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"Modeling Takes Practice"

How teachers prepare to step in to manage conflict or prevent bullying — while modeling empathy

Usable Knowledge
March 1, 2017

Thabiti Brown is the head of school at Codman Academy, a public charter school in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. Among the school's 10 core values, a central theme is the importance of mutual trust and respect — between teachers and students, between peers, and between young students and the older students who act as mentors. 

Here, Brown describes how his educators and staff members practice the ways in which they will model respectful dialogue, intervene to stop bullying, manage moments of conflict, and build trust with students.

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