Tips & Ideas

Guidance and inspiration to help you build skills and community in your classroom and school

May 22, 2019

Senior trainer Marieke van Woerkom offers a collection of strategies, from bringing plants into the classroom to mindful breathing, to help us and our students cope with the pressures of testing season.  

This is Tip 1 of our 3-part end-of-year care package. See Tip 2 and Tip 3

January 3, 2019

Three simple steps to help us calm our brains — and our classrooms.

December 9, 2018

The holidays can be a stressful time. Here are some simple steps to help us and our students handle heightened emotions - now or any time. 

December 6, 2018

In this video staff and students at a West Philadelphia High School talk about the transformation the school has undergone as a result of participation in restorative circles.  

November 15, 2018

In this video school staff, resources officers, county probation department staff and students talk about their experience with restorative practices.

November 13, 2018

Four tips from Morningside Center Staff Developer Amy Fabrikant on how to create a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students, and all students, going forward.

October 11, 2018

In this video staff and students talk about the impact of class meetings on them and on the school community.  They talk about what happens in class meetings. 

September 24, 2018

In this video staff talk about the positive impact class meetings have had on the school community, school discipline, and the development of student problem solving skills.  

September 24, 2018

In this video staff and students talk about, and then show, how the school Justice Committee, practices mediation as part of an alternative approach to school discipline to resolve conflict and address issues.

September 20, 2018

Atlanta Public Schools has made Social and Emotional Learning a district priority because these life skills are a foundation for the academic successes of our students. This video outlines the social and emotional learning foundation needed for restorative holistic discipline to be successfully...