2018 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

2018 Foundational Trainings

Restorative Practices Foundations Nancy Riestenberg and Mary Skillings, Monday 

This one-day session will provide an overview of restorative justice principles and theory, restorative practices in schools, implementation guidance and a review of resources. Participants of the trainings are encouraged to attend, along with administrators, family members and school board representatives.

Circle Training Laraine and Paul Mickelson, Tuesday-Friday

Circle is the basic communication process for a restorative school. Circle can be used to build community, problem-solve, teach, plan, organize meetings 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.

School Mediation & Conflict Coaching M.J. Bauer, Leslye Taylor and Erica Backstrom Tuesday and Wednesday

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. This training is for trained mediators and restorative justice practitioners.

Breaking the School Pipeline to Prison Peter Eng and Chrissy Gamst, Tuesday 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.

Mindfulness Inside and Out Erin DeWitt, Wednesday morning

Explore Mindfulness, Meditation and Energy Medicine Practices that support navigating challenging situations with greater ease. Participants will learn and practice tools for restoring a safe and healthy learning environment for themselves and their students. We will explore how to utilize these practices to nourish body, mind and spirit personally and professionally.

Restorative Reiki Candy Adamczak, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning

When doing restorative work with others, it is equally important to have a daily self-care plan. This work is very rewarding. It involves working through conflicts and understanding differing styles, personalities and experiences while providing on-going support and reinforcement to others. This presentation will discuss Reiki as a self-care option by combining the concepts of restorative practices, mindfulness and energy work.

Living Through the Heart Erin DeWitt, Friday all day

Feeling overwhelmed, angry, fearful, ineffective, exhausted, or (insert feeling here)? You are not alone. Millions are struggling with these emotions and our lives are being shaped by our perceptions and responses to them. What if I told you that our way out is to go in? That regardless of our story, we can shift into feelings of ease, peace, and joy. That we can restore our energy levels, be empowered and feel connected. That there are simple and powerful tools available and when practiced guide us in effective decision making, relationship building and conflict resolution. Would you be willing to take a look? All branches of the US Military, many government agencies, universities and schools, hospitals and community organizations have. Let’s dive in and explore the Science of the Heart, learn some heart coherence tools, and begin building our coherence muscle with the practice of thinking, speaking, acting and teaching through the heart.

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and Historical Trauma: Building Self-Healing Communities, Donna Lekander and Nikki Crowe, Thursday afternoon

The Understanding ACEs and Historical Trauma: Building Self-Healing Communities presentation provides information about the ACE study and historical trauma, along with neurobiology that explains why they impact people’s lives, and what we can all do to dramatically improve health and resilience for this and future generations. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study findings represent a paradigm shift in human understanding of the origins of physical, social, mental, and societal health and well-being.  We now know that leading causes of disease and disability, learning and productivity problems, and early death have their roots in the cumulative neurodevelopmental impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  We will be moving beyond ACEs by covering concrete strategies to implement in your classroom and your community to build resiliency.

Whole School Design and Conversations with CAEEP Laraine Mickelson, Connie Hyde and CAEEP Staff, 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.

2018 Advanced Trainings

Conferencing to Repair Harm  Ted Lewis, Tuesday and Wednesday

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.

Circle Keeper Training Mary Skillings, Thursday-Friday

Experienced Circle Keepers are invited to meet, learn and explore the finer details of circle keeping. In a collaborative circle share your successes and challenges, while deepening your own practice. Participants will be provided with critical information and practical experience of the Restorative Circle Process in the school community. This training will emphasize the Restorative Justice paradigm in which the Circle is contained and must be grounded in order to be authentic and promote healthy relationships.  Participants will be equiped with essential skills for facilitating Circles to build community in the school and classroom as well as for resolving conflict and repairing harm to relationships.