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February 8, 2016
This is Part 1 of a 3-part blogpost.   The circle process is powerful, transformative at times, but it can also be challenging and time-consuming. For teachers, sharing of themselves in a circle…
November 10, 2015
Much of the power of the circle process resides in the talking piece - the object that we pass in order from person to person around the circle as we invite each person to speak or to pass. As a…
April 28, 2015
Introducing mindfulness into the middle school classroom has been an interesting endeavor for me this year.  Mindful awareness (attending to the here and now, being fully present, with intention and…
April 15, 2015
I was working in Warren recently, a city hard hit by layoffs and shutdowns in the Ohio Rust Belt. One of the 8th grade teachers asked me if I could model a circle in her classroom. She was interested…
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…
February 18, 2015
I've been complimented on my English about as often as I've been asked why I don't speak Spanish.  In high school and college I was frequently labeled "exotic."  My curly hair is mystifying to…
January 5, 2015
To say I've had powerful experiences using restorative circles in schools is an understatement. Circles are radically changing the way staff and students interact with each other at some of my…