Restorative Teaching Series
Interactive Online Workshops for K-12 Educators
This series of interactive online workshops are designed to introduce the basic principles of restorative justice in education with support for its application in our current K-12 settings. Perfect for educators who are new to restorative justice (also referred to as restorative practices), or those looking to refresh their practice with the fundamental principles and tools. Workshops will provide discussion for how the tools can be applied in the variations of remote learning we may be utilizing this winter & spring.
The Restorative Teaching Series is organized to introduce the foundational concepts of Restorative Justice in Education (RJE) in the first three workshops, followed by three workshops that explore practical strategies to apply these concepts in classrooms and schools. The workshops will build on the concepts introduced in the first three foundational workshops ("Roots, Soil & Water"). If you have not previously attended trainings in restorative justice, equity and trauma-informed approaches, we highly recommend attending the Roots, Soil & Water workshops before progressing with the "Trunk" workshops. (Previous trainings can be from other organizations, they don't have to Triad RJ trainings)
Feb 11- Roots: Introduction to Restorative Justice in Education
Feb 18- Soil: Grounding RJE in Trauma-Informed Understanding
Feb 25- Water: Saturating RJE with Equity
March 4- Trunk: Restorative Language
March 11 - Trunk: Circles for Community Building
March 18- Trunk: Circles for SEL
(See full descriptions below)
7pm-9pm EST each day
$35/workshop, $190 for all six workshops
*A Limited number of Partial and Full Scholarships are available - If you need a scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information.
*If you need to pay by check, use the coupon code "INVOICE" at checkout and we will email you an invoice in 1-3 business days.
* Space is limited and registration for each workshop closes when all the seats have been filled, or the Monday before that workshop's scheduled session.
The workshops include brief action assignments to complete prior to attending a 2-hr live Zoom session. The Zoom sessions are interactive and participatory, so recordings will not be available. Certificates for completion of professional development can be provided upon request. With the independently completed action assignments and the live Zoom sessions, each course provides 3 hrs of professional development. We are happy to provide a certificate of completion upon request.
FULL WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
Introduction to Restorative Justice in Education (RJE): Restorative practitioners know that restorative justice is more than a program or list of strategies: it’s a paradigm shift. But what does this shift look like in an educational setting? This course will introduce and explore this new/old way of considering our values about relationships, discipline, and community in school settings.
Grounding RJE in Trauma-Informed Understanding: Restorative practices are not inherently trauma-informed, so without a deeper understanding of trauma, practitioners could be doing more harm than good. Developed in collaboration with author and trauma-specialist Alex Shevrin Venet (Unconditional Learning), this module will introduce basics of trauma and trauma-informed practices, while exploring the confluences and tensions between the two fields.
Saturating RJE with Equity: Without an active and persistent examination of inequities, restorative practices will not fulfill its transformative intentions. While many educators and schools find RJE as a solution to inequity, any RJ initiative will disappoint if we do not take a look at the harms caused due to systemic and structural oppression. This module will provide a space for educators to foster this lens of equity, so they can apply it with their restorative mindset.
Restorative Language: Once we have a restorative mindset rooted, one of the primary ways we represent this language is with our words. Participants will learn and practice the traditional RJ concept of Affective Language, while exploring overlaps with nonviolent communication (NVC) and other communication styles through a RESTIQUITY (restorative-trauma-equity) lens.
Circles for Community Building: Learn the basic steps of the circle process and how you can use circles with your students. Participants will investigate the key features of a successful Circle and learn how to design their own classroom Circle to build connection and community with their students. Tips for hosting virtual Circles will be included. Participants should already have a basic, introductory understanding of restorative justice before attending this workshop, with training in equity and trauma-informed practices highly recommended.
Circles for SEL: In this workshop participants will evaluate how the restorative practices of a Circle can be applied to support content standards, academics, and social-emotional learning. Participants should already have a basic, introductory understanding of restorative justice and circle practice before attending this workshop, as well as previous basic training in equity & trauma-informed practices.
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