MMSD middle and high school staff use an approach called Developmental Designs (DD) to create engaging learning communities and positive climate. DD hinges on a blend of strong relationships, explicit teaching of social skills, engaging lessons and a group reflection practice at the of class that reinforces learning and encourages self-direction and self-control.
This summer hundreds of teachers and other school staff from around the district took part in DD workshops. On a Thursdayafternoon in mid-August, staff were wrapping up a four-day training at Wright Middle School. The focus: how adolescents’ main basic developmental needs — autonomy, relationships, competence and fun — shape their learning.
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From left to right: Kristin Ensminger (Hamilton), Mandy Meloy (Lindbergh), Chandra Anderson (Toki), Jenny Ploeger (East), Meghan Willauer (East) and Stephanie Stroik (Toki).