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Responsive Circle Keeping Workshop

Next Date: 
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 8:30am to Friday, February 9, 2018 - 4:00pm

1050 First St. NE
New OSSE Location
First Floor, Room 109

This two-day skills workshop is for school staff who aim to incorporate responsive peacemaking circles into their school. The training will first outline the range of formal and informal interventions available as alternatives to traditional punitive discipline, before focusing on responsive circles and then more structured intervention for serious and complex incidents of harm. The keeper’s role is to initiate a space that is respectful and safe, and to engage participants in sharing responsibility for the space and for their collective work. Participants will practice keeping mock circles using disciplinary scenarios drawn from the participants’ real-life experience and receiving feedback on their skills. Participants will also learn how these restorative practices can be institutionalized, and made to interface with local laws and their school's existing suspension policies.

Participants are expected to attend both days of this workshop, as well as participate in post-workshop observation and assessment. Following the two-day workshop, participants will be asked to convene and keep live responsive circles in coordination with a designated coach who will assess their skills and offer feedback. Participants will also be asked to take part in a regular, monthly one-hour peer support conference call for sharing, learning, and accountability. It is anticipated that most participants will be ready to keep basic responsive circles, including preparation and agreement making, upon completion of this workshop.
Mandatory Prerequisite: Participants must have participated in a previous Restorative Practices introductory training, such as Restorative Schools Overview. The prerequisite can also be fulfilled by viewing this one-hour webinar recording in its entirety: Why Restorative: An Introduction to Restorative Practices.
Registration is limited and priority will be given to K-12 educators and school staff serving in District of Columbia public and public charter schools.

For questions, please contact Em Morrison at [email protected]. To learn more about the Restorative Practices work underway in District schools, visit Restorative DC.