Program: Professional Development
When school climate initiatives fail, it’s often because they focus on developing positive student skills and behavior, without first insuring that school adults are modeling positive behaviors and mindsets. The result is that only a core group of teachers “buy-in” while others continue to use control-oriented, punitive approaches. When no progress is made, the initiative fades and we look for something else to try. It’s not the initiative that’s faulty, but, our assumption that staff members are ready to lead it.
All staff members and students want to be valued and successful. No one strives to be the disengaged student or burnt out teacher. This workshop helps school leaders to empower staff by introducing them to a self-concept approach to communication. Adults learn how their words and actions message students (and colleagues) that they are able, valuable, and responsible – or they are not. These interactions have a powerful influence on a student’s self-concept and that self–concept influences whether a student will engage positively in school or become alienated, compliant, or defiant.
Come learn how to help adults communicate with respect, trust, and optimism, and insure the success of initiatives such as Social Emotional Learning, Mindfulness, Growth Mindset, and Inviting Schools. Bring your school climate ideas and challenges and take home a simple framework for creating and sustaining the positive climate we all need.