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Professional Development Continuum

Restorative Practices are a time honored and relationally based methodology of restoring and revitalizing broken relationships. Given the events of recent years, it is clear, now more than ever, that our systems and philosophy to restore must be re-evaluated and renewed in a manner that promotes honest, caring, and transparent relationships. Where better to start than in our schools.

The Restorative Practices Continuum offers strategies ranging from prevention to intervention. These time-tested tools are offered in a variety of formats located on this page.

District-wide Restorative Practices Implementation

Ideally, all staff in a school district are trained in Restorative Practices, but costs prohibit many districts from this approach. Over a decade ago, Dr. Fritzemeier and colleagues began offering a popular Restorative Practices in Schools alternative. Districts strategically select school sites and then create leadership teams for each site that include administrators, classified staff, and certificated staff as each offers a sphere of influence.

Training is based on a multiple-tiered systems of support (MTSS) using a Restorative Practices continuum that ranges from informal processes to formal processes; from proactive to responsive; and from prevention to intervention. Site teams collaborate and develop their site’s implementation plan during innovative and interactive multi-modality training that includes functional tools and practice.

Educator Seminars

Looking for more comprehensive Restorative Practices training beyond workshops? These two, six-hour seminars offered on selected Saturdays may be just what you’re looking for.

RP 101: Introduction to Restorative Practices

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For Educators

RP 201: From ACEs to PACEs -Building Restorative Relationships

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For Educators

Educator Workshops

Gateway to Restorative Practices offers workshops for those new to Restorative Practices in our introductory workshops. If you have some Restorative Practices background, an intermediate workshop may fit best. Have you been doing this for a while? Check out our advanced workshops. The workshop level is identified after each workshop title.

10 Strategies for De-escalating Students’ Behaviors (Introductory)

10 Strategies for Deescalating Student Behaviors
For Educators

The Social Engagement Window for Educators (Introductory)

Social Engagement
For Educators

The Power of Affective Statements Elementary or Secondary (Introductory)

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For Educators

Changing Lenses: From Punitive to Restorative (Introductory)

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For Educators

Restorative Apologies, Beyond Just Saying, “Sorry.” Elementary or Secondary (Introductory)

I'm not sorry
For Educators

Overview of Restorative Practices in Schools (Introductory)

Overview
For Educators

7 Effective Guidance Techniques for Yard Supervisors or Campus Supervisors (Introductory)

Guidance
For Educators

Elementary or Secondary: Dodging the Power-Struggle Trap: 10 Restorative De-escalation Strategies (Introductory)

Descalation
For Educators

Fine Tuning the Nuances of Restorative Questions (Intermediate)

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For Educators

Peace Paths for Elementary Playgrounds (Introductory)

Peace Paths
For Educators

Today’s Disconnected Students (Intermediate)

Disconnected Students
For Educators

Connecting with Disconnected Students (Intermediate)

Connecting with Disconnected Students
For Educators

Social Emotional Learning & Restorative Practices (Advanced)

Social Emotional Learning & Restorative Practices (Advanced)
For Educators

Special Needs & Restorative Practices (Advanced)

Special Needs and Restorative Practices
For Educators

The Trauma Sensitive Educator (Advanced)

The Trauma Sensitive Educator (Advanced)
For Educators

Proactive and Responsive Circles Workshops

Have you heard that restorative circles can be implemented with elementary and secondary students, as well as staff? Do you know that there are different kinds of circles? Circles may be proactive or responsive. Whatever you need, Gateway to Restorative Practices has you covered!

Introduction to Restorative Circles: The Basics

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For Educators

Community Building Circles [Introductory]

Community Building Circles
For Educators

Problem-Solving Circles (Intermediate)

Problem-Solving Circles
For Educators

Academic Content Circles: Elementary or Secondary (Intermediate)

academic content circles
For Educators

Decision-Making Circles (Intermediate)

Decision Making Circles
For Educators

Building Community Using Circles and Social Justice Picture Books (PS-3rd grades) (Intermediate)

Building Community using Circles and Social Justice Picture Books
For Educators

Student Workshops for 5th to 12th Grades

Would you like your students to learn about Restorative Practices? View the workshops offered for students.

Restorative Apologies, Beyond Just Saying, “Sorry.” Elementary or Secondary (Introductory)

Sorry
For Students

Introduction to Restorative Questions: Elementary or Secondary

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For Students

Introduction to Restorative Peer Leaders (Pilot Program)

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For Students

Overview of Restorative Practices in Schools (Introductory)

Overview
For Students

Peace Paths for Elementary Playgrounds (Introductory)

Peace Path for Elementary Playgrounds
For Students

Restorative Practices Parents/Caregivers Workshops

Would you like your students to learn about Restorative Practices? View the workshops offered for students.

Dodging the Power-Struggle Trap for Parents/Caregivers (Introductory)

Dodging the Power struggle Trap
For PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

Restorative Parenting: Building Stronger Relationships with Your Children or Teens (Introductory)

Restorative Parenting
For PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

Overview of Restorative Practices in Schools

Overview
For PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

Restorative Practices and the Home School Connection: Elementary (Introductory)

Restorative Practices and the Home School Connection: Elementary (Introductory)
For PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

Helping Children (or Teens) Change Their Behavior (Intermediate)

Change Behavior
For PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

Beyond Saying Sorry: Using Restorative Apologies with Your Children (K-6th) or Teens (7th-12th Grades) (Intermediate)

Sorry
For PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

Webinars

Some educators prefer on-line training as opposed to in-person training. A select number of workshops that are not offered in-person are offered though a school district’s professional development. Each workshop includes a video with instructions to stop and complete the activities. Workshop handouts feature content, activities, and resources.

Integrating Mindfulness into Everyday Classroom Culture (Introductory)

Integrating Mindfulness into Everyday Classroom Culture (Introductory)
For Educators

Self-Care for Educators (Intermediate)

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For Educators

The Restorative Secondary Teacher (Introductory)

The Restorative Secondary Teacher (Introductory)
For Educators

The Restorative Elementary Teacher (Introductory)

The Restorative Elementary Teacher
For Educators

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  • Are you relieved when certain students are absent?
  • Do you have students who “push your buttons”?
  • Do you find yourself butting heads with the same students day-after-day?

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