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About Janet Allison

Janet Allison Boys Alive!


After receiving her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington, Janet Allison began her teaching career in a Waldorf School with a class of 10 boys and 2 girls. She quickly realized she had NOT been prepared for the differences in the way boys learn and the way girls learn. Through trial and error, extensive reading and research, and sheer determination, Janet was at last able to understand those parts of her boys that were hard-wired (and therefore unchangeable) and the things that she could change – by making lessons more active and interactive and providing plenty of outside time and movement in the classroom. With her many years of classroom experience, she is able to ‘talk the talk’ with teachers in both public and private schools – including those following Waldorf and Montessori principles.


Concurrently, she did extensive training in communication skills (Neuro-Linguistic Programming – NLP) and began to hear from parents and other teachers about how much they were struggling with “boy energy.” From there she created The Language of Parenting curriculum which soon after evolved into the Boys Alive! program. Because parents asked, she also began Family Coaching – providing one-on-one help to families struggling with their boys.

Author and Host

Wishing to reach more people with this vital message, she wrote Boys Alive! Bring Out Their Best and has collaborated with many international experts to create virtual educational summits, interviewing experts and sharing wisdom with thousands of parents and teachers. She hosts BOY TALK, interviewing parenting experts and expert parents on a monthly theme.

Gurian Certified Trainer

Janet is also a Gurian Certified Trainer with the Gurian Institute. Founded by Michael Gurian, this institute continues to be the leader in brain-based gender-specific trainings world-wide.

Boys Alive! Certification Program

Continuing to advocate for boys and their success at home and school, Janet has developed the Boys Alive! Certification Program ensuring that Parent Coaches, Counselors, and Care Providers have access to the latest strategies in supporting “boy-friendly” environments. Parents can deepen their understanding and advocacy when they become Boys Alive! certified, too.

Janet has two grown daughters and lives in Portland, Oregon. She is available for speaking engagements, training sessions, and interviews. Contact her here.

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