• The oldest “new thing” around—sitting in circles to tell our cultural and personal stories
  • Our lineage of circle practice developed through the Ojai Foundation beginning in 1975
  • School-based council practice originated in 1980 at The Crossroads School in Santa Monica where it continues today as a mainstay of their Human Development Program
  • First LAUSD public school program at Palms MS, 1992
  • The Palms project won the 1996 “Education Award” from the Los Angeles Human Relations Committee, the first time this award was given to an institution
  • California State Department of Education auditors have identified the Project as an example of a successful violence reduction program
  • Former President Clinton’s “Initiative on Race” featured the project on its “promising practices” website
  • At the request of the American Jewish Committee, in 1999 the Project hosted visits by fifteen representatives of emerging democracies in Eastern Europe
  •  WestEd, a non-profit educational research foundation, completed study at Palms in 2005, concluding that the project contributed to “increased communication skills across grade levels,” and that “exposure to council predicted increased GPA for all grade levels”
  • From 2006 - 2013, Council in Schools was housed in the LAUSD Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and School Support (OCISS)
  • CIS was the  only initiative in LAUSD to address the simultaneous development of academic and social-emotional competencies
  • There are sustainable programs in over 60 LA schools
  • Over 4,000 educators trained
  • Over 25,000 students participating weekly in area schools
  • From  2001 - 2011, all students studying to become teachers and counselors at the California State University, Los Angeles received training and experienced 16 weeks of Council with peers in their required Human Development course.
  • Proven applications in healthcare (USC-Keck Medical School), special education, dropout prevention and retention, continuation high schools, Positive Behavior Support, parent education, BTSA, crisis intervention, service learning, Restorative Justice, project-based learning