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SSP School Board hosts first in series of engagement events focused on building and celebrating the South St. Paul community

As part of its vision to enhance relationships with all members of the South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) community, the SSP School Board plans to host a series of community engagement sessions throughout the year. The focus of these sessions is to offer opportunities for district residents to get to know the school board and one another outside of the formal school board meeting setting through a variety of engagement methods and conversations. 

The SSP School Board is pleased to announce its first community engagement session on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

School Board Community Engagement Session: Using Restorative Circles to Identify SSP’s Common Valuespeople engaged in circle conversation

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019
6-7:30 p.m.
SSP Secondary School, Media Center Classroom

The session will be facilitated by Dr. Raj Sethuraju, assistant professor in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metro State University. The conversation will utilize the restorative circles method in an effort to explore common values, develop relationships and build community within South St. Paul. 

What are Restorative Circles? 

A circle is a versatile restorative practice that can be used proactively to develop relationships and build community, or it can be used reactively to respond to wrongdoing, conflicts and problems. Circles give people an opportunity to speak and listen to one another in an atmosphere of safety, decorum and equality.

Why should I attend? 

Through participation in this session, attendees will not only help shape build relationships with the school board and their neighbors, but they will also gain a useful strategy that can help them prepare for future actions or decisions, or to navigate challenging conversations. 


To help us plan for this parent conversation, participants are asked to please RSVP on this form.


For questions about this parent conversation or about the series, contact or call Susan Brott, director of communications, at (651) 552-5563.