This autumn, in Los Angeles, several salon-style evening events were held that captured the significance of relationships. These events were gatherings of 12-15 people centered around thoughtful discussions of the state of education today and the timeless importance of the human factor in teaching and learning. Attendees were gathered from all backgrounds and professions, and for this reason dialogue encouraged diverse perspectives that all participants learned from. The salon-style format is reflected in the relational classroom, as it involves a commitment to listening and is built on a foundation of trust. We hope to hold many more salons in the future because they are shared experiences that provide growth through reflection and contribution.

Nat Damon