Cultivating meaningful relationships

Establish a daily journal or reflective practice that is shared with parents and teachers
Example: A teacher has all learners complete a daily reflection that is shared through an online platform with his/her family and teacher.

Develop planning templates for learner, family, and community-initiated experiences that specify how to interact with other networks
Example: A teacher creates a guided template to scaffold the process of reaching out to family members and contacts for support on a project.

Hold community meetings across the school to celebrate and share
Example: The art department runs monthly gallery walks for the entire school to see each other’s work and provide feedback to each other.

Create zones of safety that provide scaffolding for pursuing new relationships and opportunities
Example: A teacher mentors a learner through the process of contacting a company for an internship and pursuing the opportunity, including constructive feedback along the way.

Create safe communities of practice for peers dealing with the same issues to provide support to one another
Example: A teacher creates a community of practice consisting of learners who have younger siblings for them to discuss and share experiences as older brothers and sisters.