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Online Course: A Restorative Approach to Discipline
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The What, Why, & How of a Restorative ​Approach to Discipline

2/6/2020 to 2/13/2020
When: Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 & Feb. 13
6:30-8pm Eastern / 3:30-5pm Pacific
Where: Online Course
United States

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Target Audience

 This event is for K-12 educators interested in restorative practices.


Event Description

Schools across the country and world have implemented restorative practices (RP) as an alternative to punitive and exclusionary discipline policies and as a way to improve culture and climate. As explained by Jon Kidde in Vermont Resource Guide to RP:

Restorative practices provide meaningful opportunities for social engagement that foster empathy and mutual responsibility for the well-being of individuals and the community. Proactive practices intentionally build trust and understanding within the community to ensure a healthy supportive climate and environment. When things go wrong, restorative practices engage those affected and create space so that individuals and communities can effectively identify, understand, and address harms and needs.


Its recent surge in popularity is due to growing data that suggests many positive outcomes, including: 


  • reduced suspensions and expulsions, behavioral referrals, absenteeism, tardiness, and teacher turnover as well as 
  • improved climate and culture,
  • increased sense of belonging and agency, academic performance, teacher satisfaction, student social emotional capacity, and parental satisfaction with school response.

Through strengths-based, relationship-centered practices such as the Circle process, restorative chat, and restorative communication techniques, implementation includes changes in the way teachers respond to class disruptions, design instruction, and communication with each other; how administrators respond to suspendable offenses; and how schools respond to difficult issues that face the entire campus. The entire approach pivots on a set of core assumptions that highlight the innate good in all of us, our shared humanity, and the unique strengths we each bring to challenges.


In this interactive, online professional development series, educators will receive an overview of RP—what it is, why it works, and what practices and processes are involved. The sessions themselves will be facilitated using the restorative Circle model.


About the Presenter

Annie O’Shaughnessy, M.Ed. began teaching in 1990 and has since enjoyed a rich and varied career as an educator and school leader in private, public, alternative, and therapeutic settings. In addition to fifteen years as a restorative circle facilitator for adults, Annie also served as a writer, workshop facilitator, and president of two non-profit organizations focused on supporting people to live with purpose, love, and courage. Having participated in and led restorative Circles personally and professionally since the 90s around the country and in the classroom, Annie 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. Having grown up in, attended and worked at independent boarding schools, Annie has a special interest in supporting the continued evolution of independent school education.


Currently, Annie works as a consultant, speaker, and trainer with schools in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York to implement restorative practices and support educators through workshops on mindfulness, equity, and trauma-informed care. She is passionately committed to supporting teachers and schools in making a shift to more mindful, equitable, safe and restorative school communities. For more information about Annie’s work visit



Each of the four sessions will be 90 minutes long, running from 6:30-8pm Eastern / 3:30-5pm Pacific.


Online Course Format

CSEE online courses are done on Zoom, and include a mix of presentation and group discussion. Participants with computer cameras can share their faces if they wish to enhance the personal experience. A few days out from the event, CSEE will send the link to log into the meeting.


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