Explore Umoja as a Partner for Your School
Umoja provides customized curricular tools, thought partnership with principals, teachers and counselors, ongoing professional development and coaching, and on-the-ground support.
Through Umoja University, school teams build structures and systems that allow adults to cultivate the positive, purposeful relationships that lead to improved student outcomes. Umoja understands that student-adult relationships are most effective when adults are equipped with the tools, continuous training and coaching they need to amplify their impact.
Umoja University is a three-step, year-long school transformation process, which yields a customized action plan and ongoing consulting support throughout the school year. A one-week summer institute provides school teams with the time and expertise they need to build and refine their skills as facilitators, relationship builders and academic advisors. Best practices are shared, and customized curriculum is offered, in the following areas:
• Student Development and Advisories
• Social and Emotional Learning
• Restorative Justice Principles and Practices
• College and Career Development
• Professional Development for Teachers
Three phases of Umoja's school partnership
Spring Planning – School stakeholders participate in planning process with Umoja consultants to identify needs as well as existing strengths and resources within the school community.
Umoja University – Umoja University is a highly interactive three-day institute that offers a deep dive into Umoja's partnerships by practicing and exploring research-based strategies that develop college-going, career-focused, restorative cultures within classrooms and throughout the school community. Participants learn the basic and intermediate principles of restorative practice, foundations of experiential learning, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) standards and how they apply to everyday practice and effective methods for guiding students to a postsecondary plan. Participants walk away with tangible tools and strategies for student engagement and culture-building, as well as a deeper understanding of key restorative justice, social-emotional learning and college and career readiness topics.
Ongoing Customized Support – Umoja staff supports the school through ongoing principal collaboration, facilitation of Student Development Action Team, curriculum customization, professional development and coaching, and integration with other school initiatives. Umoja provides “boots on the ground” support to insure that each school can stay true to its goals and, ultimately, to its students.