In order for kids to feel comfortable enough to learn, they must feel comfortable and at home in their classroom communities. The skilled educators and the open-hearted students at Jackson Street work together to build that feeling of comfort, trust, and community. One of the ways the people in classroom communities get to know each other is by sharing information about themselves. One of the ways classes build a sense of community is by establishing shared values. The above example shows a third grade project where, after reading a book about all kinds of families, students shared information about their families. That helped them establish the value that all kinds of people and all kinds of families are welcome in their class community. That’s a widely held value at JSS–whoever you are, you’re welcome here.