Restorative Practices

Restorative practices is a social science that studies how to build social capital and achieve social discipline through participatory learning and decision making. Restorative practices effectively reduce suspensions, expulsions, and disciplinary referrals by focusing on “righting a wrong committed and repairing harm done.”


Restorative Practices for Educators:

During this two-day introductory face-to-face experience participants will learn fundamental theory and practices for engaging with students, staff and parents in your school setting.  Topics include how to set high expectations while being supportive, how to provide feedback and ask questions that foster accountability, and the most effective methods to resolve common conflicts.  Participants will also learn how to facilitate circles, an essential process for creating a positive learning environment and school culture.  Circles may be used to build social capital, resolve social problems and respond when harm occurs.  

Facilitating Restorative Conferencing:

Incidents of conflict, wrongdoing and harm occur throughout society — in schools, neighborhoods and families. The restorative conference provides a template to engage with those who cause and experience harm, along with the related community.

All kinds of incidents, from arguments to bullying, racial incidents to property crimes and violence can be addressed in this format. During this two day, training participants will learn the steps needed to facilitate these meaningful, healing conversations.

Whether or not you are responsible for conducting restorative conferences, the insights gained will help you address conflicts in everyday settings. The elements of the conference can be broken out to inform less formal processes — including restorative circles, small impromptu conversations and one-on-one interactions. Skills taught include monitoring your own reactions in stressful situations, listening with empathy and creating shared understanding among conflicting parties.

Cost of Trainings:

There is no cost for the districts within District 14.  Materials are free for as long as supplies last.

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