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Creating a Restorative Culture in Your Classroom

Facilitator(s): Caroline Missal
Sue Hopgood
Date:March 08, 2012
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. coffee and muffins)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (Centre for Education)
1 Kingsway Avenue
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Course code: 12-CP-268

Target Audience

Teachers, Counselors, Educational Assistants, Administrators, District Leaders and others involved in school or district level implementation

About this learning opportunity

What is it we want students to learn through our discipline practices? How do we encourage students to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do? How do we encourage students to take responsibility and be accountable for their words and actions?

Restorative practices move away from more traditional discipline and consequences to focus on relationships and repairing harm. In this session, you will learn about:

  • principles of restorative justice and restorative practices
  • restorative practices - how they can be used in classroom and school settings
  • differentiated education is now a mainstream practice, how do we adapt discipline to also be differentiated to meet students individual needs?
  • what is a community conference
  • how to begin the journey towards a restorative school culture
  • how schools within Edmonton Public and other districts are applying these principles in their settings

This learning opportunity is offered in partnership with Alberta Conflict Transformation Society (ACTS).

About the facilitator(s)

Caroline Missal has worked for Edmonton Public Schools as a teacher, consultant, and for the past 15 years as a principal. Her background is in special education and she is passionate about supporting children and youth who are vulnerable to achieve success in school and in life. Caroline holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and presently is a senior manager at Alberta Education, working on the provincial Bullying Prevention Strategy and other caring, respectful, and safe school initiatives. She has done extensive work in the area of restorative justice and restorative practices in schools.

Sue Hopgood is experienced in both the correctional services field (youth, adult, community and institutional corrections) as well as a victim services advocate for the Edmonton Police Service. She has worked with the Alberta Conflict Transformation Society since 1997, being trained as a facilitator in February 1998 and as a trainer in April 2000. Sue has been directly involved in over 500 conferences and 35 trainings. Since September 2002, she has been seconded to the Edmonton Public School Board to use the conferencing model to reduce suspension and expulsion rates in the district. She has co-developed, Creating a Restorative Culture in the Classroom workshop and is is working on a joint project with ACTS, Alberta Justice, Solicitor General and Edmonton Police Service to make Restorative Justice and Community Conferencing available to the citizens of Edmonton.

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