Guiding Community Agreement Circles

A skill-building training on how to design and facilitate impactful community agreements and values exploration circles online. 

Course Description

One of the biggest challenges that groups face as they work together in a classroom or workplace are misunderstandings and misinterpretations or values, needs, and expectations. How one person defines “respect” may be radically different from how others do, which can lead to unfulfilled expectations and conflict. This is why community agreements and value exploration circles are such an important tool for your classroom or team. These circles take a deep look at what your group is trying to accomplish, what you have come together to work on or look at specific values and.or needs that exist in the group. Participants are then able to share what they need from one another or explore how they define specific values and needs in the context of what your team or students are doing with each other. Through this empathy-building process, misunderstandings are clarified and a foundation is set that helps people come to agreements around needs or identify specific needs and values that may need to be more deeply processed using future circles practices. This training will teach you how to design an online community agreement and value exploration circles by providing you with a framework and example activities that will make the planning and guiding process simple. This training will also provide more specific problem-solving strategies for facilitating these practices online. You will receive examples of community agreement circles and resources to design a wide variety to meet your classroom or workplace needs.

Length

  • 2.5 hours long

  • Customized - can be broken into two 1 hour

  • 15-minute sessions.

Issues Addressed

  • Fear of not being able to create a safe sharing environment online without circle tools such as a talking piece and centerpiece

  • Lack of shared purpose, goals, or trust within teams

  • Rifts among teams caused by differences in culture, values, beliefs and work styles

Learning

Outcomes

  1. Experience online Community Agreements Circles

    • Learn first hand how effective ‘Community Agreements’ and ‘Values Exploration Circles’ are facilitated.  One of our Restorative Practitioners will walk you through the experience using  CircleUp Education’s specifically designed online  framework   

  2. Online Community Agreements Circle Framework 

    • Learn all about the components that make ‘Online Community Agreements’ and ‘Values Exploration Circles’ feel inclusive and engaging for virtual participants

  3. Design Your Own Online Circle 

    • Walkthrough the circle design steps to design a Community Agreements or Values Exploration Circle of your own using our new Relationship Building Design Guide for Online Circles that you get to use and keep for all your future circles!

Structure

  • Secure Zoom Meeting Format

  • Audio and Video required during the meeting.

  • Paper and Pen Needed

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