Upcoming Event

Restorative Circle Practice: A Two-Day Workshop

Are you interested in learning the simple, flexible and deeply meaningful practice of restorative circles? Circles foster a sense of community based on mutual respect with broad applications in many different contexts.

This experiential workshop provides theory, tools and templates for circles that:
• Foster positive relationships between youth and adults and among peers
• Improve organizational climate
• Develop emotional awareness and communication skills
• Enhance accountability and problem solving

This workshop will prepare participants to plan, lead, and introduce circles within their own their own context – schools, youth serving organizations, universities, corrections, social services, families, workplaces, faith organizations and communities.

See our training page for more information including upcoming dates and cost.

Restorative Justice in Schools

Current research across the United States and abroad supports the effectiveness of restorative justice processes in schools. Restorative practices are successfully used for classroom management; collaborative pedagogy; student support; emotional awareness and literacy; building a positive school climate; alternate discipline; and strengthening positive connections with parents and community. Training workshops are designed for teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, students and school support personnel to learn about restorative justice as well as how to implement restorative practices in the classroom and greater school culture.

2013-2014 Institute for Restorative Schools

The Institute for Restorative Schools is based at the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University. The Institute offers programming in restorative practices for all members of the school community -- teachers, administrators, support staff, SROs, parents and students -- to assist schools in the development, implementation and evaluation of school-based restorative practices. Trainers at the Institute are drawn from Suffolk faculty as well as a range of local area restorative practitioners and organizations.

What are Restorative Practices?

Restorative practices (RP) – including circles and restorative conferences – combine ancient wisdom and cutting edge research to improve school climate and educational outcomes. RP provide structured processes for organizing effective group communication, building relationships, making decisions and resolving conflicts. Restorative practices support youth and adults to bring forward their “best self” and offer a space where they can learn and practice value-based behavior.

Research in the US and internationally demonstrates the effectiveness of restorative practices in schools. RP are successfully used for discipline, as a more effective alternative to suspension and expulsion, to reduce truancy, improve classroom management, build a positive school climate, respond to bullying and strengthen positive connections with parents and community.

Upcoming Events:

Circle Practices for Schools Series
August 20 & 21: Suffolk University, Boston, MA
October 25 & 26: Western MA (TBD)
November 15 &16: Suffolk University, Boston, MA

Cost: $250 incl. lunch and materials. Group discounts available.

Building Restorative Schools Series
Thursday afternoons in 2014 from 3:00-7:00pm: 
1/30, 2/27, 3/27, 4/17, & 5/22
Location: Boston (TBD)
Cost: $500 incl. PDP's and materials. Group discounts are available.

To place an order for Heart of Hope: A Guide for Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing and Build Healthy Relationships or to learn more, please visit Living Justice Press.