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This figure, highlighting seven interlocking components for whole-school restorative practices implementation, was created by Tarek Maassarani and Restorative DC and is included here with permission from T. Maassarani.

GCC supports districts  and individual schools through training and capacity building in Restorative Practices. We focus on building and sustaining  healthy relationships, transforming conflict into opportunities to repair harm, increase empathy, and to create just and equitable learning environments. 

GCC promotes the implementation of restorative practices throughout the school community as a research-based model for effecting positive culture change and socio-emotional learning growth for students and adults. This culture change process happens over a three- to five-year implementation period with a focus on seven interlocking components.

In addition to supporting individual schools with whole-school implementation of restorative practices, GCC also offers a range of trainings and professional learning to support the shift toward restorative practices and positive school culture and climate. Below is a menu of training and professional learning opportunities.

Please contact  John Lash, GCC Executive Director, at to explore pricing, training or technical assistance that is right for your school.

upcoming events

Spring 2020 Restorative Circles Workshop

Friday, April 3 and Friday, April 17, 2020 8:00am-4pm


Spring 2020 Restorative Circles Workshop

Georgia Conflict Center (GCC) is facilitating a 2-day Restorative Circles workshop for Athens-area community partners who want to learn the basics of restorative circles for their community or school-based work.  The two-day workshop will take place on Friday, April 3 and Friday, April 17, 2020.

This two-day practice-based workshop is for teachers, youth workers, school support staff, and other professionals who wish to incorporate restorative circles into the work of their school/organization/agency. The workshops focus on the foundations of restorative justice principles and the fundamentals of restorative circles: proactive community-building circles (Day 1), and responsive processes to holistically address harm and conflict (Day 2). Participants will learn the basic elements of restorative circles and  practice designing and keeping circles using real experiences and case studies. Participants will receive feedback on facilitation, sample circle flow templates to edit, and think creatively with fellow community and school-based practitioners about how best to begin implementing these processes.

Day 1 (April 3, 2020): The first day of the workshop will focus on proactive circles to build community and address harm when the stakes are low.  Through the dialectic of experience and reflection, participants will learn to facilitate community-building circles to promote dialogue, relationship building and affective communication.  

Day 2 (April 17, 2020): The second day of the workshop will delve deeper into responsive processes as a way of holistically addressing harm and as an alternative to punitive discipline. Together we will explore the foundational elements of responding to harm in a restorative way, and build sample circle templates to use for basic responsive conferences and circles.  

In order to participate in the training, we ask for your agreement with the following:

  • Participation in both days of the training;
  • A commitment to observation of two responsive restorative circles and being observed as a facilitator of two responsive restorative circles before facilitating a circle by myself;
  • A commitment to find a co-facilitator (fellow teacher, aid, student, school staff, community member, etc) as often as possible;
  • A commitment to ask for help when/if cases arise which you feel under-resourced to facilitate on your own (i.e. cases involving extreme harm, multi-year history of conflict, embedded family conflict, etc) so that everyone is adequately supported (including yourself!) and the restorative processes are upheld with integrity.

Dates: Friday, April 3 and Friday, April 17, 2020

Times: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Oconee Street UMC Fellowship Hall, located at 595 Oconee Street, Athens, Ga  30605.

Cost: $250 (scholarships available based on need.  Please speak to Danny Malec)

Daniel Malec

Restorative Schools Program Manager

Georgia Conflict Center

(706) 206-7472

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