Collaborative Learning Solutions' (CLS) was proud to have positively impacted and optimized educational outcomes of marginalized youth through our collaboration with Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP).
It was our goal to build the internal capacity of leadership teams to intentionally and systemically design and create opportunities for all students to be educated in inclusive settings through changes to policy, practices, and most importantly, culture within organizations. By supporting all educators and support staff within school communities at the universal level, meeting the educational and social-emotional needs of each learner, a learning environment is created where all students have access and opportunity.
Through the Washington Inclusionary Practices Project, we were proud to offer a variety of trainings to support districts, schools, staff, and families with creating Conditions for Learning for all students in their least restrictive environment (LRE) focused on 3 distinctive programs:
|Community of Equitable and Inclusive Practices (CEIP) Training|
Members of a CEIP share a passion for tackling issues of equity and inclusion, raising awareness, and enhancing educational opportunities for all students. CEIP members build relationships of trust, mutual respect, and commitment. Members learn and develop a shared practice, engage in cycles of inquiry, make recommendations to leadership, and take action to eliminate inequities and disparities in student outcomes.
|Restorative Practices (RP) Training|
The core of RP is building and restoring relationships. RP builds social capital and achieves social discipline through participatory learning and decision-making. RP flips the script on traditional behavior management by promoting the power of relationship and community building, rather than the power of sanctions as a motivator. RP provides a framework for responding to challenging behavior through authentic dialogue, self-reflection, empathy, and accountability.
|Restorative Justice Center (RJC) Training|
Unlike traditional discipline anchored in blame and consequence, the RJC provides a comprehensive restorative process implemented by students for students. Restorative discipline is inclusive and balanced, emphasizing reparation to the community while promoting accountability and personal growth. The RJC influences school climate and strengthens positive social connections between students and staff by focusing on accountability, community safety, developing social emotional competencies, and leveraging the strengths of every member of the school community.
We started working with the state of Washington and its K-12 schools on the Inclusionary Practices Project in the summer of 2020. During the 2020-2021 school year we overcame obstacles with the pandemic to provide professional learning and coaching, empowering Washington educators with the ability to ensure a more equitable and inclusive environment for students to return to.
Click here to view our 2020-2021 Report.
We continued our work in the state of Washington and its K-12 schools on the Inclusionary Practices Project during the fall of 2021. During the 2021-2022 school year we provided booster sessions for those students and staff that received training virtually upon their return to school in person in an effort to ensure sustainability. Additionally, we continued to provide professional learning and coaching, equipping additional educators in the state of Washington with the ability to ensure a more equitable and inclusive environment for students.
Click here to view our 2021-2022 Report.
Check out what our clients said about our work by viewing the video below!
“Our district participated in multiple programs through CLS. The consultants that led us through the work were amazing—accessible, deep systemic knowledge, and the ability to work with folks that are entering Restorative Practices and Discipline Guidelines at very different places. Particularly at this moment, the flexibility in scheduling and tailoring programs to our needs was a tremendous experience. Through our year of work, I am grateful for the capacity building and clear vision moving forward in the service of our students.”
- Julien Pollard, Equity Coordinator, Franklin Pierce School District (WA)