An Introduction to Restorative Practices
For staff and administrators. An overview which highlights the impact Restorative Practices can make in achieving positive behavioral outcomes. The training is experiential and provides skills practice with affective statements, impromptu dialogue, and the use of circles in creating and sustaining an inclusive and restorative culture on campus.
-Half day training
Restorative Practices-Administrators Training
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 how to effectively establish school-wide Restorative Practices by building buy-in of staff and families, developing policies and procedures, training staff and leadership, and utilizing best practices and lessons from the field.
-One day training
Restorative Practices – Skills Development (Circles)
For staff and administrators. It provides a foundation for individuals interested in using restorative practices with their students and deepening their understanding of its roots in restorative justice and effectiveness in achieving positive behavioral outcomes. The training is experiential and provides skills practice with affective statements, impromptu dialogue, and the use of circles, which are essential elements in the Restorative Practice continuum.
-One day or two day training options
Skills for Creating a Restorative School Culture
For administrators and staff. An introduction to Restorative Practices and how RP creates, promotes and enhances positive school campus cultures. An overview of RP is explored and experiential introductions to affective statements, impromptu dialogue and community building circles are shared.
-One day training
Strengthening and Sustaining a Restorative School Culture
For district administrators, teachers and all staff members who have been trained and involved in Restorative Practices for schools. Supporting and sustaining a restorative school culture requires ongoing efforts and teamwork. Keeping the momentum towards attaining a restorative school wide culture while not allowing obstacles to block the progress is key. This interactive training will explore ways to keep restorative efforts strong and sustainable while also expanding the impact. Guidance will be provided for school teams to identify connections between the multiple current initiatives and Restorative Practice plans.
-One day training
Formal Restorative Conferencing
(CM partners with the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) to provide this Formal Restorative Conferencing Training)
For individuals experienced in Restorative Practices who 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 RP, either completing Community Matters’ Restorative Practices Skills Development 2-day training or related experience.
Restorative Practices Consulting Services
With expertise and a proven track record of success in implementing and utilizing restorative approaches and practices for school climate improvement, Community Matters is available to provide consultation services to districts and individual schools that are interested in school climate transformation efforts.
“Schools which empower students to be a part of the solution to challenging problems such as bullying have students who are better adjusted to the challenges of life, higher self-esteem, and a stronger connection to the school and the greater school community. The Safe School Ambassador Program meets all these expectations.” -Alana Fauré, Principal, H.E. Huntington Middle School, San Marino, CA