Transition to Virtual Professional Learning

We were scheduled to have our third in-person training just five days after the global pandemic was declared. That training, and all in-person trainings following it were, of course, postponed, and later cancelled. If you’d told us then that we’d still be only doing virtual trainings eight months later, I think many of us would have been shocked and skeptical. And yet, here we are.

Over the course of the spring, we hosted several “Our Shared Humanity” gatherings to connect and reflect. We also developed a new resource for remote education.

As the new school year began, we hosted four 2-hour virtual sessions to dig into questions like:

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New Extended School Closures Resource

Members of the Restorative Approaches Collaborative worked together to curate a list of resources and guidance that may be helpful during times of extended school closures. This document is an evolving resource for SU/SD/schools’ restorative approaches and leadership teams. We invite you to compare your SU/SD/school’s approach and resources with what is offered here and make constructive suggestions to your leadership and colleagues.

Second PLC Day a Success!

The Restorative Approaches Collaborative held its second training on December 6th. More than 80 school/SU/SD team members gathered to dive deeper into their work around embedding Restorative Approaches in their schools/SU/SDs.

Participants in each cohort reported out on their work since the October gathering and spent time exploring the P.A.I.R. model (see article on pg. 2 here). Teams also learned from Jon Kidde about implementation science, considered what stage of implementation they are in, and discussed what it would take to move to the next stage. Lindsey Halman and youth from U32 led teams through content and activities to learn about the importance of youth engagement in this (and all!) work. Lastly, participants finished the afternoon in team time to continue action planning.

Again, it was a great day with lots of learning, networking, and productive team time. Here are a few quotes from the feedback:

“A variety of different activities and techniques were used and the information was delivered in a clear, organized manner.”

“I think the most helpful parts were the opportunities to hear from other schools about how they’re implementing RP in their schools and then hearing from facilitators to follow up with additional information based on our conversations.”

“I LOVED having time to meet with the entire district. Great opportunity to connect and make plans together to move forward. A chance to laugh and create. I thought the students were outstanding.”

“Thank you for facilitating the day. At times this feels overwhelming, AND it feels invigorating and hopeful.”

If you’d like to explore the resources from the training, they are available at

First PLC Day Complete!

On October 17th, the Restorative Approaches Collaborative (RAC) held the first training for the seven school teams and three SU/SDs teams that were selected to be a part of the RA Professional Learning opportunity. Both cohorts met together in the morning to hear an overview of the work, learn a little about the importance of partnering with students to do this work, and hear about the evaluation aspect of this project. Following this, the participants broke off into two cohorts: one for individual school teams and one for SU/SD teams. 

Each group participated in a variety of activities to help them build a foundational knowledge of restorative approaches in schools. After a quick (but yummy) lunch, teams dove into some team time in order to begin building a community amongst team members, along with an action plan for their work throughout the year. 

It was an exciting day with lots of learning, networking, and productive work. The RAC Coordination Team is reviewing feedback from the day in order to make our December training even stronger! Here are a few quotes from the feedback:

“Team time was most helpful. The ability to plan and process with our group, outside of the school building, was impactful and allowed us to focus on crucial items.”

“I think the most important takeaway for me was that RA is so much bigger than circles… It makes the challenge of becoming a truly restorative-practice based school both more daunting and more manageable.”

“I enjoyed hearing from other classroom teachers how their restorative practice in their classroom has grown and shifted as they’ve become more immersed in restorative practices.”

Participants in Day 1 of Professional Learning

If you’d like to explore the resources from the training, they are available at