Transforming Teaching and Learning

Through Restorative Practices & Mindfulness

“The most practical thing we can achieve in any kind of work is insight into what is happening inside us as we do it. The more familiar we are with our inner terrain, the more surefooted our teaching—and living—becomes." –Parker Palmer

Welcome to True Nature Teaching

I offer professional development workshops, presentations, consulting, and custom professional development support in two of the most important aspects of a vital and transformative learning community—Mindfulness and Restorative Practices.

This work as a consultant was not part of any career plan—it rose up out of a deep dedication and love for the students and teachers around me. While one of my strengths is offering practices and approaches that can result in immediate, positive change, I don't offer a magic bullet or the next great initiative. I offer a shift in how we view the act and art of teaching, learning and responding to disruption—a restorative pedagogy. This shift is based on the understanding that if we feel connected, respected, relaxed and focused we can learn. This shift can transform classroom and schools.

As a consultant, I bring a large tool box filled with 20 years of circle work and rites of passage experience, extensive Restorative Practices training, a M.Ed. in Mindfulness for Educators, 180 hours of clinical training at a therapeutic high school for challenging youth and eight years as an classroom English teacher,

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Upcoming Events & Services

1-Day Workshop

A How-to Workshop on Building a
Restorative Classroom

When: TBD

Where: Hampton Inn & Conference Center, Lower Mountain View Road, Colchester, VT

What: Intended for educators with some knowledge of Restorative Practices through books or trainings, this experience leads participants through the work of planning their Restorative Classroom for the 2018-19 school year, Utilizing the knowledge and experience of their peers, resources, and direct instruction from Annie O'Shaughnessy each educator will leave with a plan and the resources to begin next year with the confidence to implement some basic yet transformational Tier 1 practices. Special emphasis will be placed on creating a trauma-informed classroom.

Champlain Valley Educators Development Center

Graduate Level Courses

Transforming Teaching & Learning Through Mindfulness and Restorative Practices

(3 grad credits through St. Michael's College)

When: Online: July 5–11; In-Person: July 12–13 & 16–18 (9AM-3:30PM); Online: July 19–25 Online

Where: CVEDC Classroom, Dupont Hall, 123 Ethan Allen Ave, Colchester, VT 05446

What: In this course we will explore Mindfulness and Restorative Practices as foundational and interdependent practices central to developing a vital and transformative learning community. While class meetings will be primarily experiential in order to develop an embodied understanding of mindful awareness and restorative work, online material and assignments will challenge participants to become fluent in the principles, science and research that support them.

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Custom Professional Development Offerings

Alongside presenting to large groups with the goal of informing and energizing schools and districts, I have a special dedication to supporting teachers and schools with unique professional development goals.

Here are a few of my current offerings. If you have a special need within the areas of Mindfulness or Restorative Practices, please contact me to talk about your needs.

The Restorative Classroom

A 90 minute to 3 hour training

In this PD offering participants examine their relationship to the core principles of Restorative Practices, learn about the role of Restorative Practices and Mindfulness in working with traumatized and dysregulated youth, and explore how our own habits of communication and reactivity influence our classroom. With longer trainings I include an experiential exploration of Restorative communication.

Trauma Informed Restorative Practices

A 90 minute to 3 hour training

With 6 years of work at a therapeutic high school and over 200 hours of clinical training in working with challenging and traumatized youth, I help educators understand how Restorative Practices can support our most challenged youth and how to implement RP with special attention to the needs of those students. In addition to the use of circles I provide educators with the skills to communicate with disruptive students in a way that leads to collaboration and responsibility.

The Art of Tier 1 Classroom Circles

A 90 minute to 3 hour training

In this training teachers get to experience the simplicity of the community building circle and gain confidence in leading their own.

Introduction to Restorative Practices

Time can vary

In this presentation designed primarily for administrators and stakeholders, I offer an overview of Restorative Practices and why it works, the evidence that it does work, an experiential understanding and an overview of the different ways schools have implemented it.

Mindfulness for Educators

Times can vary

In this training I provide theoretical, experiential and research-based understanding of the importance of Mindfulness in a teacher's life and the classroom. This training often has a powerful effect on the lives of teachers!

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