I recently had a whirlwind trip to Chicago and Indianapolis, and it was all about the Tribes TLC process and SEL.
In Chicago, I co-presented Tribes to 30 consultants who represent 8 of the largest 200 districts in the U.S. You can read about the Collaborating Districts Initiative here.
As if that wasn’t an exciting privilege, the comments and candid tributes from the consultants were remarkable. One person interrupted the presentation to say “Jeanne Gibbs is one of the original visionaries of education; she ‘got it’ then, and she ‘gets it’ now.”
“It” is the ‘culture that creates a community that maximizes learning and human development’. (sound familiar?!)
Several years ago, Jeanne addressed a group of trainers (and prefaced the high school book, Engaging All by Creating High School Learning Communities) with the message ‘the time is now.’
On Saturday, March 9, thanks to Nancy Lindhjem (Tribes trainer) and her relentless passion and determination (and some help from those who came to know her throughout the planning stages) the first-ever symposium on Creating a Culture of Acceptance (with regards to bullying prevention) was held. This day of learning was infused with the arts – reaching minds and hearts of those who attended. Christopher Eaves debuted his one man play “Bullseye”, Chad Mills composed a song and powerpoint lyrics presentation for the event, and Zach Wahls, author of My Two Moms, presented a motivational speech. Nancy also delivered a keynote speech about the Tribes process and its important influence on creating a culture of acceptance. (I encourage you to google any/all of the names mentioned above and learn more.)
To spend three full days, surrounded by inspired and dedicated people, all of us like-minded, and excited to listen and learn…should be a prescription for every educator: take as needed; repeat often!
So – grab your book and read, scroll through the 100+ Weekly Tribes on www.teachcommunity.com, make a commitment to getting some more active learning and reflection in your day, and get ready – the time is now!