Miles Madison, Tribes Trainer and Literacy Coach/Mentoring Program Coordinator at the International School of Brussels, will be presenting two 90-minute workshops on Tribes at the European Council of International Schools Early Childhood Conference in Athens, Greece this month. The American Community School in Athens is hosting this conference from March 16-18, 2012 for over 200 participants from International Schools around the world.
Miles currently works in the Early Childhood Center at the International School of Brussels, where he has been instrumental in implementing the Tribes process and building Tribes Learning Communities throughout the school. The mission, goal, and philosophy of Tribes ideally fits with all missions and goals of international schools as it is particularly suited to the incredible multi-national diversity in most international schools. The increasing global mobility of families served by international schools requires that these schools themselves become and provide the stable sense of community that these families often lack. The Tribes process helps create this community.
The first session is an Introduction to the Tribes Process and the focus of this workshop is a brief introduction to Tribes Learning Communities and building Tribes within early childhood classes. Participants will learn about the developmental process of Tribes, study new patterns of interactions between teachers and students and between student peers, the profiles of resiliency in children and how to build it and the benefits of cooperation in learning environments. The role of the teacher in developing Tribes learning experiences will also be explored. This is meant as a general introduction to the Tribes process.
The second session is Tribes – A New Way of Working Together and the focus of this workshop is on the importance of social/emotional education within early childhood programs, in particular how the Tribes Process can be used effectively to incorporate social/emotional development within all areas of our programs. We will review the protective factors that build resiliency in young children and the stages of developing supportive learning communities. Participants will experience “hands-on” Tribes activities in order to build an understanding of the Tribes process. We will also explore how Tribes has been used effectively within an international school setting to address social and emotional learning objectives. Participants will leave with practical strategies for developing a community of learners that builds independence and collaborative skills.
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