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 at a selected site. 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 the 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.
Each monthly meeting will be held at a hosting school or OSSE designated location.
The upcoming meeting, Inaugural Community of Practice, will be helod on Oct. 11, 2016, from 9-11:30 a.m. at OSSE, 810 First St. NE, Third Floor, Grand Hall Side A.
For more information or questions, please email Angela Spinella at Angela.Spinella@dc.gov.