The purpose of Cleveland Classroom Meetings (CMs) is to help meet the developmental needs of all students, K-12 in accordance with the five Social Emotional Learning core competencies of Self-Management, Relationship Skills, Self-Awareness, Social Awareness and Responsible Decision-Making.The focus is on process over product. Class Meetings are a vehicle for classroom-level problem solving and decision making. These meetings are an inclusive, proactive and community-building approach to promoting the well-being of all students and for preventing and reducing negative outcomes for students. Classroom meetings are facilitated by adults and students daily and last 20 minutes. The meetings are operated on a set of student and teacher generated norms of behavior. Each trained teacher and their identified class will meet regularly as the Class Meeting group. They are most effective when held in a circle format and should include the following four basic components: greeting, sharing, activity, and news & announcements. CMs may include planning and problem solving activities, social/emotional skills development, development of study habits, college & career planning, and individual support/guidance. Academics may also be integrated into Class Meetings. Reflection is a regular part of the practice and will help members of the group to improve the Class Meeting outcomes for all, while learning from the past.
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