Restorative Justice Practices: Supporting Students and Faculty in Varying Learning Environments
SESSION 1: June 22, 2020 | 9:00am - 12:30pm
SESSION 2: June 23, 2020 | 9:00am - 12:30pm
ABOUT THIS ONLINE WORKSHOP
The facilitators will review the foundations of restorative practices and methods to support your school community on site as well as in virtual learning spaces. Learn the principles of “RJ” and methods that support your school’s community and can reinforce your school’s values in-person and online. As educators, families, and students learn to navigate remote learning, we will address how RJ can help students follow behavioral expectations and choices that align with your school’s mission and core beliefs whether at your school site or in your virtual learning platform. During this two-session institute, participants will receive tools and resources to interact with, dialog in small group discussion, and study at their own pace.
Day 1: Foundational Work in Restorative Practices
What is Restorative Justice and how does it differ from traditional discipline practices?
What are ways RJ is used through an independent school lens?
How can RJ guiding questions and principles help identify and reinforce values in schools?
How does a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion framework support school climate and culture?
How does RJ foster social-emotional learning in order to support student behavior expectations already in place?
Day 2: Using Circles: An Introduction to Restorative Practices and Navigating Conflict
On Day 2, participants will practice implementing restorative practices through the use of circles. Circles are a method of restorative practice that help community members reconnect with others, create a brave space for all voices, and enable participants to be their best selves, particularly when conflicts arise. Participants will explore the basic process of circles and how they may be used within the context of their school community to reinforce community values, strengthen positive relationships during conflicts, and provide diverse perspectives to engage in inclusion and equity work. Participants will learn the essential elements of circles and how to organize, plan, and lead a circle. They will also have the opportunity to practice facilitating a circle.
Attendees are encouraged to bring “dilemma” questions, student handbooks, and school artifacts to work with as they imagine RJ at their schools. We will provide sample documents, question frames and templates to support this work. The goal will be for attendees to leave with a working document or artifacts tailored to their school’s context.
Once attendees sign-up, the workshop facilitators will request information to help guide a more responsive, inclusive, engaging work time.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Dr. Ruth Bissell has worked in both independent and public schools for the past fifteen years. Over her fifteen years in education she has implemented restorative practices with middle school and high school students that has included the development of peer courts, the use of co-crafted restorative contracts, redesign of schoolwide discipline policies, teacher and parent education on restorative approaches. She is the current middle school division head at SF Day and committed to using restorative practices to support student learning.
Loren Moyé has been teaching for twenty-six years, nineteen of those years at San Francisco Day School. Prior to coming to SF Day, he taught in the San Francisco Unified School District. His teaching experience covers third and fourth grades, all subjects, and seventh and eighth grade math. He was formerly a co-director of Aim High, a free summer program for low income middle school youth in the Bay area. He is currently the Director of Diversity and Dean of Faculty at SF Day and on the staff for the National SEED Project.
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