This webinar is Part 2 of a series of webinars on restorative practices. The first webinar introduced restorative practices and the importance of them in responding to the emotional and mental needs of your students. Research shows restorative practices help students feel safe and heard and more ready to engage and learn, especially after traumatic experiences - including living with COVID-19. This webinar will give you step-by-step instructions on what you need to do to successfully bring restorative practices to the students you serve.
Restorative justice is about building community and strengthening relationships. It is based on the premise that when we feel part of a supportive community we respect others in that community and become accountable to it.
There is an increasing amount of literature speaking to the importance of using restorative justice approaches with students during this time of living with COVID-19. Because of how long this pandemic is likely to last, kids will experience negative effects from it. One way kids who are negatively impacted will self-identify themselves to you is through an array of “acting out” or negative behaviors. It is then that a restorative approach will be most needed by you.
Bill Michener was our expert presenter in Part 1 of this webinar and he is bringing his expertise and experience back to this followup webinar. His expertise in and passion for restorative practices comes from his own professional experience in using the practices daily with students in an afterschool program he is Executive Director of and in a first ever Alternative Suspension community-based program he started. He is also the only independent trainer of trainers of restorative practices through Restorative Solutions, Inc. and has experience training staff in juvenile justice funded programs, school systems and community-based youth programs.
Nicole Herrera is a Social Emotional Learning Specialist for a middle school in Jefferson County Public Schools, located in the Denver area. She has four years of experience implementing restorative practices in a school setting. She is also a school district resource and hosts professional development training for restorative practices.
Outline the steps you need to take to successfully integrate restorative practices into your school, community organization or agency.
Offer examples of how you can use restorative approaches virtually with students if meeting in-person isn’t an option.
Experience first-hand the power of restorative circles during the webinar.
If you missed Part 1 of this webinar series, no worries! You can watch it now and you will be ready to put everything you learn in Thursday's "how to" webinar into action!Watch Bringing Restorative Practices to Your Students Webinar - Part 1
Making the transition to restorative approaches isn’t easy or quick. It takes time, skill and the commitment of all staff to embrace the approach. It requires a thoughtful, staged transition. Attending this free one-time only webinar will help you thoughtfully think through this transition so you can effectively interact with your students using a restorative lens.