Talking about safety in our schools and communities is an important and potentially challenging conversation to have. It’s a topic which puts us at our most vulnerable—and can draw emotionally charged, “amygdala responses” that can result in diverse and sometimes polarizing thoughts from participants.
And yet, the simple act of inviting people to share, reflect and discuss can release the pressure that builds if we don’t provide people with an opportunity to come together on this important topic.
As a leader running an exchange about safety and security, it’s important to be mindful that everyone is facing their own vulnerability in contributing their best thoughts and ideas, and that we all have a common goal in mind: keeping our students, staff, and communities safe.
Here are some examples of questions you might consider using for an exchange with your stakeholders:
- What are some important perspectives to consider as we work to make our schools safe for all students and staff?
- What is working regarding safety and security and what could still be improved?
- What do you want school administrators to know regarding school safety?
We’re here to help along the way. Check out our question site for more great examples of ways you can use Thoughtexchange.