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