The Components of the Partners, Inc. process are:
Key Program Components
- Whole School Focus
- Class Meetings
- Social Emotional Learning
- Conflict Resolution Education
- Affirming Diversity in All Aspects
- Direct Skill Instruction
- Curriculum Infusion
- School Wide Discipline Protocol
- Parent Community Component
As a comprehensive approach to school reform, Partners, Inc. demonstrates success through a powerfully simple model—forged partnerships with schools that are committed to the academic achievement and social and emotional wellbeing of every student.
Whether in pre-K, elementary, middle or high school, Partners, Inc. maximizes success for diverse groups of learners and creates safe, welcoming, and respectful environments for students, staff, and families.
As a process rather than a specific program, Partners, Inc. guides school-wide and systemic prevention initiatives, supports expanded student and parent leadership opportunities, and promotes the development of individual and culturally responsive classroom practices. This results in a school with a greater capacity to institutionalize improvements and ensure that the process becomes part of its ongoing culture. The long-term change begins with the following processes during the first and second year of the partnership:
- School Pre-Planning
- Needs Assessment to identify how Partners will help meet school’s mission, current goals, and needs.
- Meet with key school leaders to develop school orientation and planning process.
- Build local capacity and trainers, supporters, volunteers, parents, church leaders in the philosophy and practices of the Partners model; identify how they want to help the project.
- School Orientation – All staff orientation session to:
- Provide an overview of Partners, Inc. and match with school needs and goals.
- Determine staff support for Partners, Inc.
- Identify Core Implementation Team members and coordinators.
- One-Three-Day Introductory Training for Faculty and Administration
- Participants need to include administrators, members of student support staff/services, core committee members, all teachers and staff in a school or at least a grade-level who will reach a variety of students through classes and activities.
- All classroom teachers in training will be prepared to begin implementing the Partners, Inc. processes in their classrooms at beginning of year.
- Building a Peaceful Classroom and Morning Meetings or The Circle of Power & Respect (CPR) – All classroom teachers involved.
- Direct Skill Instruction – Those who are teaching or developing a conflict resolution elective or teaching an extended course.
- All participants need to identify their areas of interest before, during, and immediately after training: Direct Skill Instruction Windows; Curriculum Infusion; Schoolwide Policies; Student Leadership; Parent Program, etc.
- Parent/Community Outreach
- Gathering of representatives of various parent groups to create vision and support for the Partners’ in the school
- Identify Parent/Teacher Community Council members–Development of group goals, planning and training to implement goals
- Staff Development to Support Teacher Initiatives
- More of the above on classroom meetings and SEL instruction
- Curriculum Infusion – Those who want to infuse conflict resolution skills and concepts into existing academic classes
- Critical Friends Group – Trainings for first year staff to build in a self-sustaining staff development mechanisms such as Circles of Practice (CoP’s) or by grade level
- Teacher Leadership
- Advanced trainings
- Training of school-based trainers
- Partner/Teacher/Community Leadership training
- Student Leadership
- One day kick-off retreat with students, staff, parents and community members
- Identification of student group interested in leadership training, youth empowerment
- Peer mediation
- Develop group goals; plan and training for implementation of goals
- School-Wide Policies, Events and Communication
- All members of school community are informed about vision and goals of Partners and build a shared vocabulary
- On-going dialogue about school change, discipline, student-centered learning and ways to personalize school through advisory/family groups, etc.
- On-going communication and support of Partners, Inc. in meetings, PR, etc.
- Possible Future/Search process with broader community around a school’s overall goals
- Feedback throughout the year