All Students Known: Build Structures to Foster Healthy Relationships

High school teacher and diverse group of students sit in a circle smiling and sharing in a familiar way.

Behind every child’s face is a story that needs to be heard, appreciated, respected, valued, and in some cases, shared.

– Jimmy Casas, Culturalize

Guiding Question

What is your school doing to create an environment where relationships flourish?

The below activity is for professional development


Take a minute to reflect on what your school does to build opportunities for students to be known. Write down some examples.


Watch the video about how we describe structures that build healthy relationships within the Inflexion Approach.


Rate and provide evidence as to whether your school is employing structures that build healthy relationships schoolwide using the following definition and scale:

DEFINITION: Structures that build healthy relationships create opportunities for students to be known; employ culturally and identity-relevant and inclusive practices; and create space for empathy and compassion.

1. Not at all
2. Somewhat
3. For the most part
4. Totally

RATING: A score of one (1) reflects that there is little being done intentionally schoolwide. A four (4) would suggest that you have explicit structures and practices schoolwide to support this.

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