Building a healthy learning community is vital to the success of any classroom. The emotional and social safety of class members becomes paramount when issues of culture, identity, educational equity, and learning to teach are at the heart of a course. Students need to feel a sense of belonging, a feeling that they are known, and that they know and can trust their classmates. They need time and support to build these relationships. They need clear expectations for interactions, behavior, procedures, and academic work, and they need to know what happens when they do not meet these expectations. This unit draws on the experiences of students as members of diverse learning communities and is informed by readings, structured observations, and discussions. Although this unit occurs in the earliest days of the school year to provide the foundation on which the high school learning community is built, elements of this work may be revisited throughout the course as needed for the health of the community or as students experience other settings or new roles in their practicum placements.