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.
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.