1:15 – 2:00 pm

SESSION ONE: Storytelling and Skill Building

Overview of Restorative Practices:  A Collaborative Framework to End Hate

This workshop provides an overview of restorative practices and their uses within schools, communities, and the criminal justice system. Restorative practices are highly effective tools for helping people to listen, to talk, and to understand. By preventing harm and rebuilding and strengthening relationships when harm has already been done, restorative practices help to promote health, reduce violence, and restore peace to families and communities.

Workshop Goals: The goal(s) of this workshop are for participants to come away with an understanding of the underlying philosophy and value of restorative practices, as well as applications for ending hate, including creating inclusive spaces, addressing equity, and responding to oppression in everyday interactions. A set of electronic handouts with restorative language skills, including care messages, “I” statements, and restorative questions, will be provided within this workshop, that participants can use to then apply in their everyday lives.


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Dr. Shira May serves as the Executive Director at Partners in Restorative Initiatives. Shira’s background is in early care and education, with a focus on evaluating professional development programs for educators. As a facilitator, she incorporates practices of mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, trauma-responsiveness, and social justice in her work with families, workplace groups, and communities.

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Nick Moore serves as a Trainer with Partners in Restorative Initiatives. He brings a wealth of experience as a restorative practitioner at Monroe High School to his trainings and consultations with school district and community partners.