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Peacemaking Circles as Restorative Practice: Fostering Racial Equity in Schools
Seattle University
Seattle, WA
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Peacemaking Circles as Restorative Practice: Fostering Racial Equity in Schools a multi-part Institute for Educators on the following dates:

September 22-23, 2017 & October 6-7, 2017Friday and Saturday from 9:00a-4:30p

Healing Justice Film Premiere
Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:00p-8:30p

Healing Justice Workshop with Dr. Shakti Butler, Film Director/Producer
Friday, October 27, 2017 from 9:00a-12:00p

Introduction to the Peacemaking Circle Process: This training will begin with an experiential introduction to the peacemaking circle which is a dialog process that works intentionally to create a safe space to discuss very difficult or painful issues in order to improve relationships and resolves conflict. The intent of the circle is to find resolutions that serve every member of the circle. The process is based on an assumption of equal worth and dignity for all participants and therefore provides equal voice to all participants.

Introduction to Restorative Practices: Under- girding this training will be an exploration of the fundamental values and principles of restorative practices. Restorative practices aid to build community and promote healthy relationships among everyone in the school context in order to develop social-emotional and conflict-resolution skills necessary to reduce conflict.

Exploration of Racial Equity in Schools: Included in this institute will be the study of theories and pedagogies of anti-racism and multicultural education. This will include presentations from guest speakers who will address racial equity and racial power dynamics in schools. Particular attention will be given to helping participants develop proactive dispositions (attitudes and beliefs) and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatments, impacts, and outcomes for everyone within the school context.

Implementation and Assessment for Stakeholders: This training will focus on evidence-based implementation of restorative practices. Topics include culture and climate assessment, identification of strengths and roadblocks, stakeholder participation and support, professional development recommendations, using restorative practices to address staff and student conflict, and building a sustainable community of practice. Participants will come away with an understanding of best practices for restorative practices implementation for the unique needs of their school.

Location: Seattle University, 901 12<sup>th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Costs: $875 (Includes admission to all scheduled sessions, materials, and lunch) - Teams of three or more: $825 per person

NOTE: It is important to plan to attend the full day for all four sessions. Anything less will significantly diminish the intended experience and outcomes. Plan accordingly.

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Author of "What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy" and "Is Everyone Really Equal?"

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Teachers, School Administrators, Para-Professionals, School Counselors/Psychologists, Educational Stakeholders, Parents, etc.

Registration will close on September 13th. Please register early because there are a limited number of spaces available.

You should pre-plan for parking on or around the Seattle University campus. If you want to park on campus, you will need a permit. I have arranged for discounted parking passes for our Fridays together. If this is something you want to take advantage of, please pre-purchase at  http://restorativepractice.bpt.me. This is a time-sensitive offer, as the passes must be pre-ordered so that they can be emailed to you in advance of the event.

You can pre-purchase an $8 discounted parking permit for Friday, September 23rd, October 6th, and/or October 27th. Evening and Saturday parking is $6 at the paid campus lots and can be purchased on-site the day of. More information about campus parking is available at https://www.seattleu.edu/transportation/parking/

It should be noted that we will be meeting in many different buildings around campus throughout this Institute. Our first meeting on Friday, September 22nd will be in the Student Center (STCN on the map) and Saturday, September 23rd we will be in the Lemieux Library Boeing Room (LEML on the map). The closest parking lot for both of these will be the Murphy Garage off James Street.

Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

For more information contact:
Dr. Pamela Taylor, Associate Professor
Leadership and Professional Studies Department
taylorpa@seattleu.edu or 206.296.2678

Inquire about additional fees and registration forms for:

  • WA State Clock Hours (30 clock hours)

  • Continuing Education Credit (3 credits)

  • Post-Baccalaureate Credits (3 credit hours)

About the film:
Designed for dialogue, the film will address the youth-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and will highlight various healing methodologies. There is a call for a national dialogue that investigates and considers alternatives to our current punitive model of justice.This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of our current system of justice.

The film explores:
o What is justice, really?
o Why is healing such an important component of justice?
o How do our current structures discount and dehumanize young people of color as well as our poorest and most vulnerable citizens?
o How can we transform our ideas, structures and culture to produce a new story that popularizes the truth of our connected humanity?
o How can we work towards a vibrant future where belonging, not othering, is the norm what would that look, sound and feel like?

About the workshop

This workshop is intended to help participants deepen their understanding of the systemic injustices in the justice system, consider alternatives, and participate in movements to change public perceptions and public policy.  Using clips from her new film, Healing Justice, Dr. Shakti Butler will guide participants through the three major questions that the film asks: how does each of us experience trauma and then pass it on; what is justice; what can healing look like.  How can we meet the needs of the victim, the victimizer and their respective communities?  How can we embrace both compassion and accountability?  What are the words we can speak, the stories we can tell, the experiences we can share that will help us build the public will that is needed to make necessary change?
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Seattle University (View)
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States


Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 20
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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