This course is for educators and community members who wish to explore how restorative justice in education can serve as a holistic and relational approach which puts anti-oppression, equity, justice and trauma-informed practice at the forefront of learning.
Key aspects of the restorative justice approach will be defined, and these aspects will be examined to see how they overlap, interact and intersect. The course will then explore how restorative justice in education can bring together the strongest elements of each aspect.
In addition, there is an active reflective component to the course, which includes self-reflection, introspection and dialogue circles.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe the main philosophical tenets and principles of restorative practices in education, its Indigenous roots, and the core beliefs and values of the restorative approach
- Compare and contrast different educational practices and identify their intersections
- Apply the Circle process in the classroom
- Use a restorative approach to education centered around anti-oppression and justice
- Discuss ways in which oppression is perpetuated in educational settings
- Develop an introspective and reflective educational practice
- Integrate a restorative approach to education
Module 1: Restorative Justice in Education: Using Circles in the Classroom
Module 2: Holding a Restorative Conversation: Active and Empathetic Listening, Restorative Questions, and Affective Statements
Module 3: A Fundamental Alignment: Restorative Justice, SEL, and Trauma-Informed Practices
Module 4: Going Full Circle: An Anti-Oppressive and Equity-Based Restorative Justice
- Windows or Mac computer (desktop or laptop)
- High-speed internet (at least 25 Mbps download speed) – Find out your internet connectivity speed.
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