Watch this five-minute Weekly Circles video to help you create an effective Community Circles practice for your teaching staff.
While rooted in restorative practice for students, utilizing Community Circles with staff is a powerful tool for not only building relationships and working through issues, but for promoting self-care and staff wellness. For great insights into the benefits of using Healing Circles with staff, read and share this post from Mindful Schools.
While we focus on creating a positive environment in the classroom and school, it’s important to notice when students are struggling, not responding in their usual manner or stop engaging in the school community. Download and share the Pause & React tool from International Center for Leadership in Education which walks users through five steps and corresponding …
To help you and your team create a system that works for your district, read The Role of Advisory in Personalizing the Secondary Experience. The article from Getting Smart gives five core elements for an effective system and other useful tips and resources.
After the last bell The Multiple Roles of Principals in School-based Afterschool Programs by Lanya Samuelson is a great resource to share with the principals in your district. The article clearly lays out the role of a principal in successful OST programs and provides a useful graphic on page 8.
For perspectives on the multiple benefits of Out of School (OST) time programs for both students and families, download The Value of Out-of-School Time Programs (OST) from the Wallace Foundation. Check out pages 6 – 10 for information linking OST program content to primary and secondary student outcomes.
Download Introduction to Restorative Practices from Peace Learning Center for additional insights into the benefits of circles and the need for Principal and administration vision, staff buy in and professional development to support the effort.
Implement a Weekly Circles model to build and strengthen relationships between students. Watch this 5-minute Weekly Circles video from Edutopia to help you create an effective practice for your school(s).