In this episode of The Learning Network's Community & Family Studies Podcast, I unpack how you can get out of your CAFS bubble & go big with your CAFS crew with the support of like-minded CAFS teachers!

This episode was inspired by the 2022 CAFS conference, which I can only describe as magic! The power of connection was so rich there and, although I absolutely love being able to work from home, I absolutely love connecting with people face to face. Nothing beats it.

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Episode Intro - Kelly:

Hey everyone. Welcome to another episode of The Learning Network podcast. This is episode number 36. And today we're going to unpack six ways you can get out of your commute and Family Studies bubble. So we really unpack what you can do to think differently to go big with your CAFS crew and to surround yourself with like minded teachers. If you're listening to this live, you're going to be in for a real treat because the CAFS callate DB is now open for 2023 registration. So at the time of recording October 24 2020. Registration is now open for the 2023 collective membership. So joining us over 85 CAFS teachers who are doing the same thing, teaching the same stuff but also making a huge difference with their kids. Head over to learn forward slash collective to check it out and send me a message on Instagram or Facebook if you have anything. 

Podcast Intro - Kelly:

Hey, I'm Kelly Bell. Welcome to The Learning Network Podcast. I guide Community and Family Studies teachers, newbies and experienced, through best practice to improve knowledge, increase empowerment and alleviate stress, to help you and your students to make meaningful connections across the course. I will share strategic and purposeful applications from my 16 years experience in the classroom that I have adopted to increase student motivation, enjoyment, engagement and results. Together, we will grow and transform your CAFS crew to the next level without impacting your sleep and wellbeing process. To join my free how to improve writing and fast track results webinar, head to So tune in, get inspired and let's connect, learn and grow together. 

Episode - Kelly:


Hey everyone, and welcome to episode number 36 of the learning network podcast. Six ways to get out of your CAFS bubble and in this podcast episode we're going to discuss some of the ways that you can get out of your CAFS bubble and move past where you currently are. We're going to be going through six reasons and six ways that you can start to go big with your CAFS crew. This conversation stems from the power that was the CAFS conference. Now those of you who follow me closely would know that on October 14 and 15th, I hosted the CAFS conference here on the sunny central coast, my home area. And I don't know one word to describe the whole event was magic. From the start to the finish, it literally exceeded my expectations. The CAFS conference was something that I've been dreaming about for a very long time. And to actually pull this off was pretty amazing. And I didn't do it on my own at all. I had assistance from my team as well as some amazing CAFS. Experts in the field as well as our keynote speaker Gabby Stroud, teacher advocate are all around amazing human and look, some little helpers in my two girls Catholics, as well as my hostess with the mostest be Wakelin but also just CAFS teachers who were there. The 37, I think 37 CAFS teachers who joined us. For either one or two days most people joined us for the two days. And I'm still kind of reminiscing about the two days. I don't know just the power of community. The power of connection was so rich there and look, I absolutely love being able to work from home. I have the balance. I get to drop the girls off at school, they now catch the bus home, which is great bit of extra time to support you guys, but also just, you know if there's appointments to go to or if there's things that need to be done, kids sporting events, that type of thing, family commitments, I get to have that balance and look. Despite all that, despite the great the positives of working online, I actually absolutely love connecting with people face to face. Nothing beats it. So I know COVID was crazy and zoom and everything like that. But the CAFS conference being face to face was was magic and look. Last year I hosted the online CAFS conference. I'm sorry that for those of you who joined us, the face to face conference was way, way, way, way, way better. I don't know literally, like I said from start to finish. It was amazing. And I really think having the CAFS conference was the highlight of my 18 year journey as a CAFS teacher.

Like I've said before and in some of my emails and socials. It was absolutely magic to be able to be face to face with teachers in the same room to see people's body language and Just the conversations that we were having over the two days. I can't wait to share with you some of those conversations. It was rich, it was powerful. But also it was very emotional. I don't know what I said this. I said this in person when I did a session, I think there was something in the water or something in the welcome to country on the second day, that it just brought everyone together. So I did say there's something in the air or the water, the conversations or connection the community that was built was absolutely, absolutely next level. And today, I can't wait to share with you some gyms that we took out of the conference, but some other ways that you guys can get out of your CAFS bubble, as I've said to you before and as I've shared, I literally started teaching CAFS, and I had no idea what I was doing. I was given the syllabus. I was given a textbook and that was probably about it. We didn't have many resources at our school. The course was relatively new because I started teaching in 2004. So the CAFS course, was published 2000. So the first cohort through was 2002. So literally four years in four years into the course running I was given was trusted with the course. And my coordinator, Karen Tillman, you guys have heard me talk about her before. Absolutely trusted me and she said, look how this is yours, make it your own. It's your baby. You, you know you drive it and, and I did. I took that wheel and I drove it. And we went from having a really small class in our first in my first year teaching the CAFS course to about four classes by the time we moved to the Central Coast. So literally, I think one year we had 90 out of 120 girls take our take CAFS, which is pretty amazing. But look, I think I think one of the biggest things that I got out of the CAFS conference and what I continue to learn about connecting with you guys is the importance of surrounding yourself by like minded teachers. We can all go on our merry way and we can do our own thing and be in our own little CAFS bubble. For me it was in black town, but town south Nagle College, all girls Catholic school if you haven't heard my story, and I for a long time was doing it on my own and I think we did have some other teachers at the school who took CAFS a couple of them were PE turn hessie trained Tez train with Foodtech and hospo as their main courses. So there was no one really driving CAFS until I turn up. And I did definitely take that wheel and I steered it very, very directly and changed the way CAFS really looked at our school. And I had nothing special. I'm no different to you know, different to any teacher across New South Wales.


But I think just my energy and my my commitment to seeing the course through and I think that's probably part of what's worked really well for me that I absolutely love teaching CAFS, I still love connecting with you. I still do miss teaching in the classroom. But what I don't miss the negative people that I've worked with in the past and look at Nagel, brilliant. I absolutely loved every second I would have retired there as an old PE teacher on the backfield with in a spray jacket and teaching PE and CAFS but it wasn't until I moved to the Central Coast and I realised that I was very, very blessed to work at Nagle. And when I moved to the Central Coast and worked with other women, especially who weren't on the same page who had a different work ethic who just didn't get it who I think had a different planet to be honest, but I've realised how important it is to surround you know myself yourself with like minded teachers and look the CAFS collective members that we have. Inside the membership at the moment is 85 CAFS collective members and to see that group grow from like 30 to 85 is something that I have to kind of pinch myself because having people who are driven who are on the same path, but looking for some guidance as well but also just to feel connected and again, wanting to be surrounded by like minded people. So the CAFS collective members who attended the CAFS conference this year, huge shout out to you guys. I loved our members VIP dinner. It was heightened with emotion. I'm not going to lie. We had a couple of our members break down and just to say, you know, they're so thankful thankful for the members in our community, too, to be on the same page to be able to go to a place where they can ask questions to have all of their questions answered and to have someone that there and say Hey, I've got a programme for you. I've got a scope and sequence for you. I've got an assessment for you that can help you. So I think that the importance of surrounding yourself by like minded teachers was very much heightened at the CAFS conference. Obviously being face to face. My CAFS experts that were there, but also my CAFS teachers who were there. Huge shout out to you guys. I'll probably never forget that our first CAFS conference. It was very different to anything I've experienced in my 12 years of presenting professional learning across New South Wales. And as many of you know, I was the president of Akbar. And look, I love the stage six conference, but this was just unexplainable. Because it was just us it was just us as CAFS teachers.


So my first strategy for you to get out of your CAFS bubble is to surround yourself by like minded teachers. And as you know, there are a couple of ways that you can do that within the learning network. The first one and the biggest one is inside the CAFS collective. And if you're listening to this live in at the end of October 2022 radio is now open for the CAFS collective membership. So the membership entails having me as your coach and mentor for 12 months. We have 10 Zoom sessions, week, three, six and nine of every term. And I share strategies and connections and tips and tricks. And a whole heap of resources that you can implement into your classroom straightaway. Professionally with me is done very differently. You'd probably have seen that and witnessed that so far. If you've taken any of my courses, things are a little bit different for me. I'm not going to talk at you for two hours for five hours for two days. I'm going to make you take action right away and to see some practical connections into your classroom. So that's literally the What the what it looks like inside the CAFS collective. The other part of it and I think I definitely witnessed that at the CAFS conference was the power of community and having 85 teachers in the CAFS Collective is pretty magic. And to have I think there was 20 members. So out of the 80 fives there's quite a few newbies who joined us. So to have 20 CAFS collective members at the conference made it really, really special. So I think just us being together was pretty powerful. All right, let's move on to the next one. around listening to experts. And look I like I said I was on my own little on my own little CAFS island for a long time. And I didn't really know where to go for support. So at first I used things around me that I kind of thought I should be doing or connecting with. I did put my hand up and applied to do some things around New South Wales across the state. And I was very lucky to get into that very early so 2006 So literally my second year or third year of teaching CAFS, I applied and was really successful and got in. And at that particular experience, I think was 2007 Actually, I put my hand up I saw a fly going around to do some HSC enrichment days again by Akbar. And I thought, Oh, well, I really love CAFS. I think I want to share how much I've cast with other people with other students with students. So I contacted actor and said, Hey, my name is Kelly. I'm fairly new to CAFS, but I'll be interested in actually presenting some sessions for you guys at the HSC enrichment days. Look, they were presented at Westmead Hospital for a long time. ACU in the later stages, but I put my hand up and I did I didn't write a session I actually presented it. And well the rest is really history because I then presented HSC enrichment days for the best part of a Lebanese after that and then became the the CAFS go to expert on the actual board and also basically, I don't know, approved wrote, reviewed most of the CAFS enrichment days materials, but then also led for quite a few years. I think about five years I actually led the first session of the the enrichment days. So for me going to have no idea what I was doing to actually leading that and obviously now working within the learning network and doing what I do with my beautiful CAFS teachers, you guys, as well as our capsulate.


Dear members. I'm now the expert, which still I still kind of can't believe that 18 year journey from having no idea of the syllabus in a textbook to now having a business having a community that I absolutely love and thrive on. And look, I know it's important to listen to experts and listen to other people's opinions and just the way they do things. And I think again at the CAFS conference is really rang true because we joint we're joined by Gabby. Gabby Stroud, so teacher or recovering teacher, author, advocate of D parents and teacher if you haven't read her book, absolutely amazing. I cried quite a few times. I've read it maybe three times now. I read it when I first left the classroom and that made me absolutely ball again. It just is so true. And look, I if you're there in person, you would have heard my story about reaching out to Gabby. I don't know why I did that. Back in 2020, when I left the classroom, I was sitting on the lounge for the best part of three weeks and thought, What the hell am I going to do? And I reached out to her because I wanted to, I don't know just ask her opinion, I suppose to connect with someone who had also left the classroom or was feeling burnt out. And Gabby shares her story within thr about her are really struggling with the profession and being burnt out and eventually leaving. And that was my story. I never wanted to do that. I never thought I would do that and be a statistic but here we are. So Gabby was a keynote speaker. We were also joined by five so we had Jen O'Donoghue. We had Julie Dalton we had Maddie Stein, we had Daniel Helio but to say Davis who made a name and myself as CAFS experts joining us at the CAFS conference, but I think, going to people who have been there, done that before who've been there and done it for a long time, gents, you know, been teaching for over 40 years, she retired last year, Marty 30, Jules about 25. Do maybe 15 ish, maybe 14, and myself 18 years of teaching curves. I think it's important to go to people who have been there and done that and literally done everything. So all of us have been part of lots of different things around New South Wales, presenting student sessions, HSC enrichment days, that type of thing. We've literally been there and done it all. And we've seen it all. We've seen the end game we know what it looks like for success and we know what it looks like for kids that really struggle.

So listening to experts is another strategy to get out of your CAFS bubble and also just to listen and to to look into watch how other people do things. And I think two things that really resonated with with a lot of the teachers who had to join us at the CAFS conference were the practical strategies that were shared, but also how they can be action in the classroom. How brings the classroom to life. So alright, let's go on to the third way to get out of your CAFS bubble is to connect with others and pretty much connects with surrounding yourself by like minded teachers but connecting with others is also really important. And for me again, like I said at the beginning I had no idea I don't didn't know where to go. So I kind of forced myself upon people I think I probably was through the enrichment days and I met a few different teachers. So Jen O'Donoghue again, I had worked with her. In a previous experience, as well as other CAFS experts I'll say, such as you know, Brian, Reyna Kelly Pfeiffer, Ellison BD, Kate Raina was was kind of around presenting fetch, but then, but connecting with him really meant a lot to me because I was able to bounce ideas off them. And I think back then was face to face with a couple of those experiences. And then when the new syllabus was sorry, when they syllabus was amended in 2013. I thought, well, I'm going to become the go to person to actually connect with other people with other teachers.

So I started the CAFS network, which is comprised of a Facebook group, Twitter page, Pinterest page, few other little bits and pieces. It also connected up with the Wikipedia page that Kim Kim Rodenburg started. So just the power of connecting with other teachers was really, really important for me. Again, just listening to each other, sharing resources, working out better ways to do things or more strategic ways to do things within our CAFS classroom because we're literally all doing the same thing. We were doing the same thing every single year or every single day. So what's the point in keeping it to yourself that connected with other people is was really important. In the first say five years of of me, teaching CAFS and then when the syllabus was amended in 2013 the things that I wanted to do well, back then were when I was working in the classroom. I was on mat leave with Lexi. So Lex was a newborn baby when the syllabus came out and the new syllabus the amended syllabus came out 2013 In November so I thought well, this is a way for us to connect online and on Facebook. Very different to what happens now in Facebook groups. It was just a page so people would share stuff onto the the Facebook page and then I'd reshare it with people people would message me or email me stuff and I would share that it was a matt leave but look now you know obviously being part of Akbar for the best part of five or six years I think it was maybe six years. Six conference a part of the you know, the committee and ours the President I think that maybe vice president at the time, the CAFS, go to person the CAFS portfolio. So having all those opportunities and you look now, for us as CAFS teachers he has expanded way beyond emails way beyond a Facebook page. For me to have 85 CAFS teachers inside the CAFS Collective is pretty crazy to have 85 other teachers who love CAFS, like I do. And I think I said this at the CAFS conference that other nerds out there across New South Wales that really love teaching so much and want to be able to to be the best educator that they can be with a CAFS crew.

So as I mentioned before the Kaskel at DVS, open now for registration for next year's cohort, and another quite a few of you who are up for renewal. So I think we had about 30 odd 35 teachers during the end of last year. So you guys are up for renewal for next year. And if you'd like to rejoin us, I would absolutely love to have you. And look, I know there are many CAFS collective members who dabble and listen and watch but don't really kind of. They're not as active as what they would like to be. But I know that it's something that's on your list for next year and also to be part of the CAFS conference. People have sent me messages and saying, kill I regret not joining up or I regret not coming. It looked amazing and I can't wait for next year. So again, connecting with other people is really important. And I think this kind of very much relates to being part of a community. You could be on your own little CAFS island in black town in killcare. You can be you know, up in Lismore down in Canberra, across in Burg, it doesn't matter where you are, but to be able to be part of a community is pretty special. And I think I've said this before, I think a lot of other courses, especially a little bit HSC courses, they keep all their stuff to themselves and they're not willing to share. And I think for me as a CAFS teacher, that's the reason why I wanted to connect with people so much. I wanted to share with it with other teachers so much because I didn't have that in my first few years of teaching CAFS. Actually, even when I'm really honest, probably in a lot of my CAFS career, I didn't have a powerful community of people working with me. Even though Nagel itself was a beautiful school, I did have some other people who were at the school who weren't as willing to share, possibly with me, but also I was like, well, here you go, we're teaching the same thing. Why don't we just share our resources? We're going to be, you know, up to that same point, let's share that class or let's write a whole, you know, series of lessons together. That didn't happen.


When I moved to the Central Coast. I was the person sharing I was the person, you know, advocating that we should be part of a community but it was definitely a one way street. So being part of a group that pushes you that lets you look at a different way that lets you be vulnerable. And just, I suppose be yourself is really important as a teacher and I think, again at the CAFS conference, I think there were probably about three moments where I got super emotional. So again, I'm not I'm not going to say I'm sorry, but I'm not really because I don't know it just was so powerful to be able to connect and to be part of a community like that. At our CAFS VIP dinner, so the CAFS collective members get access to a VIP dinner. So beautiful dinars sit down dinner, and sit down meal and some drinks with the other CAFS collective members. And at that I think we had probably three CAFS collective members really break down and just be so vulnerable and open with each other and look for us I would say random strangers at first random strangers who have just seen each other on Zoom. To really connect with other other people in real life was pretty special. So after on the second day, we had a bit of a hiccup with our welcome to country on our first date. I won't go into it now. But on our second day, we were joined by the amazing Tim Selwyn from Kirakira Aboriginal experiences that Welcome to Country was so moving. I had goosebumps at the end, people were literally crying, very emotional. We did our smoking ceremony. And Tim took us through a few different experiences. And then we got our eldest member so Jen O'Donoghue got up. And she was the first teacher to kind of be part of the ceremony and then I kind of lead and then we walk down to the ocean down to the rock pool and put our feet in the rock pool. So Tim was sharing with us a lot of what is really cleansing for women. So you know, as I go to the ocean, that's, you know, your cleansing place for women. So I thought, well, let's be really symbolic of that. And so I did that work down to the ocean, put my feet in and everyone followed. I didn't really expect that to happen, but everyone did. And I don't know after that everyone was very emotional and I kind of came back and I shared you know, a bit of But how I felt, and then we had quite a few other CAFS teachers feel the same.


So being part of a community, you know what it's like outside of teaching, it's so important to feel connected to feel like a part of a group. Anyway, very emotional. It was it was extremely emotional and ask any of the teachers that were there? Yep, it was. Yeah, lots of tears from a few of us. Okay, the next one I'd love to share with you guys is about get it to get out of your CAFS bubble is to invest in back yourself. I know there are so many of us who say I'm just starting out, I've got no idea what I'm doing. And I'm going to raise my hand and say, yep, that was completely like me when I first started. I did that myself. But I didn't believe in myself. You know, in the beginning, I think. I don't know if you one great thing is being a teacher is having lots of opportunities to do professional learning. Actually, I should really rephrase that. Not all of us have that I'd certainly didn't in the Catholic system. I I do put my name up foot or hand up for things that school wanted me to do. So you know, back in the back in the day we had peel so project for enhancing effective learning from Monash University, not the pure paragraph structure. But that programme, so I put my hand up for that. We then had this other it was like, it was like Google Classroom. I can't even remember what it was. But it was when when we first I suppose when first online, maybe 2006. We had some programme again, I put my hand up for that to leave that school.

So I had opportunities. But what I where I didn't have opportunities was when I chose to do things so there was no professional learning at all. Around community family studies, I have not done a single day of professional learning of CAFS. Not a single day. I've learned from other people. I've listened to experts. I've connected with other teachers, but I haven't done a day in professional learning at all. I remember when I first I think I came back from Matt Lee with Cass and I was asked to teach an ESA class I had no idea what EA C was mean. I kind of knew but I wanted some people on it. And they said no, they said I'll just share some resources with another teacher from a local school. So I think for us investing and backing yourself, both in professional learning but also in your in your journey and being super confident in what you're doing and just trusting yourself. trusting yourself that you're you are on the right path or with all the support that you can do the best by your kids. So, investing I mean, invest in yourself, physically by setting aside a time to reflect to evaluate and what you're what you're doing. Investing in yourself by being part of a bigger a bigger group. So for lots of my CAFS collective members, we probably have about 10 CAFS Collective members actually more, more more and 15 aerocon who have invested in themselves inside the CAFS collective. So they've actually their school said no to professional learning out to the resource at the CAFS Collective is and so they've actually invested in themselves. So they pay every month they pay to be part of the membership. But I think also backing yourself and just trusting that you're, you know, you're going to it's gonna work out and look, as I said, I had no idea what I was doing. But I trusted that I was going on the right the right way or the pathway that was going to help me improve.


So I think to get out of your CAFS bubble, it's important to invest in yourself, to trust yourself and to back yourself. And look, it's all experimental teaching is a one big experiment. And if things don't work, you get to evaluate right there and then and go okay, well, that didn't work. That didn't hit the nail on the head with the kids. I'm going to I'm going to change it and I'm going to do things differently with them. All right, let's get to our last one to the last way to get out of your CAFS bubble is to commit to ongoing support. Now ongoing support to you might not be something that you've thought about before. It not might not be ongoing support that you have considered but I think look at using the CAFS classroom for 18 years being surrounded by CAFS. 16 years in the classroom. I've presented it all. You know, for many of you guys who are who I met, you know, over the years in professional learning across New South Wales, when I delivered the amended syllabus workshops in 2013 and slash 14. That was so great to go around New South Wales and meet lots of you. But I had to physically do that I had to physically travel flew into lots of rural and remote locations. Up in Tamworth, I think I did one down in golborne At some point, did quite a few rural ones up on the you know, back then we used to call Newcastle rural. I don't know why. But it wasn't in Sydney and look there weren't lots of in the main city. But yeah, it looks different. And I think those teachers who have worked with me before in those, that was great, the ongoing support was there. But also, for some of that professional learning, it was done and done and dusted. It was one and done. You're like Obama say, and that Sessions weren't necessarily tailored for you. Because, you know, there was a series of professional learning or a series of modules or sessions that had to be delivered, and then I was gone again. But I think for many of us now, the power of technology is amazing to have that ongoing support. And I think when I first left the classroom and went, Okay, well, I don't know what I'm going to do first of all, but when I started to firm up what I would like to do and always dreamt of, and that was supporting teachers in in community Family Studies, because that's what that's what I knew that was my go to. I could have done PE but haven't taught as much PE stage six P that is, over the years, CAFS was my thing.


So to have ongoing support for my teachers was something that I've really wanted to work on. So you've probably seen my logo. It's a bell to represent me, Kelly Bell, but to also represent, you know, teaching schools bills, but also my my tagline is connect, learn and grow, connect with each other, connect with other teachers across the state, learn from each other, learn with each other and grow together. So that was kind of my mantra when I when I left and I said well, okay, I want teachers to have that ongoing support, not just Obama say not just appeal that, you know, the same old crap. That's why had the CAFS conference on the central coast at killcare. I could have chosen terrible I could have chosen you know, maybe even up in Newcastle, you know, major kind of areas, but I want to teach you to have a different experience and what they usually do, to have ongoing support is really, really important. I know for me, just having a mentor or to having you know, I call myself a CAFS coach to have a coach to have someone else. showing me the way giving me strategies and tips to fast track my success. That's what I'd love for you guys to fast track your success in CAFS to help your kids do things better to for you to grow as a teacher, but for you to also experiment with different things. And I think having that ongoing support is really really important. And look at the CAFS conference. We had the support of teachers right there. And then obviously, you know, my my teachers that were at the CAFS conference, they can connect with the presenters get their email, but they can't necessarily have their ongoing support because they're working in school. But you know, with me, this is my job. This is my my thing I get to support you guys in an ongoing process.

So let's recap the six ways to get over CAFS bubble. The first one is surround yourself by like minded teachers, people who get you people who are similar to the next one is to listen to experts, experts in the field that can I didn't really talk much about this, but this is also related to experts, you know, in any of our topics. So if we're learning about homeless people going to you know, a waste it's going to Orange Sky Laundry and seeking out their resources, government policy and legislation going to you know, different sites to find out what those policies and legislations are, or to also connect with you know, lawyers and, and other people who work in government to find out that type of thing. Okay, number three was connect with others. So chemically, other teachers, other people be part of a community and a wider community bigger than you invest and back yourself was number five and number six was commit commit to ongoing support, which is a great lead way into if you would like ongoing support in CAFS without your newbie CAFS teacher who's literally just given the syllabus and the textbook and said they've been told. Okay, would you like to teach CAFS or we actually have CAFS up for grabs. Here you go. We would love for you to teach it. If you've been kind of teaching for you know, for five, six years and you want to do things differently. Things you might have child haven't been working. Or if you'd like to kind of go well, I want my kids to be here. How do I do that? Or if you're super experienced and would love some fresh ideas, some new ways to be part of the big bigger community.

We would absolutely love to welcome you inside the CAFS collective radio is now open for the for the 2023 cohort. At the moment we have 85 CAFS teachers inside the CAFS collective. We would love for you to be part of our group. My goal my personal goal is to have 100 or over 100 CAFS collective members in 2023 and we would love for you to be one of those CAFS collective members. You get access to major coach and mentor ongoing support inside our private Facebook group. So any question you have rather than kind of second guessing yourself or having no idea you can pop your question in there. I I live once a week but I also answer your questions daily around, you know what you're thinking or wanting some ideas around the community. Again, picking each other's brain working on ideas and ways forward assessment, task, scope and sequences, that type of thing. You'll also get access to the CAFS playbook. So my tried and true true strategies that I've tested over the years. It's a digital resource for CAFS teachers over 120 pages long, you also get the three masterclass sessions a term week three, six and nine but also, a little bonus is your reserved spot at the CAFS conference. Now you do have to pay for your CAFS conference attendance on top of your membership, but having two days with the most amazing food location killcare again next year, and the whole group and that the power of being in one one place is really important. But access to the VIP dinner at your your spot at the VIP dinner. And as I said 20 Teachers last year. Let's see if we can double that next year. That was pretty magic. So just having that, that that community is really important. So if you'd like to learn more about the CAFS collective and and what else it entails, or when reg eo is please head over to learn forward slash collective you can get all the details there. But if you like kill I don't I don't need any of that stuff. I know that I want to join straightaway. I've seen it. I'm up, let me know, send us an email, or send me a message on socialism go yep, I mean, kill. You know, where's the paperwork? Where do I Where do I sign? What do I need to do for registration.

So again, being part of the bigger community that's beyond what you are. So the low forward slash Collective is where you need to go. And again, if you have any questions about how the membership works, it is a 12 month membership. And you can either sign up for an annual membership. So you pay and typically your school will pay for your annual membership, or some of our teachers who can't get approval for them for that they might decide to join up for our monthly payments. But again, it is for 12 months if you decide the monthly or the annual payment, it is for 12 months to have me as your coach or mentor. Alright guys, thanks so much. I'd love to hear what you thought about today's episode. So send me a message on Instagram or Facebook and have the most amazing day. Thanks, Team. 


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