Training at Your Site
In addition to the training offered each year at the Southeastern Center for the Enhancement of Learning (SCEL), the Center offers on site training when requested. The following guidelines apply:
The curriculum for our on site training – just as it is for training at SCEL – is Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment (IE), which is an intervention program that has been shown to enhance cognitive functioning. In a school setting, IE Standard is designed to be implemented in any three consecutive grade levels (beginning with fourth grade) by offering IE classes for 50-60 minutes twice a week. IE Basic is similarly designed and scheduled for learners ages three through third grade. Teachers must be certified by an Authorized Training Center in order to teach in either IE program.
When conducted on site, as with training at SCEL, Instrumental Enrichment Standard (IE-S) is separated into three levels for both training and implementation. Training to teach each level requires 45 hours under the direction of a Trainer Certified by the Feuerstein Institute (formerly known as the International Center for the Enhancement of Learning Potential). A typical schedule is for five consecutive days (nine hours each day), but alternative schedules can be arranged. Training in Instrumental Enrichment Basic (IE-B) is conducted in two levels.
Upon request, a certified trainer can be assigned to train from three to ten participants on site at the host institution. If there are more than 10 participants, then a second trainer or an assistant will be assigned.
The host institution is responsible for providing a suitable training site. Basic training equipment should be available: Overhead projector, Flip Chart, VCR, etc. The host institution is also asked to designate a coordinator for local arrangements and to provide suitable refreshments for two "breaks" each day. (Some institutions choose to provide a light lunch, but this is optional.)
The host institution is expected to pay for all training materials. Teacher's Manuals and other training materials will be needed for each participant. SCEL will order all materials and will have them delivered to the training site. Payment for materials must be made in advance. Training fees are due upon completion of the training.
The IE curriculum consists of paper and pencil exercises or "Student Pages." Copies of the Student Pages are provided in the Teacher's Manuals for training, but must be purchased for each student for implementation. Student Pages typically are priced from $35 to $45 per student, depending on the level. One level provides the implementation pages for a year's curriculum. Student materials are ordered through SCEL.
Student Pages can be ordered along with training materials when requested. Three weeks should be allowed for delivery on any subsequent orders.
It is strongly recommended that provision for follow-up visits by the trainer during the first year of implementation for each level be included in the initial planning. At least two visits during each school year are needed with quarterly or monthly visits recommended.
Cost of Training at your site
The host institution is expected to pay training fees ($800 per day for a certified trainer for up to ten participants. For more than ten participants, an assistant trainer at $400 per day will be needed.) plus expenses – travel, lodging, meals, and transportation to the training site. (The host institution is to provide transportation from lodging to the training site either by providing a car, paying for the rental of a car, or providing "pick up" services, and to pay any parking fees that might be required at the lodging site.) The host institution is also expected to pay for all materials necessary for training. The cost of materials ranges from $100 to $200 per participant.
When training dates are set, and the number of participants determined, SCEL, after conferring with the client’s on-site leadership, will submit a tentative budget for the training program. The costs will vary depending on the number of participants, the number of trainers and assistants needed to staff the course(s), transportation distance, and other factors.
After our suggested model for training on your site is adopted, it is essential that funds be budgeted for continuing the program at the institution in the future, according to all five phases of the model we propose for systemic implementation.
SCEL requests payment for onsite training by check or money order. Training costs typically include consulting fees, expenses, and cost of training materials.
Grants for cognitive enrichment programs
Although SCEL is not able to award grants at this time, IE qualifies for funding under a number of government and/or private foundations. It has been approved for Title I funding and is appropriate for "No Child Left Behind" when state guidelines are met. When applying for grants for cognitive enrichment programs, applicants should include funding for all five phases of the systemic implementation model when the program utilizes Feuerstein's IE: (1) Awareness, (2) Teacher training (including stipends and all training materials), (3) Curriculum materials for implementation, (4) Evaluation, including research design and implementation, and (5) The training of trainers for continuation.
Variable costs of other Programs and Seminars
Costs vary for other programs and seminars provided by the Southeastern Center, depending on (1) the type of program, (2) its duration, (3) the training site location, and (4) the number of participants in the program.