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Monday, June 4 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Buddy Circles: A Model of Peer Support for Partnership and Change:

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Buddy Circles allow students to recognize themselves as leaders, to feel empowered in purpose, and to establish a sense of belonging.

Buddy Circles are a formalized approach to self-advocacy and peer mentorship, and an avenue for collaborative strategizing for problem-solving. Born out of a naturally occurring conversation between peers who were able to express themselves without judgment, we were moved to keep the dialogue going in a meaningful, proactive way, and find opportunities for all students to participate.

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Haley Biehl

Assistant Principal, The Soulard School
Every child learns differently, and it is our charge as educators to show regard for and to reflect on how students express themselves academically, socially, and emotionally. In turn, we adjust our approach and interactions to ensure the child is feeling supported and respected... Read More →
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Sarah Christman

Executive Director, The Soulard School
When I began my career in education I started with the youngest age, preschool. I knew then, and now, how vital and meaningful this foundation was and felt it would be a place to make a positive impact. Little did I know when I found my way to this community almost 15 years ago what... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT