Creating a Restorative Culture in Your Classroom/School
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Creating a Restorative Culture in Your Classroom/School
Presented by: Caroline Missal
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Session Location:
Hines Creek Composite School 331 Government Rd W, Hines Creek, AB GET DIRECTIONS
About the Session:

How do we create positive relationships in schools, with and among students and adults? How do we encourage students to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do? How do we encourage students to take responsibility and be accountable for their words and actions? What is it we want students to learn through our discipline practices when they've caused harm?

Creating a culture in your school or classroom based on restorative principles results in a environment that is welcoming, caring, respectful and safe, allowing optimal learning to take place. Madeline Hunter says "They don't care what you know until they know you care."  Restorative practices move away from more traditionally run classrooms and schools to focus on relationships, belonging, engagement, and when necessary, repairing harm. Participants in this one-day workshop will learn about:

  • principles of restorative practices;
  • how these principles and practices can be applied in classroom and school settings on a daily basis to strengthen relationships, foster a sense of belonging, prevent conflict, bullying and other inappropriate behaviour;
  • what a Community Conference is and how it can be used to resolve conflict in a school setting
  • how this approach aligns with Alberta’s Education Act, the TQS and LQS;
  • how to begin the journey towards a restorative school culture; and
  • how schools and districts are implementing this approach and the results they are seeing.

This is not a program but rather a philosophy and approach that complements and enhances work being done with Leader In Me, Positive Behaviour Supports, Developmental Assets, trauma sensitive classrooms, Circle of Courage and many other programs/initiatives. There are also direct ties and links to supporting students' social-emotional literacy and positive mental health.

About the Presenter(s):
Caroline Missal

Caroline retired after many years as an educator in Edmonton, Alberta. During her career, Caroline taught at elementary, junior high and senior high, was a consultant for students whose behaviour could be challenging, and as a principal of several different schools. Caroline also had the opportunity to gain a provincial perspective through secondments to Alberta Children’s Services and Alberta Education. In 1998 Caroline was introduced to Restorative Practices and over the past 20+ years has been able to see first-hand how a restorative approach can transform schools and lives. In 2017, Caroline joined IIRP Canada as an instructor and coach.

Caroline received her BEd with a major in special education from the University of Alberta.  She has also received an MEd in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland and most recently her Restorative Justice Certificate from Simon Fraser University.

Catering is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment.
Photography Release:
This is a public event with the likeliness of photo/video throughout the day. By attending, participants understand they may be captured in photo or video for future presentations or promotional material development. Please see conference hosts if you prefer to not be photographed.

Registration Fee:



Administrator/Administration, Educational Assistant/Assistant en éducation, Teachers/Enseignant

Grade Level:

K-12/Tous niveaux Maternelle à 12

Registration Notes:

Pre-work includes readings, handouts, videos and other resources. There will be approximately 2 hours of pre-work for each day of synchronous instruction