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2023-24 Collective Agreements

2023-2024 Collective Agreements 

How do we want to feel when we come together? 

  • Heard
  • Respected
  • Energized
  • Optimistic
  • Validated
  • Secure
  • Safe
  • Challenged
  • Understood
  • Helpful
  • Engaged
  • Curious
  • Accepted
  • Proud
  • Productive
  • Open-Minded

What actions will we take to ensure we feel that way? 

  • Make it about our kids
  • Ask questions
  • Be prepared
  • Listen to hear not to respond
  • Be self-aware and other aware
  • Be guided by facts
  • Know it's ok to disagree
  • Practice empathy
  • Listen to understand, not to respond
  • Be supportive and affirming
  • Keep confidentiality
  • Be willing to change perspectives and understand other points of view
  • Be accountable for our actions, words and behaviors
  • Challenge ideas, not people
  • Show kindness by being firm on issues and soft on people

How will we react when someone makes us feel other than the way we want to? 

  • Pause and take a breath
  • Remember this is for and about the kids
  • Know what your purpose is for speaking
  • Model the tone and respect you want to feel
  • Speak in “I feel…” statements
  • Model the change not only with words but also actions
  • Ask for clarity and support
  • Ask clarifying questions
  • Reflect back to the other person “I’m hearing you say…” and “I feel..”
  • Pause, take a breath before reacting
  • Gather more information and ask for the story behind the emotion
  • Go back to a point of agreement
  • Address it—that’s not our norm
  • Don't leave without sharing your thinking