Educator Support

This page is devoted to the application of Frieda B. The Whole Child for schools. To learn more about the fundamentals of FBTWC for all audiences, visit

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Frieda B. The Whole Child for schools (both Author Visits and Educator Support professional development) is a multi-faceted program we’ve created with and for PK-5 educators and students, to help foster within a school, its staff, students and families a culture of belief and belonging. Built upon the national award-winning series of Frieda B. picture books, FBTWC has a three-pronged approach to fulfilling a school’s ELA standards, while providing relevant and engaging tools to directly support any SEL initiative:

ONE: Validate the Child. Using the example of key character Frieda B., “the world’s biggest dreamer”, we first strive to inspire and validate the free-to-be story within each child. Our goal is to help educators identify and ignite a child’s innate gifts and interests – intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually – thereby uncovering the wiring to her own unique story. This helps a child to believe that, just like Frieda B., there’s a unique place in this world just for her. A personal purpose. And purpose provides relevance for learning and academic success. We call this Purpose Before Performance™. It is the fundamental approach of FBTWC.

TWO: Create Authentic Community. Building on that foundation, we next help a child on the path of genuinely encouraging and supporting the stories of others. This now comes more easily because the child understands others don’t pose a threat to him. There is no competition. Everyone’s story matters in a unique way. Using the characters and lessons in the Frieda B. series of books, we build an open platform for using ELA standards to explore and strengthen social-emotional skills such as emotional vocabulary, cooperation, conflict resolution, putting others first, problem-solving and empathy… and for helping a child realize that when he supports the stories of others, he supports his own.

THREE: Validate the Staff. Within our Educator Support professional development work, we apply the same whole child approach to the educator, understanding that the unique story of every staff member of the school is significant in cultivating the personal and corporate success of that school.

At the end of the day, through work with tens of thousands of children in schools, we’ve come to know that life and learning matter to a child when the child believes he/she matters. FBTWC for schools is designed to complement your existing SEL and ELA initiatives, while helping each person in your school believe he or she matters. Now that’s a beautiful story.

FBTWC ELA/SEL Program Objective:

“Encourage and validate the whole child within each person. Foster belief and belonging via story, while developing a rich emotional vocabulary. Compare and contrast the unique stories of the author, characters, self (autonomy) and others (community).”


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Educator Support Base Package:

1. Foundational session with author Renata Bowers – up to Three Hours

  • Overview of the Frieda B. The Whole Child (FBTWC) approach… academic and social-emotional significance of validating the unique and important story of each child and staff member
  • Empowering messaging and techniques: Exploring and applying the plethora of tools FBTWC provides to help foster a culture of belief and belonging among all staff, students and families
  • Why and how FBTWC supports the school’s ELA standards
  • Why and how FBTWC supports the school’s SEL initiative(s)
  • Guided collaboration/application time: What would your school look like?
  • A professionally printed “Educator Resources” packet for each participant, facilitating immediate application within the school & classrooms

 2. FBTWC Toolkit**

  • The FBTWC Handbook, filled with everything you need, including program context, research, step-by-step ELA/SEL lesson plans, teaching aids and printable activities
  • Specific methods for incorporating and communicating FBTWC with staff, students and families
  • A free subscription for all staff to 15 FBTWC educational videos
  • A set of 5 Frieda B. books for the school library, signed by Renata
  • Gifts for participants
  • Electronic reproducible files for all FBTWC materials
  • Electronic reproducible Certificate of Completion for participants

3. Discounts (available for 12 months from the date of the foundational session)

  • 47% discount on additional Frieda B. books purchased for the school ($8 instead of $15)
  • 20% discount on books purchased by students and teachers when ordered through the school ($12 instead of $15)
  • 10% discount on any additional author visits/sessions ($270/hr. instead of $300)

BASE PACKAGE: $1,500 + applicable travel costs and taxes*

**The Toolkit also is available for purchase separately. Click here to learn more. 


Additional Educator Support Sessions:

Explore a Frieda B. Book.

Dig into the full SEL- and ELA-application of one Frieda B. book.

One Hour per Book: $300 + applicable travel costs and taxes*


Author Visit Sessions with Students.

Renata shares her books, their messaging, and a fun interactive demonstration with students in large assembly format, or smaller classroom setting. (For full details on Author Visits, visit

One Hour/Session: $300 + applicable travel costs and taxes*



Teachers collaborate with Renata and each other, brainstorming and building upon FBTWC approaches to try/apply with their students.

One Hour: $300 + applicable travel costs and taxes*


Story Cover Activity.

What does the cover of a book tell us about the story inside? Using this approach, teachers create a cover to provide a glimpse into their own free-to-be story. They then take this activity back with them, sharing their covers with their students, and teaching their students to make their own covers. Completed covers displayed side-by-side are a beautiful depiction of just how unique and important each person’s story really is. Click here to view pictures of completed Story Covers.

One Hour: $300 + applicable travel costs and taxes*


Family/Community Celebration.

Renata works with the school to create a fun and interactive event for families or the community at large, presenting the FBTWC approach and the work that has been initiated in the school.

Varies: $300/hour + applicable travel costs and taxes*


*Prices include up to a total of 60 driving miles from/to Somers, CT.  Additional miles will be charged based on the current IRS mileage reimbursement rate.  For visits that require another form of travel and/or lodging, we’ll work with you personally to determine the appropriate logistics and fee.  Private schools may be subject to sales tax.  Public schools can provide tax exempt status to avoid being charged sales tax.


To schedule or inquire: 860.763.0330 or


“When a child has empathy and appreciation for others,
when she knows her worth and can see a unique purpose for herself in this world,
the world opens up to her…
she sees a reason for being, for dreaming, for participating.”
~ Renata Bowers, Frieda B. author