Design your classes to create engaged civic leaders and global citizens.
Structures for Equity & Inclusion & Culturally Responsive Teaching
Address and discuss issues of identity, race & equity and inclusion so one can more effectively address one’s own biases and internalized superiority and/or oppression; students begin showing up as more whole human beings with their identities intact; raise awareness of how students can become active change agents for equity in and outside the classroom.
Class Agreements & Accountability
Create a process in which students collaborate to build curriculum and assessment norms, class-room environment and shared ownership of upholding those agreements with “loving accountability” for their community—moving the teacher from management and “control” (an illusion) to leadership and influence. THEN, move beyond reward & punishment; learn to use restorative practices including natural & logical consequences, encouragement; ie: methodologies based on mutual respect (“power with” rather than “power over”).
Establish a weekly circle forum to work out all “behavioral”, classroom climate issues [ie: opportunities for growth] and to build authentic relationships (student : student and student : educator) & to become a unified team.
Community Building on the Positive
Create a powerful team in which all students are integral to the whole; use Theatre of the Oppressed to build group integrity, cooperation, collaboration and compassion. Enable true student leadership to emerge in classroom community. Learn how to build on the positive while ignoring the negative. Learn how to invest in relationships and get invaluable academic and social-emotional returns on your investment.
Share ownership and responsibility of class, teaching and community with students. Build a sense of belonging for each person.
Dual Language & ELL Immersion Strategies
Enable students to gain optimum comfort with languages by entering curriculum around students’ cultures and lived experiences.
Culture of Critical & Systems Thinking Essential for Interdependent Cooperation
Facilitate community learning (a stake in the commons) in which students learn and practice leadership skills to address critical 21st century global issues.
Learn to understand the student’s belief behind the behavior in their striving to find a place of belonging. Learn the four mistaken goals of behavior and how you can turn negative behaviors (“confrontational”, “annoying”, “withdrawn”) into positive opportunities for leadership.