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RESTORATIVE PRACTICES in the Classroom: Build Better Relationships and More Effectively Manage Student Behavior

Presented by JoAnn Freiberg
Outstanding Teacher and National Presenter

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K-12 Classroom Teachers, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Behavior Intervention Specialists, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, School Improvement Teams, Discipline Committee Members, In-School Suspension Supervisors, Paraprofessionals, and Administrators

  • Practical ideas for more effectively using a restorative practices approach in classrooms and schools
  • Strategies for effectively managing problematic behavior and preventing repeated resurfacing of misbehavior
  • Practices to help students take responsibility, connect their behavior to the impact it has on others, and be able to repair any harm done
  • Restorative techniques to help students develop skills to deal with difficult situations and progress socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Do you ever wish you could get through more lessons without having to correct misbehavior or redirect students? Do you often feel stressed out, tired and under pressure, while seldom managing to accomplish everything you planned for the day? In this seminar, JO ANN FREIBERG, a nationally recognized expert on restorative practices, will share numerous preventative measures designed to build healthy attitudes in students while producing healthy and productive relationships among students and staff. Learn how to shift the focus from rules broken and punitive consequences to the harm done and providing appropriate restorative consequences. Explore concrete and practical strategies for establishing effective classroom and school-based restorative routines. Armed with an extensive digital resource handbook and a set of powerful strategies, you will leave this seminar with a renewed desire to make a marked difference with even your most challenging students.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Build Better Relationships and More Effectively Manage Student Behavior
    Discover practical, classroom-tested restorative practices that build stronger relationships and more effectively address student behaviors that impede the learning process
  2. Reduce the Need to Use Exclusionary Disciplinary Practices
    Learn effective strategies for successfully resolving conflict without resorting to exclusionary discipline practices
  3. Sharpen Your Skills as a Restorative Practices Educator
    Explore a continuum of practices to help you hone what you are already doing to more efficiently and effectively manage behavior and academics
  4. Create the Foundation for Working Restoratively
    Learn the essential elements required to build a high-quality restorative classroom and school environment … Experience far less conflict, disagreement and harm than typical classrooms and schools
  5. Increase Your Confidence in Using Restorative Circles Appropriately
    Collect a myriad of effective circle processes that vastly improve communication … Strengthen student relationships, problem solving, positive behavior, and learning
  6. Build Respect and Trust in the Classroom and School
    Create supportive and positive classroom and school climates … Learn the essential components that are the foundation for solving problems and managing behavior restoratively
  7. Respond Effectively to Problematic Behavior
    Intervene appropriately in teaching students constructive skills to deal with triggering situations to stop recurring behavior problems from occurring
  8. Create Classrooms of Dignity and Respect for Each and Every Student
    Discover innovative “destination” classroom strategies that support far more high-quality instructional time, fewer absences and out of class referrals, yielding much higher academic achievement
  9. Increase Instructional Time by Minimizing the Need to Manage Misbehavior
    Explore strategies for creating successful restorative classrooms and schools … Set much higher academic and behavioral expectations than traditional classrooms and schools and provide the necessary supports for reaching them
  10. Receive a Valuable Restorative Practices Digital Resource Handbook
    You will receive an extensive restorative practices digital resource handbook filled with the techniques, strategies and activities discussed in the seminar – that you can immediately apply

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • The most effective restorative practices for building better relationships and more effectively managing student behavior
  • Proven practices to drastically reduce the number of office referrals, detentions, suspensions, and expulsions
  • Restorative skills that promote students’ academic, social, emotional, and behavioral success
  • Exemplary practices that work to solve problems without resorting to punitive consequences
  • Extensive tips for successful facilitation of restorative conversations … How to lead conversations around serious situations that inevitably arise
  • Dozens of circle-prompt “starters” that are engaging, meaningful and promote connectedness among classroom community members
  • Proven, research-based methods to solve classroom problems effectively … the first time
  • A repertoire of practices to foster student teamwork, collaboration, focus, and engagement
  • Techniques to create regulated classroom environments that support all types and levels of learners
  • Ways to increase positive behavior, and prevent conflict and disagreement

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Now, more than ever, we face many challenging behaviors in our classrooms and schools that interfere with learning and result in a loss of valuable instructional time. We want to experience different outcomes, but the tendency is for misbehavior to continue reoccurring. How can we break free of this cycle? How can we successfully manage student behavior and create better relationships?

At the core, working restoratively is about the truth that we are happier, healthier and more cooperative as humans when authority figures do things with us rather than to us or for us.” The main reason why educators don’t lead restorative classrooms and schools is that they simply do not yet have the necessary tools. I can help!

I have designed this seminar to share the ideas, strategies, techniques, and methods I have seen work with even the most challenging, disrespectful students and classrooms. In this seminar you will acquire these necessary tools! Becoming “restorative” is a journey, and I invite you to join me on this vitally important trek. Once you learn how to create restorative classrooms, you will never go back! Every classroom community member, adult and student, will benefit greatly.

I want to show you how to set exceptionally high expectations and provide the necessary supports for students to reach them. When inevitable problems and conflicts arise, I want you to have the tools to hold individuals accountable and responsible to repair the harm, rather than just being excluded from the community. It is harder and more impactful to fix a problem and repair the harm to relationships or property than it is to “do time.”

Please join me and discover practical, commonsense restorative practices that we can successfully use to deal with and help challenging students in our classrooms and schools. You will leave this seminar with many practical strategies that you can put to use in your classroom immediately. In a short amount of time, you will be telling others emphatically, “This stuff works!”

Jo Ann Freiberg

P.S. If you could transform the life of just one student this year, your time will have been well spent. Invest one day with me and together we can make a real difference in the lives of your students.

Who Should Attend

K-12 Classroom Teachers, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Behavior Intervention Specialists, Counselors, Instructional Assistants, School Improvement Teams, Discipline Committee Members, In-School Suspension Supervisors, Paraprofessionals, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies before, during and after the seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Extensive examples of what exemplary restorative classrooms and schools look, feel and sound like
  • Strategies for creating restorative classrooms and schools with improved behavior
  • A continuum of practices that support working restoratively from building a positive community to restoring relationships when harm has occurred
  • Not just one more thing to do … A myriad of skills that support working restoratively to accomplish what you are already doing
  • Supports that empower students to take charge of their own circumstances by successfully resolving conflict and harm without adult intervention
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Consultation Available
Jo Ann Freiberg will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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