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Providing an overview of what restorative justice can entail is helpful, but providing examples of restorative justice ‘in action’ can take the adoption of restorative practices to the next level. Attendees will leave the session with at least 5 Restorative Justice based activities that they can facilitate with juveniles.

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Participants will learn the importance of assessing and building their own restorative/SEL competence to prevent teacher burnout and compassion fatigue. In this session, learners will discover practical strategies to tend to their own self-care in order be primed and ready to effectively support their students’ social emotional needs.

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Learn about the power of restorative conferencing when used to address conflict and confrontation.  The 4 F’s strategy (the facts, the feelings, the fix, the future) will be unpacked and examples will be shared.  Participants will be able to start experiencing with the 4 F’s as soon as they leave this session!

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The Restorative Practices implementation process can be overwhelming. This presentation will introduce, unveil, examine, and explore the challenges and successes of implementing Restorative Practices. Our objective is to break down the barriers, empower participants, and encourage individuals, by embracing the “Why” and “What” associated with Restorative Practices. The audience will gain a familiarity with a holistic/philosophical approach to building relationships through trust, supporting inclusion, and promoting the effective resolution of conflict. We will begin by addressing the planning and preparation, expectations and resistance, implementation and training needs, and evaluation of the Restorative Practices culture.

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This session will focus on a number of issues that could occur during the first year of Restorative Practices implementation and how to prepare. These issues will include: * Accountability vs. Punishment and putting the student first while supporting
your teachers – A letter that works wonders (Repairing the relationship)
* Administrator buy-in
* Quality vs. Quantity (Referral numbers)
* How to “start small” with a team and watch the growth happen
* Encouraging educators on campus
– newsletters
– emails
– positive 1-on-1 conferences
– developing a club where students have a voice

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Ever feel anxious about your skill level for facilitating effective circles? Feel unsure of your ability to manage restorative interviews? In this workshop you will learn and practice skills used by counselors to help improve your intervention confidence, and increase positive therapeutic outcomes with students, families and staff.

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This session is to show the world, life is so much better when you are at your best. Often times people never really understand or get to know others because they are focused on the negative. If everyone would start by “ Looking In The Mirror “ our homes, community, city, country and the world would be a better place.
I will share the principles, I have used with students locally and nationally, the success is huge.

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Coordinating the implementation of Restorative Practices in a large high school can be a daunting task, especially with a full-time teaching schedule. In this session, I’ll share my plan for recruiting a group of “Pioneers” to blaze the trail and an implementation team to provide them with a system of support. I’ll also share strategies for generating enthusiasm and buy-in to help RP go viral. Trauma research and stories about my experiences will illustrate why I find implementation so crucial that I have chosen to add this work to my classroom teaching responsibilities.

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Every child has the right to a quality education in a positive learning environment. Unfortunately, some students make mistakes that cause them to be removed from their general setting. Mahatma Ghandi said to be the change that you want to see in the world. Bridging the Gap is that change, for the passionate educator who wants to ensure that every child is successful in his or her educational environment. During this session, you will learn how to use re-entry circles to restore students back to their general population by allowing their “village” to help them get back on the right track. If you or your district are interested in reducing recidivism, building positive relationships between students, teachers, administrators and parents, this session is for you. Let’s Bridge the Gap!!!

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This session will explore several strategies for building and supporting healthy relationships with students in order to help them reach their optimal potential. Attendees will learn about easy-to-implement techniques that are applicable across all grade levels, temperaments and learning preferences. Multiple examples will be highlighted in an effort to support educators in creating diverse and relevant experiences for students. Suggestions for seamlessly integrating content with emotional and social objectives will also be provided. Participants will have opportunities to brainstorm idea extensions and customize the tools shared for the purpose of supporting each student’s success. Recommendations for promoting home-school connections will also be addressed.

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In this session John will discuss how to use different mood meters as well as how to run an efficient circle in Special Education Classrooms. Often times teachers struggle with students who cannot use verbal approximations or any words to express themselves. John will explore different strategies as well as demonstrate how to have a circle. There will be interactive parts to help the audience dig deeper into techniques. This is not limited to Special Education Teachers, this can also be valuable for any teacher who has students who are more quiet. John will help you walk away with a new outlook on Restorative Practices by providing information to help you as well as provide personal testimonies that are sure to inspire, empower, and inform you.

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As schools work to address disproportionate suspension rates, a team of educators is collaborating with the Campbell Law Restorative Justice Clinic to implement the Circle Process in six elementary schools. This session will focus on the team from Wake County Public School System, funded by a grant from the Kellogg Foundation. The goal of this project is to partner with Title 1 schools to reduce suspension rates and build strong relationships within the school. A unique aspect of this project is the targeting of Pre-K through 3rd grade classrooms to build foundational skills with the hope of a positive impact throughout students’ schooling. This session will give practical advice and preliminary experiences on partnerships within the community to launch the Circle Process.

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Referrals at an all time high? Changing demographics? Experiencing high teacher turnover? Maybe even find yourself mid year without a principal? Trust me, we’ve been there. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” We invite you to experience the Grisham Middle School spark so that you can light your school’s fire! We’ll share how we went, in one year, from 422 discipline referrals to 155, cut tardies in half and made coming to school fun. Creating the big spark requires intention, collaboration and ongoing reflection. The big spark lays the best foundation for full restorative practice implementation. We can’t wait to share with you and learn from you too!

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Districts across the country are looking for ways to set systems in place and creating a common language that allows social and emotional learning to flourish in an intentional way. When districts have a why and a common framework from which to work, decisions and implementation planning becomes much more intentional, sustainable, and impactful. Round Rock ISD has created a district wide framework and learning targets. These strategies have allowed for deep implementation of systems and creates a common vision of social emotional learning across its 55 campuses. In the three years of its work, social emotional learning has taken root within all aspects of this districts mission and vision.