Training for Educators - IIRP Canada

Training for Educators

Building Positive School Climate: A Restorative Framework Approach

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York University Faculty of Education students participating in Restorative Practices

Our goal at the International Institute for Restorative Practice: Canada (IIRP Canada) is to teach school administrators, educators, counselors, and support staff how to explicitly build positive school climate and culture using restorative practices — the science of relationships and community. Restorative Practice has been implemented in schools across Canada, from urban to rural areas. We have found that sustainable implementation in schools is most effective when school and district administrators work alongside school staff to learn restorative practices and champion the effort. 

Our multi-year approach includes training, coaching and a Train-the-Trainer component, for establishing and sustaining school change. The planning process begins by developing a comprehensive support plan with a Board/school team. Baseline data, including school suspension and discipline referrals, along with climate reports and interviews, are used to plan professional development needs and to set achievable goals. 

A 3-tiered support model illustrates an overall approach to implementation that supports the effectiveness and sustainability.

TRAINING PLAN
Introduction to Restorative Practices (1-Day)Using Circles Effectively (1-Day)PLC (custom) for Leadership Teams
Restorative Justice Conferencing (2-Day)Mentoring/Coaching (custom)
Train-the Trainer Program (3 -Day)Mentoring/Coaching (custom)

Restorative Practices for Educators Training (In Person Events)

Restorative Practice for Educators (Introduction) Day One – Restorative Practice Framework provides a construct to strengthen relationships and repair harm in a way that builds community. The framework workshop emphasizes proactive strategies for building strong relationships, engaging students, and addressing incidents of hurt/harm. Day Two – Using Circles Effectively provides an opportunity for educators and staff to develop skills to facilitate both community building circles and responsive circles to address conflict.

Facilitating Restorative Conferences: Day 3 & 4: This 2-Day Restorative Conference Training is focussed on providing participants with tools/strategies to address conflicts such as bullying, vandalism and other serious infractions. You will learn all the steps required to conduct a formal Restorative Conference. The process includes determining the readiness of all of those involved (the person who was harmed, the person who caused the harm and the supporters) and then organizing and facilitating the formal meeting. Even if you will not be responsible for facilitating conferences, you will learn how to better address everyday conflict and incidents in your workplace and community.  Note: While this event will help attendees strengthen social bonds in any setting, many of the examples are drawn from K-12 schools.

Coaching (These can include planning with school leadership teams, leading staff circles, online PLC planning for implementation courses and or digging deeper interactive webinars to help support unique needs at specific schools. Training of trainers:  IIRP-Canada provides a cost-effective way to implement and sustain the use of restorative practices in your school or district. Through our Training of Trainers events, we license your staff to deliver Basic Restorative Practices professional development.

Restorative Practices for Educators Training (Virtual Events)

Restorative Practices for Educators: This online experience is tailored for teachers, administrators and other school staff and includes the following:

  • On two successive days (either two days in a row or split up, preferably with no more than a week in between) you will participate in a 4.5 hour synchronous video conference session (with 30 min. of break time built in)
  • Pre-work includes readings, handouts, videos and other resources. There will be approximately 2 hours of pre-work for each day of synchronous instruction.

The learning outcomes for the on-line version are identical to those established for the in-person training.

Day One – Restorative Practice Framework provides a construct to strengthen relationships and repair harm in a way that builds community. The framework workshop emphasizes proactive strategies for building strong relationships, engaging students, and addressing incidents of hurt/harm. Day Two – Using Circles Effectively provides an opportunity for educators and staff to develop skills to facilitate both community building circles and responsive circles to address conflict. 

Facilitating Restorative Conferences

  • On two successive days (either two days in a row or split up, preferably with no more than a week in between) you will participate in a 4.5 hour synchronous video conference session (with 30 min. of break time built in)
  • Pre-work includes readings, handouts, videos and other resources. There will be approximately 2 hours of pre-work for each day of synchronous instruction.

This 2-Day Restorative Conference Training is focused on providing participants with tools/strategies to address conflicts such as bullying, vandalism and other serious infractions. You will learn all the steps required to conduct a formal Restorative Conference. The process includes determining the readiness of all of those involved (the person who was harmed, the person who caused the harm and the supporters) and then organizing and facilitating the formal meeting. Even if you will not be responsible for facilitating conferences, you will learn how to better address everyday conflict and incidents in your workplace and community. Skills taught include monitoring your own reactions in stressful situations, listening with empathy and creating a shared understanding among conflicting parties.\

Pricing Overview

*Note: This training is also available in French.

ServiceParticipants Cost
Introduction to the Restorative Practices Framework Training (1 Day)40 in-person24 on-line$2000/day*
Using Circles Effectively Training (1 Day) 40 in-person24 on-line$2000/day
Restorative Justice Conference Training (2 Days) 40 in-person24 on-line$2000/day
Train-the-Trainer for Framework & Circles (3 Days) 10 in-person10 on-line$1800/person
Train-the-Trainer for Conferencing (3 Days)10 in-person10 on-line$1800/person
Framework Book Resource$14.95 /ea.
Circles Book Resource$14.95/ea.
Conferencing Resource/Manual$30.00/ea.
CoachingTBDTBD
Professional Learning Community Facilitation20TBD

Please Note: At times there are additional trainer expenses (travel, accommodation) associated with in-person events.