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 email@example.com
Annie O’ShaughnessyPresident True Nature Teaching
Annie O’Shaughnessy is an educational consultant, trainer, eductor, and speaker supporting schools to develop integrated, human-centered approaches to school change that center on the interdependence of mindfulness, restorative practices, social-emotional learning, trauma informed practices, and equity. While her dedication to restorative practices began when she started leading circles 23 years ago, her passion for mindfulness resulted in an M.Ed in Mindfulness for Educators in 2017. Having participated in and led circles and mindfulness events personally and professionally since the 90s she has witnessed the tremendous impact of these experiences on her own and other’s lives and the essential role mindfulness plays in successful restorative work. A certified secondary English teacher since 1990, Annie is passionately committed to supporting teachers and schools in creating more mindful and restorative learning communities. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor at Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont, teaching Mindfulness Informed Restorative Practices in their Graduate Education department. Annie also has certification in basic and advanced trauma informed practices from the Center for Adolescent Studies, 180+ hours of clinical training while at the Centerpoint School, and 80+ hours of training in RJ. Currently Annie is working with schools and districts throughout New England by offering trainings, talks, and consulting in Circle Keeping, Compassion Fatigue, The Restorative Classroom, The Mindful Teacher, Having Difficult Conversations, and more.