Restorative Experiences Pre-Conference

Restorative Experiences Pre-Conference


Join us for a exclusive half-day training on the Sunday before the National Educators for Restorative Practices Conference.  You’ll get extended time in an intimate, small-group setting with the core members of the NEDRP team as they share with you their favorite topics, tools, strategies, and stories about building relationships. Learn from and connect with the leaders in Restorative Practices in the classroom.

This training is limited to the first 120 people who register – so sign up now!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

2pm – 6pm

Arlington Convention Center

1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011

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$85 per registrant

Because of the special nature, limited capacity and reduced price of this training, we are not offering our usual Pay Later/Invoice option.  Please register below with a credit card.

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Check out the speakers and descriptions of what they’ll be covering.  You’ll be able to choose 2-3 of these topics to attend on Sunday afternoon.

  • Kevin Curtis – Stop Reacting and Start Responding! – ​Educators are looking for effective ways to improve student behaviors and build relationships with millennial learners. School administrators are looking for alternative strategies to the ineffective archaic approaches of traditional discipline but are not willing to give up the concept that students must learn a lesson, be held accountable for their actions and receive some type of consequence in order for change to take place. From educator to educator, join Kevin Curtis for an in-depth look at the practical applications of restorative practices being utilized in a differentiated discipline approach that does not totally abandon our traditional mindset.


  • Sarah Coutu – NEDRP’s Circle Evolution – Over the past few years, our team has had the privilege to go back to campuses that we’ve trained and provide coaching and support for educators. We have been able to sit in some AMAZING circle’s throughout the country. One thing we began to notice is that many teachers were circling up about character traits or heavy topics like bullying and respect. Those are topics that can definitely be explored in circle, but they cannot be done within a classroom learning community that has yet to built relationships. This brought about a change in the way we unpack circles for educators. Within our new model, we provide 6 proactive tools and save circles for last. The other 5 tools scaffold up to circles by building relationships in microfrequencies on a daily basis. We have broken down circle now into two parts; Green GTKY circles and Yellow GTKY circles. In this session, you will learn what a GTKY circle is, the difference between green and yellow circles, build and create your own circles, and walk away with at least 20 circles to bring back to your campus.


  • Denise Holiday and Shane West – Healing Hearts One Circle at a Time: A Student-Led Restorative Practices Experience for Educators – At Healing Hearts One Circle at a Time, educators will take off their “teacher hats” to experience the restorative circle process through the eyes and perspectives of their students, as well as engage in insightful dialogue about the power that comes from allowing students to lead and to speak from their hearts within the classroom. This is what it means to truly create community. This afternoon pre-conference event will be moderated by Denise “Circle Mama” Holliday, and Shane West. It will feature student leaders from all across the country. During this event, educators can expect to: Observe a student-led circle; Participate in a student-led circle; Engage in group dialogue about circling principles and take-aways from the experience; Engage in a reflective Q&A session led by Denise and Shane. This pre-conference centers on how educators and students can grow to develop a mutual respect and understanding of the contributions everyone is able to make within the Circle experience, and how educators can facilitate more healing and more learning in circles by engaging students in the process.


  • Alan Krenek – The Treatment Agreement: Get Away From Rules! Rules run classrooms, and rules were meant to be broken!  However, when a rule is broken in the classroom our traditional path to accountability is to identify: what rule, who broke it, and what consequence needs to be assigned.  What if there was another way to greater accountability?  I introduce to you the Treatment Agreement.  The Treatment Agreement is foundational component of Restorative Practices that focuses on how we treat one another in the classroom, instead of focusing on rules.  This is a“game changer” in the classroom!  Attendants will leave knowing how to construct a Treatment Agreement, as well as a strategic plan for how to implement and utilize it on a daily/weekly basis.  Come discover why it isn’t about rules, it’s all about how we treat one another.


  • Mark Medley – Inclusive Circle Necessities – In this session, participants will explore strategies facilitating circles that include students served in Special Education. Major topics to be discussed include: How to effectively respond to challenging behaviors exhibited by students with behavioral disorders, How to increase circle participation of students on the Autism Spectrum, and How to prepare students with social skillls deficits for success in circle. Participants will leave this session with practical strategies that have been time tested by Mark in his 13 years of experience working in Special Education and Behavior.


  • John Whalen – Connecting and Content – In this session, participants will learn to differentiate between “Green” and “Yellow” GTKY Circles. Participants will see recorded examples of both types of circle. A highlight of the session will be the vieiwing of a Yellow Circle based on the Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson. Participants will take away tools that will have them ready to start building these types of circles.