Building a Restorative Culture
About this Webinar:
Restorative practices in schools, group homes and other organizations move away from more traditional punishment models to focus on relationships and repairing harm. This webinar introduces the idea of a restorative culture and looks at how adults working with groups of children and/or youth can use the principles of restorative practices to create and maintain environments that are welcoming, safe and caring.
Sue is experienced in both the correctional services field (youth, adult, community, and institutional corrections) as well as a victims services advocate for the Edmonton Police Service. She has worked with the Alberta Conflict Transformation Society since 1997, being trained as a facilitator in 1998 and as a trainer in 2000. Sue has been directly involved in over 500 conferences and 30 trainings. In April 2002 she resigned from the Edmonton Police Service to continue pursuing the goals of community conferencing. Since September 2002, Sue has been seconded to the Edmonton Public School Board to use the conferencing model to reduce suspension and expulsion rates in the district.
Caroline has been a principal with Edmonton Public Schools for 15 years and prior to that was a teacher and consultant working with students who struggle with emotional and behavioural challenges. Caroline was trained as a Community Conferencing facilitator in 1998 and as a trainer in 2002. She has facilitated and participated in many conferences over the years both school-based and criminal. Caroline has used restorative practices in each of the “high needs” schools she has worked in as well as assisting other schools to shift their practices.