Focus on your community's needs when you return to in-person learning

In the midst of the COVID crisis, school leaders can engender positive school climate through processes that intentionally engage the most pressing concerns of students, staff and families.

During this six-week intensive experience, you and a cohort of peers from schools across the country, will be guided by an experienced IIRP instructor to design and implement a trauma-sensitive reentry approach.

You will have multiple opportunities each week to put your learning into practice, ask questions of your instructor, and explore nuances alongside motivated peers. Learning goals include:

  1. Applying the elements of trauma-sensitive education.
  2. Applying the Listening Circle process.
  3. Integrating the five competencies of emotional intelligence and social-emotional learning (SEL).
  4. Creating effective re-entry plans for staff, students and families.

The online format combines seven live video conference sessions and asynchronous threaded discussions. Readings, videos and lectures will be provided as supplementary material.

* 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.

Help your community gain a shared understanding of collective harms.

Our communities need opportunities to process the personal and collective impact of emotionally charged events. From the effects of COVID and racism to natural disasters and sexual abuse, we seek healthy forums in which to express our feelings and truly hear one another.

With roots in indigenous cultures around the world, listening circles provide people an opportunity to speak and listen to each other in an atmosphere of safety, decorum and equality.

Listening circles emphasize storytelling for cultivating empathy. To help people gain a shared sense of understanding and emotional connection, these circles can be used in communities, workplaces, schools, organizations, neighborhoods, universities and families.

During this event, you will participate in a listening circle on a current topic. Regardless of the topic you choose, you will learn to facilitate listening circles for any topic your community requires.

Learning Format

This highly interactive experience interweaves learning, practice and reflection. The online learning environment, led by two experienced instructors, incorporates individual pre-work, live Zoom sessions and threaded discussions.

  • Begin your learning with videos, readings and reflection questions to familiarize yourself with listening circles and prepare to listen empathically. (1 hour of individual preparation.)
  • Experience a listening circle and explore the role of the facilitator, as well as barriers to listening, in preparation to facilitate your own circle. (4.5-hour live Zoom session, breaks included.)
  • Apply your learning, ask questions and reflect on your experience. (Participants have 2 weeks to implement a listening circle and engage in threaded discussions.)
  • Debrief and learn from others’ experiences so you will feel prepared to implement circles in a variety of contexts. (2.5-hour live Zoom session, breaks included.)

This professional development learning experience is open to anyone, regardless of your prior familiarity with restorative practices.

Please note: The skill building and information presented in the Facilitating Listening Circles event is the same for each event. The only difference in each event is the topic for the listening circle experience.

Price: $450

In times of crisis, we need to transform our interpersonal patterns

Hosted by IIRP Professor Frida Rundell, Ph.D., this series will address anxiety and fears within individuals, families and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will be supported to recognize our common human needs for staying healthy in body and spirit.

Competencies and key concepts will include:

  • Being mindful of our self-worth
  • Developing coping strategies to meet our needs
  • Treasuring our existing support systems
  • Using the "relational care ladder" as a guide
  • Compassionate witnessing, an intentional method of being present in our own lives and the lives of others

The online workshop incorporates four 90-minute Zoom sessions. Seating is limited to 30 participants (individuals only; no groups please). Instruction will use handouts, lectures and small group work. Tips for self-management will be provided each session.

  • Session 1 – Self-care: You will learn techniques to ground yourself in challenging circumstances. We will talk about self-compassion versus self-pity and do a practical partner exercise around intentional witnessing for our own self-care. A self-compassion survey will be used to take an inventory of the elements of self-care.
  • Session 2 – Listening to others: Participants will focus on listening competencies, including responding without judgement and how to use restorative questions. A practical exercise in triads will be used to practice mindfulness and reflection.
  • Session 3 – Family time: We will focus on the trials of using our homes as workplaces during the COVID-19 crisis. We will explore the competencies needed to parent, share restricted space with partners and carve out time for work and self-care. In groups of five, participants will unpack the relevant issues and generate ideas for working in restricted spaces.
  • Session 4 – Grieving and loss: Participants will learn a formal interactive process – compassionate witnessing – for addressing grief and loss. Competencies include dealing with discomfort and remaining present during hard conversations. Participants will experience a compassionate witnessing process in small groups using real incidents.

Price: $350

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.

Learning format

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.

Price: $1295

This event is not currently scheduled. Contact us if you are interested in learning how to bring this event to your school or district.

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.

Learning format

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.

Price: $1295

This event is not currently scheduled. Contact us if you are interested in learning how to bring this event to your school or district.

Bring together those impacted to resolve conflict

Incidents of conflict, wrongdoing and harm occur throughout society — in schools, workplaces, college campuses, neighborhoods and families. The restorative justice conference provides a template to engage with those who cause and experience harm, along with related community.

All kinds of incidents, from arguments to bullying, racial incidents to property crimes and violence can be addressed in this format. During this event, you will learn the steps needed to facilitate these meaningful, healing conversations.

Whether or not you are responsible for conducting restorative justice conferences, the insights gained will help you address conflicts in everyday settings. The elements of the conference can be broken out to inform less formal processes — including restorative circles, small impromptu conversations and one-on-one interactions. Skills taught include monitoring your own reactions in stressful situations, listening with empathy and creating shared understanding among conflicting parties.

Learning Format

This online experience — tailored for teachers, administrators and other school staff — is led by an experienced IIRP instructor:

  • On two successive days, you will participate in 4.5-hour live zoom sessions (breaks included).
  • Prework includes readings, handouts, videos and other resources. There will be approximately two hours of prework for each day of synchronous instruction.

This event addresses topics that are also covered in the last two days of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event: Facilitating Restorative Conferences, and it satisfies the prerequisite for certain graduate courses and professional development, including Become a Restorative Practices Trainer.

Price: $450

 

Foster positive classroom and school culture

During this two-day introductory online experience, you will learn fundamental theory and practices for engaging with students, staff and parents in your school setting.

Topics include how to set high expectations while being supportive, how to provide direct feedback and ask questions that foster accountability, and the most effective methods to resolve common conflicts.

You will also learn to facilitate circles, an essential process for creating a positive learning environment and school culture. Circles may be used to build social capital, resolve social problems and respond when harm occurs.

Additionally, our instructors address many issues related to building relationships and community while teaching virtually during COVID-19. Concepts include how and when to have one-on-one conversations; the effective use of informal time as students gather; and setting norms for running virtual circles. Plus, participants will learn creative uses of Zoom tools, including breakout rooms, whiteboard, chatroom, and how to work with small groups while other students do individual work.

Learning Format

This online experience — tailored for teachers, administrators and other school staff — is led by an experienced IIRP instructor:

  • On two successive days, you will participate in 4.5-hour live zoom sessions (breaks included).
  • Prework includes readings, handouts, videos and other resources. There will be approximately two hours of prework for each day of synchronous instruction.

This event addresses topics that are also covered in the first two days of our in-person Basic Restorative Practices event: Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively, and it satisfies the prerequisite for certain graduate courses and professional development, including Become a Restorative Practices Trainer.

Price: $450

Subcategories

Welcome to the information page for your online professional development event, Restorative Practices for Educators. On this page you will find details about the event, links for materials to download and videos for viewing. Additional information, including specific dates, times and video conference links of online synchronous sessions, as well as contact information for your instructor, can be found in the automated emails you received following your registration for the event.

Note that while these materials provide the prework for the online event, the vast majority of the learning occurs during the synchronous experience with your instructor and classmates.

Welcome to the information page for your online professional development event, Restorative Justice Conferencing. On this page you will find details about the event, links for materials to download and videos for viewing. Additional information, including specific dates, times and video conference links of online synchronous sessions, as well as contact information for your instructor, can be found in the automated emails you received following your registration for the event.

Note that while these materials provide the prework for the online event, the vast majority of the learning occurs during the synchronous experience with your instructor and classmates.