School of Education and Human Services

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Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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Restorative Practices

Introduction to Restorative Practices
Using Circles Effectively (2-Day Event)

Oakland University’s School of Education & Human Services is pleased to announce the Restorative Practices workshop to be held at Oakland University in Rochester, MI.

Restorative Practices are used to proactively build a classroom culture based on community and mutual responsibility and to provide a safe space for students to share their thinking in a respectful, meaningful way. The fundamental unifying premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive and more likely to make positive changes in their lives when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them. At its core, any relationship practice is “restorative” when it builds connections and creates space for honesty.

This two-day workshop consists of a Day 1 introduction to restorative practices—the theory and uses of it. Day 2 is an introduction to restorative circles, a very flexible practice that can be put to use immediately in order to build a sense of belonging to a school and/or classroom community.

Goals and Benefits of the Workshop
All attendees will be able to:
  • Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, clients, employees and colleagues
  • Learn how to proactively build relationships and sense of community to prevent conflict and wrongdoing
  • Identify reliable methods for using circles to build community, establish norms and address behavior and relationships in order facilitate conversation and encourage full participation
  • Attendees will receive the instructional books The Restorative Practices Handbook and Restorative Circle
  • Educators can earn SCECHs
  • Light refreshments and lunch provided each day

Bill Boyle is the former Director of the Model Center, Bowers Academy and Equity Programming in Bloomfield Hills Schools. He has 31 years of experience as a teacher, athletic coach and administrator at all levels of K–12 education. Bill has worked diligently to form schools that serve as places of belonging for all students as the foundation for learning. He currently serves as an consultant, coach and facilitator for schools, non-profits and the private sector specializing in the areas of Restorative Practices and Equity Literacy. Bill is the Executive Director for the Michigan Network for Equity in Education and is an instructor for the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Session Topics

Session topics for the Restorative Practices workshop will include:      

  • Review underlying concepts of restorative practices
  • Explore effective strategies for managing behavior, teaching people to take responsibility for their actions and engaging people in their own issues
  • Review exercises for practicing restorative techniques
  • Learn circle techniques and ideas, what circles can accomplish, how circles can be restorative and how to use circles to stimulate discussion
  • Practice using circles and develop new circle applications and questions
  • Discuss key circle issues
How to Register

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  • Workshop Registration Fee: $175 (Price includes two books, The Restorative Practices Handbook and Restorative Circles)
  • SCECHs Fee: Additional $10
  • Parking is free on Oakland University's Main Campus.
  • Lunch will be provided to all participants each day.