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The goal of this grant is to use provided funds to increase student's understanding of positive choices, actively choosing responsible and respectful actions through guided social skills lessons and restorative practices. The mission of Blanton Elementary School is to inspire lifelong learning and to provide opportunities for students to gain knowledge, skills and develop character for success in our changing world. We believe that all students can learn, achieve learning gains, make good choices and act responsibly.

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Sembler - Restorative Practices in Action: Social Skills for Today's Students

School:
Blanton Elementary School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Angel Connell 
Students Impacted:
  
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
November 15, 2017

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Sembler - $2,500.00

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Goal

The goal of this grant is to use provided funds to increase student's understanding of positive choices, actively choosing responsible and respectful actions through guided social skills lessons and restorative practices. The mission of Blanton Elementary School is to inspire lifelong learning and to provide opportunities for students to gain knowledge, skills and develop character for success in our changing world. We believe that all students can learn, achieve learning gains, make good choices and act responsibly.  

 

What will be done with my students

Demonstration of the positive character traits of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Self-Motivation serve as the foundation of Blanton’s Guidelines for Success and our school-wide rules. Beginning with the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, Restorative Circles will be implemented with staff and families, as well as daily in the Kindergarten through Grade 5 classrooms with the goal of building a positive classroom culture founded on responsive relationships and collaborative problem solving. Building in Social Skills lessons daily through the SecondStep program, as well as focusing on character building stories through literature will give students an opportunity to learn how to actively participate at school, home, and in the community as responsible citizens. All this supports our goal of student success through achieving learning gains, and making a positive impact on school culture through strong social skills training, while also building student capacity to act responsibly and respectfully even when they think no one is watching. 

 

Benefits to my students

Social skills learning improves students’ communication with peers and adults, improves cooperative teamwork, and helps them become effective, caring, concerned members of their communities. At the same time it teaches them how to set and achieve individual goals and persistence, skills that important for their successful development into adulthood, work and life. 

 

Describe the Students

Blanton is a Title I school with approximately 98% of our population on the free/reduced lunch program. We have a very diverse population, with an ethnic breakdown as follows: Asian 6.1%, Black 22.4%, Hispanic 21.1%, Multi-Racial 5.9%, White 44.4%, Other 0.1%. We also service two self-contained ESE classrooms, as well as many ESE students in general education inclusion classrooms. Our students range from high to low in academic performance. 

 

Budget Narrative

The Second Step Program, for Kindergarten–Grade 5, is a bundle with Principal Toolkit that allows educators to reinforce social-emotional skills school-wide. With the Principal Toolkit, social-emotional learning moves beyond the classroom as staff use assembly and announcement scripts, staff meeting agendas, and other tools to reinforce skills and encourage positive behavior. Back in the classroom, the evidence-based Second Step lessons promote self-regulation, emotion management, problem solving, and responsible decision-making.

This poster, designed for use in classrooms or hallways, prominently displays the essential restorative questions for easy reference in the event of a conflict or harmful incident. The top has questions used to respond to challenging behavior, the bottom has questions to help those harmed by others' actions. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Second Step Kindergarten–Grade 5 bundle with Principal Toolkit $2,399.00
2 Restorative Questions Poster - English $50.50
3 Restorative Questions Poster - Spanish $50.50
  Total: $2,500.00

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