About the Courses
Think with Heart courses consist of a three-part foundation course, CORE (Connection and Communication, Orientation to Self-Awareness, Resilience and Adaptability, and Emotional Intelligence) and workshops that delve more deeply into topics introduced in the CORE course. Each section of CORE is 10 weeks long, and workshops can be completed in 3-5 weeks.
CORE is a three-section (30 weeks total), online course offered to ninth, tenth and eleventh grade girls. It is designed to be less time-consuming than other academic courses, and it is structured to involve peer-to-peer learning through a discussion-based format. An important dimension of CORE (and workshops) is a positive and supportive learning environment. The intellectually rich content is organized in a way that allows students to explore perspectives from a variety of researches and experts in social science fields. And the learning activities, while challenging, are intended to be fun!
Girls who have participated in CORE courses share that they benefit from the online learning format: the girls value the flexibility, they develop higher order thinking skills through reflective writing, and they appreciate a comfortable learning environment. The online design has proven to be especially valuable to girls who prefer to take time to process information and express themselves in writing rather than verbally in group settings.
Please visit the Course Schedule for upcoming course offerings and the Who Should Enroll tab for more information on CORE and the application process.
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Think with Heart offers a one year-long foundation course called CORE. The foundation course has three 10-week sections: Connectogy: An Exploration of Human Connection, Self-Discovery & EQ: An Orientation to Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence, and Resilience: An Examination of Coping with Challenges and Persevering with Resilience. In addition to the foundation course, Think with Heart offers workshops, which are brief studies that further explore topics introduced in the CORE course.
Foundation Course: CORE
CORE is a different kind of course. It is 30-week online learning experience designed specifically for high school girls. CORE complements academic and character-building programs. In this three-part course, girls enhance their communication skills, increase their understanding of others, grow their capacity for empathy, discover their personal preferences for processing information and interacting with the world around them, deepen their self-confidence, strengthen their ability to manage emotions, and build resilience. While the focus of CORE is the development of social and emotional competencies, learning activities and exercises are designed to be fun while promoting conceptual, creative and critical thinking.
What makes CORE different?
CORE is a multidisciplinary course during which girls explore non-traditional subjects such as empathy, self-awareness and resilience. The learning community—an online ideas-exchange—is positive and supportive, and each student is an integral part of the learning process. Assessment is based on engagement, thoughtfulness, timeliness and thoroughness in completing assignments, demonstration of applied knowledge, and a respect for others in the learning community.
In a student’s words, CORE offers time for “self-reflection and learning how to understand others more thoroughly” in a “less-pressured ‘classroom.'“
More About CORE
CORE is offered to ninth, tenth and eleventh grade girls. Students benefit from the online learning format: the girls value the flexibility, they develop higher order thinking skills through reflective writing, and they appreciate a comfortable learning environment. The online design has proven to be especially valuable to girls who prefer to take time to process information and express themselves in writing rather than verbally in group settings.
The three sections of CORE (Connectology, Self-Discovery and EQ, and Resilience) include forum-based dialogue around an original mix of readings and videos assembled from a wide array of contemporary authors/experts. Student learning and growth is facilitated through the introduction of key concepts, prompted reflection, peer-to-peer discussion, and learning exercises.
Section I Description: Connectology
Connectology exposes girls to the ingredients of effective communication and relationship-building, delving into the many factors that influence how well we connect with one another, what drives us to connect, and why deepening our connections is important. Connectology emphasizes active listening and empathy, key components of effective and meaningful communication. The course also includes learning about tools to improve explanation skills, and it provides introductions to critical thinking and current brain research that supports our inherent desire to connect.
Note: Connectology may be taken on its own or as part of the CORE course.
Section II Description: Self-Discovery and “EQ”
Self-Discovery and EQ, the second section of CORE, connects self-awareness to a better understanding of others. Self-Discovery and EQ enables girls to identify and build on their individual strengths and to recognize and appreciate differences in themselves and in others, thus building a foundation of knowledge of emotional intelligence.
Section III Description: Resilience
Resilience builds on Connectology and Self-Discovery and EQ, encouraging self-reliance and resilience with a focus on responding to and managing both everyday challenges and significant hardships. Students examine strategies for increasing resilience, explore self-care techniques to cultivate general well-being, and deepen learning in empathic communication.
Each section of the CORE course is 10 weeks long. The sections should be taken sequentially.
Workshops are shorter than the CORE sections (3-5 weeks), and most workshops have a least one CORE course as its prerequisite. Upcoming workshop topics include: Introduction to Positive Psychology, An Examination of Compassion, and Introduction to Mindfulness.
If you have specific questions about the one-year CORE course or about a workshop, please contact Mary Ellis directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.