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At the Center of Restorative Culture

Restorative Practices Program

Restorative Practices is a philosophy, not a curriculum focusing on building positive relationships and providing opportunities for community members to take responsibility for their behavior while remaining connected to the community.  An intentional Restorative approach fosters a compassionate, relationship-centered culture.

Why Restorative Practices?

Research continues to demonstrate the beneficial outcomes of using restorative practice techniques in schools, rather than traditional punitive approaches, in response to student misbehavior. These include decreasing student delinquency, better academic outcomes, and improvement of overall school climate.

Disruption of School-to-Prison Pipeline

The school-to-prison pipeline is a metaphor used to describe the increasing patterns of contact that students have with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems as a result of the traditional punitive practices implemented by educational institutions.

Restorative Practices reduce the disproportionality high disciplinary referrals, suspensions and expulsions of children of color and; therefore, reduce the odds that students will subsequently become involved in the juvenile justice system

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Restorative Practices
in Action

Building relationships that are central to community

Addressing misbehavior and harm in ways that strengthen relationships

Focusing on the harm done rather than the rule that is broken

Giving voice to the person harmed

Engaging in collaborative problem-solving

Has a dramatic personal effect on practitioners and others involved in the process

Core Conflict Center Trainings

Our trainings are always customizable and built on the specific needs of the school or institution to create a sustainable Restorative Practices culture. To schedule a training at your institution please contact our Restorative Practices Coordinator at 303.865.5624 or jessica.sherwood@conflictcenter.org, or sign-up for one of our core Restorative Practices trainings offered regularly at The Conflict Center by clicking ‘View Trainings’ below.

101: Five R's of Restorative Culture: An Intro to Restorative Practices in Schools

201: Implementing Restorative Circles in Your School

301: Sustaining a Restorative School Culture

Additional Customized Trainings

Implicit Bias in Restorative Practice

Implicit bias refers to unconscious attitudes, reactions, stereotypes, and categories that affect behavior and understanding. Implicit bias often refers to unconscious racial or socioeconomic bias towards students. This half training will address how our own biases inform our restorative work., and introduce ways to be more mindful in our practice and implementation

Refresher Course

This half day training is designed for participants who have completed at least the 101 Restorative Practices training. The course reviews the basics of Restorative Practices and explores where, how and why practitioners can get stuck in implementation.

Mini Intro to Restorative Practices

This 30-minute overview gives interested parties a quick overview of the importance of Restorative Practices in schools and communities. Ideal for PTA/parent meetings and staff orientations.

Peer-to-Peer

This foundation is a first step toward training students to be ambassadors of Restorative Practice in their schools. Through a broad overview of RP and with some practical skills building exercises and interactive discussions, participants will come away with a strong foundation and understanding that RP is a mindset and a new way of thinking through conflict with their peers.

How Does the Conflict Center Approach Restorative Practices?

The Conflict Center employs our unique Five Strategy approach to Restorative Practices which focuses on building Restorative Practices skills within a school and intentionally shaping the internal culture–shifting from traditional, punitive discipline to a restorative practice approach.

ASSESSMENT

Our consensus-based assessment tool allows us to understand the infrastructure, leadership, culture and protocols unique to each school and assess readiness for implementation of Restorative Practices.

PRIORITIZATION AND PLANNING

With insight from the assessment data, we create a tailored road map, identifying the school’s assets, needs and priorities to move forward with successful Restorative Practices implementation.

TRAINING

Our three standard trainings cover 1)Restorative Practices basics and foundations, 2) Restorative Practices circle processes and facilitation techniques, and 3) formal conferences to create a meaningfully sustainable Restorative Practices culture within the school.

COACHING

We work alongside and empower identified staff to link Restorative Practices to the goals of the school through a process of creating a vision, overcoming roadblocks and developing new skills.

SUSTAINABILITY

The overall focus of our approach is to build capacity. We work with school leaders to maintain and institutionalize Restorative Practices by integrating its practices into the classroom, discipline system, school policies and overall school culture.

To inquire about the opportunity of bringing Restorative Practices to your Colorado school, please contact the Restorative Practices Coordinator at 303.865.5624 or jessica.sherwood@conflictcenter.org.

Restorative Practices concepts and practices have been used to build community and resolve conflict in indigenous cultures, including the Maori people of New Zealand, Native American tribes in the U.S., the Mayan people of Guatemala, and many others for thousands of years. Modern Western communities are beginning to call on these age-old practices as a new process to build strong and safe communities and resolve conflict through face to face interactions. In the 1970s the criminal justice system and K-12 schools in the United States began to use Restorative Practices to address community and school climate and offenses.

Restorative Practices are rooted in the principle that everyone has the capacity to build relationships and resolve conflict restoratively with training, practice, support, and time. Therefore, anyone can benefit from learning about
Restorative Practices. Restorative Practices are non–denominational and inclusive of all identities. Teachers, students, and school administrators can use Restorative Practices on campus. Restorative Practices are employed within the criminal justice system by police officers, probation, public defenders, district attorneys, and judges. We can use a restorative approach with our families, neighbors, and colleagues.

Restorative Practices are about creating stronger communities and cultivating relationships. Within schools, Restorative Practices has been successful in helping youth and adults communicate more effectively, minimizing student truancy, reducing school conflict, and lowering suspension and expulsion rates. Lower rates of suspensions and expulsions have also been found to increase the academic scores of non-suspended students. Additionally, students that go to schools with lower suspension rates have higher end of year math and English scores.

Restorative Justice (RJ), began in the criminal justice system and is an approach to problem-solving that is based around three basic concepts:

  • That when crime (or wrongdoing) occurs, the focus is on the harm that has been done to people and relationships
  • When harm has been done, it creates obligations and liabilities
  • The way forward involves wrongdoers, victims and the community in efforts to heal the harm and put things right

Restorative practices (RP) is a social science that studies, that has built upon the philosophy of Restorative Justice and includes a range of fields outside of the criminal justice system. RP is used to improve and repair relationships between people and communities. The purpose is to build healthy communities, increase social capital, decrease crime and antisocial behavior, repair harm and restore relationships

Restorative Practices is often used interchangeably with Restorative Justice.

The term community, as used in Restorative Practices, is not limited to a physical or geographic region.  Rather, it is defined as members who have been directly or indirectly impacted by harm.  In an education context, community may include:

  • Family members
  • Students
  • Key support staff (administrators, teachers, counselors, coaches, etc…)
  • Mentors
  • Significant others for each party who have been impacted by the offense

Restorative Practices Program statistics and information are drawn from the following resources:

Ashley, J., & Burke, K. (2009). Implementing restorative justice: A guide for schools. Chicago, IL: Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Armour, M. (2013).

Ed White Middle School restorative discipline evaluation: Implementation and impact, 2012/2013 sixth grade. Austin: University of Texas, Austin. Baker, M. L., Sigmon, J. N., & Nugent, M. E. (2001).

Truancy reduction: Keeping students in school (electronic version). Juvenile Justice Bulletin. Available from http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=student-absenteeism#_edn4 Baker, M. (2009). DPS Restorative Justice Project: Year three. Denver, CO: Denver Public Schools.

Blood, P. (2005, August). The Australian context: Restorative practices as a platform for cultural change in schools. Paper presented at the XIV World Congress of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA.

Dinkes, R., Kemp, J., & Baum, K. (2009). Indicators of school crime and safety: 2008 (NCES 2009- 022/NCJ 226343). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Educational Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, and Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Fabelo, T., Thompson, M. D., Plotkin, M., Carmichael, D., Marchbanks, M. P., III, & Booth, E. A. (2011). Breaking schools’ rules: A statewide study of how school discipline relates to students’ success and juvenile justice involvement. New York: Council of State Governments.

Guckenburg, S., Hurley, N., Persson, H., Fronius, T., & Petrosino, A. (2015). Restorative justice in U.S. schools: Summary findings from interviews with experts. San Francisco: WestEd. Available from http://jprc.wested.org/new-report-restorative-justice-in-u-s-schools-summary-findings/

Hopkins, B. (2002). Restorative justice in schools. Support for Learning, 17(3), 144–149

Lewis, S. (2009). Improving school climate: Findings from schools implementing restorative practices. Bethlehem, PA: International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Norris, A. (2009). Gender and race effects of a restorative justice intervention on school success (Conference papers). American Society of Criminology,

Schiff, M. (2013). Dignity, disparity and desistance: Effective restorative justice strategies to plug the school-to-prison pipeline. Boca Raton: Florida Atlantic University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Schiff, M., & Bazemore, G. (2012). Whose kids are these? Juvenile justice and education partnerships using restorative justice to end the school-to-prison pipeline. In National leadership summit on school-justice partnerships: Keeping kids in school and out of courts (pp. 68–82). New York: New York State Permanent Commission on Justice for Children.

Sherman, L. W., & Strang, H. (2007). Restorative justice: The evidence. London: Smith Institute.

Sumner, D., Silverman, C., & Frampton, M. (2010). School-based restorative justice as an alternative to zero-tolerance policies: Lessons from West Oakland. Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Zehr, H. (2002). The little book of restorative justice. Intercourse, PA: Good Books

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January 2019

January Restorative Practices Trainings 101, 201 and 301 (combined registration)

January 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon Street
Denver, 80211 United States
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$425

Over three days, through highly interactive trainings, you will strengthen your knowledge and skills in Restorative Practices. Our engaging instructors will lead you through the basics of Restorative Practices through the ability to conduct formal circles.

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201: Implementing Restorative Circles in Your School

January 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon Street
Denver, 80211 United States
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$199

With an emphasis on prevention and the development of RP language, we'll learn to use restorative practices skills to develop collaborative norms, learn how and why to run proactive circles, how to use affective statements & reframing and how to address conflict in the moment.

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301: Sustaining a Restorative School Culture

January 31 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon Street
Denver, 80211 United States
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$199

Focusing on the intervention aspect of restorative practices, especially when conflict arises, we'll practice the skills required to address situations using an intentional facilitation process. This training is primarily focused on Formal Conferencing/Formal Circles.

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February 2019

101: Five R’s of Restorative culture: An Intro to Restorative Practices in Schools

February 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon Street
Denver, 80211 United States
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$199

Introductory training designed to provide a baseline understanding of the pillars of RP, fundamental practitioner skills and insight on why it is needed to help transform school and community culture.

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February Restorative Practices Trainings 101, 201 and 301 (combined registration, save 25%)

February 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon Street
Denver, 80211 United States
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$425

Over three days, through highly interactive trainings, you will strengthen your knowledge and skills in Restorative Practices. Our engaging instructors will lead you through the basics of Restorative Practices through the ability to conduct formal circles.

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201: Implementing Restorative Circles in Your School

February 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon Street
Denver, 80211 United States
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$199

With an emphasis on prevention and the development of RP language, we'll learn to use restorative practices skills to develop collaborative norms, learn how and why to run proactive circles, how to use affective statements & reframing and how to address conflict in the moment.

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301: Sustaining a Restorative School Culture

February 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon Street
Denver, 80211 United States
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$199

Focusing on the intervention aspect of restorative practices, especially when conflict arises, we'll practice the skills required to address situations using an intentional facilitation process. This training is primarily focused on Formal Conferencing/Formal Circles.

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June 2019

June Summer Intensive: Restorative Practices

June 18 @ 9:00 am - June 20 @ 4:00 pm
The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon Street
Denver, 80211 United States
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$425

Over three days, through highly interactive trainings, you will strengthen your knowledge and skills in Restorative Practices. Our engaging instructors will lead you through the basics of Restorative Practices through the ability to conduct formal circles.

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For more information or if you’re interested in bringing this program to your school, please contact Jessica Sherwood at Jessica.Sherwood@conflictcenter.org or 303.865.5624.

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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