Restorative Practices

Our Restorative Practices team provides:

Professional Development Training

Any community of people can benefit from our Restorative Practices training, from schools and youth programs to workplaces and neighborhood groups. We offer professional development training covering everything from understanding the principles of application, how to use restorative language, and how to facilitate dialogue in a different way. Read more or request a training here.

Whole School Approach (WSA)

Our Whole School Approach (WSA) in schools is designed to shift the overall culture and climate of schools. Our professional developent, coaching and implementation support aims to improve the quality and nature of relationships – how people treat, speak, and connect with each other, and the ways in which conflict is addressed – thus shifting the overall culture and climate of a school from punitive to resorative over three years. We are currently partnering with Violetville Elementary/Middle, Bard High School Early College, and New Song Academy.

Bring Restorative Practices to your program

The Community Conferencing Center offers various trainings in restorative practices in schools, youth programs, workplaces, neighborhoods and more.

Professional Development Workshops

The Community Conferencing Center offers various trainings in restorative practices in schools, youth programs, workplaces, neighborhoods and more.

Daily Rap Dialogue Circles (DR)

DR Dialogue Circles provide students and adults with ways to communicate and opportunities to develop meaningful connections with one another.

Asking Restorative Questions (RQ)

Defuse conflict and foster accountability.  This easy-to-implement tool helps build positive communication and culture.

Restorative Practices Overview (RP)

Learn principles, practices, and research that build a connected and safe culture.

Restorative Conversations (RC)

A continuation of RQ, this is used to  immediately address incidents and gives everyone a voice and builds problem-solving skills.

Affective Communication (AC)

Learn to share observations and feelings in ways that reduce blame and create clear expectations.

Trauma, Learning, and Restorative Practices (TRP)

Trauma affects learning.  Learn ways to understand and effectively address the impact of trauma classroom, workplace and other settings.

On-site School Services

Our trained facilitators provide the following services directly on site at schools in Baltimore City.

Community Conferencing (CC)

Community Conferencing is an effective alternative to suspension and expulsion, and is an inclusive way to address conflict between individuals, groups of students and/or staff. Community Conferences are facilitated by a neutral facilitator, and include those directly involved and affected by an incident and their family members and/or supporters. The meeting offers participants the opportunity to discuss 1) what occurred, 2) how they were affected by it, and 3) ways to repair any harm and move forward so that it does not happen again.

Responsive Circles

Responsive Circles provide an opportunity for a focused group of young people to 1) meet on a regular basis, 2) give voice to their feelings and concerns, 3) sort through their experiences and learn how to support each other, problem-solve together, and find ways to be a positive part of the school community. Responsive Circles are especially effective with gender-specific groups of students, and with students who have similar and/or recurring issues. Occur weekly for a minimum of 4 weeks.

If you are interested in bringing Restorative Practices to your program, please call  410-889-7400 or email us at info@communityconferencing.org

Our philosophy our approach

The vision of Restorative Practices is to create a world where all people are cared about, valued, seen, and heard. Restorative Practices are evidence-based processes that represent a lasting culture shift by offering an approach to building safe and effective environments through positive relationships, connection, and accountability. Our Restorative Practices work spans schools and youth programs to neighborhood community-building to workplace dialogues.