to us that our programs help students and teachers see that our social/emotional lives are connected to our capability to learn. As well, we wanted to create tools that would help both student and teacher nurture recognition, inspiration and love of learning from one another

Ultimately, all of Trinity’s education work is informed by the belief that education is all about learning, a competency in learning that is achieved by skills development and knowledge and information exchange, combined with attention to an individual’s social/emotional development. This combination of learning and personal growth for both student and teacher enables personal transformation, and participation in social and community development for everyone involved in the act of education..

If you would like to know more about our approach to education please email us at for our free three day online mini-course Teaching Between the Lines

The other ‘educators’ I would like to address in this opening blog are parents.

Your role is crucial in both the social/emotional development and the academic development of your children. This, of course, is quite obvious in our children’s elementary years in school. But in many ways the parent’s role even increases in importance in their high school years.

From our thirty plus years of working with youth in schools we are publishing this June Surviving High School…and other challenging times in life. This eBook contains nine steps for students on how to make the most out of their high school years in terms of personal growth and developing life-enhancing strategies for their future.

As a companion to Surviving High School…and other challenging times in life we will be offering a free online series for parents, Surviving High School…a parent’s guide.

 The series will run online for nine weeks, beginning Earth Day Friday April 22, and each Friday after that. Each week in the series will match one of the nine steps outlined for students.

If you would like to receive the free online series Surviving High School…a parent’s guide please email us at to receive your free copy.

The ultimate goal of all education is personal and community renewal. As such the role of the parent as educator is ongoing, even though it appears to be lost in the fiction we call the generation gap. While it is true that new technologies continuously challenge an older generation, the common and continuing social/emotional challenges of personal growth and aging can only be successfully addressed intergenerationally.