Summer Programs to Focus on Creating Caring School Communities

Helping build and maintain caring school communities is the focus of two summer programs offered by the University of Maine Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program in collaboration with the Restorative School Practices Collaborative of Maine.

The sixth annual Summer Institute in Restorative Practices will be held June 30 to July 2 at UMaine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The program, facilitated by Barbara Blazej and Pam Anderson, will introduce participants to the full range of restorative school practices designed to build caring school communities in which students, staff and administrators feel connected and respected, and learning outcomes are enhanced.

Restorative Conference Facilitation Training will be held Aug. 4–5 at the University of Maine in Augusta. Facilitated by Blazej and Margaret Micolichek, the training will focus on restorative conferencing that is designed to be an effective intervention to address serious misbehaviors or harmful incidents in schools, and foster positive re-entry for suspended or expelled students.

Blazej and Anderson are founding members of the Restorative Practices Collaborative in Maine. For eight years, Micolichek served as director of the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast in Belfast.

For more information about session fees, available CEU’s and registration deadlines, email