Facilitating Restorative Circles: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Series

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3 full-day sessions


Admin Teams + Principals


Popular approaches to restorative justice in schools frame the practice as a disciplinary model or an alternative to suspension.  The Facilitating Restorative Circles program challenges this fundamentally narrow view of RJ.  Through practice, video and text-based activities, participants will learn how to use circles to manage their own inter-dependent school groups, build community, make decisions and maintain relationships. Each participant will facilitate a circle and gain a deeper understanding of the role of the facilitator in community building circle processes.

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What we will accomplish:



Develop an advanced understanding of the role of the circle keeper in facilitating the circle process and in maintaining circle integrity



Create a personal tool-kit for facilitating restorative circles in school and community settings, role-play a circle-keeping process, and design an organizational structure for restorative practices in your professional setting



Explore the rituals and structures of circle-keeping through the Balance in the Process framework, develop our own lines of questioning through the framework, and emerge prepared to facilitate peacemaking circle processes in school and community settings and to advocate for equity and integrity of restorative processes in those settings