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ERIC Number: ED431996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Building School Communities: A District Success Story.
Brown, Laura; Ushijima, Teri
This paper, provided by the vendor of the product being described, discusses a program implemented in the Central Oahu School District in Honolulu, Hawaii called "Tribes." The mission of Tribes is to promote the healthy development of every child in the school community so that each has the knowledge, skills, and resiliency to be successful in the rapidly changing world. The program also seeks to engage all teachers, administrators, students, and families in working together as a learning community that is dedicated to caring and support, active participation, and positive expectations for all students. The 30 educators who initially took the Tribes basic training in 1993 practiced the process in their various settings. There are currently 72 certified Tribes trainers in Hawaii. Results from student, teacher, and school climate surveys indicate that components implemented the most frequently involve the Tribes agreement. Results show that teachers' and students' perceptions of practices are consistent. Perceptions varied by individual schools. The qualitative data showed that resources and support that would be most helpful in implementing Tribes would be site support groups to dialogue, plan, and share ideas. Changes reported as a result of Tribes were positive. Significant improvement was reported in student relationships and mutual respect. Teachers reported the climate of classrooms and schools as more comfortable, settled, and respectful. A second important change was the use of the common Tribe language by students and teachers. Implications of this program are discussed. (Contains one graph, four references, and five resources.) (Author/MKA)
The "Tribes" product is available from CenterSource Systems, 85 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 104, Sausalito, CA 94965; Tel.: 415-289-1700; Web site:; E-mail:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: CenterSource Systems, Sausalito, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii