Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices in Schools Workshops for Educators & Parents NEW

Restorative Practices in Modesto City Schools (Introductory)

This is a perfect presentation for those new to the principles of restorative practices in schools. Zero tolerance and punishment that doesn’t work for many students has led to what’s now known as the school-to-prison pipeline. But there’s good news.

Modesto City Schools District’s LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) has included Restorative Practices as one alternative to decrease suspensions and improve school climate since 2013-2014. Discover principles of restorative practices, implications of the restorative practices pyramid, and what’s happening in the District with implementation at twenty-two sites. Come learn why restorative practices work and how its changing lives of students and staff. Presentation: 30 minutes

The Power of Affective Statements (Introductory)

introduces the most informal restorative response and the easiest tool for building restorative relationships. Participants learn the purposes of affective statements; ten characteristics of high quality affective statements; and three steps to construct an affective statement.

Practice using the statements in various situations gives participants a jump start on how to use the statements. Discussion questions allow reflection on multiple aspects of using of affective statements. Participants are challenged to use this new  skill to develop the emotional literacy of students and improve school culture. Workshop Length: 90 minutes or two, 45 minute sessions.

Introduction to Restorative Questions (Introductory)

Using restorative questions is the foundational skill for anyone who works at schools implementing restorative practices.  A partner share activity introduces participants to daily discipline situations where they can use restorative questions. A role play demonstration depicts how the questions are asked first with the offender, followed by questions for the victim. Important tips are included about resolving the conflict as well as why we don’t ask students, “Why did you do that?”

Participants will experience the roles of the school employee, victim, and offender as they role play in triads. Alternative questions are featured for special education students, primary grades, upper elementary and secondary students. Participants reflect on their role play experiences and leave equipped to use their newly acquired skill. Workshop Length: 1 hour

Restorative Apologies (Introductory)

Do you know that insincere apologies can cause more harm than help? They are also ineffective in many situations. In this workshop, Restorative Apologies connects restorative questions with potential apologies. Rather than just saying, “I’m sorry,” which is often not genuine, participants learn how to help others make a full apology.

Full apologies usually have three parts corresponding to verb tenses: past, present, and future. The 3-part model is easy to learn and implement. Tips on responding to repetitive apologies with no change in behavior and a computer program students can use to write apology letters are included. Workshop Length: 1 hour

7 Effective Guidance Techniques for Yard Duty and Campus Supervisors (Introductory)

This workshop engages participants in simple yet powerful strategies to guide students’ behavior. Guides include: using voice as a teaching tool; redirection; positive language; avoiding methods that lead to loss of respect; defining limits and maintaining consistency; reinforcing directions; and be alert to total situation. After each guide is presented, participants “practice” what they learned. This workshop offers basic groundwork for those newer to this role and practicing skills for those with more experience. Workshop Length: 1 hour

Social Discipline Window for Educators (Introductory)

“Students are the happiest, healthiest and most likely to make positive changes in their behavior when teachers do things with them rather than to them or for them.” [iirp.edu] Teachers will determine their teaching style as they learn about the four quadrants of the Social Discipline Window: To, Not, For and With.

When teachers work with students using this framework, the results for students’ behaviors are surprising. A video, discussion and personal reflection make this workshop engaging and practical. Workshop Length: 45 minutes

Restorative Practices: Myths or Facts? (Introductory)

Can you tell the difference between these restorative practices myths and facts?

  • Restorative practices is just some touchy-feely program.
  • There aren’t any consequences; students just sit in circles and talk.
  • I don’t have time to implement another program.
  • Students and staff are held accountable for their behavior.
  • Students just get away with misbehavior; they’re never suspended.

Learn the truth about common restorative practices in school’s myths. When staff, parents, and/or community members challenge the validity of RP, you’ll have the answers at your finger tips. Workshop Length: 45 minutes

Dodging the Power-Struggle Trap (Intermediate)

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?

Learn specific strategies to respond to challenging behavior in a way that is intended to prevent escalation and conflict of power. This workshop features techniques to head off students’ misbehaviors. Learn tactics to deescalate students’ behaviors, calm agitated students, and defuse crisis situations using restorative practices techniques. Workshop Length: 1 hour

More Effective Guidance Techniques (Intermediate)

Many staff who work with students are frustrated with discipline challenges. This workshop begins by answering two questions that will improve guidance and decrease frustration. What doesn’t work or is inappropriate when guiding children or teens? What’s the difference between willful defiance and irresponsibility?

After reviewing the 7 Guidance Techniques, participants will learn 3 more effective guidance techniques: ignoring; give choices; and natural consequences. The workshop culminates with discussion focus on connecting guidance challenges with techniques that work. Pre-requisite: 7 Effective Guidance Techniques for Yard Duty and Campus Supervisors. Workshop Length: 1 hour

Fine Tuning the Nuances of Restorative Questions (Intermediate)

You know the restorative questions. You use them with students and staff. But sometimes they feel awkward while at other times you get stuck. Is there anything else you can do? This workshop, Fine Tuning the Nuances of Restorative Questions, helps participants introduce restorative questions to students, effectively deal with students’ interruptions, use a conversational style, summarize the process and reach an agreement, and determine when to go beyond apologies. With practice time included, you’ll fine tune how you effectively use restorative questions with others. Workshop Length: 1 hour

Fair Process: Inclusive Decision-Making for Administrators (Advanced)

How do you make decisions that affect your staff? Ted Watchel, the President of the International Institute of Restorative Practices believes, “Individuals are most likely to trust and cooperate freely with systems – whether they themselves win or lose by those systems – when fair process is observed” (2004).

Fair process is founded on three principles: engagement; explanation; and expectation clarity. These principles foster interacting with others respectfully with dignity which results in people feeling like they’ve been treated fairly, which is turn typically results in cooperation with decisions that are made. Learn how fair process can foster further restorative practices implementation. Discussion included. Note: This information is presented in Year 3 training as of 2016-2017. Workshop Length: 45 minutes

Workshops for Parents

Restorative Practices in Modesto City Schools (Introductory)

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

Have you heard about the school-to-prison pipeline? Are you concerned with the number of students suspended from schools? This workshop begins by addressing the school discipline concerns and explains why punishment doesn’t work. The school discipline change features a shift from rules and punishment to relationships and restorative approaches. Parents will role play restorative questions that are used at school and can easily be used at home. Workshop Length: 1 hour

Restorative Practices in Schools: Secondary (Introductory)

This workshop will introduce parents to changes in school discipline at their students’ school site. Participants will learn why punishment doesn’t work for many students and how changing our questions about adolescents’ misbehavior shifts from breaking rules to repairing relationships. Parents will role play restorative questions that are used at school and can easily be used at home. Workshop Length: 1 hour

How to Use Restorative Apologies with Your Kids (K-6th) or Teens (7-12th Grades) (Introductory)

Do you know that some apologies can cause more harm than help? Do you know why these types of apologies are ineffective? In this workshop parents will connect restorative questions with potential apologies. Rather than just saying, “I’m sorry,” which is often not genuine, parents learn how to help their children make a full apology. Full apologies usually have three parts: past, present, and future. The 3-part model is easy to learn and use at home. Workshop Length: 45 minutes

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

Restorative practices is based on the fundamental belief that our children (or teens) are the happiest, healthiest and most likely to make positive changes in their behavior when parents do things with them rather than to them or for them. [iirp.edu]

Based on the social discipline window, parents will discover where their discipline style lies on the four quadrants: To, Not, For and With. When parents implement discipline using this framework, the results for children’s behaviors are surprising. An overview of the quadrants and styles, video clip, and a reflective circle make this workshop engaging and practical for parents. Workshop Length: 45 minutes

Restorative Practices: Myths or Facts? (Introductory)

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Comprehensive Training

Year 1: The Foundation of Restorative Practices in Schools

Brochure Restorative Practices in Schools Year 1 Rev. July 20 2017

Year 2: Leading Change with Confidence

Year 3: Continuity, Collaboration, and Community

 RP 5 Year Training Overview Brochure Rev 7 14 2017

Participant Materials

If you are enrolled in Dr. Marian’s Restorative Practices course, click here to access the participant materials. Note that this page is password-protected.

Quotes & Videos

“Releasing teachers from their classrooms for professional development can be delicate. If they are going to spend the time, they want it to be relevant, engaging, delivered by competent trainers, and include some practical take-aways they can apply in their classrooms the next day. All of these were true of the Restorative Practices training provided to MCS by Youth For Christ. It has been a valuable experience that I would not hesitate to repeat. Positive approaches to student discipline are critical pieces in changing schools and communities. I can think of few training topics that hit so close to the core of having the potential to change the educational trajectory of our youth.”

— Mike Henderson, Senior Director Human Resources, Modesto City Schools

Restorative Practices Seminar, Day 1: Introduction, Dr. Marian Fritzemeier, Ed.D.

“When the District decided to begin training our sites on Restorative Practices, it was important we found a contractor who was knowledgeable, engaging, and able to persuade our staff to see the importance of using an alternative approach to school discipline. Youth for Christ exceeded our expectations in all of these areas. Their trainings were of top quality, activity-oriented, and they used a collaborative coaching model to assist our sites in moving forward. I would highly recommend contracting with Youth for Christ to any District interested in implementing Restorative Practice.”

— Mark Herbst, Associate Superintendent, Modesto City Schools

Restorative Practices: Innovators for Change, Dr. Marian Fritzemeier, Ed.D.

Restorative Justice and Cheating College Students, Dr. Marian Fritzemeier, Ed.D.