Welcome to the Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution training!


  1. Understand the basic philosophy of restorative justice and be able to advocate for the use of restorative practices in school-based settings.
  2. Understand the short and long-term impacts of historical and contemporary zero-tolerance discipline policies on student outcomes, school climate and culture.
  3. Define, describe, and identify implicit bias and understand how implicit bias impacts discipline systems and the conflict resolution process.
  4. Understand the change process and describe strategies to implement change in school discipline and conflict resolution processes.
  5. Understand the fundamentals of social-emotional wellbeing and its impact on relationship building as part of a restorative practice.
  6. Lead and facilitate restorative circles as part of a restorative conflict resolution process.
  7. Lead and facilitate formal meditations as part of a restorative conflict resolution process.
  8. Work as a valuable partner with schools hoping to implement alternative discipline programs based in conflict resolution and mediation.

1. What is Restorative Justice

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the theory of restorative justice philosophy
  2. Understand the different ways restorative justice practices are used in schools.
  3. Explain how the restorative approach to conflict differs from a traditional approach to conflict.

2. Understanding Implicit Bias

Learning Objectives

  1. Define and understand how implicit bias functions in society
  2. Understand how implicit bias impacts students and teachers in the classroom.
  3. Understand how to confront implicit bias and why that is necessary for restorative practices.

3. School Climate and Change

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how cultures along with school climates influence restorative practices in school.
  2. Understand the effects of zero-tolerance policies in schools.
  3. Consider an individual’s cultural factors and how they impact the learning environment.

4. Creating Change

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe evidence-based strategies to implement change.
  2. Analyze strategies to support change.
  3. Reflect on personal and professional practices related to change.

5. Social Well-Being

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the connection between the restorative practices approach and social-emotional learning.
  2. Analyze and reflect on the social discipline.
  3. Create environments that are conducive to high expectations, allow learning from mistakes, and positive relationships.
  4. Understand how to engage individuals utilizing the hierarchy of restorative responses.

6. Restorative Circle Practice

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how the circle process can be used as a conflict resolution strategy.
  2. Understand how to design and facilitate various types of circles.

7. Discipline That Restores Part 1

Learning Objectives

Discipline that Restores Part I

  1. Understand the conflict cycle.
  2. Explain the “four options model” for understanding and resolving conflict.

8. Discipline That Restores Part 2

Discipline that Restores Part II

  1. Explain the 5-Step Mediation Process

9. Mediation in Practice

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and discuss each step after observing a mock mediation.
  2. Critically discuss observations during a mock mediation.
  3. Practice facilitating a 5-step mediation.

Benefits of Restorative Practices in Schools

A comprehensive system of school-wide restorative discipline policies and practices with clear definitions of behavior and consequences is in place and communicated widely throughout the school and with families.