With the data showing that punitive discipline is not the best way to address disciplinary issues or the most effective method for changing behavior, many school districts are considering the utilization of restorative practices. One method of prevention and conflict resolution that Life Anew utilizes in schools is circles. Circles provide structure so that people will have the freedom to share openly and honestly with others to build healthy peer-peer relationships, develop socially and emotionally, heal from harm and repair harm that we have caused others.
Circles 101 - Community Building Circles
Circles 102 - Circles of Support and Accountability
Circles 103 - Family Group Conference
Circles 104 - Conflict Mediation Circles
Process 201 - Restorative Processes Whole School Approach
Life Anew Provides Trainings for schools that are interested in knowing more about implementing restorative practices on their campus.
"I had a truly formative experience with my team during our Restorative Practice training on Monday and Tuesday this week. Thank you so much for that. You and Sherwynn are talented facilitators, and your passion and dedication to healing and community building are such gifts to the world."
–Austin ISD Social and Emotional Learning Specialist
Life Anew is a member of the Greater Austin Area My Brothers’ Keeper (GAAMBK) Initiative. The GAAMBK Violence Prevention & Second Chances Committee is hosting a restorative retreat to support the successful, collective and collaborative implementation of restorative practices throughout Central Texas. We hope you will join us!
GAAMBK Restorative Practices Retreat
Date: August 4th & 5th
Location: Huston Tillotson University, Student Union
900 Chicon St., Austin, TX 78702
Time: 8am - 4pm on Friday, 8am to 12pm on Saturday
Cost: $250 per person (limited seating available)
Here's what we will learn:
• Cultural Proficiency Tools
• Intentional Conversations
• Engaging the Community
• Principal & Staff Buy-In
• Connecting with Students with Special Needs