Upcoming Events and Open Enrollment Trainings

Bookmark this page and check back often to find out about regional professional development trainings, free webinars, and other events presented by Community Matters. All times shown are Pacific Time.


The Power of Student Voice to Stop School Violence

Wed, Apr 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Recent history has demonstrated that adults can’t make schools safe by themselves. While adults are in the best position to make school more secure, students are in the best position to make the school safer. Consider the following:
- Students see, hear and know things that adults don’t
- Students can intervene in ways that adults can’t
- Students are generally on the scene of an incident well before adults know about it
- Students can influence the behavior of their peers by their actions

We know from research and experience that when students feel heard, they feel connected to their school and community. When students feel connected to the people around them, they are more likely to speak up, intervene and report.

This webinar will provide participants with strategies to engage students and value youth voice as a critical component to improving school climate and safety.

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Professional Development - Restorative Practices Trainings

"Restorative Principles and Practices: Skills for Creating a Restorative School Culture"

More and more schools are turning to Restorative Practices as a viable alternative to the zero-tolerance policies often associated with high suspension rates and challenged school climates. This 2-day experiential training will enable participants to understand how to integrate theory into practice. Participants will:

  • Learn about the principles and key elements of Restorative Practices
  • Understand the relationship between Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice
  • Gain skills and tools for leading restorative circles
  • Develop strategies for overcoming the challenges to effective implementation
  • Recognize the benefits of Restorative Practices and their positive impacts on school discipline, suspensions and overall climate

Cost: $250

Training is limited to 30 participants maximum.

Upcoming Sessions: To be announced

"Strategies for Successful Implementation of Restorative Practices: Leading the Change"

This one-day training is intended for administrative-level staff with responsibility for school safety, climate, and discipline. It provides an overview of restorative practices and its relationship to discipline, school climate, and its roots in restorative justice. Participants will learn:

  • The principles and key elements of Restorative Practices
  • The benefits of Restorative Practices and its positive impact on school discipline, suspensions and overall climate
  • How to operationalize and implement restorative practices in their district and school
  • Strategies for overcoming the challenges to effective implementation

Cost:  $135

Training is limited to 50 participants.

Upcoming sessions: To be announced


"Restorative Practice Training: How to Facilitate Restorative Conferences"

Conferences are an essential strategy in the continuum of Restorative Practices. Restorative Conferences bring together victims, offenders, and their support networks to address the impact of a wrongdoing, and determine how to repair the harms done. Schools that have embraced Restorative Practices are looking to gain the skills and resources needed to effectively facilitate a formal Restorative Conference, and are asking important questions:

  • What is the structure and process for a Restorative Conference?
  • How does it support disciplinary actions and accountability?
  • Who participates in the conference and how are they identified?
  • How do you manage the different needs and emotions of the participants?

This 2-day training is designed for individuals experienced in Restorative Practices that are interested in facilitating restorative conferences. Participants will:

  • Learn how to plan and coordinate pre-conference activities, which are essential to the success of Restorative Conferences.
  • Gain skills needed for effectively facilitating conferences
  • Understand how to develop and monitor high quality follow-up plans.
  • Recognize the benefits of Restorative Conferencing and their positive impacts on school discipline, suspensions and overall climate

Pre-requisite:  Participants must have prior experience with Restorative Practices, either completing our Restorative Principals & Practices 2-day Skills training or related experience.

Cost: $295

Upcoming Sessions: To be announced

For more information on Restorative Practices training for your school or district, please contact LeeAnn Lichnovsky at 707-823-6159 x 111 or email to leeann@community-matters.org

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