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.
After 10 years of service, Susan Cherry recently retired from the Community Restorative Justice Center in St. Johnsbury, VT. Prior to her role as Executive Director of CRJC, Susan spent 35 years teaching music in the St. Johnsbury schools before receiving her principal’s license in 2011. Susan has conducted trainings at the International Institute of Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, PA, studied under Kay Pranis at Conrad Grebel University, and regularly conducts professional development activities at schools around New England. When not at work, she enjoys sailing and spending time with her 6 grandchildren. Since 2013, Susan has lead the Summer Institute for Restorative Practices, with over 20 schools in Vermont sending staff there for training.