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Restorative Justice and Special Education

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1050 First St. NE
First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton I, Room 108

Restorative Justice is a philosophy and approach to building community and responding to harm with roots in indigenous traditions. It is increasingly applied in schools all around the country to manage classrooms and create inclusive, socially connected, and supportive learning environments. We are committed to educating youth regardless of their social, emotional, physical, or intellectual abilities. Indeed, students with special needs and trauma make a significant part of our school population and are disproportionately represented in school discipline cases. Even where there is no formal diagnosis, students have different capacities for sustained attention, social awareness, intellectual cognition, emotional regulation, memory, and expressive and receptive language. This one-day experiential workshop will help teachers, administrators, and special education staff identify and accommodate these differences as an essential part of preparing for, keeping, and following up on responsive interventions such as responsive circles.

Prerequisites: Restorative Schools Overview (or other introductory training), Circle Keeping, and Responsive Circle Keeping. Most participants should be ready to hold basic responsive circles; including preparation and agreement making for students with a variety of special needs.

For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at [email protected].