Restorative Practices



oemss-circle-up-restorative-2024-squareCircle-Up Positive and Restorative Practices for Relationship Building

June 24, 2024  | Virtual Session

Restorative Practices are a relational approach to building 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.  Learn more and register here.







oemss-rp-alternatives-to-suspension-2024-squareAlternatives 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.







Promoting a Strong School Culture Through Restorative Practices (Virtual)

July 19, 2024 | Virtual Session

Research has shown how traditional school discipline systems like suspension and detention contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline and do not improve student outcomes. These practices fail to make schools safer and disproportionately impact students of color. Restorative practices have been implemented in schools and districts across the country and around the world to create inclusive and welcoming spaces for all students where the focus is on relationships and community in place of punitive discipline. If you are considering adopting restorative practices or are interested in beefing up your school or district’s policies, this session will help you analyze your practices and identify how to be more restorative and build a welcoming, supportive, and safe environment in your school(s).  Learn more and register here.




beh-repairing-harm-squareRepairing Harm with Restorative Conferences

July 24, 2024  |  Virtual


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. Register here.




MTSS Mental Health: Restorative Practices

September 13, 2024 |  Virtual Session


Where do restorative practices fit within MTSS? How does the use of restorative practices foster school climate and prioritize belonging over exclusion? Participants will receive answers to those questions in this pathway which builds awareness of restorative practices as a tool to develop identity-affirming schools and classrooms. Participants also explore the relationship between restorative practices and MTSS.  Learn more and register here.

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Region 4 Education Service Center
7145 West Tidwell Road Houston, Texas 77092-2096
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Region 4 is making improvements to the McKinney Conference Center and will invite guests to experience the difference in September of 2024.
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