Surrendering the One-Up Relationship – a Powerful Approach to Connecting with Every Student

A Powerful Approach to Connecting with All of Your Students

Surrendering the One Up Relationship is a set of specific strategies that help educators build authentic, unconditional relationships that help all students feel understood, valued, and safe. When done effectively, Surrendering the One Up Relationship is the X-factor for motivating all student to action and seeing their potential. In this webinar we discuss how to adapt to individual student needs and provide practical interventions that can inspire and motivate them in a time that is unprecedented in our history. Our panel demonstrate strategies from WhyTry’s new Surrendering the one-up Relationship Staff Development and  Administrators Toolkit designed to help all educators create a shift in perspective towards building relationships that motivate. Listen as our panel of experts as they discuss how we can help students that are struggling emotionally and dealing with trauma, and what we can do to help them cope and find ways to thrive in this new school year. 


Cory Anderson

Cory Anderson

Cory has spent nearly two decades as an educator, beginning as a teacher and then as an administrator. He has been an assistant principal at a middle school and has served as a principal of two different elementary schools. Cory pioneered and started one of two public STEM programs in the state of Utah and helped consult with the state office of education on creating STEM standards for schools that would eventually be adopted by the STEM action center. Also during his tenure as an elementary school as principal, Cory oversaw behavioral units and lead his school in implementing social and emotional programs and STEM activities. In 2019, Cory joined the WhyTry team as a trainer and director of curriculum development after using its social and emotional tools for close to ten years in his administrative duties.

Jason Johnson 

Jason is a licensed school psychologist and has published research on resilience and student performance.  Jason is a passionate advocate for disadvantaged students and currently consults and trains educators across the nation as the director of training and research for the WhyTry organization. Jason is a thought leader on resilience education and has spoken at hundreds of conferences around the country. He has led successful implementations of all WhyTry programs and has pioneered trainings for clients in healthcare, corporate, and the US Military.

Join us as we bridge the gap between alternative and mainstream education, bringing forward solutions and strategies that address some of the most pressing challenges in today’s educational landscape. Your voice and engagement are key to our collective success. See you at the webinar!

Bruce Bushnell

Bruce Bushnell

Bruce Bushnell has centered his career around promoting youth success. He is an award winning school counselor. Bruce was named the counselor of the year for the state of Utah and was also honored at the White House, receiving national recognition for his counseling interventions. Bruce has been a member of the Executive High School Relations Board, senior vice president of the Alpine Counseling Association, and vice president of the Utah Counselor Association. Bruce now helps youth succeed by presenting passionate WhyTry keynotes and trainings across the country. As an advocate of the program from its earliest days, Bruce has also been a key contributor in developing many of the WhyTry learning activities, which are proven to help youth develop the social and emotional skills necessary to reach their goals.

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