SKY Schools Teacher Training Academy

SKY Schools Teacher Training Academy


SKY Schools Teacher Training Academy is open to those interested in learning to implement the evidence-based SKY Schools Curriculum for transforming school climate. The centerpiece of the SKY Schools Teacher Training Academy is the SKY Teachers Certification Program (TCP), a dynamic, intensive training led by the team of experienced SKY Trainers and Bill Herman, International Director and developer of SKY Schools.  SKY provides tools for successful, stress-free living for students, teachers, parents and administrators.  School teachers are engaged, empowered and inspired to practice techniques of healthy living for themselves, so that they can share these transformative practices with youth to positively affect school climate and student performance.  The course focuses on managing stress in healthy ways through breathing and social-emotional learning processes which uplift human values such as responsibility, commitment, respect, etc. Teacher Training participants will learn to deliver the full course content of the SKY Schools Curriculum [not including the Advanced Breathing (SKY) technique].

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 BILL HERMAN. International Director. Director of SKY Schools Teacher Training Academy. Bill received his BFA and teaching credentials from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1975. In 1982 he received his MFA from the same institution. For more than twenty years, Bill taught photography and art in high schools and colleges across the United States. Inspired by working with youth, Bill initiated and conducted IAHVs first Youth Leadership Training Program (YLTP) in North America in 2001. He organized and taught YLTP in USA, Canada. Mexico, Belize, Haiti, India and Pakistan. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005 Bill organized a YLTP team to deliver trauma relief programs for the people of New Orleans.  


In 2008 Bill began inspiring and training teachers to build SKY Schools (originally named YES! for Schools) into the curriculums of schools in North America. Bill has trained teachers to expand SKY Schools to many countries around the world including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Australia, South Africa, Canada and England. SKY Schools USA has reached over 100,000 students in over 188 schools (300,000 worldwide). In the State of Mexico in Mexico and the State of Bahia, in Brazil, state governments have partnered with IAHV to build SKY Student, Educator and Parent Courses into the curriculum of all of their schools. Bill lives in Chicago and Lake Tahoe, CA with his wife and daughter.


Important Dates to Remember:
Application Deadline:  August 21, 2020
Acceptance Deadline:  September 4, 2020
Full Payment Deadline:  October 3, 2020
Orientation:  October 5, 2020
Course Start: November 4, 2020


The 2020-2021 training will begin in November 2020. It will be a combination of online and in-person training throughout the school year. Our renowned SKY Schools Faculty -Bill Herman, Narciso Cruz, Harry Monga, and Deirdre Jackson- will mentor and evaluate you throughout the year. 

The curriculum includes adopting a daily personal SKY Breathing practice and participating in a community of practice.  You will be mentored and work in a cohort, practicing course delivery.  Your performance will be evaluated on a monthly basis.  The training will culminate in July 2021 at the SKY Schools Certification Retreat (4 days) held in Boone, North Carolina at the Art of Living Retreat Center. 

The SKY Schools TCP year long certification is delivered from November 2020 to July 2021. Total time 208 hours.

The course curriculum includes:

  • SKY Schools Youth Course (K-12) Teachers Training
    SKY Schools Educator & Parent Course Teachers Training
    (80 hours – 10 hr of formal participation per month from November 2020 – June 2021

  • SKY Silence Retreat – Online
    (3 days in February 2021)

  • SKY Meditation Course – Online
    (3 hrs/day for 3 days in July 2021)

  • Final SKY Schools Certification Retreat in Boone, NC
    (4 days in July 2021)


Pay in Full: $5,500 before October 3, 2020
Pay in Installments: $600/month for 10 months
–Room, Board and Instruction are included in Boone, NC (4 days)
  Transportation to/from Boone, NC is not included.

Scholarships available upon request.   

School Sponsorship:
–For schools that sponsor a staff member.  SKY Schools courses conducted onsite are included at a discounted rate.

Special Pricing:

  • SKY/YES for Schools Teachers – Repeater fee $1,750

  • Art of Living Teachers – Repeater fee $1,750

  • International Participants (Pricing to be determined)

To learn more please contact: 




— Certification Requirements for SKY Schools Teacher

2020 SKY TCP Application Form
TCP Recommendation Form SKY Teacher

—  SKY TCP Scholarship Application Form

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