Our stu­dents’ first expe­ri­ence of the Mosaic Project’s pro­gram was when two won­der­ful Mosaic Project teach­ers came to their 3rd grade class­rooms. They used drama and music to teach tol­er­ance, com­mu­nity build­ing and con­flict res­o­lu­tion. They encour­aged our stu­dents to be lead­ers in work­ing for peace and under­stand­ing within our school com­mu­nity. Our stu­dents could hardly wait to go!” — Kate Gallagher, Teacher

 

In-School Project

We offer the In-School Project (ISP) to deepen and sus­tain the impact of The Mosaic Project’s Outdoor School. Through the ISP, we col­lab­o­rate with stu­dent lead­ers, edu­ca­tors, and fam­i­lies to build equi­table, healthy class­room and school com­mu­ni­ties. Together, we cre­ate an envi­ron­ment that fos­ters mutual respect, con­nec­tion, and a cel­e­bra­tion of dif­fer­ences and that moti­vates all mem­bers to achieve at their high­est poten­tial.

Mosaic’s inno­v­a­tive Outdoor School is out­stand­ing at pro­mot­ing peace, empa­thy, resiliency, and con­flict res­o­lu­tion among its 4th/5th grade par­tic­i­pants. The ISP involves all grade lev­els as well as fam­i­lies and teach­ers, and pro­vides lead­er­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties for Outdoor School alumni to put their new skills into action through teach­ing and mod­el­ing Mosaic lessons. With the sup­port of Mosaic staff, the 4th/5th grade Outdoor School alumni take a lead­er­ship role in school-wide assem­blies; co-facilitate fun, expe­ri­en­tial stu­dent work­shops; and sup­port K-3 stu­dents at recess.

Our active, research-based cur­ricu­lum is intro­duced as early as kinder­garten and con­tin­ues through­out the grade lev­els, set­ting the stage for and rein­forc­ing lessons learned at the Outdoor School. Teacher and fam­ily work­shops are also an inte­gral part of the pro­gram, sup­port­ing the entire school in bring­ing to life the inclu­sive, just com­mu­nity envi­sioned by all.

The fun, musi­cal, and expe­ri­en­tial qual­ity of Mosaic work­shops sets us apart from other social-emotional learning/character devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives. We bring the imag­i­na­tion, won­der, and excite­ment of our Outdoor School into your school. What also sets us apart is our will­ing­ness to address social issues within the con­text of the larger social sys­tems that can per­pet­u­ate inequal­ity and seg­re­ga­tion.  Finally, our diverse staff enables our par­tic­i­pants to expe­ri­ence a pow­er­ful team of lead­ers of var­i­ous eth­nic­i­ties, gen­ders, abil­i­ties, and back­grounds, and to see glim­mers of them­selves in these lead­ers.

The fol­low­ing cur­ric­u­lar themes can be addressed through the In-School Project:

  1. Appreciating Differences and the Mosaic Values
  2. Anger Management
  3. Empathy/ Being an Ally
  4. The Mosaic Conflict Resolution Toolbox
  5. Spreading Peace vs. Spreading Poison/ Put Ups vs. Put Downs
  6. Assertiveness

Mosaic stu­dents and teach­ers choose themes for a school-wide focus that sup­ports teach­ers, admin­is­tra­tors and fam­i­lies in col­lab­o­rat­ing to rein­force the theme across grade lev­els through­out a semes­ter. This allows an entire school to simul­ta­ne­ously explore one cur­ric­u­lar theme in devel­op­men­tally appro­pri­ate ways.

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See how our In-School Project meets California Academic Standards.

Outcomes

By the end of three years of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Comprehensive Mosaic In-School Project:

our part­ner school’s com­mu­nity will be infused with The Mosaic Project’s core cur­ricu­lum

  • Teachers, stu­dents, and par­ents will have a shared vocab­u­lary and under­stand­ing of key Mosaic top­ics such as con­flict res­o­lu­tion, diver­sity, and com­mu­nity.
  • The school cli­mate will be more inclu­sive and appre­cia­tive of diver­sity among stu­dents, par­ents, and teach­ers.

stu­dents will have devel­oped a mul­ti­tude of con­crete socio-emotional skills

  • recog­ni­tion, man­age­ment, and healthy expres­sion of emo­tions
  • vocab­u­lary and capac­ity to talk about chal­leng­ing issues
  • team­work and coop­er­a­tion
  • empa­thy and appre­ci­a­tion for oth­ers’ per­spec­tives
  • resilience and self-care
  • com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­flict res­o­lu­tion tools, includ­ing:
    • lis­ten­ing
    • effec­tively nav­i­gat­ing con­flict non­vi­o­lently
    • under­stand­ing and iden­ti­fy­ing pas­sive, aggres­sive, and assertive behav­ior
    • demon­strat­ing the abil­ity to be assertive
    • being an ally to oth­ers and know­ing how to pre­vent and stop bul­ly­ing

stu­dents will value diver­sity and have devel­oped con­crete skills to thrive and act justly in an increas­ingly diverse soci­ety


includ­ing:

  • under­stand­ing and being able to iden­tify stereo­types, prej­u­dice, and dis­crim­i­na­tion
  • rec­og­niz­ing and respect­ing each person’s unique­ness and inher­ent value
  • being inclu­sive of oth­ers
  • build­ing rela­tion­ships across lines of dif­fer­ence
  • under­stand­ing fair­ness, priv­i­lege, and human rights

stu­dents will have devel­oped their self-efficacy and com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing pos­i­tive social change

  • have height­ened self esteem, self respect, and self expres­sion
  • under­stand our inter­con­nec­tion and impact on one another
  • have cul­ti­vated a sense of agency and capac­ity to be an agent of pos­i­tive change
  • be more com­mit­ted to work­ing towards build­ing peace­ful, inclu­sive com­mu­ni­ties

Read more details about our Middle School pro­grams.

For more infor­ma­tion about either the Mosaic In-School Project or the Mosaic Professional Development Project please con­tact us at 510–452-3377 or at gro.t1416650339cejor1416650339pcias1416650339om@of1416650339ni1416650339.