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NSRF’s Statement of Support of BLM

In line with our longstanding commitment to democratic, equitable education and social justice, we condemn the brutal murder of George Floyd and we stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters across the US and the world against systemic anti-Black racism. We honor the intrinsic value of all victims of police brutality and white supremacist violence, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, their families, and thousands more racialized victims of violence ...

Learning is in the Debrief, by Penelope Preen

As a new CFG coach, I found the idea of debriefing very daunting. Debriefing had not been part of my life as a learner and I wasn’t too sure of the point of it. Why, I wondered, is it necessary, or useful, to spend time at the end of a protocol discussing the outcome and the process? Wasn’t it all over by then? What are the right kind of questions to ask? What do I do if no-one has anything to say? As I have gained experience, debriefing has become my favorite part of facilitating. Here are 7 of my favorite insights from debriefing and why they are effective. (5 min. read)

Am I doing CFG work or just leading protocols?

Many people have experienced how fully engaging in Critical Friends Group® work transforms their practice and even their perspective on the world. The trust and sense of belonging that this work engenders can evolve relationships with colleagues, administrators, and students. Simply using protocols within your meetings and classrooms is powerful, but only a glimpse of what CFG work can do for your practice, for your students, and for your school culture. (8 min. read)

Accidentally making it worse

Thinking about the "baggage activity" that has gone viral: VITAL details to consider when leading activities designed to build trust and a greater sense of belonging. (6 min. read)

Sneaky-sneak peek of Building Belonging in the Classroom

Open training for new Critical Friends Group Coaches in Bloomington in October is your first chance for a "Sneaky sneak peek" at some of the new Building Belonging in the Classroom materials. We'll focus on adult collaboration as we always do in CFG Coaches' Training, but a bit of "flavor" from Building Belonging will be shared here. Join us, but make it quick! (2 min. read)

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