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#BetterTogether: Building Community, Raising Student Voice — One Circle at a Time

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Friday, December 4, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Deja Anderson  
Lucretia Anton  
Megan Forbes  
Karalee Nakatsuka  

Looking for ways to create a positive classroom culture? Join us and learn how we use community circles to build relationships and teach content while leveraging technology to support reflection and student voice. We will equip you with resources and examples you can start using tomorrow! We are truly #BetterTogether!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: -Download URL for presentation

-Flipgrid App

Topic: Social emotional learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

-Participants will be able to define what a community and content circles are
-Participants will be able to set norms for their classroom circles
-Participants will have community and content circle resources
-Participants will have an understanding on how to set up your classroom for community circles
-Participants will know how to control behavior in circles
-Participants will learn about different technology tools that were used to support student engagement and voice. We will specifically discuss Flipgrid and QBall Throwable Microphone
-Participants will develop positive cultures in their community.

Supporting research

“The Restorative Practices Handbook” by Bob Costello
“Better Than Carrots or Sticks” by Smith, Fisher and Frey
"Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning" by By Bob Costello, Joshua Wachtel & Ted Wachtel


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Deja Anderson, Arcadia Unified School District
Lucretia Anton, Arcadia Unified School District
Megan Forbes, First Avenue Middle School

Megan DuVarney Forbes is a historian and middle school teacher in Southern California. She received her master’s degree in U.S. history from California State University, Fullerton, where she specialized in Caribbean civil rights history. Forbes is a frequent presenter on teaching social justice through history and literature. She creates history content for teachers on her blog “Too Cool for Middle School,” and shares what she’s reading, teaching and learning on her YouTube channel of the same name. Forbes is releasing a book on influential people in U.S. history for students soon.

Karalee Nakatsuka, First Ave Middle School

Karalee Nakatsuka is a ThingLink, BrainPOP, and Flocabulary Certified Educator, Flipgrid Certified Educator, Ambassador & GridGuide, Wakelet Ambassador & Community Member, and Level 1 Google Certified Educator. She has taught U.S. History in the Arcadia Unified School District for since 1990 and is the Gilder Lehrman 2019 California History Teacher of the Year and a National Finalist. She is passionate about utilizing technology and the power of place to engage and excite students, building community in the classroom, learning and growing as an educator, sharing and collaborating.

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