The Depth Behind Icebreakers

  By Shawna Parkinson Beginning school again after a year of teaching during a pandemic may leave school buildings and teachers looking for intentional moves that will unite and inspire students and staff in the first week. One approach could be to focus on building relationships through the implementation of Read More …

How to Listen with Understanding and Empathy: Who Is the Spotlight Shining On?

  By Arthur L. Costa, Bena Kallick, and Allison Zmuda “To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words. You listen not only for what someone knows, but for what he or she is. Generative listening is the art of developing deeper silences Read More …

Restorative Discipline: Using Habits of Mind to Resolve Conflict and Restore Relationships

  By Sharon Brown Imagine sitting at a table across from someone you had a disagreement with and working it out. Imagine going to a safe place to meet with a teacher to settle a problem you are having in class. These are just two examples of scenarios that became Read More …

A Journey Toward a Culture of Civility

  By Art Costa and Robert Garmston Professors Emeriti, California State University, Sacramento How might we grow and protect a culture in which its members can take risks, learn from each other and continue to appreciate each other’s differences? Key is mutual respect, in which members reveal their convictions, successes, Read More …