Leading a just community in an unjust social and political context is a complicated responsibility, and school leaders need an array of protocols for engaging their community in continuously renewing and restoring norms of peace and justice.
This course is for school leaders (administrators, restorative justice coordinators, counselors, teacher leaders) who are seeking the practical skills to generate peace (dignity, connection, belonging, understanding and forgiveness and bridging across significant differences) and justice (forms of fairness) in their school community during times of injustice, uncertainty, fear and expressions of hate in the broader community.
The restorative justice practices taught in this course will focus on the adult community of the school, and are appropriate for staff meetings, community meetings, and can be translated into classroom practices.
In this course, leaders will participate in restorative justice practices and learn from experience to design and facilitate a variety of restorative processes that will strengthen and continuously restore a sense of justice in their professional community. As school leaders are facing unprecedented conditions in which to establish and lead inclusive, supportive and welcoming school communities, this course is for those who want new social-justice focused tools to heal the harms of divisive socio-political rhetoric and action.
Students are encouraged to register for this course with a team. This is not required, but will make it easier to bring these practices to life in your own setting as a group.
Class Session Topics
April 5: Theoretical Foundations for Restorative Justice and the role of conflict in social justice
April 6: Foundations for Restorative Practice: Community Circles. Designing and facilitating connected, empathetic and caring community in staff meetings, community meetings, and classrooms
April 7: Decision-Making Practices
April 14: Student Implementation Plan Presentations
Dates: Thursday, April 5, 5:30-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, April 6-7 and Saturday, April 14, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, Room TBA
Instructors: Sue Feldman, and Sidney Morgan, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Portland Public Schools
Degree Applicable Credit: EDAD 598-01, 2 semester hours, $1,802
Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CEED 866-01, 2 semester hours, $700
Please visit this website to register.