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Culture Coaches

By Jeremy Carter, HSD Student Support and Pathway Specialist

October 7, 2019 - 
In HSD, we recognize that students must feel safe and have positive peer relationships both inside and outside the classroom walls, and we believe our students can be great role models and educators when it comes to bullying prevention strategies.

In 2017, a high school leadership training program was developed by Student Support and Pathway Specialist Jeremy Carter called Culture Coaches. To become a Culture Coach, high school students must complete an application and go through an interview process. This year, the program has expanded to include Hillsboro Big Picture School Students.  After careful screening, students go through training to learn specific strategies for organizing and facilitating games, demonstrating positive behavior, building self-esteem, teaching responsibility, and empowering students in the elementary recess setting.

Upon completion of training, the Culture Coaches are paired with a local elementary school that they visit every other day during a time that is built into their class schedule. At the elementary schools, they help to create and promote safe and inclusive playgrounds by being “recess rockstars” - initiating and playing games with 20+ students. These large group games foster teamwork, kindness, and respect among classmates.

The Culture Coaches demonstrate and model the behaviors they want to see, and provide reinforcement to students who exhibit these positive behaviors by using fist bumps, high-fives, and uplifting language. Their modeling of these skills helps contribute to a safe and welcoming culture and community within the school. The overall outcomes are positive interactions with older teen role models for our elementary students, and a leadership and skill-building opportunity for high school students that they can use to enhance their daily peer relationships.

The Culture Coaches Program is still looking for motivated High School Students. If Interested please contact Jeremy Carter, carterje@hsd.k12.or.us.


7 de octubre de 2019 - En el Distrito Escolar de Hillsboro, reconocemos que los estudiantes deben sentirse seguros y tener relaciones positivas con sus compañeros dentro y fuera de las paredes del salón de clase, y creemos que nuestros educadores y estudiantes pueden ser excelentes modelos a seguir cuando se trata de estrategias de prevención del acoso escolar. En 2017, Jeremy Carter, especialista de apoyo estudiantil y especialista de caminos, desarrolló un programa de capacitación de liderazgo para escuelas preparatorias llamado Entrenadores de Cultura. El programa enseña a los estudiantes de preparatoria a organizar y facilitar juegos, demostrar un comportamiento positivo, desarrollar la autoestima y más durante los recreos de las escuelas primarias. Aprenda más sobre este programa aquí, y si eres un estudiante de preparatoria motivado e interesado en convertirse en un entrenador de cultura, por favor, comunícate con Jeremy Carter.


Culture Coaches at Free Orchards Elementary School