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 email@example.com to explore pricing, training or technical assistance that is right for your school.
This two-day skills workshop is for school staff who aim to incorporate responsive restorative circles into their school. The training will first outline the range of formal and informal interventions available as alternatives to traditional punitive discipline. We will focus on responsive circles and more structured intervention for serious and complex incidents of harm. Participants will practice keeping circles using disciplinary scenarios drawn from the participants’ real life experience, and receive feedback on their demonstrated skills.
Participants will also learn how these restorative practices can be institutionalized and made to interface with their school's existing disciplinary policies. Following the workshop, participants will be asked to convene and keep live responsive circles in coordination with a designated coach who will assess their skills and offer feedback.
Prerequisites: Restorative Schools Primer (or similar introductory training), and Proactive Restorative Circle Keeping. Participation is required for both days of the workshop as well as the post-workshop observation/assessment. Most participants are ready to keep basic responsive circles including preparation and agreement making after the two-day training.