CENTER PROGRAMS

Compassionate Systems Site Development

A ten-month journey for communities of educators in California

Hybrid program with multiple virtual convenings plus a two-day, in-person launch workshop

Timeframe: August 2024 – May 2025

Program Launch Dates: In-Person Workshops: 

  • Humboldt County: August 12 and 13, 2024
  • Ventura County: August 15 and 16, 2024

Eligibility: This program is offered to teachers, educators, and administrators working within a California school site, as well as to school and wellness counselors, expanded learning providers, and site coordinators. Participants need to be able to join the program in its entirety. No prior experience with Compassionate Systems is required.

Facilitators: Center for Systems Awareness Site Development Team: Trina Haygaru, Jane Drake, Tyee Chin, Rask Wanscher, Gustav Boell, Mette Miriam Boell

Application deadline: June 30, 2024

Opportunity is free of cost to participants due to the generous sponsorship of the Ventura County Office of Education, Humboldt County Office of Education, the Center for Systems Awareness, and their supporters.   

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Our Approach

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Over the past year, of prototyping our work in Site Development in Humboldt and Ventura Counties in California, we have gained a multitude of insights. Based on those insights and feedback from educators, administrators, county offices, students and master practitioners we have created a more comprehensive and structured approach for Site Development to begin August 2024. 

As you know, structure shapes behavior, and systems produce the outcomes they are designed to produce. We see this moment in the refinement of site development work as an invitation to use cycles of inquiry to internalize and reflect on compassionate systems, prepare learning experiences for students, and assess the impact of those lessons.

This new structure allows for collaboration across school teams, districts and counties.  The structured times for calls and visits allow educators to plan their busy days well in advance and not spend time on scheduling, with enough calls to offer the flexibility of missing when absolutely necessary. The learning is ongoing throughout the program and allows participants to experiment with the tools for themselves and their students.  

Program Overview

The program is designed as a ten-month journey built around a community of educators, specifically designed for schools and learning sites who want to develop the use of compassionate systems tools and practices in their work context/setting. This fully supportive program enables schools to establish a team of compassionate systems partners who use the cycle of inquiry to explore and establish the growth of compassionate systems in their site. Teams consist of 2-15  people and represent a variety of roles, including at least one person in a leadership position who can make essential decisions to support the work appropriately. Participants in leadership positions may be coaches, administrators, or lead teachers. One-person teams will be considered in circumstances where a larger team is not possible due to the site’s size.  The cohort of this program consists of core teams from multiple schools, thus creating a professional community of practice that shares learning across school sites. 

Participants

This program is offered to teachers, educators, and administrators working in a school site who are able to join the program in its entirety, as well as to school and wellness counselors, expanded learning providers, and site coordinators. No prior experience with Compassionate Systems is required. Each cohort will be composed of around 35-65 participants, with up to 10 schools from each county.

Hybrid Program Structure

Launch Workshop

The program begins with a 2-day in-person workshop in August 2024 led by the Site Development Team.

  • Humboldt County: August 12 and 13, 2024
  • Ventura County: August 15 and 16, 2024

The in-person workshop will be tailored to the educator's needs. It will resemble the Foundations I – Introduction to Compassionate Systems workshops, but will focus more on direct application in the classroom and leave more time for practice to help build educators' confidence and conceptual knowledge. The workshop will include sections from Master Practitioners in the field with more examples of how the work has been applied in a multitude of settings.   Focusing on check-ins, journaling, grounding and emotional literacy, educators will leave feeling empowered and confident to gradually integrate compassionate systems  practices as soon as the school year begins. This will be the first offering in a cycle of workshops that will allow participants to continue their journey in the following years if desired. 

Student engagement

Each site will work in collaboration with the Site Development Team to develop student integration that fits within the school’s context.  

Virtual Learning Community Calls

11 Virtual 90-minute Community Calls held on Thursdays 3:30-5:00 pm PST throughout the 10 months led by the Center for Systems Awareness' Site Development Team.  Support will include Master Practitioners and Center Staff.

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Schedule

2024

August 12 - 13, 2024 – Launch In-Person Workshop (Humboldt)

August 15- 16, 2024 – Launch In-Person Workshop (Ventura)

September 5, 2024, 3:30-5 pm PST – Virtual Learning Call 

September 19, 2024, 3:30-5 pm PST – Virtual Learning Call 

September 23-27, 2024 – Ventura In-Person Site Visits

October 7-11, 2024 – Humboldt In-Person Site Visits

October 24, 2024, 3:30-5 pm PST – Virtual Learning Call 

November 14, 2024, 3:30-5 pm PST – Virtual Learning Call 

December 5, 2024, 3:30-5 pm PST – Virtual Learning Call 

2025

January 9, 2025, 3:30-5 pm PST – Virtual Learning Call 

January 30, 2025, 3:30-5 pm PST – Virtual Learning Call 

February 6, 2025, 3:30-5 pm PST – Virtual Learning Call 

February 24-28, 2025 – Ventura In-Person Site Visits

March 3-7, 2025 – Humboldt In-Person Site Visits 

March 20, 2025, 3:30-5 pm PST – Virtual Learning Call 

April 3, 2025, 3:30-5 pm PST – Virtual Learning Call 

April 24, 2025, 3:30-5 pm PST – Virtual Learning Call 

May 8, 2025 1:00 - 4:00 PST – Virtual Culmination Celebration 

If these dates are prohibitive for participating, please contact thayagru@systemsawarness.org to make alternative arrangements.

Program Participation

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Participant Commitments

  • Assemble at least a two-member team with an identified site for the focus of their work
  • Attend the Launch in-person Workshop (2 full days in-person)
    • Humboldt County: August 12 and 13, 2024
    • Ventura County: August 15 and 16, 2024 
  • Be present at Learning Community Calls (11 x 90 min virtual calls on select Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 pm PST)
  • Schedule and conduct regular check-ins with your team
  • Share at the culmination session (3 hour virtual)

Participant Outcomes

The inclusion of a wider community network allows each site to connect with others both within and across counties. This network formation is key to establishing affinity groups focused on specific themes, harnessing the collective creativity and wisdom to drive meaningful change. The cycles of inquiry are your gateway to continuous action research, paving the way for deeper insights and transformative outcomes. Your team will not only contribute to the development of compassionate systems but also become part of a larger movement towards positive change in education. Participant outcomes include opportunities to: 

  • Codesign a toolkit of resources for compassionate systems lessons in educator’s specific context
  • Develop confidence in leading groundings and check ins
  • An overview of the scientific underpinnings of the framework
  • Deeper personal integration of tools
  • Exchanging ideas across a variety of settings

Application deadline: June 30, 2024

For any questions, please email Trina Haygaru at thaygaru@systemsawareness.org.