Tribes Learning Communities
Tribes is a step-by-step process to achieve specific learning goals. Four agreements are honored: attentive listening, appreciation/no put downs, mutual respect, and the right to pass.
Students learn a set of collaborative skills so they can work well together in long-term groups (tribes). The focus is on how to help each other work on tasks, set goals and solve problems, monitor and assess progress, and celebrate achievements.
The learning of academic material and self-responsible behavior is assured because teachers utilize methods based upon brain-compatible learning, multiple intelligences, cooperative learning and social development research. The teachers and administrators in a Tribes school or district also work together in supportive groups. They too enjoy the participatory democratic process and creative collegiality.