In the above photo, Ashley St. Germaine stands in a circle of her peers as she holds her “talking stick” and speaks to the others in the circle. The students are taking part in the new restorative practice program at the Cloquet Area Alternative Education Program (CAAEP). Jamie Lundfirstname.lastname@example.org
We have two tracks this year. First Steps and Next Steps
First Steps: Beginning the Journey Restorative Practice Trainings
Are you new to Restorative Practices (RP) and Process? Are you growing your understanding of RP Circles and RP Process? These offerings are for you!
Monday: Restorative Practices First Step
Tuesday-Friday: Circle Training
Tuesday-Thursday: Conferencing to Repair Harm
Tuesday-Thursday: Restorative Language/Chats
Tuesday-Wednesday: Embracing the Circle and the Sacred Space Within it
Thursday-Friday: School Mediation & Conflict Coaching
Friday: Whole School Design
Friday Morning: Breaking the School Pipeline to Prison
Restorative Practices First Step Laraine and Paul Mickelson, Monday all day
Participation in Restorative Practices First Step is recommended prior to attendance in all other conference Restorative Practices offerings. It is a foundational training that will provide an overview of restorative justice principles and theory, restorative practices in schools, implementation guidance and a review of resources. This training is appropriate for teachers, administrators, family members, school board representatives, social workers, parents and other professionals that work with youth.
Circle Training Laraine and Paul Mickelson, Tuesday-Friday
Circle is a foundational practice drawn from Indigenous traditions from around the world. Circle fosters inclusive and nonhierarchical communication and relationship building. Circle is the basic communication process for a restorative school. Circle can be used to build community, problem-solve, teach, plan and repair harm. The process looks simple, but applying the principles requires practice. Participants will learn the elements, history and applications of circle, the consensus process and underlying assumptions.
Conferencing to Repair Harm Carrie Manty, Tuesday-Thursday
This workshop provides a solid introduction for teachers and school staff to facilitate restorative conferences that typically include harming and harmed parties, and support people. Outlines, skills, and intuitive “know how” will help facilitators to oversee a formal process involving separate preparation meetings, a joint dialogue conference and agreement-based follow-ups. Understanding the difference between harms and disputes will also be covered especially since school cases often have both elements.
Restorative Language/Chats Mary Skillings, Tuesday-Thursday
In this introductory training, participants will explore their own mindset for supporting adults and students when a conflict arises. They will reflect on how they listen deeply and how they share who they are as people. In addition, participants will discuss what restorative language is and isn’t to include identifying deficit thinking and harmful language. Participants will practice restorative chats, which are quick, in-the-moment guided conversations to help resolve problems early. They will share ideas on how to teach the restorative questions to students.
Embracing the “Circle” and the Sacred Space Within it, Lindsey Markwardt, Tuesday-Wednesday
This workshop will shed light on some of the challenges that are present for American Indian learners in mainstream classrooms. We will discuss the effects of historical trauma, American Indian teaching models, and the Wellbriety movement in Indian Country. During this workshop you will gain insight from the Seven Grandfather teachings that are still used to guide our Anishinaabeg youth. We will have time for discussion in talking circle format throughout this workshop, as a way to gain insight through each other. We will also be making a healing tea, dreamcatcher, and a pair of earrings to celebrate the therapeutic value of art and gifts.
School Mediation & Conflict Coaching M.J. Bauer and Erica Backstrom, Thursday-Friday
This training will focus on school mediation and conflict coaching for youth, as well as conflict resolution in schools and school based conflict resolution techniques. School Mediation provides a safe environment for students to work through sensitive issues in an open and honest way. In mediation, each person has a voice at the table, and participates in creating any agreement reached. Our goal is to empower youth through self-determination and responsibility. Mediation can help address conflicts between students. Conflict coaching helps students by giving them models of positive conflict resolution behaviors and provides discussion topics to enable youth to better understand conflict, understand themselves and each other in conflict, and be equipped with tools for constructively responding in conflict situations.
Whole School Design and Conversations with CAEEP Laraine Mickelson, Connie Hyde, Angela Garbett, and Dave Perry, Friday all day
Learn the critical management steps necessary to reach your restorative goals which include basic project management, visioning, strategic planning and evaluation. Participants will: Explore important management steps necessary to reach their restorative goals; Discuss the importance of a needs assessment prior to establishing restorative goals; and experience an activity that explores the beginning steps of program creation.
Breaking the School Pipeline to Prison Peter Eng, Chrissy Gamst & Erik Blesener, Friday 1/2 day morning
Can school disciplinary practices actually create a pipeline to prison? Policymakers, educators, law enforcement and restorative justice professionals are questioning “pushout” policies as a form of response for maladaptive behavior and misconduct in schools. This session will offer an opportunity to discuss constructive actions that focus on keeping students in school with staff and offenders from two local prisons.
Mindful Moments Erin DeWitt, every morning during social hour
Explore Mindfulness, Meditation and Energy Medicine Practices that support navigating challenging situations and restoring calm with greater ease.
Next Steps: Restorative Practice Skill Building Trainings
Are you interested in deepening your existing RP circle practice and or building upon your RP process skill set? These offerings are for you!
Tuesday-Thursday: Unpacking Privilege, Historical Trauma and Equity in Education
Tuesday-Wednesday: Deeper Understanding of Circle
Deeper Understanding of Circle, Emily Gaarder, Tuesday-Wednesday
This session is for people with circle process experience that want to deepen their self-awareness and abilities as a circle keeper. This experiential training will explore how circle keepers can help create and maintain safety and dignity for all participants. We will explore how power manifests itself within the circle process, including dynamics of race/ethnic, gender, and class differences. We will practice the art of deep listening and intuition, and awareness of group dynamics. We will also problem-solve “What should I do now?” moments that can occur in circle. Participants will share their knowledge, building circle resources and ideas with each other to collectively discover ways of facilitating through the opportunities and challenges of each stage of circle- from introductory phases, to trust-building, discussions of harm, and plans to move forward.
Unpacking Privilege, Historical Trauma & Equity in Education, Mary T. Schmitz and Sheila Dokken on Tuesday-Thursday
In this 3-day “Ed-Venture”, participants will be actively engaged in circle practice as a means to review, model, practice and integrate critical skills of circle practice and restorative measures while addressing the racial inequities inherent to the system of public education. Participants will have ample opportunity to “strap on” the skills, feels and questions of facilitating Circle while creating safe space to grapple with the often painful, unresolved, volatile issues of historical racism, trauma, discipline, disconnection and the impact that lack of healthy resolution and traditional pathways has on students, staff, families, communities and our prison systems today. Together, we’ll: Pause. Notice. Observe. Allow without judgment. We’ll learn and practice self-compassion. These are the tools that enable students and adults alike, to re-member, to come back together. When we “re-member”, reconnect, our Circle is made whole.