Practice (MIP) Toolkit
The Art and Science of Talking Circles
Learn Our Restorative Practices
Fusion Charter has developed a model innovative practice toolkit for educators and community partners. Restorative Practices: The Art and Science of Talking Circles builds skills to identify Housing Instability and supports Homeless Youth with the "Talking Circles" training video toolkit for school and community members.
Fusion was one of twenty districts/charter schools selected by the California Department of Education (CDE) through a competitive grant process to administer a Homeless Innovative Program (HIP) grant for two years (2022-2024). The purpose of the HIP grant is to identify innovative practices implemented and aligned with the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Title 42 of the United States Code, Section 11431 et seq.) to improve the educational stability, access, support, and academic achievement of children and youth experiencing homelessness. HIP grantees are required to provide proven practices and strategies that will support children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Fusion has developed this video-based toolkit as a resource to share with other educators and agencies across the state our innovative practice that supports students experiencing homelessness. The Talking Circles toolkit will be permanently hosted on our website and promoted via social media and conference presentations. This page will continue to be provided to educators and community partners free of charge upon the conclusion of the grant period.
Video created to demonstrate how Fusion Charter uses Talking Circles to identify homelessness.
Main Circle Presentation
PowerPoint Presentation introducing participants of the benefits of utilizing Talking Circles.
Talking Circles Live Presentation
Video recorded at Project Surf Camp Conference Morro Bay, California June 2023.
Talking Circles Guidelines (PDF)
Rules of the Circle, used to hold a good space with participants.
Introducing Talking Circles to Staff (PDF)
A lesson plan outlining all elements of a Talking Circle.