Spring Training Offered!

January 31, 2015


The Restorative Approach emphasizes the importance of creating a positive, healthy school climate based on empathy, trust and respect, to keep students engaged and connected to school, peers and teachers. Within this approach, educators use various restorative practices as a proactive and preventative way of reducing conflict, bullying and aggressive behaviors in schools. Additionally, restorative rather than punitive approaches to discipline deal more effectively with student misbehavior by encouraging students to be accountable for their actions and find ways to “make things right” with those they have harmed. Addressing wrongdoing restoratively empowers students by helping them to learn from their mistakes and change their behavior in a school environment that is caring and responsive.  Restorative practices are proving successful in schools across the country and in many Maine schools. This approach helps create safe schools where all members of the community are accountable for their actions, resolve conflicts, create positive relationships, and build an inclusive, respectful school culture.


We hope you'll join us this coming spring to learn more about the Restorative Approach!


Introduction to Restorative School Practices 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta


Presenters:  Barbara Blazej and Margaret Micolichek

Cost per person:  $150 (includes morning refreshments and lunch)

Certificates:  All participants will receive certificates of contact hours.


This workshop will introduce participants to the Restorative Approach and restorative practices that have proven effective and sustainable. Content will focus on the rationale for this approach, the continuum of restorative practices for community building and responding to misbehavior, the Community Circle process and restorative questions. The format will include presentations, circles, discussion and video of restorative school practices in action.


Using Circles in Schools*

Friday, April 10, 2015

Lewiston-Auburn College, Lewiston


Presenters:  Barbara Blazej and Margaret Micolichek

Cost per person:  $150 (includes morning refreshments and lunch)

Certificates:  All participants will receive certificates of contact hours.

*Prerequisite:  Six or more hours of training in Restorative School Practices


For those who have already been introduced to Restorative School Practices, this workshop offers continued training in different circle processes that build connection and community in classrooms and schools. The training will offer tools to proactively address issues before they become problems and to respond restoratively when problems do occur. Attendees will work on choosing appropriate restorative practices for a range of scenarios and crafting questions for different kinds of circles.  Participants will engage in role play facilitation of Solution Circles (group problem-solving) and Restorative Circles that bring together those involved in situations of harm.  Finally, we will review and role play an Accountability Circle, which is a restorative alternative to traditional detention.  (Note:  This is not a training in how to facilitate Restorative Conferences for the most serious incidents.  That training is scheduled for April 30-May 1 and August 4-5.)


Restorative Conference Facilitation Training*

Thursday and Friday, April 30-May 1, 2015

Spurwink Professional Development Center, Portland

8:30-4:30 each day

Presenters:  Pamela Anderson and Ansley Newton

Cost per person:  $325 (includes morning refreshments and lunch each day plus workshop materials)

Certificates:  All participants will receive certificates of contact hours.

*Prerequisite:  Six or more hours of training in Restorative School Practices


Restorative Conferences are conducted at the highest intervention level when serious misbehavior has occurred. A conference involves the students, their families, and the other people who have been impacted. When properly planned, this process gives all parties an opportunity to talk about what happened and together determine an agreement to remedy the harm and plan for the future. This two-day workshop will focus on when to use a restorative conference, preparing for a conference and facilitating a conference. This will be a participatory workshop involving role-play facilitation practice, feedback and discussion, as well as videos and short presentations.


All presenters are founding members and trainers with the Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine.


Questions?  Email: Barbara.blazej@umit.maine.edu


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