The Counselor/Teacher/Mentor provides each students with daily assistance, guidance and monitors the student’s daily progress.
Students meet with students twice a day. 10 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon for circle and one hour Friday morning. Circle, is a model based in Restorative Justice, where students and their CTM get to know each other and build community. This is the time when the CTM checks in with students about their day, their academics, behaviour and anything else students wish to discuss.
Participation in Peacemaking Circles and communication with CTM is a requirement at Street Academy.
One way CTM monitor students progress is through their contract. Contracts are a weekly document that CTMs sign for every student, for every class. If the students did a great job participating, it will be on the contract. If the students came to class late, it will be on the contract. If the students did not complete their homework, it will be on the contract.
One required course at Street Academy is Metamorphosis. Every new student and CTM takes “Meta” to learn about Street Academy ESLR’s, Rules and Expectations, History and meditate on the ways they wish to transform at Street Academy. Again, you must pass this course to remain at Street Academy.
To resolve conflict at Street Academy we offer Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Circles.
Howard Zehr definition:
- Restorative Justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identity and address harm, needs and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.
- Crime is a violation of people and of interpersonal relationships
- Violations create obligations
- The central obligation is to put right the wrongs
- Emphasizes harms and resulting obligations
- Keeps victims’ need/interest central
- Encourages all who harmed to understand, be accountable and take responsibility for harm(s)
- Promotes individual, community, and societal healing and relationships building
Four (4) Steps to True Accountability:
- Taking responsibility
- Articulating the impact
- Express remorse or regret
- Promise for the future
- Victim-Offender Mediation
- Victim-Offender Dialogues
- Family Group Conferences
- Peacemaking Circles
- Sentences Circles
- Reentry and Reintegration Circles
Participation in Restorative Justice is a requirement at Street Academy.
Transformative Life Skills
To support our Restorative Justice, Peacemaking Circle and transformational model EVERY class is led with Transformative Life Skills or TLS.
Findings of three (3) independent research studies evaluating in-class TLS (15 minute sessions, 3x per week for 18 weeks) offered at three (3) urban schools in California and their alignment with the national research on positive youth development circulated by the CDE found that TLS:
- Significantly lowers levels of perceived stress
- Significantly increase school engagement
- Promotes greater emotional awareness
- Improves self-control
- Lowers attitudes toward violence and revenge
By facilitating self-regulation and self-control, TLS empowers students to have more control over their internal states and external behaviors. This leads to increased patience, decreased impulsivity and the capacity to persevere towards accuracy and precision.
Participation is TLS is a requirement at Street Academy.