Facilitating Restorative Circles: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Series

 

Length

1 full-day session

For

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:

 

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

 

2.

Create a personal tool-kit for facilitating restorative circles in school and community settings

 

3.

Explore the rituals and structures of circle-keeping through the Balance in the Process framework, develop our own lines of questioning through the framework

 

Design an organizational structure for restorative practices in your professional setting

4.

 

Role-play a circle-keeping process

5.

 

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

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