RJ at Reid

Restorative Justice at Reid High School - decEMBER

***Professional Development 12/14/16***

Reminder: We have our second of four Professional Development Workshops hosted by Gabrielle Thurmond and myself this Wednesday! Please be sure to read the articles and be prepared to discuss. If you are having trouble accessing the articles that were sent out last Wednesday, please email me as soon as possible!
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Much appreciation to Ms. Velazquez for Co-Facilitating three Community Building Circles with a total of 57 students over the three class periods.

Opening Quotes:

  • “All I’m trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.” -Tupac
  • “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.” -Tupac

Discussion Round Question: Think about someone that means a lot to you. They may be alive or they may have passed away. When you share out, I would invite you to say who that person is, the one quality that you like/appreciate about them and why you like/appreciate that quality?

Closing Quote: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” –Maya Angelou


Much appreciation to Ms. Benassini for Co-Facilitating two Community Building Circles with a total of 51 students over the two class periods.

Opening Quote: “If I am not for me, who will be? But if I am only for me, what am I?” -Rabbi Hillel

Discussion Round Question: What are your goals and what can we do to help you reach those goals?

Closing Quote: “I always feel likes it’s two key ingredients when it comes to following your dreams. Making something happen that the average person deems difficult. If you truly believe it, that’s step one. Step two is, you know, the hard work that goes along with it.” –J. Cole

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Community Building Circles

Remember that we have a community goal of each teacher completing at least three Community Building Circles by the end of the school year! I am certain we can accomplish this goal and we will definitely see the positive impact it has on Reid's campus climate.


Although the year is progressing and my relationships with you all are developing, I still want to make time to review the questions below individually in the upcoming weeks! When I drop by your classes, I will also try to set up times for us to execute this Community Check-In.

Tell Me About Yourself: One of the main keys to cultivating a positive school culture is authentic community building. With that being said, feel free to answer the following questions so that I can get to know you on a deeper level:

  • Where are you from and what was it like growing up?
  • What makes you happy and what do you like to do during your free time?
  • How would you describe yourself as an educator and your teaching style?
  • How do you create community in your classrooms?