This resource is a tool kit of short PDF files that can be used in a variety of ways to improve a group’s ability to understand each other, resolve differences and make good decisions. It was developed to support a seminar series conducted by the Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy (CSELP) at SFU.
The tool kit could be useful for staff meetings, school-based team meetings or union executive meetings for example. It can also help individuals to deepen their understanding of the complexities of communication and improve their ability to be constructive participants in any type of discussion - whether as part of a group or more generally in their interpersonal relations.
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Step into the Circle: Promoting Safety and Respect
How did a secondary school initiate a culture transformation that virtually eliminated calls to the office for disrespectful behaviour between students in the first 3 months? At John Oliver Secondary School in Vancouver, this radical shift involved several factors: fostered student leadership, informed staff and the following, simple activity that was the catalyst for actions leading to feelings of being respected, valued and safe.
To increase the understanding of how behaviours and attitudes impact others.
To highlight the similarities between students.
To recognize some of the factors which may influence feeling safe at school.
To encourage student-led changes in school culture.