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The Container Concept •. Creating a Climate Filled with a Sense of Community. AEE Annual International Conference November 2011. Agenda. Introduction/Framing Gathering Activities Protocols The Container Concept Vision: Why a Sense of Community? Research & Rationale.

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Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

The Container Concept •

Creating a Climate Filled with a Sense of Community

AEE Annual International Conference

November 2011


Agenda
Agenda

  • Introduction/FramingGathering ActivitiesProtocolsThe Container Concept

  • Vision: Why a Sense of Community?Research & Rationale

  • Mission: What is a Sense of Community?Definition

  • Strategies: Conditions for Creating a Sense of Community

  • Closing


Protocols

  • Assume Good Intentions

  • Ouch/Oops

  • Make the experience work

  • Right to Pass

  • Others?




We have choices we have influence
We Have Choices…We have Influence…

What are the qualities of your container?


Vision

VISION:

WHY CREATE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY?


Think about young people (between 2 - 20 years of age) with whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.

What skills, qualities, and attributes do you want them to have 20 years from now (when they are between 25 - 34 years of age)?


VISION whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.

• LOYAL• RESILIENT

• CARING • PATIENT

• HAPPY• AT PEACE

• INTEGRITY • RESOURCEFUL

• SUCCESSFUL • CONTRIBUTOR

• FORGIVING• GOOD PARENTS

• POSITIVE ATTITUDE

• WELL-INFORMED

• GET ALONG W/ OTHERS

• GOOD SELF ESTEEM

• CRITICAL THINKER

• COMPASSIONATE

• PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS

  • • HONEST• CREATIVE

  • • EMPATHETIC• RESPECT

  • • RESPONSIBLE• MOTIVATED

  • • SELF RESPECT• RELIABLE

  • • LITERATE• EMPLOYED

  • • CONFIDENT• HEALTHY

  • • SELF SUFFICIENT • HUMOR

  • • SENSE OF HUMOR

  • • INDEPENDENT

  • • PERSEVERENCE

  • • RESOURCEFUL

  • • PROBLEM SOLVERS

  • • GOOD COMMUNICATOR

  • • LOVING


Frees the brain for learning
FREES THE BRAIN FOR LEARNING whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.

Brain-Compatible Elements

For Learning

• Absence of threat

• Meaningful content

• Choices

• Adequate time

• Enriched environment

• Collaboration

• Immediate feedback

• Mastery (application)

From ITI: The Model, Integrated Thematic Instruction, by Susan Kovalik, 1994

Caine and Caine refer to “relaxed alertness” as when the brain is at its best for learning.


CASEL STUDY* whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.

… four-year study confirming that school-based social and emotional learning programs that help students build positive relationships, develop empathy, and resolve conflicts respect-fully and cooperatively also have a positive effect on academic performance.

(from article by International Institute for Restorative Practices:www.safersanerschools.org/library/caselstudy.html)

* Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

www.casel.org


Supports social emotional learning sel
Supports whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

See www.CASEL.org


How sel supports good outcomes for young people
How whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.SEL Supports Good Outcomes for Young People

Safe, Caring,

Challenging,

Well-

Managed ,

Participatory

Learning

Environments

Greater

Attachment,

Engagement,

& Commitment

to School

Better

Academic

Performance

and Success

in School

and Life

  • Teach SEL

  • Competencies

  • Self-awareness

  • Social awareness

  • Self-management

  • Relationship skills

  • Responsible

  • decision making

Less Risky

Behavior, More

Assets, More

Positive

Development

http://www.casel.org/downloads/Safe%20and%20Sound/2B_Performance.pdf


Resiliency through positivity
Resiliency through Positivity whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.

  • Joy

  • Gratitude

  • Serenity

  • Interest

  • Hope

  • Pride

  • Amusement

  • Inspiration

  • Awe

  • Love

From: Fredrickson, B. (2009) Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive. New York, NY: Crown Archetype.


Positivity
Positivity whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.

  • Broadens our minds and our hearts

  • Transforms us for the better

  • Fuels Resilience

  • Asking questions and focusing outward (open to new ideas)

  • Connectivity and attunement of the team. More responsive to one another

  • Bouncing back from adversity rather than getting stuck in self-absorbed advocacy


Positivity ratio the tipping point flourishing 3 to 1
Positivity Ratio whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.The Tipping PointFlourishing = 3 to 1

“… only when positivity ratios are higher than 3 to 1 is positivity in sufficient supply to seed human flourishing.” (Fredrickson, 2009)


A place for negativity
A Place for Negativity whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.

  • Specific negative emotions help us focus and take action (such as in resolving or transforming conflict). Global and unfocused negative emotions overwhelm and poison us.

  • The difference between anger and contempt or guilt and shame


Why motivation rationale vision why intentionally create a sense of community in your setting
WHY? whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.Motivation/Rationale/Vision Why intentionally create a sense of community in your setting?


Mission

MISSION: whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.

WHAT IS A SENSE OF COMMUNITY?


From Group to Community whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.

“In genuine community there are no sides. It is not always easy but by the time they reach community the members have learned how to give up cliques and factions. They have learned how to listen to each other and how not to reject each other. Sometimes consensus in community is reached with miraculous rapidity. But at other times it is arrived at only after lengthy struggle. Just because it is a safe place does not mean community is a place without conflict. It is, however, a place where conflict can be resolved without physical or emotional bloodshed and with wisdom as well as grace. A community is a group that can fight gracefully.” ~ M. Scott Peck M.D.


Thomas whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.Sergiovannistates that “the need for community is universal. A sense of belonging, of continuity, of being connected to others and to ideas and values that make our lives meaningful and significant -- these needs are shared by all of us.”


Sergiovanni whom you work or come into contact with on a regular basis.goes on to say:

“… Communities are collections of individuals who are bonded together by natural will and who are together binded to a set of shared ideas and ideals. This bonding and binding is tight enough to transform them from a collection of “I’s” into a collective “we.” As a “we,” members are part of a tightly knit web of meaningful relationships. This “we” usually shares a common place and over time comes to share common sentiments and traditions that are sustaining. When describing community it is helpful to speak of community kinship, of mind, of place, and of memory.”


Community is consciousness of connection, combining and comprising: Courtesy, communication, collaboration, cooperation, consideration, caring, compassion, curiosity, commonalities, common goals, confidence, creativity, courage, challenge, camaraderie, and conceivably chocolate.

CTC Group, 2004


“The people in one’s life are like the pillars on one’s porch you see life through. And sometimes they hold you up. And sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re standing by.”

~ Anonymous


This one’s porch you see life through. And sometimes they hold you up. And sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re standing by.” is what we shall look for as we move: freedom developed by human beings who have acted to make a space for themselves in the presence of others, human beings become “challengers” ready for alternatives, alternatives that include caring and community… We want to discover how to open spaces for persons in their plurality, spaces where they can become different, where they can grow.”


It one’s porch you see life through. And sometimes they hold you up. And sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re standing by.” is important to hold in mind … that the person – that center of choice – develops in his/her fullness to a degree he/she is a member of a live community.

Maxine Greene (1988) The Dialectic of Freedom


What calling purpose mission your definition or description of sense of community
WHAT? one’s porch you see life through. And sometimes they hold you up. And sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re standing by.” Calling/Purpose/MissionYour definition or description of “sense of community”


Strategies

STRATEGIES one’s porch you see life through. And sometimes they hold you up. And sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re standing by.”

CONDITIONS FOR CREATING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY


Conditions for Creating a Sense of Community one’s porch you see life through. And sometimes they hold you up. And sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it’s just enough to know they’re standing by.”

  • Safe and Trusting EnvironmentPhysical/Emotional Safety and Relational Trust

  • Balancing “Me” and “We”Empowerment and Social Commitment


The central message of the consumer culture in which we live is: You’re the most important thing on earth. You’re the heaviest object in the universe and everything orbits around you. And we’ve enshrined this idea as ‘human nature.’ Not remembering that most people in most places have had other things very near the center of their identity – the tribe, the community, their relationship with the natural world, or the Divine – something that gave them more of a sense of identity not obsessively rooted in themselves

Bill McKibbon (Interview aired on May 26, 2007)


Conditions for Creating a Sense of Community is: You’re the most important thing on earth. You’re the heaviest object in the universe and everything orbits around you. And we’ve enshrined this idea as ‘human nature.’ Not remembering that most people in most places have had other things very near the center of their identity – the tribe, the community, their relationship with the natural world, or the Divine – something that gave them more of a sense of identity not obsessively rooted in themselves

  • PositivityPositivity ratio of 3:1Nurture the positive

  • OwnershipFocus (goal setting) and the 3 R’s (Routines, rituals, responsibilities)


Ritual is: You’re the most important thing on earth. You’re the heaviest object in the universe and everything orbits around you. And we’ve enshrined this idea as ‘human nature.’ Not remembering that most people in most places have had other things very near the center of their identity – the tribe, the community, their relationship with the natural world, or the Divine – something that gave them more of a sense of identity not obsessively rooted in themselves

A routine is merely something we do, a ritual has emotional significance. “Rituals are powerful because they speak to a different part of the brain than we use for thinking,” says JoynBorysenko, Ph.D., author of Inner Peace for Busy People. That’s because rituals bypass words, connecting us to what matters through symbols or gestures. A ritual is a ceremony. A rite-of-passage is a formal ceremony.


Conditions for Creating a Sense of Community is: You’re the most important thing on earth. You’re the heaviest object in the universe and everything orbits around you. And we’ve enshrined this idea as ‘human nature.’ Not remembering that most people in most places have had other things very near the center of their identity – the tribe, the community, their relationship with the natural world, or the Divine – something that gave them more of a sense of identity not obsessively rooted in themselves

  • Intentionality Being intentionally inviting and making Time for relationship building


“People and environments are never neutral, they are either summoning or shunning the development of human potential.”

Purkey & Novak,

Inviting School Success


Invitational education
INVITATIONAL EDUCATION either summoning or shunning the development of human potential.”


How bold ideas actions strategies see conditions for creating a sense of community

HOW? either summoning or shunning the development of human potential.” Bold ideas/Actions/Strategies See Conditions for Creating a Sense of Community


Cairns
Cairns either summoning or shunning the development of human potential.”


What Guides You? What shows you the way? either summoning or shunning the development of human potential.”

  • People

  • Talents/Gifts

  • Ideas

  • Insights

  • Inspiration

  • Life Experience

  • Family

  • Beliefs & Ideals

  • Values

  • Theories & Models


How did I add to my cairn? either summoning or shunning the development of human potential.”


Laurie Frank either summoning or shunning the development of human potential.”

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