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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


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

Protocols

  • Assume Good Intentions

  • Ouch/Oops

  • Make the experience work

  • Right to Pass

  • Others?


The container concept

The Container Concept


Not all containers are alike

Not all Containers are Alike


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?


Creating a climate filled with 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)?


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

VISION

• 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

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.


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

CASEL STUDY*

… 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 Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

See www.CASEL.org


How sel supports good outcomes for young people

How SEL Supports GoodOutcomes 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

  • 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

  • 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 RatioThe 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

  • 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? Motivation/Rationale/Vision Why intentionally create a sense of community in your setting?


Mission

MISSION:

WHAT IS A SENSE OF COMMUNITY?


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

From Group to Community

“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.


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

Thomas 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.”


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

Sergiovannigoes 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.”


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

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


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

“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


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

This 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.”


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

It 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?Calling/Purpose/MissionYour definition or description of “sense of community”


Strategies

STRATEGIES

CONDITIONS FOR CREATING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

Conditions for Creating a Sense of Community

  • Safe and Trusting EnvironmentPhysical/Emotional Safety and Relational Trust

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


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

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)


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

Conditions for Creating a Sense of Community

  • PositivityPositivity ratio of 3:1Nurture the positive

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


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

Ritual

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.


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

Conditions for Creating a Sense of Community

  • Intentionality Being intentionally inviting and making Time for relationship building


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

“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


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

HOW?Bold ideas/Actions/Strategies See Conditions for Creating a Sense of Community


Cairns

Cairns


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

What Guides You? What shows you the way?

  • People

  • Talents/Gifts

  • Ideas

  • Insights

  • Inspiration

  • Life Experience

  • Family

  • Beliefs & Ideals

  • Values

  • Theories & Models


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

How did I add to my cairn?


Creating a climate filled with a sense of community

Laurie Frank

GOAL Consulting

1337 Jenifer Street

Madison, Wisconsin 53703

USA

1-608-251-2234

[email protected]

www.goalconsulting.org


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