Building a Healthy School Culture

In 2015, I became the principal of a small alternative school for expelled and truant youth. I had  been involved with the school as both a teacher and an administrator for many years. I had long dreamed of creating a school which had the best possible chance of reaching these hard to reach youth. Many, if not all of these students had not only given up on school, but on themselves. While we had a good foundation with some talented and committed staff, I could see that we needed to do better at creating a culture that would allow these disengaged youth to lower their guards and begin to believe in themselves. We needed lessons and activities that spoke to the needs and interests of

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Students are starved for listening, to have experiences where they are invited and encouraged to share and to be understood.

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