For Administrators: Month 1

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Resources

Student Walk-Out Guidelines

School Discipline and Restorative Practices

Start the School Year Strong
Prompts for your first 5 staff meetings of the year

Month 1

Note: Be sure to read the introductory script to your staff before jumping into these prompts. It will help all know what’s coming, and what amazing things you’re going to accomplish together.

Meeting 1
Introduction

Introduction

Today we’re looking philosophically at a really important aspect of school climate and safety.

prompt

Prompt

Have all staff pair off. (If you have an uneven number, one group will be a triad.)

Each person has 2 minutes to respond to the prompt uninterrupted. (Remind the second person to respond to the prompt, not what their partner has shared.)

What are some key reasons that student relationships are important?

Connecting

Connecting

Note: Do this during the last minute in pairs.

What did you find you mentioned in common?

challenge

Weekly Challenge

This week, focus on building the foundation for some great relationships with your students.

Meeting 2
Introduction

Introduction

Today we’re looking at what influences or intimidates some of our students.

prompt

Prompt

Why do some kids feel marginalized? What kinds of issues do they have in their lives?

Connecting

Connecting

Is there anything either of you said that might spark an idea for helping these kids?

challenge

Weekly Challenge

This week, really notice students on the fringes and see if one of these new ideas might be the thing that really draws them in.

Meeting 3
Introduction

Introduction

Today we’re going to try to identify a specific student in our past that is a success story.

prompt

Prompt

Think of a time that you were able to help a student turn around a negative attitude or cope with a negative situation, and describe the difference that made for that student and for your class.

Connecting

Connecting

We have to remember to give kids credit when they can make a positive shift, but often they won’t do it without our support. In one sentence on your post-it note, describe what you did or what critical things you believed that made this positive change.

challenge

Weekly Challenge

This week, really focus on noticing and acknowledging kids who make positive changes. This little bit of encouragement might do great things!

tip

Prepare

For the next meeting, plan to show a really fun three-minute video, or see if someone on staff would write a hilarious parody about your school sung to a familiar tune, or prepare something you think will give everyone a good, healthy laugh.

Meeting 4
tip

Prepare

Queue up your fun activity and have it ready to start.

prompt

Prompt

Choose your own words to introduce the activity.

Connecting

Connecting

Ask everyone to turn to their partner and share whatever reaction they wish.

challenge

Weekly Challenge

Encourage your staff to remember to laugh this week!