Restorative Practices Implementation Program

We customize our services to address your school and district’s needs. In providing consistent training and coaching throughout the stages of implementation, educators will be equipped with practical strategies for building strong relationships and addressing misbehavior. Through our support, educators will become skilled practitioners, developing capacity in program sustainability following the initial stages of implementation.


Behavior and Classroom Strategies Training

Educational practitioners will learn basic principles of adolescent development, along with verbal and non-verbal strategies to minimize distractions and maximize instruction time in the classroom. This is a 6-hour event.


Crisis Prevention Intervention Training

Educators and workplace practitioners will learn strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. This is a two-day event.


Restorative Practices Training

Educators and workplace practitioners will learn the essential components of restorative practices, considered a communication philosophy that supports positive relationships, community connectedness, and student and adult social-emotional development.



Restorative Practices Training Options


Introduction to Restorative Practices & Using Circles Effectively (two-day event)

Practitioners will learn the essential elements of restoration and will dive deep into hands-on practice.


Facilitating Restorative Conferences (two-day event)

Practitioners will participate in dynamic exercises that help illustrate the healing potential of restorative conferences, an intervention utilized for high-risk infractions at school or in a workplace.


Restorative Practices Adult One-Day Training

Educators will learn the essential elements of restoration and will experience hands-on practice. The one-day training does not register participants with IIRP.


Restorative Practices Student One-Day Training

Students will learn language and tools for building strong social connections and reducing tension and conflict with others.


Restorative Practices One-hour Introductory Workshop

Programs interested in restoration can schedule a brief one-hour overview of all the essential elements of restorative practices. Q and A opportunity for staff members.





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       Melissa Ugarte has worked in schools in many different capacities to support teaching and learning. She easily and naturally builds rapport with students as a warm demander in ways that result in students’ improved academic achievement. Through consistency, genuine warmth, and a true commitment to students and staff, Melissa has had a great deal of success in her roles. As a former colleague, I observed her patience, joy, and expansive toolbox of strategies that help students engage in learning experiences. She has a beautiful way of affirming students and staff wholly so that regardless of challenging moments, they are never defined by those moments. With these skills, Melissa has worked in collaboration with educators and administrators to build classroom and school culture and, in this venture, will be able to expand her impact to help equip educators and administrators with the training and skills to improve outcomes in their contexts. With her expertise and experience, Melissa will help educators feel more empowered in their classrooms to do the work they were trained to do.






Malika Ali
Highlander Institute, RI

Building and restoring communities, one conversation at a time.



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