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Project Cornerstone

Teachers and Staff

All school staff have the power to make a positive difference in students’ lives. Project Cornerstone offers training and consulting services to help all adults in the school community create a positive, caring climate:

  • Introduction to Asset Building at School: This workshop introduces school staff to using the developmental assets framework to guide a strength-based approach to working with students. Topics include the nine factors that that contribute the most to school success, the importance of building positive relationships with students and the serious negative impact of bullying behaviors on the entire school community.
  • What We Permit, We Promote: Bullying is the most common kind of violence in schools. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Family Physicians now recognize bullying as a serious health and wellness issue for young people. This workshop helps teachers, administrators and classified staff understand bullying’s negative impact on a school community and empowers them to identify and interrupt bullying whenever it occurs.
  • Building Assets on the Playground: Unsupervised time on an elementary school playground is “primetime” for negative behaviors to surface between students. This training gives yard duty and parent volunteers new strategies to approach this period in the day from an asset-building perspective. The training is 60 minutes and is appropriate for any adult with the responsibility of supervising students during their recess time.
  • Social Emotional Learning and Asset Building: This 60-90 minute presentation for teachers and other school staff explores the core competencies of Social Emotional Learning and how they relate to and support the “Social Competencies” category of the developmental assets. Included in this presentation will be some highlights from the latest in the field of adolescent brain research, and how it relates to both SEL and asset development.

Additional consulting is available to help schools with the following:

  • Refining school goals for creating caring school climates by engagaing staff, parents, and students.
  • Developing asset-building programs such as service learning, cross-age tutoring
    and lunchtime activities.
  • Transitioning from a deficit-based to a strength-based model for counseling,
    classroom management and special education.
  • Developing meaningful student recognition programs such as character awards and
    peer-to-peer awards.

Project Cornerstone also offers training and consulting for district administrators. Contact us at (408) 351-6482 or info@projectcornerstone.org for more information.

Project Cornerstone’s programs training give the Fisher community the skills and inspiration to create a positive school climate where students feel supported and thrive.
–Lisa Fraser, Principal, Fisher Middle School

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