Restorative Justice Public Trainings

An Introduction to Restorative Justice in Schools and the Community


This experiential training will introduce participants to Restorative Justice concepts, practices, and strategies. Learn how to facilitate circles, and integrate an applied understanding of conflict resolution and mediation principles into Restorative Justice processes. SEEDS trainers draw from their experience of implementing Restorative Justice within school and community settings. This training will focus on Restorative Justice in schools and also provide opportunities to consider the application of restorative practices to community-based settings.

The training will incorporate experiential exercises, role-plays, and hands-on opportunities to practice facilitating a variety of circle formats, including:


  • Value and Agreement Circles

  • Community Building Circles

  • Discussion Circles

  • Academic Content or Issues Circles



What can I expect?

  • Engage in experiential exercises and role-plays

  • Gain practical skills in facilitating restorative circles

  • Learn and practice Restorative Communication strategies

  • Connect with fellow participants and Bay Area practitioners committed to Restorative Practices 


Who should attend?

  • Teachers, educators, administrators, counselors, parents, students, youth workers, community-based non-profit staff

  • Anyone interested in facilitating restorative circles

Upcoming Intro to Restorative Justice Trainings

New training dates coming soon.

Introduction to Restorative Justice Implementation in Schools


Restorative Justice is an umbrella term that encompasses community building and responses to harm that enrich communities, restore relationships and create safe, inclusive spaces for dialogue. Implementation of Restorative Justice (RJ) in schools creates intentional opportunities to:


  • Build community and create a more positive and inclusive school climate

  • Shift school culture from a focus on punishment to a focus on healing

  • Establish an environment of collaboration and mutual accountability between all school members

  • Create alternatives to suspension and expulsion

  • Interrupt criminalization of student behaviors

  • Contribute to addressing racial disproportionality in school discipline


Training Overview

This intensive five-day training is provided by trainers with deep experience in schools and school systems. It is designed to equip educators with the skills and strategies necessary to successfully implement Restorative Justice at their schools. The training supports both mastery of introductory restorative practices and practical planning for implementation. The training also features a panel of
partners who are important to successful RJ implementation efforts.


Experiential exercises, role-plays, and hands-on opportunities will introduce educators to Restorative Justice concepts, practices, and strategies addressing:


  • Foundational principles and practices

  • Applied conflict transformation strategies

  • Understanding conflict using an equity lens

  • Restorative communication strategies

  • Restorative dialogue

  • Restorative responses to minor conflict situations


The training will support participants to practice facilitating a variety of circle
formats, including:


  • Values and Agreements Circles

  • Community Building Circles

  • Discussion Circles

  • Academic Content or Issues Circles

Participants will engage with a range of tools designed to realistically guide the RJ
implementation process over time. These include:

  • Implementation Lessons Learned (and pit falls to be avoided!)

  • Culture and climate assessment

  • RJ Implementation Toolkit –50+ activities, tools and implementation resources

  • RJ Implementation Blueprint

  • Preliminary implementation planning – taking the long view

Who should attend?

Educators of all kinds! Teachers, administrators, counselors, support staff,
instructional assistants, classified staff, campus security officers, parents, youth
workers, and community-based, non-profit staff who work in schools.

Introduction to Restorative Justice Implementation in Schools

Dates coming soon!

*Training Cancellation Policy:

· If you cancel 28 days (4 weeks) or more before the training, your fee will be refunded , minus a $25 processing fee

· If you cancel 14- 27 days before training 50% of your fee will be refunded

· If you cancel within 2 weeks (1-13 days), there is no refund, however, you can transfer spot to someone else

· If you cancel once the training begins, there is no refund or credit voucher. Exceptions may be made in case of emergencies, contact the office for more details

Advanced Restorative Justice Training  

In SEEDS' Advanced Restorative Justice Training, participants will review restorative justice theory as well as become familiar with the various issues practitioners face when working in schools. Each participant will have a chance to deepen their understanding of the restorative processes used to respond to harm in a school context, particularly Restorative Inquiry, Harm Circles, Re-Entry Circles, and Restorative Group Conferencing.


Restorative circles and restorative conferences allow those who've been harmed, those who have caused harm, and their respective family members, educators, and friends to come together to explore how everyone has been affected by an offense and, when possible, to decide how to repair the harm and meet their own needs. In social work, family group decision-making or family group conferencing processes empower extended families to meet privately, without professionals in the room, to make a plan to protect children in their own families from further violence and neglect or to avoid residential placement outside their own homes. In education, circles and groups provide opportunities for students to share their feelings, build relationships and solve problems, and when there is wrongdoing, to play an active role in addressing the wrong and making things right.

Advanced RJ Trainings

2019 Advanced RJ Training dates announced soon!

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