Staff Retreats for Safety and Security, Pine Lane Elementary and Rocky Heights Middle School
Staci McCormack , Coordinator of Prevention and School Culture, has recently led three Staff Retreats. McCormack states:
“Professional development days are created to help the adults recognize their role in an upstream prevention model. Modeling psychological health to students which includes: Authentic self, Connectedness, Help-seeking, and the use of protective factors for students serving as the first step in supporting students’ psychological safety.” Psychologically healthy adults foster healthy students and healthy school cultures. These full-day retreats include: activities, structured conversations through restorative practices, shared meals, direct teach, and games.
In the above photo, staff are sitting in a circle playing the “Shoe Game”. Each participant throws their right shoe into the middle. Then everyone runs into the center and grabs a shoe. They must then find the owner of the shoe. The owner must tell one truth and one lie while the other staff member deciphers which one is true. It is a fun way to learn something new about the people you work with.
To schedule a staff retreat for your school or department, please contact Staci McCormack at staci.mccormack[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.