Restorative Practices Workshop
With Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein, authors of the bestselling book Hacking School Discipline
August 4-5, 2021
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM EST each day
Join the authors of the Washington Post bestseller Hacking School Discipline for a two-day virtual learning experience to equip educators with tools to practice equitable discipline practices, build classroom community, and share power in the classroom. The authors will focus on many of the important principles from the book that are making an impact on five continents, while also incorporating new learning and strategies that go beyond the text.
Why Restorative Practices?
The upcoming school year will present many unprecedented challenges and it will be critical to focus on building, feeding, and repairing relationships with students.
Common causes of students acting out include trying to gain power, seeking attention, or their needs aren’t being met. By examining and making changes to the existing power structures and hierarchies that exist in our schools and in our classrooms, we will be able to better meet the needs of our students through giving students voice, choice, and the opportunity to be heard.
This virtual learning experience with the authors of Hacking School Discipline will focus heavily on restorative practices as a foundation while also incorporating social-emotional learning and trauma-sensitive strategies to reach the whole learner. Restorative practices is a philosophy and community-wide practice that places relationships at the heart of the learning experience. The goal of practices is to change the classroom and school climate rather than continue antiquated discipline practices that simply do not work with the students entering our classrooms today.
What Can I Expect?
Learning Day 1: We will dive into the ‘why’ behind restorative practices while also building foundational knowledge and skills that are applicable to the ‘how’ in the classroom and beyond. Community-building and proactive relationship strategies, including classroom circles, will be a focus as we equip educators with tools that help prioritize an equitable approach to meeting basic student needs. When student needs are met in a fair, consistent, and positive environment, they will be better set up for academic and emotional success.
Learning Day 2: We will focus on trauma-sensitive strategies for de-escalation and self-regulation with students. We will also focus on our actions and interactions with students as educators as we focus on keeping “small situations small” with students. Participants will learn how to leverage reactive circles with collective problem-solving and ownership in the classroom as well as reintegrating students back into the classroom after removal. We will focus on some more advanced components of repairing the harm and student ownership of behaviors.
In addition two full days of content, attendees will also receive:
- 101 Circle Prompts to get you started with restorative circles
- A classroom poster for circle commitments/expectations
- Classroom SEL activity ideas
- Additional research, articles, and recommended reading