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Introduction to Restorative School Practices



Introduction to Restorative School Practices


We invite you to join us on Friday, April 4, 2014, for our Introduction to Restorative School Practices workshop in Augusta.  This workshop will introduce participants to restorative school practices that have proven effective and sustainable. The format will include presentations, circles, discussion and video of restorative school practices in action.

Introduction to Restorative School Practices
Friday, April 4, 2014
Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta

$150/person, includes morning refreshments and lunch

Facilitator:  Barb Blazej, Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine and adjunct faculty in the Peace & Reconciliation Studies Program, University of Maine

For more information, contact Barb Blazej by email,,
or leave a message at 207-581-2609.

Registration Deadline:  March 28, 2014

For registration, payment and refund details, click here

The Restorative Approach is a philosophy that sees relationships as central to learning, growth and a healthy school climate for students and adults. Within the restorative approach, educators use various restorative practices to build a climate of trust, respect and open-mindedness, as a proactive and preventative way of reducing conflict, bullying and aggressive behaviors in schools. Additionally, restorative rather than punitive approaches to discipline deal more effectively with student misbehavior by encouraging students to be accountable for their actions and find ways to “make things right” with those they have harmed. Restorative discipline empowers students by helping them to learn from their mistakes in a school environment that is caring and responsive.

Restorative practices are proving successful in schools across the country and in many Maine schools.  These practices help create safe schools where all members of the community are accountable for their actions, resolve conflicts, create positive relationships, and build an inclusive, respectful school culture.

This workshop is sponsored by the University of Maine Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program, Division of Lifelong Learning, in collaboration with the Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine.

The Sixth Annual Summer Institute in Restorative School Practices will take place June 30-July 2, 2014 at the Hutchinson Center, Belfast.  Email publicity for this three-day training will go out in early March.

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