Social Inclusion

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Rudolf Steiner School is committed to promoting a social environment that fosters inclusiveness even while addressing conflict. With this goal in mind, and in support of deepening existing practices, in 2008 the College of Teachers mandated the adoption of the Social Inclusion Approach.

The school recognizes that conflict is an integral part of social development that benefits from guidance rather than avoidance. As a school and community we strive to resolve conflict by fostering understanding. The Social Inclusion Process, as developed by Kim John Payne, provides an approach that guides us in the use of age-appropriate tools for amelioration, for use at school and at home. This includes a process of intervention and mediation for issues of teasing and bullying, based on “justice without blame.” This process is implemented by a committee of faculty, staff, and high school students.