Our staff presentation is designed to facilitate a lively discussion about the role staff members have in creating a safe, welcoming and inclusive climate for learning and working. The goals of the session are:
for all staff to have a shared understanding about how to promote positive student behaviour
understanding how to intervene when responding to negative student behavior with consideration given to Bills 13, 157, 168 and 212.
Staff is engaged by a discussion of common incidents and a sharing of responses.
“Two friends in the hallway are playfully calling each other racial slurs. We assume no one is offended or hurt — it seems purely jocular. Should you tell them to stop?”
This example always gets the room buzzing. After a lively conversation, we discuss the ramifications of Bill 157: It is mandatory for all board employees to respond to any student behaviour that is likely to have a negative impact on school climate. What that means, in this example, is that even if these particular students are not offended by those racial slurs, their behaviour still has a negative impact on the school climate and we need to respond. We should ask the students to stop and explain why their behaviour is unacceptable. As teachers and educators, we are role models of school climate. This presentation gets into the nitty gritty of what that looks like in the daily grind of school life.
90 minutes. Suitable for staff of Elementary, Middle and High Schools.