Circles

June 20, 2015
To the teacher On Wednesday night, June 17, 2015, at 8:15 pm, Dylann Roof allegedly asked to join the bible study group at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. …
March 19, 2015
How do we ensure that schools are warm, welcoming, fair, and effective in the treatment of all students? That was the focus of an Albert Shanker Institute Teaching & Learning Conference on March…
March 9, 2015
Morningside Center Deputy Executive Director Tala Manassah was recently invited by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office to join the administration's Leadership Team on School Climate and…
November 25, 2014
This classroom activity was developed by Brett Schneider, Marieke van Woerkom, and Tala Manassah. It is structured as a circle.  For more information on circles, see this introduction.   Gathering…
November 24, 2014
If you are a dreamer, come in If you’re a dreamer, a wisher, a liar A hoper, a prayer, a magic bean buyer ... If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire For we have some flax golden tales to spin…
November 13, 2014
Introduction to the teacher:  This activity uses a circle process. We've found that carefully facilitated circles help build community among students. See our introduction to circles. Before…
October 2, 2014
To the Teacher:   In this activity, timed to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11, students learn about what it means to "pass" (as white, as straight, as Christian...) and consider…
May 31, 2014
To the teacher: The remarkable poet and writer Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014.  This activity, structured as a circle, invites students to consider Angelou’s poem Still I Rise.  (It can be…
June 13, 2013
This activity uses a Circle format to encourage students to reflect on the school year that's now coming to a close.  See our Introduction to Circles for guidelines on this practice, which…