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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.

August 17, 2016 | By jhatt | Category: Prevention and School Culture

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.