There is no one right way to implement Restorative Practices (RP) or Mindfulness in schools. Just as each school is unique is the approach to whole school change. However, we can access the experience and wisdom of those who have come before us. There are many downloadable guides from schools, districts, and states to usher us through the necessary steps. But where schools fail or succeed is in whether enough time was taken to shift the mindset of the adults. Again and again, what I hear and experience related to implementation is that success depends on how deeply the adults in the building practice and embody these approaches first before they are used to "fix" school problems.
My strength is in how thoroughly I attend to this foundational part of the process. As a teacher who uses these approaches, I bring empathy, experience and humility to my work. Teachers tend to view me not as a sage on the stage, but as a compatriot working hard to empower them with the tools needed to create learning communities where everyone feels a sense of belonging, safety and voice.
The services below reflect the ways that I have served schools and teachers in the past. Below that list are some current offerings. Please let me know if you have a need not listed here. I am constantly learning and growing in this field and may have some guidance to offer or send you to someone who does.
- Full Day Seminars: The Restorative Classroom: Using Circles and Restorative Communication to Improve Learning, Mindfulness & Restorative Practices: A Powerful Partnership, Building a Vital Learning Community with Restorative and Mindful Practices.
- Half Day: Tier 1 Circle Keeping, Restorative Communication, Trauma-Informed Restorative Practices, Mindfulness in Education, Restorative Practices Overview for Admin
- Consulting: Conflict mediation with staff using Restorative Conference, Tier 1 Implementation, Circle Keeping Support
When: Dec 6 2017 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Hampton Inn & Conference Center, Lower Mountain View Road, Colchester, VT
Graduate Level Courses
(3 grad credits through St. Michael's College)
When: Start Date - July 6th (online) 2018
Face-to-Face Dates: July 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 2018
Online Work: 7/5-7/11 and 7/19-7/25
Where: CVEDC Classroom, Dupont Hall, 123 Ethan Allen Ave, Colchester, VT 05446
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:
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 work 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.
The Art of Tier 1 Classroom Circles
A 2-3 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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