2020 Topics

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 Lund/jlund@pinejournal.com

We have two tracks this year. Building Knowledge and Deepening Knowledge

Building Knowledge: 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
Monday: Breaking the School Pipeline to Prison
Monday-Tuesday: Restorative Practices Circle for Administrators
Tuesday-Friday: Community Building Circle Training
Wednesday-Thursday: Restorative Language/Chats
Thursday-Friday: Circle for Dakota, Ojibwe, and other American Indian Educators

Restorative Practices First Step Laraine and Paul Mickelson, Monday all day

This one-day session is an exploration of who you are and how your personal restorative impulses show up in the world. An overview of restorative philosophy, including what restorative practices are and what they are not, will help to deepen the exploration of personal practices. Participants of the trainings are encouraged to attend, along with administrators, family members and school board representatives.

Breaking the School Pipeline to Prison Peter Eng & Chrissy Gamst, Monday all day

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.

Restorative Practices Circle for Administrators, Connie Hyde and Gregg Campbell, Monday and Tuesday

A key driver for implementation is leadership. This two day session provides administrators the opportunity to learn from their peers and to identify what they know and what they don’t know about restorative practices. Teams from districts are strongly encouraged to attend: superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and deans, as well as anyone who frequently works on school discipline issues—lead teachers, school lawyers, parent leaders or community RP partners.

Community Building Circle Training Laraine and Paul Mickelson, Tuesday-Friday

Circle is a communication process for building and maintaining relationships, based in many indigenous values. In this four day introductory session, participants will explore relationship, building rapport and seeing the whole human in self and others. They will discuss who they are as people, their own values in relationship with others, and look again at how they can honor others whom they touch in their lives. Participants will practice keeping community building circles with each other.

Circle for Dakota, Ojibwe and other American Indian Educators, Lindsey Markwardt and Jenny Markwardt, Thursday-Friday

This Circle is specifically for Dakota, Ojibwe and other American Indian educators, facilitated by Indigenous Circle keepers. The four-day Circle will provide opportunity for American Indian educators to share their cultural practices within the Circle process. By telling stories, participants will discuss ways to elevate American Indian students’ voice and advocate for repair of harm over punishment in schools. They may also identify opportunities for collaboration with educators of color and white educators to use Circle in a manner that is grounded in the culture of the school’s Indigenous communities.

Restorative Language/Chats Mary Skillings, Wednesday-Thursday

In this introductory session, participants will explore their own mindset for working with adults and students. They will reflect on how they listen and how they share who they are as people with their students, including using ‘I’ statements to express feelings. They will discuss what restorative language is and isn’t, including 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

Mindful Moments Candy Adamczak, every morning during social hour

Explore Mindfulness, Meditation and Energy Medicine Practices that support navigating challenging situations and restoring calm with greater ease.

Deepening Knowledge: 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-Wednesday: Using Circle to Teach- Understanding Culture, Resilience and American Indian Students
Tuesday-Wednesday: Breaking Barriers-Supporting Students Through Trauma Informed Practices
Tuesday-Thursday: Restorative Practices and Special Education
Wednesday-Friday: Deeper Understanding of Circle
Thursday-Friday: Conferencing to Repair Harm
Friday: Whole School Design

Using Circle to Teach –Understanding Culture, Resilience and American Indian Students, 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

Breaking Barriers – Supporting Students Through Trauma Informed Practices, Callie Devriendt and Ronell Kahring, Tuesday-Wednesday

Often in schools we focus on student’s “misbehavior” by addressing it through a one-size-fits-all approach, rather than recognizing what lies beneath the behavior and developing systems and alternative strategies to support students.  In this workshop we will develop a deeper understanding of trauma and toxic stress, how this impacts’ behavior, and steps that schools/individuals can take towards creating an inclusive trauma-informed learning environment. In this workshop you will receive information to support you with implementation while also receiving experiential learning opportunities through open dialogue, circle discussions, and activities.  Interventions such as restorative practices, social-emotional learning, and alternatives to suspension will be highlighted.

Restorative Practices and Special Education, Doris Moylan and Angel Speed, Tuesday-Thursday

This session will explore accommodations that can be used in the repair of harm and community building process for students with disabilities. Visual aids and language adaptions, along with guidance for specific disabilities will be offered. Participant will practice holding repair of harm process, as well as how to accommodate young people with special needs in circle. Circle or conferencing to repair harm knowledge is helpful.

Deeper Understanding of Circle, Emily Gaarder, Wednesday-Friday

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.

Conferencing to Repair Harm with Stephanie Lee and Mallory Thorne, Thursday-Friday

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.

Whole School Design and Conversations with CAEEP Laraine Mickelson, Connie Hyde, Angela Garbett, and Dave Perry,  Friday all day

The Cloquet Area Learn Center is in their fourth year of whole school restorative practices. This session will review the critical management steps necessary to reach any district’s restorative goals. Participants will review steps for basic project management, visioning, strategic planning, needs assessment and evaluation.