This one-day skills workshop is for teachers, school staff, youth workers, youth, and other professionals who wish to incorporate peacemaking circles to build community at their school or organization. The circle 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 learn the underlying assumptions, primary features, and basic process of Peacemaking Circles through direct experience and reflection. Participants will then have the opportunity to practice designing and keeping circles, receive feedback on their skills, and receive an informal assessment of their readiness to apply circles to their work. Participants will receive a book and other reference materials to guide in implementation. On the basis of this and the assessment, it is anticipated that most participants will be ready to serve as keepers for basic community building circles as an outcome of the workshop, but not more advanced responsive circles.
Mandatory Prerequisite: Participants must have participated in a previous Restorative Practices introductory training, such as Restorative Schools Overview (held Oct. 5 and Dec. 1, 2017). The prerequisite can also be fulfilled by viewing this one-hour webinar recording in its entirety: Why Restorative: An Introduction to Restorative Practices.
The Circle Keeping Workshop will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Charles Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW.
Registration is limited and priority will be given to 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.