Repairing Harm with Restorative Conferences
This session will detail the steps in facilitating a restorative conference. Restorative conferences switch up our responses to wrongdoing in schools. They encourage your students to be active and willing participants in their own discipline and these practices don’t seek to establish unilateral punishment techniques to all students for all offenses.
By involving the victim and offender in the process when appropriate, you help reestablish connections, build relationships, and foster a sense of growth and community within your students.
This session will also review fundamental behavioral principles of positive reinforcement and behavior-specific praise to build the ultimate behavior changes desired. participants will receive materials to support the implementation of this process.
Restorative Practices Coordinator Support Group
The Restorative Practices (RP) Coordinators Support Group is a virtual platform for education leaders/coordinators responsible for campus or district Restorative Practices implementation. Representatives from districts across the regions of Texas will come together to share reflective thinking, have open dialogue, problem solve, and network with other coordinators in building campus and district capacity for effective and successful Restorative Practices implementation.
Build your campuses and district's capacity for effective RP practices to improve relationships with students, teachers and families and improve school climate. Gain practical information and various approaches for maintaining buy-in, improving implementation fidelity, and utilizing RP within an MTSS framework. Participants will explore strategies to embed social and emotional learning, cultural responsiveness, and equitable practices. Online resources, feedback, and support will be available during the session. Join the RP Coordinators Support Group because partnerships yield progress!
Register for a free upcoming session using the date links below.
Circle-Up Positive and Restorative Practices for Relationship Building
Restorative Practices are a relational approach to building a school climate that fosters belonging over exclusion and social engagement over control. This fun and energizing session will look at practical ways to implement Restorative Practices to build relationships through circles in the classroom.
Come learn how this process can change your classroom climate and student behavior for the whole school year. Multiple resources will be shared. This is not just another initiative! This is an opportunity to build student social skills for success and regain our love for our profession by building strong connections with students.
Upcoming workshops are available below—click the dates to register!
Circle-Up Positive and Restorative Practices for Relationship Building and Conflict Resolution—Training of Trainers
June 18–19, 2024 | Virtual Session
This two-day virtual training will provide a more comprehensive look at the use of circles as one of the restorative discipline practices. Training will include defining key features of different types of circles, participating in and experiencing a variety of circles, practicing facilitation of different types of circles, identifying ways to evaluate the fidelity of the use of circles, creation of circle lessons, and identifying implementation strategies that will facilitate an effective roll-out of different types of circles. Participants will become fully equipped to successfully facilitate circles with tons of resources to support implementation immediately. Register here.
Transition from Alternative Education Program to the Classroom
Meeting the needs of students who have been placed in alternative education placements and returning to their home school has been challenging. Schools struggle to meet the needs of their students on their home campuses. TEC 37.023 Transition from Alternative Education Program to Regular Classroom, outlines some best practices to support student success and minimize recidivism. To support this transition can be overwhelming for schools.
This face-to-face training will present a viable option to utilize Restorative Practices as the vehicle to support TEC 37.023. The session will begin with the presentation of the internationally acclaimed documentary "Circles" followed by a Q&A. Afterwards the training focuses on the three tiers of Restorative Justice which include community building, harm & conflict resolution, and intensive support/reentry circles. The training also focuses on relationship building, which is the cornerstone of all Restorative Justice practices support/reentry circle processes. In breakout groups, participants will have time to create their own reentry circle agenda to support the work required for TEC. 37.023 and receive feedback. Register here.
Alternatives to Suspension Using Restorative Practices
June 27, 2024 | Virtual Session
This full-day virtual session will provide practical strategies for how to address disciplinary actions using restorative practices. A variety of activities will be used to encourage participant reflection on disciplinary mindset and practices, stakeholder support for non-exclusionary forms of discipline, and application of alternative strategies.
This session will review policies and practices that may address Results Driven Accountability (RDA) discipline concerns by providing alternatives to traditional disciplinary practices and strategies to support their use. Register here.