Restoring Community

Students have the opportunity to personalize their studies and focus on their greatest professional goals and challenges. Students learn through faculty-guided exploration and reflection, as well as through engaging learning experiences with their fellow students around the world. Our faculty are scholars and practitioners but enjoy teaching and learning with others most of all.

Educational Philosophy

The IIRP Graduate School offers graduate degrees and professional development programs that promote learning, personal growth and social responsibility among its students by integrating the core concepts of restorative practices in all teaching and learning activities.

We believe that every human being has intrinsic value, deserves to be treated with respect, is capable of changing and growing and is inherently motivated to learn. We also believe that learning occurs best within a participatory learning community with students actively engaged in their own learning and interacting with their fellow students, and that learning should not only build capacity for the future, but should address current problems and challenges facing individuals and society.

Graduates will be thoughtful practitioners, able to advance in their profession and committed to developing their own capacities through habits of exploration and reflection. They will be effective communicators and will have a well-developed capacity to engage in life-long inquiry and learning. They will have an understanding of healthy interpersonal and organizational relationships and will work well with others in responding to new and unexpected challenges that arise in their organizations and communities.

Lastly, the IIRP Graduate School’s aim, as suggested by Albert Einstein in a speech in 1936, “is the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service of the community their highest life problem.”

Serving the Mission

Our students' learning process is measured in every course, to ensure we serve our mission. Students will find that each course has a learning outcome and objective, linked with program goals, institutional learning goals, institutional goals and the mission.

Institutional Learning Goals

  1. Critical Thinking: Members of the IIRP learning community will analyze, synthesize and interpret texts, experiences, feedback and other information.
  2. Communication skills: Members of the IIRP learning community will write and speak well in different contexts.
  3. Self-Directed Learning: Members of the IIRP learning community will take initiative and responsibility to manage and assess their own learning activities.
  4. Ethical Awareness: Members of the IIRP learning community will identify and analyze ethical issues associated with restorative processes and the effect on others.
  5. Information Literacy: Members of the IIRP learning community will be able to locate, analyze and use information appropriately.

Master of Science Program Goals

  1. Verify knowledge and skill in restorative processes, from basic to advanced and from informal to formal.
  2. Analyze and evaluate history, philosophy, theory and significant research about restorative practices and apply it appropriately to area of concentrated study.
  3. Apply strategies for self-evaluation and professional growth in a variety of increasingly complex situations.
  4. Critique area of concentrated study as it relates to restorative practices.
  5. Identify a problem or problems within an area of concentrated study and determine a restorative approach to addressing the identified problem.
  6. Demonstrate proficiencies in technological capabilities and information literacy appropriate to the graduate study of restorative practices.

Graduate Certificate Program Goals

  1. Verify knowledge and skill in restorative processes, from basic to advanced and from informal to formal.
  2. Analyze and evaluate the history, philosophy, theory and significant research about restorative practices by completing various restorative projects.
  3. Apply strategies for self-evaluation and professional growth in a variety of settings.