“If a student knows they’re cared about, then it makes all the difference. Reach the person first, and then you can teach him or her anything.”
Earlier this month, David Sparrow and Building 21’s TriChange Model were featured on the Philadelphia Learning Collaborative blog. The excerpt below captures part II of our TriChange series, as it discusses what it takes to operationalize the the model within the school.
As David reinforces: “This isn’t another intervention – it’s going to be the culture of our school.” To create this culture it requires commitment; all school staff must be trained and invest in the hard work of approaching every situation with a restorative mindset, an understanding of trauma, a cultural competency, and commitment to building strong relationships. David offers an illustration of what the TriChange approach looks like when a teacher and student have a conflict over a classroom rule and how school professionals support one another when addressing harm to relationships within the community. Finally, David offers insight into the Steering Committee and the role these group members play in coaching other team members and setting the goals for each school year.
The excerpt below is reposted with permission from the Philadelphia Learning Collaborative. The Philadelphia Learning Collaborative is a grassroots nonprofit that exists to create the conditions for student-centered, deeper learning progressive K-12 educators and schools to thrive in Philadelphia.