Rethinking the Rituals: Building School Culture in a Post-Shutdown World

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
1.5  hours CTLE credit

Presenters: Dale Getto and Bob Stulmaker, CASDA
This program will be accessed via your computer.

Against a backdrop of social change coupled with the uncertain future of our public health crisis, school culture and schooling in general must be prepared to meet the challenges of a changing world of education. This includes activities beyond the classroom. 

Shared rituals and celebrations are a cornerstone of strong school cultures which include and honor all students. This inclusive, equitable conception of school culture is foundational to the construction of multi-tiered support systems (MTSS) that support students social and emotional learning and growth. Incorporating extracurricular activities such as athletics, clubs, and the arts into a holistic conception of school culture creates space for all students to thrive. 


We know that schools are grounding to and often the center of our communities; what better time to re-think what and who school-wide district initiatives reward and what is under-valued.  Expand the conversation. Re-prioritize and re-imagine!

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Explore the role and function of their own school/district rituals, rites of passage, celebrations and the effect on their status quo.

  • Discuss how to make existing structures more inclusive and or design new structures with broad school-community  input, mindful of activities  that can adapt in a virtual environment. 

  • Begin a conversation with participants to help them communicate any changes to the rituals and rites of passage moving into the 20-21 school year. (ex. Responses for: “We always did it that way.”)


Optional 60-minute small group follow up work session: July 29th

Intended Audience: Principals, Athletic Directors, Music and Art Teachers, Booster Clubs

University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave
Catskill B27, Albany, NY 12222  


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