To Make Communities Safer, Trust Students

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Students suggest that trusting them may be the key to reducing bullying and violence in school. And teacher-powered teams, who design and manage schools, are listening...

Teacher-powered teams who design and manage schools are showing how we can design disciplinary practices to demonstrate to students that the adults in their schools respect them, want to listen to them and address their individual needs, and trust them with the responsibility of co-creating and co-enforcing community norms. If trusting relationships between adults and students are key to reducing bullying and violence in schools, as some students suggest, these teachers could be showing us the means to get the safe learning communities we so desire.

Learn more specifics about what these teachers are doing in this guest post by Kim Farris-Berg for the Of, By, For Education Week blog.