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The School of Belonging

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The School of Belonging Program combines teacher and student workshops, embedded professional development, parent education, and on-going focus groups.

 

Program Objectives

 

To examine and understand the relationship between risk factors, protective factors, resilience and emotional needs. Teachers will take part in a dialogue session on social learning, social skills development, common language, ritual building and what students need to succeed.

 

To experience and implement three specific classroom/culture building tools: the classroom contract, the fishbowl and the community meeting. Conflict resolution, goal setting and problem solving will also be explored.

 

To learn about emotional intelligence, emotional imprinting and how this information is useful in managing low-level forms of aggressive behaviors. The conflict cycle will be explored and teachers will develop key strategies to manage challenging classroom situations.

 

Program Benefits 

 

Gain an in-depth understanding of the dialogue process and how to use it with colleagues, students and parents.

 

Receive master support materials necessary to facilitate an emotionally safe learning environment: The School of Belonging Planner, Building Classroom Communities, Teaching Empathy, and CD of songs.

 

Strengthen collegial relationships with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the teaching profession.

 

Increase effectiveness as an educator in this age of standards and high-stakes testing.

 

 

Program Options

 

1.   Three days:

a.    Staff workshop and implementation training

b.    Leadership training

c.    Staff follow-up

 

 

2.   Five days:

a.    Staff workshop and implementation training

b.    Leadership training

c.    Specialty training for support staff (teaching assistants, security, lunchroom monitors)

d.    Classroom demonstrations/observations with debrief and dialogue

e.    Staff follow-up (appreciative inquiry groups, narrative assessment, planning)

 

 

3.   Ten days:

a.    Staff workshop and implementation training

b.    Leadership training and on-going support

c.    Specialty training or support staff (teaching assistants, security, lunchroom monitors)

d.    Classroom demonstrations/observations with debrief and dialogue

e.    On-going Community of Practice team development with grade level teams, administrative team, coaches, mental health and any other cohort group functioning in the school

f.     School Community of Practice Team whose focus is on emotional safety, social skills development, culture creation and maintenance

g.    Classroom demonstration lessons with targeted classes

h.    Staff follow-up (appreciative inquiry groups, narrative assessment, planning)