In order to deepen and sustain the impact of The Mosaic Project’s outdoor education experience, we offer the Mosaic In-School Project. Mosaic’s innovative Outdoor School is outstanding in promoting peace, mutual understanding, and conflict resolution among its 4th and 5th grade participants. The In-School Project initiative allows us to delve even deeper in exploring these themes.
We introduce our research-based curriculum in kindergarten and continue Mosaic lessons throughout the grade levels, setting the stage for and reinforcing lessons learned at the Outdoor School. The in-school supplement also infuses Mosaic values and skill sets into the overall school culture and improves the climate of our partner schools.
The fun, musical, and experiential quality of Mosaic workshops is what sets us apart from other SEL/character development/social justice education initiatives. Our innovative, active curriculum supports students in deepening their appreciation for diversity and justice, while cultivating empathy, teamwork, conflict resolution skills and a more inclusive classroom and school-wide community.
The standard Mosaic In-School Project includes two “Mosaic Blasts” a year. A Mosaic Blast includes a school-wide assembly, in-class workshops in every classroom grades K-5, a parent training, and a teacher training all centered on the same topic. The Blast model allows an entire school to explore one curricular theme simultaneously in a developmentally appropriate way. This singular school-wide focus supports teachers, administrators and parents in collaborating to reinforce the theme across grade levels throughout a semester.
The following curricular themes can be addressed in a Mosaic Blast:
- Appreciating Differences and the Mosaic Values
- Anger Management
- Empathy/ Being an Ally
- The Mosaic Conflict Resolution Toolbox
- Teasing/ Spreading Peace and Spreading Poison (Put Ups/ Put Downs)
- Teamwork and Cooperation
The Mosaic In-School Project includes:
- 30 hours of facilitation which is generally distributed as follows:
- 2 all-school assemblies (one to accompany each Blast)
- 2 Mosaic Blasts (24 in-class workshops including 12 in the Fall and 12 in the Spring)
- 2 90 min parent trainings (one to accompany each Blast)
- 2 90 min teacher trainings (one to accompany each Blast)
- 1 copy of our published curriculum guide
- Teacher support packets as needed
- 6 sets of posters (4 each)
See how our In-School Project meets California Academic Standards.
By the end of three years of participating in the 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 the perspectives of others
- resilience and self-care
- communication and conflict resolution tools, including:
- effectively navigating conflict nonviolently
- understanding and identifying passive, aggressive, and assertive behavior and 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
- 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 our Curriculum and Training Director, Serian Strauss at 510–452-3377 or at serian©mosaicproject•org (Serian©mosaicproject•org) .