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Stories & Voices
October 24, 2017
  The class had already earned a reputation for being one of the more difficult ones in a school that considers itself the last stop for young people who have spent the majority of their student…
Stories & Voices
September 28, 2017
Edward was a part of a cohort of teachers in a middle school that was participating in a unique project to develop a whole-school model for restorative practices.   He appeared a bit skeptical during…
Stories & Voices
July 21, 2017
During 2016 (winter-spring of the 2015-16 school year and throughout 2016-17), Morningside Center supported 13 NYC expanded-day programs in piloting our C Squad curriculum – which was then called…
Stories & Voices
July 5, 2017
The other day I was asked about a situation that an advisor and her group of 10th graders had been struggling with all year.   While the advisor was relatively new to the school, the students had…
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February 23, 2017
On February 22, the Trump administration rescinded the Obama administration’s helpful guidelines on transgender students.   Those guidelines, issued in 2016, directed public schools to allow…
Stories & Voices
January 20, 2017
It is Thursday, January 19th, 2017, and I am sitting in a large, warm, aesthetically comforting office at a school that I have been sitting in every school day since Tuesday. On Monday, the same day…
Stories & Voices
December 23, 2016
When I was in Ohio a few weeks back, I visited four different middle schools that recently started implementing circles. I had been asked to do some modeling, so that teachers and counselors who were…
Stories & Voices
December 19, 2016
A few weeks ago in Ohio, several of the teachers I was coaching raised a concern I've heard before. It's about handling student emotions in a circle. "Was it safe to raise emotional issues in a…
Stories & Voices
November 28, 2016
Morningside Center staff developer Dionne Grayman was asked by her daughter's school to facilitate a post-election circle for parents and staff. Many who came were upset about the election. Here's…
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November 14, 2016
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, educators are looking for ways to address students' anxieties, build the classroom and school community, counter bias and harassment, and address…