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.
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.