I am an international educator with 15 years of experience on three different continents. I am passionate about the restorative approach in education. Often, international teachers come from a range of diverse cultural backgrounds and this can result in conflicting approaches, philosophies and methodologies with regards to school discipline. I am proposing a programme to train staff and lay a foundation for the restorative approach whilst building a healthier, happier international school community.
I am fully trained and licensed with the International Institute for Restorative Practices. The service I am offering is to provide quality professional development over a two-day period, culminating in individuals gaining formally recognized university credit that can be blended with further online post graduate study. The programme is primarily aimed at those in education but the underlying principles can be equally applied by anyone who works in a community context.
Often international schools struggle with the professional development budget, resulting in many teachers losing out on essential training and growth. Rather than send staff on expensive international trips to receive training, I am willing to travel to your location and host this event on site for a cohort of up to 30 delegates. This ensures excellent value for both your staff and your budget.
Staff will learn a range of strategies they can use every day. they will learn how to set high expectations while being supportive. They will practice how to provide direct feedback and how to ask questions that foster accountability. They will also learn the most effective methods to resolve common conflicts.
The second day will be devoted entirely to teaching attendees to facilitate restorative circles. Circles are an essential process for building social capital, resolving social problems and responding when harm occurs. Circles create a positive learning environment. Staff will learn by participating in circles with other attendees, taking turns to learn how to facilitate. By the end of the day, teaching staff will be prepared to return to their classrooms and run an effective academic or social circle.
According to the International Institute for Restorative Practices:
“All humans are hardwired to connect. Just as we need food, shelter and clothing, human beings also need strong and meaningful relationships to thrive.
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"I am very impressed with this event. It is extremely practical and useful, as I am focusing on community transformation, and I have been given great tools to achieve this objective."
"The 2-day workshop was a good introduction to the theory of restorative practice in schools. I am more mindful of my affective statements to colleagues, students and at home. To dive deeper, I have started reading the resources provided and look forward to the next professional learning on "Circles" next semester."
" I believe restorative practices should be a way of life in our communication and interactions with one another. In that way conflicts, whenever it comes up, will always be easy to manage and resolve in a more sustainable manner."
"With this course, there was a real sense of community.”
"This training experience has been a wonderful and collaborative coming together of a diverse group of professionals."