Professional Development Events
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IIRP Continuing Education brings research, theory and knowledge of restorative practices to professionals. Our instructors include school administrators, teachers and community organizers who have trained tens of thousands of people in all 50 states and Washington D.C., as well as internationally.
Professional development events offered by the IIRP will provide you with skills and competencies that you can use immediately, whether you work in restorative justice, schools, social services, counseling, leadership, the pastoral field or as a volunteer.
Professional development events, symposia and conferences can be a part of your graduate education as part of the IIRP's unique blended learning model. With the addition of readings and interactive online coursework, you can delve deeper with our faculty and participate in our graduate level curriculum.
Many events qualify for continuing education credits from certain professional accrediting organizations. Learn more »
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Each year, the IIRP convenes scholars and practitioners to share ideas, learn from one another, and push us forward in our thinking and understanding. In addition to collecting and sharing presentations, the collaboration and relationships developed at these events fuel the restorative movement.
IIRP Europe Conference
May 15-17, 2019 | Kortrijk, Belgium
IIRP Summer Symposium
July 8-10, 2019 | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Past World Conferences and Symposia
Click a link below to view information and papers from past conferences:
- 2018: Detroit, Michigan, USA
- 2018: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 2017: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
- 2017: Symposium: A Restorative Journey: Transforming Relational Harm
- 2017: Dublin, Ireland
- 2016: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
- 2016: San José, Costa Rica
- 2015: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
- 2015: Symposium: Integrating School Climate Reform Efforts
- 2015: Budapest, Hungary
- 2014: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
- 2013: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
- 2012: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
- 2011: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- 2010: Hull, England, UK
- 2009: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
- 2008: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 2007: Budapest, Hungary
- 2006: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
- 2005: Manchester, England, UK
- 2005: Sydney, New South Wales Australia
- 2004: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- 2003: Veldhoven, Netherlands
- 2002: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
- 2000: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- 1999: Burlington, Vermont, USA
- 1998: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Positive School Culture
SaferSanerSchools™ builds stronger relationships between students and staff to create a more positive school climate.
Restorative practices empowers a diversity of voices and reduces discipline disparities based on race and other factors.
Strong School Leadership
Our program teaches school leaders 21st century professional competencies to improve workplace culture and foster staff development.
The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) SaferSanerSchools™ program provides a comprehensive implementation model that works with educators to transform school climate in districts across the United States.
School staff learn skills to connect with students and respond when things go wrong.
IIRP coaches help your leadership team reinforce the use of restorative practices.
Select a team to become IIRP Licenced Trainers to sustain and expand the program.
A Program of the IIRP Graduate School
The International Institute for Restorative Practices is a graduate school offering a Master of Science and Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices, the social science of relationships and community. Our continuing education instructors have worked in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.; we have worked in hundreds of schools and districts, urban and rural.
The IIRP has collaborated with national organizations to integrate restorative practices with social emotional learning (SEL), Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and bullying prevention programs. The IIRP SaferSanerSchools™ program was the subject of a RAND Corporation report showing restorative practices reduced suspensions in 22 schools over two years in Pittsburgh Public Schools.
"Restorative practices provide a structure that builds community among students and staff and provides a way for students to restore themselves to the community following misconduct."
Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Research and Reports
RAND Corporation, a Randomized Controlled Trial of SaferSanerSchools™
National School Climate Center
Advancement Project, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, Opportunity to Learn Campaign
Implementing restorative justice in schools: Lessons learned from restorative justice practitioners in four Brooklyn schools
Anne Gregory, Ph.D., et al., Rutgers University
Pinellas County, FL
San Francisco, CA
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Experienced restorative practitioners who want a cost-effective way to implement and sustain the use of restorative practices in their school or organization may become IIRP Licensed Trainers. There is an annual fee to use our training materials. Licensed trainers are responsible for purchasing required textbooks for their attendees.
You may become licensed in either or both of our 2-day professional developments:
- Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively
- Facilitating Restorative Conferences
First, you must have attended the event for which you are requesting a license. After gaining experience, you must then attend the Training of Trainers (3 days) for the associated event. Once trained, participants will be able to provide the 2-day offerings within their agency or limited geographical area.
If you would like to learn more about our Training of Trainers program before continuing, please contact us.
Upcoming Training of Trainers Events
Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively
- May 14–16 — Bellevue, WA (Seattle area)
- May 20–22 — San Diego, CA
- June 24–26 — San Mateo, CA (San Francisco Bay area)
- July 15–17 — El Segundo, CA (Los Angeles area)
- July 15–17 — Bellevue, WA (Seattle area)
- July 22–24 — Evanston, IL (Chicago area)
- July 22–24 — Bethlehem, PA
Facilitating Restorative Conferences
- June 3–6 — Oldham, UK