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Continuing Education

Leadership for Restorative Justice

Date: April 5 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School

Lewis & Clark Graduate School

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.

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

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.

Course Details and Registration

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

Graduate Continuing Education Credit and Degree Applicable Registration Available: Please contact to register 

About the Instructors

Sue Feldman is a mixed methods researcher. Sue combines her background in cognitive psychology and education leadership and policy to form an interdisciplinary research agenda focused on how people learn to lead new practices. Sue has worked as an education researcher with the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy at the University of Washington, and as a research scientist with FACET Innovations, a learning sciences research group, in Seattle Washington, focused on how people learn science. Most recently, Sue created a new research center at Education Service District 112, in Vancouver, Washington where she has been conducting research for and with school district leaders. In addition to ten years of experience working in teacher education, Sue brings a wealth of school and district leadership experience to her research including ten years working in school improvement administration at the school, district and regional levels. All of her work stems from a deep interest in learning and an abiding commitment to the promise of public education to equalize recognition and participation in generating democracy.

Sidney Morgan begun her 12 year journey working in Restorative Justice with the Multnomah County Juvenile Justice department in Portland Oregon. In her time with Multnomah County, she worked in several positions that involved Restorative justice work. Sidney always found ways to incorporate relationship building with the youth she worked with, developing the Hands of Wonder garden program, which teaches basic job-skills surrounding how to grow, care for and sell organic produce to youth within the Justice department. Sidney currently works as the Restorative Justice Director for Portland Public Schools, where she trains, coaches and supports school staff throughout the district in Restorative Justice Practices. Portland Public School district is the largest district in the state of Oregon, and has taken a stand as a district that supports Equity, PBIS (Positive behavior, Intervention and Supports) and Restorative Justice practices. Before moving to Portland, Sidney was a Youth Pastor in Southern California and has been working with youth for 20 years.

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