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.

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: $265

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

For more information on Restorative Practices training for your school or district, please contact Erica Vogel at 707-823-6159 x 103 or email to erica@community-matters.org

Free Webinars

Tips to Strengthen School Climate & Improve Discipline Efforts through Restorative Practices

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

As requirements for educators to address complex issues increase, so does the need for professional development opportunities.
Participants will learn about the shift away from zero-tolerance policies to more restorative practices and policies, the role of adult-student relationships in creating a positive school climate, and the power of engaging students in school climate transformation efforts.

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Steps for Preventing Mistreatment of LGBTQI Students

Thursday, May 11, 2017

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Data supports that LGBTQI students are disproportionately targeted for bullying, cyber-bullying, exclusion and other forms of meanness. In fact, cyber bullying of LGBTQ youth is 3 times higher than other student’s experience. LGBTQ students miss 5 times as much school as their peers and are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide.

In this webinar, we will explore best practice actions that schools can implement to reduce incidents, create more acceptance among students, and encourage young people to be “upstanders”, saying something and doing something when they witness hurtful behavior at their school and in their community.

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