December 11, 2018

#11731 Using Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management at the Elementary Level

All participants MUST have attended an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Interface workshops by Anne McNelis.  Anne has presented at the district level and also at the ROE in the Spring and Summer of 2018.  She will present this brain research information again on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at the ROE.  Registration is required.

Implement Restorative Practices to work with all students, especially those who have experienced mild to severe trauma in their lives.  As you may have guessed, this may include most of your students.

American society is organized around the concept of rewards and punishments.  It is commonly believed that individuals intentionally choose their behavior.  If behavior is unsafe or unhealthy, we punish the behavior, which will deter it.  With increasing numbers of suspensions and expulsions, as well as justice-involved youth, this behaviorist-based approach has been heavily critiqued by modern-day criminology for missing the mark on the causality of problem behaviors in youth.

Research is very clear that punishment does not deter antisocial behavior.  In fact, traumatized youth are thought to be caught in a trauma-violence cycle that traditional approaches make worse.  This session will review what the research says about punishment-based approaches, and discuss how to use a trauma-informed approach to discipline called Restorative Practice.  Teachers will learn how to organize their elementary-school classroom around use of restorative practices as part of an overall trauma-informed philosophy, including time to practice the use of these strategies to start implementing them with students.

Each participant will receive the book, Better than Sticks or Carrots, by Dominique Smith and Douglas Fisher.

Date:  February 11, 2019
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $125.00
Location:  ROE Moline
PD Hours:  5
Audience:  All School Staff, teachers, paras, disciplinarians, and administrators
Presenter:  Jen Best
Registration Deadline:  2/4/2019