Formal discussions of religious faiths are not part of planned activities. Instead, the EnTeam workshops give children and adults practice working together to overcome challenges through collaboration. Teachers and parents can answer questions in their own classrooms and homes after the workshops. Our goal is to provide positive experiences with diversity without engaging in discussion of theology.
Operation Cooperation consists of four events throughout the year, each event taking place at a different school in the program.
The St. Louis Experience
Cooperation Operation began with workshops for teachers in 2001 and developed into the current format in 2002. Third grade students and their teachers and parents from four different religious faiths participate: Al-Salam (Moslem), St. Monica (Catholic), Solomon Schechter (Jewish), Principia (Christian Science).
- Each school takes a turn hosting the other schools for a workshop lasting less than two hours.
- Parents drive the students from their school to the host school and help facilitate the activities.
- Parents do not solve the games' challenges for the students. Parents and teachers let the students figure out the solutions.
- The workshops have three elements:
- Icebreaker activities to get acquainted and prepare to work together
- Collaborative problem-solving activities using EnTeam games or other games - followed by time for debriefing
- Social time with snacks
- The students are organized into teams that include representatives of each school
- The role of parents is to serve as facilitator of a team of students. Each team has two parent-facilitators from different schools. Teachers assist the students and parents as needed.
Benefits to participating schools, students and parents
- Students are exposed to their peers from other faiths.
- Students learn to cooperate productively through win-win games that measure how effectively they cooperate.
- Teachers and parents learn to facilitate win-win games and to understand the positive to teaching cooperation to students
- Teachers receive a $300 stipend for six Operation Cooperation planning sessions that occur outside of school hours.
- Teachers receive two win-win tool kits for classroom use that connect curriculum to cooperative learning activities.
- Teachers and/or parents are reimbursed for mileage for transporting students to the four Operation Cooperation events.
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