Guiding Interpersonal Learning | Portland Independent School

Interpersonal coaching at Summa Academy involves supporting the student’s developmental moment, helping the child learn how to navigate social relationships, and hone their self-awareness skills.

This is achieved through the following:

  • Facilitate the exploration of needs, motivations, desires, skills and thought processes all humans use to navigate their social worlds
  • Use observation and ask questions (inquiry) to facilitate self-awareness in order to elicit solutions and actions appropriate to the situation
  • Take the time to really listen to understand the student’s views
  • Support the child in identifying and setting appropriate boundaries
  • Coach by example, use tools that we would like the child to use
  • Encourage a commitment to becoming self-reliant with goal setting
  • Maintain unconditional positive regard for the child, being supportive and non-judgmental of the student, their views, lifestyle and aspirations
  • Ensure the student develops personal competencies and does not develop unhealthy dependencies on the coach
  • Evaluate the outcomes of the process (using observations and inquiry) to ensure the relationship is successful
  • Work from the student’s strengths, allowing self-confidence to emerge and grow
  • Creating the conditions for students to reach their highest potential

At Summa Academy, Ms. Taylor Crevola, is our Interpersonal coach

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Growing up as the oldest child of three, I naturally lived to guide. To prepare myself to become an excellent educator, I honed the skill sets of teaching, psychology, guitar, piano, Spanish, and French. On the way I attained a Lewis and Clark degree and spent a year studying in France. I accepted various types of teaching positions, but none utilized my skill sets or challenged me creatively.

Being at Summa inspires me. Life is very different here. The whole child is seen and related to in new, dynamic ways. From the open communication with the parents and the Personal Learning Plan, to the profound insights into the consciousness of the child provided by Natural Learning Relationships, to the emphasis on the student’s greatness, I am challenged to apply all my skill sets creatively to meet the strengths of the students within their developmental capacities.

Of great importance to me, are the interpersonal relationships among students. Care and respect for relationships includes all of us, educators as well as students and staff. This interconnectedness in the Summa culture validates the skills I have attained and provides the medium in which new skills and applications emerge.