Chronic behavior problems are often a challenge in classrooms but traditional reactions and punishments have failed to move the needle. Restorative practices are a set of practices that honor student background and identity and set a different tone of respect and dignity by restoring agency. A system that treats behavior differently and opens a dialogue between educators and students can truly make a difference.
This course will examine restorative practices–what they are, how to implement them, and what to expect–and how they can transform your learning environment into a more productive space where all students feel a sense of belonging. As we explore the concept of restorative practices, we will explicitly focus on circle practice and how circles can be utilized both proactively as well as in non-disciplinary circumstances.
Mirko Chardin is Novak Education's Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer and co-author of the best-selling book, Equity By Design. Before joining Novak, he was the Founding Head of School of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA. Mirko’s work has involved all areas of school management and student support. His greatest experience and passion revolve around culturally connected teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining educators of color, restorative practice, and school culture.
Pamela Chu-Sheriff has worked in urban education for 17 years. She firmly believes in the power of student voice and in the importance of making authentic connections between students’ lives and their learning. Pam has extensive training and experience in Tier 1, 2, and 3 restorative practices and is also a strong proponent of racial justice and equity work.
Pam holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The proud daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Pam has been involved in grassroots activism with the Asian American community in Boston for 20 years. She has provided anti-racism workshops for non-profit organizations and universities and was also a board member of the Asian American Resource Workshop.
The fee listed above covers your course registration with Novak Education. You may also choose to purchase graduate credits, and clock hours (for Washington State teachers). Group discounts are available, contact us for details.
You will receive a completion certificate from Novak Education at the conclusion of the course. Please check in with your school or district to determine if this alone will be sufficient for salary points or advancement. Some states require additional proof of completion such as clock hours, contact hours, or credits. Graduate credits (1 continuing education credit) may be obtained through our university partners. Learn more about our graduate partners: Gordon College and Teachers College of San Joaquin.