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At the Center of Building Restorative Schools

School Programs

The Conflict Center seeks to disrupt structures in schools that put barriers between young people and adults. Taking a macro-level approach to our work in schools allows us to identify patterns and begin the journey toward more restorative and healthy practices. Whether we’re training teachers or partnering with young people to talk about healthy relationships, our focus stays sharp on equipping communities with skills to choose nonviolent communication and actions. Learn more about our school offerings below.

School Programs

Hot Spot Mapping

The Conflict Center was chosen to pilot this student-led program to help schools and other community organizations to not only identify areas for improvement related to safety and culture, but also center the community in creating solutions.

Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices is a philosophy, not a curriculum, that focuses on building positive relationships and providing opportunities for community members to take responsibility for their behavior while remaining connected to the community.

Reading for Peace

As the longest running Conflict Center program, Reading for Peace is organized completely by committed volunteers. Time with children is devoted to reading and discussing books specially selected to teach and reinforce social-emotional skills.

Social Norming

By educating young people about their peers’ actual behavior, we help to reduce the level of physical, verbal and emotional violence in schools through combined approaches including social marketing, sociology, behavioral psychology and evaluation research.

When conflict happens in the workplace or people experience inappropriate or difficult behavior at work, relationships are damaged and productivity often suffers.
 
Workplaces that embrace Restorative Practices have the potential to create a safer, happier and more effective workplace for everyone. Restorative Practices can be used within the workplace both as a preventative measure and to address conflict when it does arise, enabling teams and individuals to work well together.

Restorative Practices can be an effective way to resolve workplace conflict. It involves:
  • bringing together all those affected by conflict
  • providing a safe environment for the expression of perspective
  • allowing participants to come to a shared understanding
  • identifying creative ways to deal with conflict
  • providing opportunities to rebuild damaged relationships and strengthen teams 

Restorative approaches can also be used proactively within the workplace to build strong, positive relationships. Staff meetings, for example, can be focused on building relationships and based around a foundation of mutual respect.
 
To discuss opportunities to bring this training to your workplace or to customize this training to your organizations needs, please contact Jessica Sherwood at Jessica.Sherwood@conflictcenter.org or call 303.865.5624.
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