CAPE’s Milinda Davis honored for work with Scioto County’s vulnerable youth

By Joseph Pratt

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Another local teacher has proven the dedication and accomplishment of Scioto County’s education community, having been honored for her work at CAPE (Center for Alternative Progressive Education), by being inducted into the Crisis Prevention Institute’s Instructor Hall of Merit. The educator honored was Principal Milinda Davis.

Davis has been in education for over 30 years and is currently the Principal for CAPE. Of her time in education, 26 years have been spent as an instructor of nonviolent crisis intervention.

The Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) is a standard-setting resource for organizations that serve society’s most vulnerable. Davis has had extensive training through the organization and serves as a member.

Davis’s work at CAPE is directly correlated with the vulnerable, with the school being dedicated to the success of students unable to adjust to the programs available in the traditional school environment and for those students whose behavior has resulted in continued suspensions or expulsions.

The school’s mission and purpose is to provide each student with a safe learning environment, to develop self-esteem and goals, so that they may succeed academically and socially. CAPE teaches skills that enable students to become productive citizens through individual, group and community activities.

Davis was one of 74 nonviolent crisis intervention certified instructors worldwide to have been recently recognized for her extraordinary commitment to continuous training process that promotes the greatest care, welfare, safety, and security for those served at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

There are only 196 nonviolent crisis intervention certified instructors who have received the honor given to Davis.

“I feel pretty privileged to receive this honor. I’ve worked pretty hard since I joined CPI and I’ve trained a lot of people. I think it is a great honor to be chosen,” Davis said. “It has been my passion. I’ve spent my career working with children who have emotional and behavioral issues and I feel like this is where I need to be.”

The CPI Hall of Merit selection process included a review of the records of over 30,000 active certified instructors of the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Program. Selection criteria included number of staff trained, total hours spent training, number of training programs taught, number of CPI training programs attended, and number of total years as a certified instructor.

Meritorious instructors provide valuable guidance in an advisory capacity to CPI leadership to influence the direction for CPI’s Instructor Association.

“We rely on these leaders within their organizations and across their professions, to provide real-world practice-based evidence regarding the effectiveness of our trainings,” Judith Schubert, CPI’s president, said. “They continue to validate the powerful impact of training as a vehicle for positively changing the quality of care with those they support.”

Reach Joseph Pratt at 740-353-3101, ext. 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.