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[KFSS][Districts:17,18,20,21,22][SCHOOLS:ES,MS,HS] Restorative Circles Grad...

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Clara Barton High School

901 Classon Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11225

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During this 5 day course (participants must be able to attend all 5 days),participants will learn the community building circles process. Regular use of restorative circles within the instructional program of a school is a significant prevention and intervention strategy. The circle process enables a group to build relationships and establish understanding and trust, create a sense of community, learn how to make decisions together, develop agreements for the mutual good, and resolve difficult issues. The potential advantages of restorative approaches in schools include:

• A safer, more caring environment

• A more effective teaching and learning environment

• A greater staff capacity to deal with challenging situations

• A reduction in bullying and other interpersonal conflicts

• Reductions in suspensions (principals and superintendents)

• A greater awareness of the importance of connectedness to young people (the need to belong and feel valued by peers and significant adults)

• Greater emphasis on responses to inappropriate behavior that seek to reconnect, and not further disconnect, young people

• An increased belief in the ability of young people to take responsibility for their choices, and more people giving them opportunities to do so

Each school is encouraged to send a team of 3-8 pedagogical staff (teachers, counselors, deans, administrators) to participate in the full 5-days.

All Sessions are for Brooklyn South Schools ONLY (Districts 17, 18, 20, 21 & 22). Please do not register to attend if your school is not within the districts listed above.

*Please note that Restorative Circles requires attendance for all 5 dates. Registration for the first date will automatically register you for all 4 dates.

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