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

1

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

2

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

3

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.

SCALE:
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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