***September 11, 2017: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

IIRP World Conference to Explore the Future of Learning in the 21st Century

The International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School presents:
Learning in the 21st Century: A Restorative Vision, its 23rd World Conference
October 23-25, 2017
Hotel Bethlehem and IIRP Campus, Bethlehem, PA.

The conference convenes a diverse community of education practitioners, scholars and advocates working together to strengthen civil society. Throughout the three days we will explore how to build supportive school communities.

According to IIRP President, John Bailie, Ph.D, "The conference will explore cutting-edge pedagogy, community development and how insights into social and emotional development will change how children and adults learn in the 21st Century."

Presenters will tackle educational equity, addressing the inclusion of children of different races, immigration status and special needs, as well as how trauma-informed care is helping youth in distress. We will explore how technologies like online and blended learning are impacting school climate and academic achievement. And we will hear preliminary findings from a large randomized-controlled trial of restorative practices in Pittsburgh Public Schools.

100+ presenters include:

  • Pamela Randall-Garner, Ed.D., of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Chicago
  • Joie Acosta, Ph.D., RAND Corporation, Arlington, VA
  • Mica Pollock, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence
  • Rodney Necciai, Ed.D. & Christine Cray, Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Heather Dalmage, Ph.D., Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Chicago
  • Ethan Fields, M.S. Ed., Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  • George Sirrakos, Jr., Ph.D., Kutztown University, PA
  • Tommy Ramirez, MAAC Community Charter School, Chula Vista, CA
  • Rick Phillips, Community Matters, Santa Rosa, CA

Learn more at: pa2017.iirp.edu

The IIRP Graduate School teaches students to lead by empowering others. Students develop an international network of professionals who share their commitment to positively influencing human behavior and civil society. The IIRP offers a Master of Science and Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices to professionals in education, social services, criminal justice and administration. Restorative practices studies how to restore and develop social capital, social discipline, emotional well-being and civic engagement through participatory learning and decision-making.

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"We can't expel ourselves to safer schools. We need to build positive relationships to get ourselves there."

Joe Roy, Ed.D., Superintendent, Bethlehem Area School District