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
Lindsey HalmanProgram Director UP for Learning
Lindsey Halman, M.Ed., is Program Director at UP for Learning. Before coming to UP, Lindsey taught middle school in Vermont for 15 years. During that time, she co-created the innovative Edge Academy, a school-within-a-school dedicated to applying the principles of personalized learning at the middle level. Lindsey is passionate about building strong relationships with students and adults, helping them feel empowered to make change, and creating a socially just climate and culture for all.
During her time as a middle level educator, she spearheaded a school-wide shift to restorative practices, as well as co-facilitated, a student-led peer leadership program and GSA. Lindsey is a nationally certified trainer of restorative practices, providing her with the opportunity to facilitate many workshops for youth and adults. Currently, she works with schools throughout the state with the central goal of transforming school culture through youth/adult partnerships and restorative practices.
The belief is that youth and adults must be at the table in true partnership in order for the shift to one of equity and shared responsibility. She serves as a Essex Community Justice Center volunteer on the Restorative Justice panels, and a member of the Community Advisory Board. She is also an active member of the Vermont Restorative Justice Consortium and Steering Committee.
Lindsey holds her National Board Certification as a middle level generalist. She is currently past-president and a board member of VAMLE (Vermont Association for Middle Level Education), a member of the Middle Grades Professional Development Collaborative, a common circle leader for Vermont Learning for the Future and a contributing member of PLP Pathways. In addition, she is adjunct faculty at Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont, where she teaches middle level education courses to pre and inservice educators.