The Restorative Approaches (RA) Collaborative is comprised of 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 to their community justice centers. Many have experience in both community and school-level restorative justice work.
Therefore it is important each school does its own research before contacting a collaborative member. You can start that work by searching this directory and reading the profiles.
Lisa BedingerCo-Director; Starling Collaborative
Being an educator today requires a much broader and deeper set of skills, knowledge, and capacity than most teacher and leader preparation programs offer. With increasing rates of mental health issues and challenging behaviors, alongside the imperative to create more equitable schools and classrooms, educators often feel overwhelmed and underprepared. Partners in Restorative Change was founded in response to this need for a more holistic approach to supporting teachers, staff, and school leaders in all the ways that are now so needed: mindfulness, trauma-informed and restorative practices, diversity-equity-inclusion (DEI), social-emotional learning, and youth voice.