Creating Community Mindsets: Beyond I Messages

Are you looking for ways to solve conflict in your classroom? This workshop is designed around a community mindset framework in which opportunities for restorative practices, circle processes and conflict resolution strategies will be demonstrated and practiced.  This workshop will also draw on the Indigenous origins of circles, core compentencies, conflict resolution language in our curriculum and connections to the First Peoples Principles of Learning. 

Target Audience

6-8/Middle school


10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

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  • SD 79 (Cowichan Valley)
    Sherry Gignac

    Sherry Gignac is currently teaching grade 7 at Bench Elementary. Sherry has been an educator in SD 79 (Cowichan Valley) for 23 years, teaching grades 1-7, resource and learning assistance. Sherry is passionate about bringing a Community Mindset to her classroom and colleagues. She shares the transformative power of a Circle and goes beyond the scripted I Message strategies. She will demonstrate the why, and how with participants, so they can implement strategies the next day! Her interests are professional development and creating workshops for educators in the areas of community, restorative practices, and conflict resolutionSherry has a master's degree in Educational LeadershipWhen she is not creating workshops, or teaching, she can be found travelinggardening, disc golfing with her husband or hiking around our beautiful backyard with close friends.