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Tiny Teach: Recipe #2

November 9th, 2015

In our second week of sharing recipes we’ve learned from the game Tiny Teach, we want to share 1 tip for the game to go along with the recipe.

Tip:  Use Tiny Teach (from Great Group Games) for youth-adult pairings.  This game is the perfect opportunity to help youth and adults realize that they have much to share and learn from each other.  Over the years we have frequently used this game to even the playing field as we prep youth and adults to serve together on boards.  Since both get to teach whatever they want, whatever it is they know something about, it allows them both to be both teacher and learner . . . and begins to create the ground work for mutual respect.

You can gain more games and activities to use in workshops and trainings from our book Get Things Going.

Now for the recipe:

Fruit Dip

  • 1 8 oz. bar of Philly cream cheese – let set at room temperature
  • 1 small jar of Smuckers caramel sauce
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 box of powdered sugar
  • white bread
  • butter
  • cinnamon
  • sugar

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine cream cheese and caramel sauce.  Blend cream cheese mix with 1 egg yolk and a box of powdered sugar. Melt butter and mix with cinnamon and sugar.

Take the bread; roll it out with a pin to flatten and cut off the crust.  Smear onto the bread the blended mix, and then roll it up and dip it in a butter, cinnamon, sugar mix.

Bake for 10 minutes.

What’s your favorite dip for the holidays?

About Ragsdale and Saylor’s Work

February 23rd, 2015

Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor are accomplished authors and nationally recognized trainers that draw upon 35+ years of youth development experience to create inspiring, effective workshops and resources for educators. Their specialty is teaching, challenging and motivating others through experiential education, hands-on activities, story-telling and practical strategies educators can use in the classroom. Their practices are grounded in research, and yet transcend research to offer innovative, practical, and easy-to-implement ideas to schools, and youth organizations. Ragsdale and Saylor are committed to advancing the understanding, practice and growth of individuals and organizations regarding positive human development.


Unique in Their Approach

Ragsdale and Saylor actively engage participants, model best practices and provide participants with tools they can put to immediate use. Instead of a boring lecture, they create spaces for discovery, growth and change through experiential learning. Instead of providing canned formulas for growth, they empower others to be themselves – to serve and lead from who they are. Instead of asking people to sit mundanely, they invite clients to play, to question, to stretch, and to bring their passions/gifts into the work they do. In lieu of talking about themselves, they ask intentional questions and facilitate thought-provoking activities that lead to self-discovery and cultural change. Ragsdale and Saylor know the research and have years of teaching experience, but their contagious spirit and teaching style is what inspires youth and adults to make change and aspire to greater heights.


Meaningful Work. Ragsdale and Saylor empower others to make a difference by giving educators tools to continue to create cultural shifts for years to come. Because their work transcends beyond the surface to the depths of who people are and how they relate, their work is truly life-prompting. They are changing the face of education.


Led by the Best. They’ve published 6 educational books and 2 tested curricular resources. With 35+ combined years of experience in educational leadership with groups such as Generation On, YMCA of the USA, Tennessee 4-H, Search Institute, Volunteer Tennessee, Safe & Drug Free Schools and the Points of Light Foundation, Ragsdale and Saylor consistently give clients practical tools that reflect research in youth work and human development.


Competitive and Connected. Ragsdale and Saylor’s workshops are affordably priced and competitive with the market. Their products are consistently rated to be of higher value than competitors.


Connect with us on linkedin via Susan Ragsdale or Ann Saylor, call at 615.262.9676, e-mail at, tweet @TheAssetEdge, or look us up at


Moving More = Learning Lots

February 16th, 2015

As P.E. gets cut from more and more school days, teachers and afterschool care providers are searching for more ways to encouragement movement with youth.  We love to move and play, so we’ve collected lots of activities to share in this workshop.

Title: Do a Body Good: Moving More = Learning Lots

Description: The latest brain research has a lot to say about the importance of movement. This workshop illustrates how to incorporate movement through relationship building, concept reviews, getting feedback, reflection and energizers/refreshers – all in 5-10 minute blasts. We will give you time to practice creating and leading movement activities.

Audience: youth workers and educators

Time: 1 ½ – 2 hours

Schedule by contacting us at 615-262-9676 or


Contact us if you want to bring this workshop to your organization – 615-262-9676 or


Engaging Youth: Finding and Connecting with a Sense of Purpose

February 9th, 2015

This has been one of our most popular workshops over the last few years.  Young people yearn to live a life full of meaning and purpose.  Caring adults are critical in helping youth discover and achiever their purpose.  This highly engaging workshop will teach youth workers and educators tricks and tips for helping youth find their sparks and cast a vision for their lives.

title: Engaging Youth: Finding and Connecting with a Sense of Purpose

description: The latest research on “sparks” shows that when youth know and can name their sparks, then good things happen – in schools, in themselves and for their lives. This lively session will educate participants on sparks; how sparks connect to developing a sense of purpose; and ideas for cultivating them in youth. Experience and learn for yourselves some fun, interactive venues for youth to identify strengths, resources and goals for themselves that they can carry with them into adulthood.

time: 2 hours

Audience:  youth workers, educators, parents

Contact us if you want to bring this workshop to your organization – 615-262-9676 or


Growing Kids through Literacy, Creativity and Play

February 2nd, 2015

Character is an ageless hot topic for educators, parents and youth workers.  We all want to nurture character development in children, but sometimes we don’t know where to start.  And we don’t know how to find time amidst standards, tests and group dynamics.  We worked with educational experts to develop some creative strategies to build character.

Title: Growing Kids through Literacy, Creativity and Play

Description:  How do you teach character to children? You play games; you act out storybooks; you let them paint. And while they’re having fun, you weave in conversations about positive values. Explore and learn creative and playful methods for teaching character and literacy from the book, Building Character from the Start and from the guidebook “Tales Told Twice.” Collect ideas and learn how to get a free copy of the Tales Told Twice! (adaptable for grades k-12)

Audience:  k-12 educators and youth workers

Time: 2-3 hours

Schedule: 615-262-9676 or

Play with Purpose Workshop!

January 26th, 2015

Love the idea of play with purpose, but want to know more?  Check out this wildly popular workshop:

Title: Great Group Games: Building Relationships and Teams

Description: Learn games to build solid relationships and create a safe space that invites youth to play and learn! Based on the best-selling book Great Group Games, each game connects to group development stages and back to the assets. Participants will learn how to “play with purpose” having fun AND implementing best practices at the same time.

Audience: advisory groups, clubs/teams, classrooms

Time:  2 hours

Schedule by contacting us at 615-262-9676 or

Connect Well with Youth

January 19th, 2015

You’ve seen adults that know how to really connect with young people – engaging their hearts and minds in such a natural, yet powerful way.  But many well-intentioned youth professionals and educators struggle (if they are honest) with connecting with you on a transparent, authentic and rich level.  We have a workshop to help adults build this skill set:

Title: Connect with Them

Description: To create an environment of trust and support where youth can thrive, you have to take time to connect with them. This workshop will give you practical ideas to welcome youth, check in, learn names and develop common ground – all critical pieces for helping youth learn and thrive. The two hours is packed with activities and strategies to enhance your connection with youth.

Time: 2 hours

Schedule:  615-262-9676 or


Advisory Time – Wasted or Welcomed?

January 12th, 2015

The idea for this workshop came from leading an advisory group and listening to my colleagues struggle with advisory groups.  They can be a wonderful outlet for student growth or they can be a complete waste of time.  Much of that possibility for growth lies in the hands of your advisors – do they understand the vision for advisory groups and are they equipped to facilitate young people in an environment that is very different from the classroom?

Title: Advisory Time – Wasted or Welcomed?

Description: Advisory time is enjoyed by those advisors blessed with charisma and student groups that naturally connect, but what about everybody else?  This workshop will give advisors a tried-and-true framework for healthy youth development and a toolbox of activities to strengthen students’ character, leadership and communication.

Time: 3-4 hours

Contact us if you want to bring this workshop to your school! 615-262-9676 or


Building Teams and Relationships

January 5th, 2015

Sometimes people are thrown together into groups and expected to work well together.  Sometimes people are joined together based on a common interest, and automatically expected to thrive as a team.  But highly functioning teams don’t happen without a lot of practice and intentional work together.  If you are working with a team that you would like to thrive, we would love to help you!  We can lead this workshop for youth or adults in any setting.  We can also combine it with other workshops, such as setting vision or understanding our differences.  You tell us your  team’s pain points, and we’ll custom design this workshop for you:


Title:  The Power of Relationships

Description:  We practice when we need to work in many types of teams – for sports, for theater, and for choir. But we tend not to practice developing and growing teams in the classroom or workplace. This session will delve into practical tips for building a sense of team with your colleagues and building strong youth/adult relationships. You will leave with activities and ideas for strengthening relationships in your professional and personal circles of life.

Time:  3 hours

Call us to talk more about how we can help you – 615-262-9676 or


Lunch and Learn Opportunities

December 15th, 2014

Lunch and Learns are perfect for the small group experience of 6-12 people that wants a deeper professional development opportunity. Participants meet on a regular basis and practice skills in-between sessions and have time to reflect and ask questions about implementation.  Research says that this kind of learning style is more likely to create change in work habits AND produce more long-lasting results in your organization. 

Our most popular Lunch & Learn is called:  Connect * Explore *Grow – Strategies for Youth Engagement

Description:  This interactive learning circle will explore a variety of creative strategies to engage youth – meeting them where they are in order to help them grow in mind, body and spirit. Specific strategies will include service-learning, play with purpose, discovering a sense of self, literacy and creative arts. You will leave sessions with practical and inspiring ideas to connect with young people, access to resources to help them explore the world around them and grow in their goals as well as activities to build literacy and creativity skills. Come ready to learn and share.

Length of Time:  4 Sessions, 2 hours each session

Let us know if you are interested in scheduling a Lunch & Learn for your organization or school.  We can facilitate this topic, or combine your choice of other workshops that we offer – custom-designed to fit your group.  615-262-9676 or


Expectations and Options for Professional Development

December 8th, 2014

We offer a variety of training and professional development support opportunities to help staff teams grow in their understanding and development in putting positive youth development practices into action. From research to implementable ideas, Susan and Ann work to help your team become more experiential, engaging and knowledgeable in impacting youth.


Participants can expect:

  1. To have a good training experience and feel their time was used well.
  2. To have reinforced positive attitudes – recharged about their work and their calling.
  3. To learn something: about the subject, about themselves and/or about the team.
  4. To leave with at least 2 concrete ideas they can apply to their work.
  5. To leave with an expressed intention to take action.
  6. To receive a follow up e-mail that reminds them of their action commitment and asks how things are going, 4- 8 weeks after training..


Mix and match from these professional development options to choose what your school needs based on how your staff team learns best:

  1. Lunch and Learns – professional development in small group settings, where participants practice concepts with practical applications between sessions.
  2. Professional Development Programs Trainings – 2-8 hours workshops for adults, youth leaders or a combination of youth/adults.
  3. Consulting – our staff can assess the culture of service and service-learning at your school; from the classroom, to the athletic fields, to student groups, to goals for grade levels, to awards, to student leadership, from the school calendar, to the website, to field trips. We will listen to hopes and dreams from students, faculty, board, and parents; then and outline next steps for growth towards a school wide culture of giving/serving. Or we can develop systems to help you meet your growth goals.
  4. Curriculum Design – we can customize existing curriculum or write new curriculum to fit with your service, service-learning, and overall youth development plan.


Workshop Highlight: Understanding How Youth are Wired

December 6th, 2014

We’ve been doing a lot of research to understand more about how youth are wired – spending time with youth, studying personalities and researching brain development.  We’re fascinated by what we’ve learned and we’re having a blast sharing the info and practical strategies with schools and youth organizations.  Check out this workshop that we’ve designed:

Understanding How Youth are Wired

Each child is wired with unique personality, interests, skills, attitudes and capacities. Each one has individual needs, desires, dreams and wants. There ARE, however, important, general aspects and facts that can help us better understand their psyches and developmental needs. This workshop shares some key insights on the “science” and “wisdom” of human development that will help you in establishing helpful practices and attitudes to maximize your time with your group. Explore brain development, the multiple intelligences, active reflection, and the various learning styles that allow young people to learn well.  Strategies to maximize learning opportunities while actively engaging youth are presented.

Length of time: 3 – 4 hours

Contact us if you want to bring this workshop to your organization – 615-262-9676 or

Why Play? The Foundation Behind the Fun

December 1st, 2014

We talk a lot about play with purpose and learning through play.  Oftentimes people want to learn more about the power of play – why is it important and how can they facilitate powerful learning through play.  So we developed this workshop to meet that need for schools and community organizations:

Title: Why Play? The Foundation Behind the Fun

Description: Play isn’t just play. It’s transformational. Play can feed the brain; develop multiple intelligences and make a-ha moments of learning come to life. Play provides opportunities to build and transform relationships and create venues for youth voice, creativity and self-expression – all attributes that help develop the whole child. Based on the best-selling book, Great Group Games, each game connects to group development stages and to the research on Positive Youth Development. Explore the theory behind play and why games are an important part of your students’ education. Learn how to “play with purpose” – having fun AND implementing best practices at the same time. Walk away with games to help you in the classroom.

Length of time: 2-4 hours.

Also ask us about our all day train-the-trainer in The Art of Facilitating Games.

615-262-9676 or


From Personalities to Differences: Know Your Group

November 24th, 2014

You wouldn’t believe the number of calls we get from youth organizations and schools asking for help in bridging the gap among the untold number of diversities we are seeing in teams of youth and adults.  It can be tough to work together with a multitude of differences!  So we developed a fun, interactive, reflective workshop to help teams know their groups well and learn to work together based on the strengths found in our differences.

From Personalities to Differences: Know Your Group

Want to learn how to build relationships with the infinite variety of ways youth come to us: culturally, geographically, economically, physically, emotionally, sexually and educationally diverse. Whatever the package, we want to know them, respect them, and help them build common ground with people that are different. Personal assessments, conversations, strategies and activities will all be part of this interactive process.

Length of time:  3 hours

Wanna know more?  Contact us at 615-262-9676 or




Building on Strengths – An Introduction to Positive Youth Development

November 17th, 2014

We work with many schools and organizations who want to embrace a strength-based orientation to youth development and education.  But they need someone to come in to describe what that means, what it looks like, and how they can integrate it into their organizational culture.  We love doing that!  Here is our most popular workshop that gives a 101 type orientation to positive youth development:

Building on Strengths – An Introduction to Positive Youth Development

Workshop description:  Our culture likes to fix things, and usually that’s good. But it’s not good to focus on the deficits and challenges of young people. It’s much more productive to focus on their strengths – and build them up from there. In this workshop, we’ll talk about strength and introduce you to the concept and practices of positive youth development and the Developmental Assets. You’ll have time to do a private assessment of your own practices and map out how you can use this approach to nurture youth in your programs.

Length of time:  2 – 2 ½ hours

Interested in knowing more?  Contact us at or 615-262-9676