Event Details

OSSE is partnering with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc. to host a regular state Community of Practice (CoP) every second Tuesday of the month, from 9-11:30 a.m., at selected school sites. We will discuss the implementation of Restorative Practices in District of Columbia schools, focusing on a particular topic each month. These practices center on building a safe and effective learning environment through positive relationships, connection, and accountability. Participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional development, while experiencing how circles can be used to build community and resolve issues collectively. Guided by participants' interests, topics may include circle practices for community building, disciplinary diversion, and re-entry; trauma awareness and resilience; circle keeping skills, restorative language (Nonviolent Communication); implicit bias/cultural sensitivity; positive youth development; and restorative culture.

The CoP is open to LEAs that are currently implementing Restorative Practices or are interested in learning more about it. Regular attendance by at least one representative from each LEA is encouraged.

Monthly Community of Practice Dates and Information

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
Topic: Developing Your Whole School Restorative Information Plan
Location: Southwest Neighborhood Library (900 Wesley Pl SW, Washington DC)

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
Topic: Meeting the Social, Cultural and Linguistic Needs of Students
Location: Washington Leadership Academy

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
Topic: Non-Violent Communication
Location: Washington Metropolitan High School

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Topic: Mindfulness, Trauma and Self-Care
Location: Charles Hart Middle School, 601 Mississippi Ave. SE

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Topic: Getting Buy-in from Parents and Staff
Location: Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th St. NW

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Topic: Promoting Youth Leadership
Location: BASIS DC Public Charter School, 410 8th Street NW

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Topic: Creating a Positive School Culture
Location: Anacostia High School, 1601 16th St SE

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Topic: Special Education and Restorative Practices
Location: The SEED Public Charter School, 4300 C St SE

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Topic: Grieving and Celebrating
Location: Neval Thomas Elementary School, 650 Anacostia Ave NE

For more information or questions, please contact Em Morrison at [email protected] or Annette Thacker-Bartlett at [email protected].