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Agency: CESA 3
Agency Contact: Deb Goold
Agency Assistant: Marianne Krogen 608-822-2140
Location: CESA 3
Facility: Conference Room C/D
Date/Time:
8/14/2017 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM Registration 8:00-8:30
8/15/2017 08:30 AM - 04:30 PM

Using Restorative Practices and Circles in a School Setting 

August 14 & 15, 2017 - CESA 3 in Fennimore

Cost:  $200.00 for 2-day Training (Includes "The Restorative Practices Handbook" & "Restorative CIRCLES in Schools"

Implementing restorative practices is about supporting the hearts and minds of your students, teachers, staff, and parents so they are focused on strengthening and repairing relationships to establish and maintain healthy and productive learning communities. The focus isn’t just on discipline and responding to behavior concerns. The focus must also be on building connections as a way to prevent problems from occurring in the first place.

This is not “a program” to implement in your school. It is bigger than this…it’s about shifting your entire school culture. The restorative school sees restorative practices as “just a part of how we do things around here”, instead of an occasional tool we use when a child is in trouble.

The goals of Restorative Practices apply not only to those involved in or affected by misbehavior, but to the larger educational community as well.

Key Goals of Restorative Practice:

  • To understand the harm and develop empathy for both the harmed and the harmer
  • To listen and respond to the needs of the person harmed and the person who harmed
  • To encourage accountability and responsibility through personal reflection within a collaborative planning process
  • To reintegrate the harmer (and, if necessary, the harmed) into the community as valuable, contributing members
  • To create caring climates to support healthy communities
  • To change the system and why it contributes to the harm

Day 1: Introduction to Restorative Practices

Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families and colleagues. Interactive experiences bring you to a full understanding of the fundamental unifying premise of restorative practices—that people are happier, more cooperative and productive and more likely to make positive changes in their lives when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them.

Day 2: Using Circles Effectively

Circles facilitate conversation and encourage full participation to help promote truly meaningful communication. Through video, practice and discussion, participants identify reliable methods for using circles to build community, establish norms and address behavior and relationships. Useful in any setting from education to organizational management.