When you have had to adapt your teaching like never before

Putting Theory into Practice for Teachers and School Staff is an intensive online experience designed for teachers, school counselors and paraprofessionals who have participated in Basic Restorative Practices* professional development. The essential theme of this event is how to set high expectations of students while also providing high levels of support — building community when COVID-19 has changed everything about what teaching and learning looks like.

Whether you are teaching virtually, in person with students wearing masks and confined to their desk, or some hybrid model, throughout seven live sessions over six weeks you will engage in opportunities to practice the full range of restorative practices with the goal of building positive classroom community.

  • Units 1 and 2 focus on the social discipline window, emphasizing self-reflection and competencies to help you stay more in the "with" box.
  • Units 3 and 4 delve deeply into proactive community building, including practical ways to foster positive relationships in your classroom.
  • Units 5 and 6 explore responses to harm and how to utilize problem-solving strategies to address needs that arise among students, staff and families.

In all the units, participants will ask relevant questions and share their creative experiences, guided by an experienced instructor, to develop strategies for effective teaching during this challenging time.

* Prerequisite: You must have completed Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively (days 1 and 2 of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event) or Restorative Practices for Educators before registering.

Learning format

Each session is facilitated by one of our engaging instructors — experienced restorative practitioners who clearly articulate key concepts and field your questions. You will join them in a professional learning community with up to 15 passionate peers from schools around the country.

Problem-solving circles during seven 90-minute weekly zoom sessions, as well as asynchronous threaded discussions, will provide multiple opportunities to reflect on your strengths and challenges, propose action steps and get feedback.

Readings, videos and lectures will be provided as supplementary material.

Price: $1295

This event is not currently scheduled. Contact us if you are interested in learning how to bring this event to your school or district.

Learn how to influence decision makers through the power of relationships

Designed Learning

Flawless Consulting 1 and 2 are designed for individuals who want to develop leadership skills and have their expertise utilized. Whether you are an outside consultant, a change-maker or leader in your organization, you will learn to structure conversations that can influence horizontally and vertically within and across organizational boundaries.

The IIRP Graduate School has invited Designed Learning to offer this world-class series of learning experiences based upon the groundbreaking work of Peter Block.

 

Flawless Consulting 1: Building Strategic Partnerships (3-day workshop)

Being a trusted partner doesn’t just happen by chance. In this workshop you will develop the skill set to become more conscious of the impact you as a leader have on others and your own leadership style.

Flawless Consulting 1 teaches best practices to improve your engagement style:

  • The skills of relationship-building and influencing others
  • To work in a trusting partnership role with clients/colleagues
  • To develop commitment from your clients/colleagues through skilled contracting
  • To assertively express your needs for a successful partnership
  • To identify and manage various resistance styles while consolidating relationships
  • To negotiate more effective and enduring agreements with clients/colleagues to avoid no-win situations

Flawless Consulting 2: Discovery and Feedback (3-day workshop)

The challenge of every engagement with a client or business partner is to help them reframe their understanding of what they are up against. What is perceived as a problem is most often a symptom of how a given situation is being managed. If we can help our partners change their story, they can create an opening for new problem-solving and real change.

Flawless Consulting 2 teaches participants how to leverage their expertise:

  • Utilize skills learned previously to prepare and conduct a contracting meeting
  • Practice data collection around a business issue through discovery interviews
  • Deal with resistance in contracting, data collection and feedback phases of consulting
  • Conduct a successful feedback meeting
  • Gain skills in turning recommendations into a decision to act
  • Increase the likelihood that your clients will be committed to taking action

Flawless Consulting 1 is a prerequisite for Flawless Consulting 2.

Learning Format

In this workshop series, learning is highly experiential. Flawless Consulting 1 and 2 include online prework, interactive online sessions, and post-workshop skills coaching and online practice.

  • Coaching – participants may schedule up to two 30-minute sessions to personalize your learning.
  • Each workshop incorporates three successive days of instructor-led virtual training.
  • Each day includes a 3.5 hour live Zoom session.
  • Participants will have 60-day access to digital materials.

Price: $1250 per workshop. Once you register for Flawless Consulting 1, you will receive an email with a discount code for $300 and the link to register for the associated Flawless Consulting 2 held three weeks after.



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Focus on your community's needs when you return to in-person learning

In the midst of the COVID crisis, school leaders can engender positive school climate through processes that intentionally engage the most pressing concerns of students, staff and families.

During this six-week intensive experience, you and a cohort of peers from schools across the country, will be guided by an experienced IIRP instructor to design and implement a trauma-sensitive reentry approach.

You will have multiple opportunities each week to put your learning into practice, ask questions of your instructor, and explore nuances alongside motivated peers. Learning goals include:

  1. Applying the elements of trauma-sensitive education.
  2. Applying the Listening Circle process.
  3. Integrating the five competencies of emotional intelligence and social-emotional learning (SEL).
  4. Creating effective re-entry plans for staff, students and families.

The online format combines seven live video conference sessions and asynchronous threaded discussions. Readings, videos and lectures will be provided as supplementary material.

* Prerequisite: You must have completed Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively (days 1 and 2 of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event) or Restorative Practices for Educators before registering.

Help your community gain a shared understanding of collective harms.

Our communities need opportunities to process the personal and collective impact of emotionally charged events. From the effects of COVID and racism to natural disasters and sexual abuse, we seek healthy forums in which to express our feelings and truly hear one another.

With roots in indigenous cultures around the world, listening circles provide people an opportunity to speak and listen to each other in an atmosphere of safety, decorum and equality.

Listening circles emphasize storytelling for cultivating empathy. To help people gain a shared sense of understanding and emotional connection, these circles can be used in communities, workplaces, schools, organizations, neighborhoods, universities and families.

During this event, you will participate in a listening circle on a current topic. Regardless of the topic you choose, you will learn to facilitate listening circles for any topic your community requires.

Learning Format

This highly interactive experience interweaves learning, practice and reflection. The online learning environment, led by two experienced instructors, incorporates individual pre-work, live Zoom sessions and threaded discussions.

  • Begin your learning with videos, readings and reflection questions to familiarize yourself with listening circles and prepare to listen empathically. (1 hour of individual preparation.)
  • Experience a listening circle and explore the role of the facilitator, as well as barriers to listening, in preparation to facilitate your own circle. (4.5-hour live Zoom session, breaks included.)
  • Apply your learning, ask questions and reflect on your experience. (Participants have 2 weeks to implement a listening circle and engage in threaded discussions.)
  • Debrief and learn from others’ experiences so you will feel prepared to implement circles in a variety of contexts. (2.5-hour live Zoom session, breaks included.)

This professional development learning experience is open to anyone, regardless of your prior familiarity with restorative practices.

Please note: The skill building and information presented in the Facilitating Listening Circles event is the same for each event. The only difference in each event is the topic for the listening circle experience.

Price: $450

 

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A network of school leaders managing their community during COVID-19

As a school or district leader, you face a unique set of challenges when adapting to your school's new learning plans while striving to maintain positive relationships. Putting Theory into Practice for School Administrators is an intensive online experience designed for principals, superintendents and other school administrators with leadership responsibility over school culture and climate.

Led by an experienced IIRP Instructor, this event is designed to help you take what you learned during Basic Restorative Practices* professional development, and apply it to your current challenges. Throughout seven live sessions over six weeks, you, your peers and your instructor will take a deep dive into finding practical solutions to your most pressing needs.

  • Units 1 and 2 focus on the social discipline window, emphasizing self-reflection and competencies to set high expectations and provide high levels of support in your school.
  • Units 3 and 4 delve deeply into proactive community building, including practical ways to foster positive relationships with staff, students and parents.
  • Units 5 and 6 explore responses to harm and how to utilize problem-solving strategies to address needs that arise among your entire school community.

In all the units, participants will ask relevant questions and share their creative experiences to develop strategies for effective school leadership during this demanding time.

* Prerequisite: You must have completed Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively (days 1 and 2 of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event) or Restorative Practices for Educators before registering.

Learning format

Each session is facilitated by one of our engaging instructors — experienced restorative practitioners who clearly articulate key concepts and field your questions. They have worked in urban and rural districts facing a wide range of issues. You will join them in a professional learning community with up to 15 dedicated school leaders from around the country.

Problem-solving circles during seven 90-minute weekly zoom sessions, as well as asynchronous threaded discussions, will provide multiple opportunities to reflect on your strengths and stumbling blocks, propose action steps and get feedback.

Readings, videos and lectures will be provided as supplementary material.

Price: $1295

This event is not currently scheduled. Contact us if you are interested in learning how to bring this event to your school or district.

The most valuable resource educators have is each other.

Are you invested in creating stronger relationships in your educational environment through the use of restorative practices?

This collaborative online professional learning community explores what works, what doesn’t, how and why.

Four live weekly Zoom sessions provide opportunities to practice the full range of restorative practices:

  • Session 1 — Take inventory of successes and challenges and establish personal learning goals.
  • Session 2 — Strategize what it means to set high expectations while also providing high levels of support in your setting.
  • Session 3 — Delve deeply into proactive community building, including practical ways to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents.
  • Session 4 — Explore responses to harm and how to utilize restorative problem-solving strategies to address needs that arise among any group in the school community.

During each live session, participants may ask relevant questions, share their experiences, receive valuable feedback from their instructor and peers, and develop strategies for effective teaching and leadership.

This event is recommended for those wanting to gain the practical experience needed to Become a Restorative Practices Trainer.

Learning format

Designed for school and district leaders, teachers, counselors and paraprofessionals, each session is facilitated by one of our engaging instructors — experienced restorative practitioners who clearly articulate key concepts and field your questions. You will join them in a professional learning community with up to 20 passionate educators from schools around the country.

  • You will participate in four 90-minute live Zoom sessions.
  • Threaded discussions provide opportunities to reflect on your strengths and challenges, propose action steps and solicit feedback.

A basic familiarity with restorative practices is expected of participants.

Price: $595

 

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Bring together those impacted to resolve conflict

Incidents of conflict, wrongdoing and harm occur throughout society — in schools, workplaces, college campuses, neighborhoods and families. The restorative justice conference provides a template to engage with those who cause and experience harm, along with related community.

All kinds of incidents, from arguments to bullying, racial incidents to property crimes and violence can be addressed in this format. During this event, you will learn the steps needed to facilitate these meaningful, healing conversations.

Whether or not you are responsible for conducting restorative justice conferences, the insights gained will help you address conflicts in everyday settings. The elements of the conference can be broken out to inform less formal processes — including restorative circles, small impromptu conversations and one-on-one interactions. Skills taught include monitoring your own reactions in stressful situations, listening with empathy and creating shared understanding among conflicting parties.

Learning Format

This online experience — tailored for teachers, administrators and other school staff — is led by an experienced IIRP instructor:

  • On two successive days, you will participate in 4.5-hour live Zoom sessions (breaks included).
  • Prework includes readings, handouts, videos and other resources. There will be approximately two hours of prework for each day of synchronous instruction.

This event addresses topics that are also covered in the last two days of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event: Facilitating Restorative Conferences, and it satisfies the prerequisite for certain graduate courses and professional development, including Become a Restorative Practices Trainer.

Price: $450

 

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Foster positive classroom and school culture

During this two-day introductory online experience, you will learn fundamental theory and practices for engaging with students, staff and parents in your school setting.

Topics include how to set high expectations while being supportive, how to provide direct feedback and ask questions that foster accountability, and the most effective methods to resolve common conflicts.

You will also learn to facilitate circles, an essential process for creating a positive learning environment and school culture. Circles may be used to build social capital, resolve social problems and respond when harm occurs.

Additionally, our instructors address many issues related to building relationships and community while teaching virtually during COVID-19. Concepts include how and when to have one-on-one conversations; the effective use of informal time as students gather; and setting norms for running virtual circles. Plus, participants will learn creative uses of tools, including breakout rooms, whiteboard, chatroom, and how to work with small groups while other students do individual work.

Learning Format

This online experience — tailored for teachers, administrators and other school staff — is led by an experienced IIRP instructor:

  • On two successive days, you will participate in 4.5-hour live Zoom sessions (breaks included).
  • Prework includes readings, handouts, videos and other resources. There will be approximately two hours of prework for each day of synchronous instruction.

This event addresses topics that are also covered in the first two days of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event: Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively, and it satisfies the prerequisite for certain graduate courses and professional development, including Become a Restorative Practices Trainer.

Price: $450

 

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Explore restorative practices to effectively respond to serious incidents and trauma

Whether you work with youth living in poverty, families with broken relationships or older immigrants facing language barriers, you know that adversity can be as debilitating as extreme trauma. Learn techniques that can help you work with individuals and communities facing adversity or impacted by trauma.

This is an advanced restorative practices event, which assumes you have already received introductory professional development in the field. If you haven’t, please consider starting with our Basic Restorative Practices or Restorative Practices for Educators event.

This event is comprised of highly interactive instruction, including case studies, storytelling and personal reflection.

1. Learn two new techniques to work with highly traumatized populations or clients who have experienced significant emotional distress:

  • Restorative Questions, which help people process their feelings and provide emotional healing.
  • Compassionate Witnessing, as developed by Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D., as a method to explore common shock resulting from witnessing violence and violation.

2. View and discuss videos of powerful true stories illustrating the emotional dynamics and healing potential of restorative practices in the wake of serious incidents.

3. Explore the grieving process from a fresh and practical perspective, more beneficial than the traditional linear “stages of grief.”

4. Address the essential issue of self-care in your work with traumatized clients in a high-stress environment, as well as how your organization can ensure the health and well-being of your staff.

You will learn how to:
  • Help individuals heal in the wake of personal harm.
  • Foster trusting and supportive relationships with clients.
  • Develop methods for your own self-care and avoid burnout.

You will receive an e-book copy of Kaethe Weingarten’s Common Shock.

Upcoming Restorative Responses to Trauma and Adversity events

No in-person events are not scheduled at this time. Please see our Online Events, and check back for future in-person offerings.

No in-person events are scheduled at this time. Please see our Online Events, and check back for future in-person offerings.

A highly participatory experience for anyone in a position of responsibility or authority

Learn the principles of restorative leadership, an engaging, collaborative and effective way to exercise your authority.

This is an advanced restorative practices event, which assumes you have already received introductory professional development in the field. If you haven’t, please consider starting with our Basic Restorative Practices or Restorative Practices for Educators event.

During this very personalized event you will examine your own leadership style and characteristics through inventories and reflective processes. Participants share their own leadership challenges and receive support and feedback from others to help build new organizational and implementation strategies.

You will also learn about:
  • Building relationships with staff using practical supervision strategies.
  • Responding to conflicts using an approach that repairs relationships.
  • Effectively managing organizational change.
  • Employing your strengths as a leader to overcome gaps and weaknesses.

Upcoming Restorative Leadership Development: Authority with Grace events

No in-person events are scheduled at this time. Please see our Online Events, and check back for future in-person offerings.

To empower others, it is essential to learn how to listen

Expert listeners are not passive. They are strategic, structured and purposeful in how they engage others. Listening is a skill that can be learned, and this event will help you gain proficiency in how to listen.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, research-based dialogue process that strengthens the motivation for change in people you support. This interactive event will help you learn how to bring awareness to individuals about the discrepancy between their current behavior and their future goals. You will learn how to empower them to make meaningful life changes.

MI grew out of addictions treatment, but it has also demonstrated effectiveness in the fields of criminal justice, education, organizational management and the healthcare industry. MI is particularly effective with individuals who are non-compliant and resistant to making changes. Understanding the “Stages of Change” as outlined in MI will help practitioners develop strategies to support individuals in identifying and achieving their goals or developing new ones.

You will learn how to:
  • Create dialogue with a range of individuals and families, identifying current behavior and future goals.
  • Help individuals overcome internal resistance to change.
  • Engage and empower people to make meaningful changes, employing Motivational Interviewing.
  • Focus on “Change Talk” and “the Stages of Change” to help people identify and achieve their goals.
  • Increase motivation, empowering people to move thorough the change process.

Professional associations have approved this for Continuing Education Credit. Learn more »

Upcoming Motivational Interviewing events

No in-person events are scheduled at this time. Please see our Online Events, and check back for future in-person offerings.

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Welcome to the information page for your online professional development event, Restorative Practices for Educators. On this page you will find details about the event, links for materials to download and videos for viewing. Additional information, including specific dates, times and video conference links of online synchronous sessions, as well as contact information for your instructor, can be found in the automated emails you received following your registration for the event.

Note that while these materials provide the prework for the online event, the vast majority of the learning occurs during the synchronous experience with your instructor and classmates.

Welcome to the information page for your online professional development event, Restorative Justice Conferencing. On this page you will find details about the event, links for materials to download and videos for viewing. Additional information, including specific dates, times and video conference links of online synchronous sessions, as well as contact information for your instructor, can be found in the automated emails you received following your registration for the event.

Note that while these materials provide the prework for the online event, the vast majority of the learning occurs during the synchronous experience with your instructor and classmates.