Restorative Practice and Positive Education: a symbiotic approach to well-being in schools
1 day training
Addressing the mental health challenges that exist globally and providing a climate of positive well-being and flourishing individuals in our school communities is a necessary priority of educators in every setting the world over. Positive Education and Restorative Practice are complementary approaches that together, comprehensively enhance the well-being of school communities.
Participants of this one day workshop will:
- enhance existing understanding of Positive Education and Restorative Practice
- through the lens of the PERMA model (Seligman, 2011), inquire into theoretical models and empirical research common to Positive Education and Restorative Practice including Barbara Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build Theory, Carol Dweck’s Mindsets (particularly as they relate to relationships and wrongdoing), Tompkins’ Affect Script Psychology and Peterson’s work around Character Strengths
- understand how Positive Education and Restorative Practices work symbiotically with one another
- engage in interactive experiences enabling them to apply taught skills and knowledge
- begin to strategically plan for the implementation of a cohesive wellbeing framework for their school that synergises Positive Education and Restorative Practice
Comprehensively aligning the research, principles and objectives of both Positive Education and Restorative Practice can enhance the integrity of both approaches, provide symbiotic support of approaches, create consistency throughout school communities, strengthen understanding and application of both approaches and contribute to the overall development of a flourishing school culture.
This workshop is for educators working in all settings from P-12 including administrators and leadership. It is recommended that participants have foundational knowledge/experience in Positive Education and Restorative Practice as basic pedagogy of approaches will not be covered during this workshop.
Restorative Practice in Schools: A Relational Approach to Managing Behaviour
1 day training
The one day workshop is designed for staff in schools which are implementing (or are about to implement) restorative practice as a whole of school initiative. It will give staff an opportunity to explore their own beliefs and practices about discipline and is an introduction and orientation to the restorative philosophy and informal processes such as the use of circles, restorative chats and classroom conferencing .This training is suitable for all school personnel including administrative staff, Principal class personnel, teaching staff, integration aides , youth workers, social workers, guidance staff, counselors, psychologists and office staff. The one day training is also offered as three after school sessions, each being 2 hours in duration.
2 day training
The two day workshop is an extended version for those schools wanting more in-depth training, with more time allocated to practice the skills, understandings and processes of Restorative Practices. The two days need not be consecutive. This training is suitable for all school personnel including administrative staff, Principal class personnel, teaching staff, integration aides , youth workers, social workers, guidance staff, counselors, psychologists and office staff.
The training is interactive and practical. Participants receive relevant reading materials, restorative chat cards and a manual.
Parent Information Evenings (1-1.5 hours)
These information evenings are usually encouraged once a school has undergone its initial training and restorative practices are being implemented across the school (recommended after 6-12 months of implementation). This information evening is designed to brief parents about restorative practices in the school setting. They will gain an overview of the philosophy and explore approaches specific to the school. In addition, we explore parenting styles and unpack ‘restorative parenting’ in the home.
Classroom Circles (Circle Time) (2 hours – 1 day)
This highly interactive workshop looks at the practice and theory of classroom circles. The training aims to develop a range of strategies to build social and emotional literacy and looks at innovative ways of building supportive relationships in the classroom. During the 1 day workshop participants have the opportunity to design and plan a classroom circle using the resources and understandings gained throughout the day with the support of the workshop facilitator.
Restorative Pathways also offers tailored training sessions designed to meet the needs of individual schools. This can involve looking at staff relationships and team building as well as policy development and strategic planning.