Do you believe in the power of relationships to heal? Because Megan Marcus does. She not only believes it, she is FuelEd by it. She can even prove it and won’t stop until all educators are FuelEd by it too. Megan Marcus wanted to be a therapist and was drawn to people and relationships and interested in therapy, what she got was a beautiful non-profit that is creating a movement to give educators more emotional support and guidance in order to help teachers impart love onto those students that are in the classrooms.
FuelEd – The Fuel for the Fire
Megan Marcus grew up in Dallas and California and is very well educated. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she got a job as a research assistant at TLC, which trained teachers and tutored students, on the college campus. She attended a conference called Learning in the Brain, and while there she got the fuel for the fire for FuelEd.
Megan realized that all the people there weren’t being educated at their own campuses and schools if they were attending this conference. She also heard a talk on neuroscience and how relationships drive learning, which she had always felt since she was a young girl. On a whim, she decided to email the professor that gave the speech and when he answered the email, the fire grew brighter for FuelEd.
FuelEd – The Fire Burns Brighter
While Megan was getting her Masters Degree at Pepperdine University, she was helping the professor that gave the speech, research and write his book on social neuroscience. She was following the breadcrumbs of relationships and science and the brain. The same question kept coming up for her,
If we know that relationships drive learning, what does that mean for teachers and for students and learning institutions?
And the answer she realized and learned is that at any age if a teacher services a new secure relationship with a student then it can change a students trajectory and the way they learn. No matter what the age of the student. Megan was disturbed by how educators were being trained and the fire was about to burst into flames for FuelEd.
FuelEd – The Flames
The next educational stop for Megan Marcus was Harvard Business School. While there, she was a big part of the Innovation Lab, which was a think tank for new and emerging ideas and businesses. This is where Megan tried out the idea of FuelEd and came up with her tag line:
Fueling schools with the power of relationships
In other words, relationships are our fuel and can create a happier and healthier world. Megan knew she was onto something when the idea of FuelEd won two major awards and she got a pilot school the same day she graduated from Harvard. Yes Prep in Houston was going to be the testing ground for FuelEd.
Schools are the one place we have a captive audience and educators spend 7 to 8 hours a day with our kids, so why wouldn’t we want them to be trained to be empathetic and form relationships with our children so they can succeed? It seems that educational institutions see the logic in FuelEd, because although it is still in it’s infancy, FuelEd has over 600 educators that have gone through the program and about 42 schools on their roster.
FuelEd brings more knowledge in science, skills and self-awareness, which in turn helps them build relationships. This is done via workshops coupled with small group sessions and one on one sessions with licensed counselors. The curriculum is unique because it is the only program that offers sessions with counselors. The teachers are forced to dig deep when they attend FuelEd.
The newest program that FuelEd offers is called Empathy School. The reason for the name is because a more empathetic educator is a better educator. The program runs 6 hours plus the one-one one sessions with a licensed counselor. The original program, which is now the Leadership Institute and runs 3 days, is now being used for partnerships, such as Teach for America, and for school leaders.
FuelEd targets the educators’ relationship skills and attachment styles which will enable them to build secure attachments, which in turn will have a positive impact on the students academic, social, emotional and behavioral outcome. And, in the end who doesn’t want that for our children, who are our future?
We believe that FuelEd is #JustVibing because of all that they are doing to create change for educators, which in turn is creating change for the outcome of our children’s education.