SPSG’s faculty advisors plan a training
retreat that takes place every September. It is held on the 2nd
or 3rd Sunday from 2-7 p.m. at school in the Trustees’ Room.
At the Retreat, returning Peer Educators help mentor and train the
new ones. In addition, the faculty advisors work with all of them
on role model issues, what it means to be a Peer Educator, teaching
tips, group dynamics, “what ifs,” confidentiality, communication
skills and the social & emotional lives of middle schoolers.
In addition, they pick a theme for the year, and start planning
their first lesson. Peer Educators at SPSG enjoy writing new lessons
each year but use old lessons to guide them. They like keeping lessons
current and enjoy the creative process of writing with their team.
After the Retreat, the Peer Educators and
faculty advisors meet every 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6
p.m. at school. At that meeting they write/revise and practice lessons
with input and feedback from faculty. Before they teach each lesson,
Peer Educators submit their lesson plans to faculty advisors to
review; after they teach, they sometimes revise the lesson based
on how it was received by the 6th graders. They e-mail or talk with
the faculty advisors with any concerns or questions that arise during