Progoff Intensive Journal ® Program for Self-Development

Specialized Audiences | Professional Development | Teaching


"Teachers are professionals and as such their practice is developed through reflection and study. The Intensive Journal method is a serious tool for reflection. The continual working back and forth between the interpretation of past experience and the yearning for new directions allows for the development of realistic plans that carry their own motivations. This is a valuable experience."

Eugene Bartoo, Ed.D.
Professor of Education, retired
U. of Tennessee at Chattanooga

"The value of these workshops goes beyond words. As a teacher, they have helped me become a Reflective Practitioner and advance my critical thinking skills. I had been keeping journals for many years, but nothing comes close to the Progoff™ method!"

Albert Diaz-Cruz
Dep't of Education, New York City

"As a teacher educator, my graduate classrooms are filled with often exhausted and nearly burned-out, yet still highly dedicated and mission-driven, men and women who have committed themselves to the teaching life. While state and national standards encourage reflective practice with respect to their teaching, these teachers freely admit they need times and seasons for even deeper reflection, reflection that engages their hearts and souls, balances their busy and complicated lives, and taps the inner wells of creativity that can keep them going."
"The Intensive Journal method is a set of inner tools that accomplishes exactly that: teachers re-encounter themselves and their lives more deeply through the workshop and find both meaning and fresh energy through the momentum of the exercises. Highly recommended for teachers who need a time-out for themselves!"

Ellen Faith, Ed.D.
Christian Brothers Univ., Memphis, TN

"The Intensive Journal program provided me with practical ways of becoming a better teacher by helping me clarify my thinking and feelings about my work and myself. It sharpened my sense and ability to connect with my students more intuitively and directly, listening more openly and clearly. The workshop reopened access to my motivation and enthusiasm about teaching, re-inspiring and reconnecting me with my own creativity. I strongly recommend the Intensive Journal program to all educators."

Peggy McConnell, M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction
Metairie, Louisiana

"Intensive Journal exercises introduce students and their teachers to the great Explorer within through trustworthy new tools for mining the rich and the unexpected. Through this process, I have found I can build depth, independence and integration in thought, feeling and understanding, in whatever study I have undertaken. Such experiences make students and their teachers independent and creative thinkers, and joyful learners."

Zoe Keithley
Sacramento, California

"Experiencing an Intensive Journal workshop with other teachers allows me to reconnect with what drew me to teaching in the first place and at the same time give good attention to many other facets and forces in my life. I really appreciated working in privacy in the workshop while still knowing I was with others who have also experienced the ups and downs of teaching. Teachers need the Intensive Journal workshop as a short, accessible sabbatical to keep our sanity and to stay in touch with the whole of life."

Kathy Hall
Memphis, Tennessee

Participants from Loudoun County (VA) Public School District
"The workshop gave me the space and direction I need to process at a deeper level...I was surprised and exhilarated by the discussion we had about ways of adopting these exercises to classroom use."

Peter Stephens
Leesburg, VA
English teacher

"This workshop was perhaps one of the most enlightening experiences I have had as a writer and human. I would highly recommend this program to fellow writers."

Taylor Kane
Leesburg, VA
English teacher

"The Intensive Journal workshop helped me to get back in the grove of writing. I appreciated the guidance throughout the classes, and I look forward to continuing to use the journaling method. I'm excited to try out some new writing techniques with my students."

Christina St. Clare
Lovettsville, VA
Language arts/English teacher

"The chance to come once a week to learn a new form of reflection and introspection was a welcome break in a hectic week. The prompts allowed me to look at life events in new ways and solve problems I wasn't sure how to tackle.

Katherine Littell
English teacher
Leesburg, VA

"Wow! At first, I couldn't imagine writing for such a concentrated period of time, but in retrospect, I'm left wondering where those hours went! In the process, I've rediscovered how powerful and necessary reflection are in life. The Intensive Journal method has taught me how I can transform my thoughts and attitudes all the while rediscovering how much I love to write!"

Writing Teacher

"This class has really opened the world of writing and teaching writing to me again. Being in a situation where I essentially "had" to write, led to an amazing volume of ideas and personal and professional revelations....I've also obtained so many great insights and ideas into inspiring my very young students to enjoy the process of writing and start to enjoy it."

Elementary School Teacher

"I really appreciated the time we spent looking at and discussing ways to use some of the strategies we learned in our own classrooms. I now feel as though I have a wealth of resources to help students process how they are thinking about what they are thinking."

English Teacher

"The Intensive Journal workshop allowed me to explore my thoughts, ideas, and feelings in a new way. The class set aside the much needed time to dive into my inner thoughts, allowing me to further understand what I need to pay attention to. The program was great for self-reflection, self-exploration and self-understanding. I highly recommend!"

Language Arts Teacher

"I will encourage my students to write in different methods that I have learned through this workshop."

Math and Writing Teacher

"The workshop came at just the right time for me. I was at a crossroads with my own writing, and it helped me choose a new path."

8 th Grade English Teacher

"As a first year teacher, I feel the class has had a genuinely beneficial influence on both my practice and my personal life."

English Teacher

"Awesome course."

English Teacher
Oak Hill, VA

Loudoun County Public School District Evaluation Rankings (14 teachers)

14 teachers provided feedback on the workshop. 1=disagree and 5=agree

Opportunity to re-examine professional goals: 4.50
Help me be a more effective teacher: 4.79
Adapt and use some of the exercises with students: 4.79
Recommend workshop to other teachers: 5.00