This comes from Wendy, a retired principal who recently took the online course, “A Study of the Influence of The Tribes TLC Process on Social Emotional Learning”.
The Tribes TLC process was the very heart of who I was as a leader and the very soul of our school and it so beautifully enhanced building the positive learning environment that consisted of a common language to build social responsibility, mutual respect and belonging in the classroom, in the school and within and beyond the parent community.
Tribes is about relationships, relationships, relationships! We were Tribes School through and through! It empowered students, parents and staff to feel free to take risks because we:
• Were respected for our different abilities, cultures, gender, interests and dreams • Involved actively in our own learning
• Had positive expectations from others that we would succeed
• Were positively involved in the decision making process
• Worked in collaborative teams
Tribes will always be innovative because it considers the whole individual and their ability to learn, grow and work with others The process fosters the building of strong relationships, engaging us all in our learning and thoughtfully considering the needs of all learners. Tribes provides the necessary skills for our young people to be successful for the 21st century and as SEL so beautifully describes as the ” necessary skills for life effectiveness.” Tribes has been such a gift for me as an educator and as a person who strives to be a caring wife, mom, grandma and friend.