Storytellers & Writers

History

Transformational Learning & Coaching (TLC) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2008 in Santa Fe, NM. Its first program was +Writing & Reading Specialists, an after school program for struggling elementary and middle school students. +Writing & Reading Specialists became certified by the Public Education Department of New Mexico to offer supplemental educational services to students in Title I schools who scored below average on state standardized tests. The supplemental educational services program was a federal program under No Child Left Behind legislation (NCLB). In 2013, +Writing & Reading Specialists became certified as a provider under NCLB in the states of MT, CA and WA. As a provider of supplemental educational services, +Writing & Reading Specialists served thousands of students, the majority of them English Language Learners, and achieved a 97% success rate in improving students’ scores on state standardized writing tests and writing prompts.

In July, 2016, the federal program came to an end and NCLB was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The after school supplemental educational services program was not continued.

Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, Executive Director Carol Aubrey created a new program, Storytellers & Writers. This program continues to address the learning gaps in Language Arts that were encountered during TLC’s 8 years as a Title I educational provider. In addition, it recognizes and addresses the need for English Language Learners and the children of immigrants to maintain an identity with and appreciation for their home culture, to develop an identity and sense of belonging as new Americans, and to develop coping skills, resiliency and self-confidence so that they can lead productive and fulfilling lives in this country.

Mission

The mission of Transformational Learning & Coaching, Inc. is to create and provide innovative educational programs, with an emphasis on programs that incorporate the arts, that encourage positive transformation and enhance quality of life for underprivileged youth or young people disadvantaged in any way.

The mission of Storytellers & Writers is to provide quality after school and summer dual language programs for English Language Learners and the children of immigrants that address academic learning gaps in Language Arts and that help students develop resiliency, self-confidence, a sense of purpose, and an identity with both their native culture and as Americans through the reading, creating and telling of stories.