Circle of Courage

This is a great resource that we use in the Surrey School District. If you haven’t had a chance, you should read the book called ‘Reclaiming Youth At Risk: Our Hope for the Future’  Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, and Steve Bockern. What accompanies the book is a poster that explains the Circle of Courage. It’s a model of positive youth development that uses a holistic approach for child rearing and development based on four universal growth needs of all children: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity (Bullinger, 2014). “These universal needs and values are central to practices of indigenous communities which rear children in cultures of respect” (Brendtro, Brokenleg, and Bockern, 2014). I have found this to be instrumental in my classroom.


Brendtro, L., Martin Brokenleg, & Steve Van Bockern. (10/01/2014). Reclaiming children and youth: Environments where children thrive: The circle of courage modelNational Educational Service.

Bullinger, C., & Carla Bullinger. (01/01/2014). Reclaiming children and youth: Circle of courage-cariboo chilcotin style National Educational Service.

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