Courses designed for the Educational setting.
10 Week course low-residency course.
With the both in-person and online study, this course delivers significant opportunities to dive deep into Restorative Justice work as well as opportunities to reflect weekly on theory and practice. Readings and assignments are sent on four days before our conference calls. We hold conference calls to foster questions and discussion between you, our skilled and supportive facilitators, as well as other students. Want some hands-on skill building to strengthen your practice? During the course weeks 5 and 10 we hold our full day workshops on Fridays, so you’ll able to bring your real and pressing challenges to this discussion and gain all the benefits of in-person learning.
Our four courses build upon each other magnifying the previous knowledge and expertise. Upon completion of all four we believe you’ll be a strong practitioner and able to lead much of this work in your organization. Clock hours are available for participants through the Puget Sound ESD, between 12 and 23 clock hours.
Introduction and classroom practices
Restorative Justice 101. This course builds the foundational philosophy for Restorative Justice. We focus on understanding the principles of RJ and applying the practices of RJ to the classroom. Beginning with the classroom/community practice of Circles is essential to building strong community. Using non-evaluative language is a strategy for youth to reflect on their behavior rather than relying on adults to do the cognitive work.
Restorative Justice 201. In this section we will develop skills around group author conferences and restorative conferences. We will explore the role of authors, victims, support persons, community members, and facilitators. All the while thinking about how to maximize the priorities of RJ in any "conference." Our time in person will be directed toward building skills for facilitation of restorative conferences.
Restorative Justice 301. We cover racial equity in nearly every other section, yet this section will provide a deeper dive into why RJ is an appropriate tool for addressing equity issues. While we start with race, the tools of the equity lens apply to other disadvantaged groups and will help structure numerous conversations (race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class).
Restorative Justice 401. We will focus on policy changes and implementation. How to begin building understanding in your school. Where to go after people are on board when to take your first case. This will cover policy changes at the school and district level. Participants will create an implementation plan.