The Restorative Approaches (RA) Collaborative is comprised of 35+ Vermont trainers, researchers, Community Justice Center (CJC) staff, and school educators and leaders. Membership in this collaborative is based on a deep commitment to the development of the restorative approach in Vermont schools, not on any specific criteria related to experience as a restorative approach trainer in schools.
Some members have worked in a wide range of schools throughout Vermont and beyond while others bring expertise from restorative justice work in their community justice centers. Many have experience in both the community and school level restorative justice work.
Therefore it is important each school does their own research before contacting a collaborative member. You can start that work by searching this directory and reading the full profiles. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The South Burlington CJC has worked with several schools and school districts in Chittenden County to bring a restorative perspective to how schools operate. This includes the Burlington and South Burlington School Districts, the Schoolhouse, and the VT Country Day School. With colleagues, we have provided introductory training for over 600 VT educators over the past 5 years. We partner with UVM regarding evaluation tools and measures for RP implementation in schools. Our additional strengths are in facilitating systematic implementation of restorative practices in alignment with best practices and tailored for what will work best for each school. We design trainings in a way that outlines the alignment and intersections of current practices such as PBIS, Restorative Classroom/Developmental Designs, equity, mindfulness & trauma-centered education with restorative practices.
Amie Conger is a Program Director at UP for Learning. Her career experiences include being a middle school teacher and administrator, an adjunct professor at St. Michael’s College, and an Events Manager. As a teacher, she worked diligently to create multi-faceted learning opportunities with students that were relevant, rigorous, and engaging. As an administrator, Amie led with the belief that a positive and safe school community was fundamental to the learning and growth of students and staff. With this in mind, she brought restorative practices to her middle school and grew the program in an organic way alongside talented and dedicated staff. She holds a certificate in Executive Coaching and is in the process of obtaining a certificate in Instructional Coaching.
Franklin Grand Isle Restorative Justice Center
Work 120 North Main Street Saint Albans Vermont 05478 work
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Restorative Justice Specialist
Essex Community Justice Center
Work 137 Iroquois Ave Essex Junction Vermont 05452 work
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RP Practitioner for the past three years with experience implementing community restorative justice panels, Tier 1 and Tier 2 school-based trainings and interventions, conflict resolution circles, community building circles, and organization development strategies. 15 years of prior experience at Vermont non-profits implementing and managing hands-on learning programs.
School Psychologist and VT PBIS Coach
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My name is Laura Ellis and I am a Nationally and Vermont State Certified School Psychologist, Vermont Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Coach, Restorative Practices Specialist for the Essex Community Justice Center and yoga and meditation teacher. I served as the school psychologist at J. J. Flynn Elementary School in Burlington School District over the past four years. During my past four years at J. J. Flynn Elementary School, I was the Chair of our PBIS Committee and during the last two school years was one of the four Restorative Practitioners in my school and served on this leadership committee. Prior to working at J. J. Flynn Elementary School, I worked as the Behavior Specialist and School Psychologist for Chittenden East Supervisory Union (currently MMUUSD) for four years, working at three elementary schools and the high school. I completed my school psychology internship in Burlington School District and assisted staff with creating the alternative elementary school program (formerly known as the ABC Program) during its first year of implementation in the Burlington School District. I previously was a behavior specialist and teacher consultant for four years for several inner city public schools in the Buffalo, NY region prior to relocating back to Vermont in 2010. I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Vermont in 2006 and received my Master’s Degree and Advanced Certificate from the University at Buffalo in 2011. I recently became a 200 hour certified yoga and meditation teacher through Laughing River Yoga studio in 2017-2018 and have developed my passion for health and wellness when working with children, staff and families over the past few years in addition to utilizing my former behavior and mental health specialized training as well as recent training in Restorative Practices.
U-32 Middle & High School
Work 930 Gallison Hill Road Montpelier Vermont 05602 work
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Associate Principal of U-32 Middle & High School in Montpelier, VT, beginning my 7th year in this role. I am also an International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Trainer, a member of the Vermont Restorative Approaches Collaborative, a member of the Washington County Restorative Practices in Schools group, and a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Montpelier Community Justice Center. I am working on a masters in Restorative Practices at IIRP, with just two classes remaining!
Marion Cross School
Work 22 Church St Norwich Vermont 05055 work
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Jon Kidde has been exploring the concepts of restorative justice (RJ) for over 20 years and has played a critical role in the conceptualization, application, and enhancement of restorative justice within different contexts—education, justice, and within organizations in several states. Jon is currently an independent consultant focused on supporting schools implementing a whole-school restorative approach. He has designed and facilitated professional learning—from 2 hours workshops to graduate level courses. Jon is a State-Approved VTPBIS coach working to integrate Restorative principles and practices into the Universal and Targeted training and coaching. As a Certified dialogue Education Teacher, Jon employs adult learning principles throughout his work. Jon has several pieces of relevant written work in print: • Needs and Readiness Assessments for Implementing School-wide Restorative Practices (2019). Improving Schools. Sage publications • Whole-School Restorative Approach Resource Guide (2018). Vermont Agency of Education. • Restorative Justice: A Working Guide for Our Schools (2011). Oakland, CA: Alameda County Heath Care Services Agency. • Balanced and Restorative Justice: An Informational Manual for California (2006). San Francisco: Judicial Council of California/AOC.
Restorative Practices in Schools Specialist
Franklin Grand Isle Restorative Justice Center
Work 120 N. Main St Saint Albans Vermont 05478 work
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Since 2003, the Brattleboro Community Justice Center has been engaging community members in building community and repairing harm using restorative principles, practices, and processes.
The BCJC restorative training team is led by Executive Director Mel Motel. Other trainers may be available for specific training needs.
Prior to joining the BCJC as Executive Director, Mel was Founder and Director of Just Schools Project, where she worked with hundreds of youth and adults throughout New England to implement restorative approaches in schools. In addition to many years as a restorative practices leader in communities, schools, and the legal system, Mel has an MA in Teaching for Social Justice from Marlboro College and brings her experience teaching in middle school, high school, and college classrooms.
During the 2018-2019 school year, the BCJC led numerous restorative practices trainings with youth and adults who work with youth both inside and outside of school settings. The BCJC and Greater Falls CJC (Bellows Falls) formed, trained, and supervised a restorative practices in schools training team whose members have worked closely with schools in our region. This team worked with adults and students in each school to craft restorative approaches that fit with each school, based on the idea that every school is unique and transforming school culture is a long-haul process that requires genuine engagement with all members of the community.
Training & Development Coordinator
Vermont BEST/PBIS Project
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Amy Wheeler-Sutton is the Training and Development Coordinator for the Vermont BEST/PBIS Project and the TA Provider for the Champlain region. She is a former school counselor and enjoys helping school teams take a systems approach to improving school climate. She has an expertise in aligning initiatives/programs under the PBIS/MTSS framework, SWIS/data-based decision making, classroom PBIS, and SEL.