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Course Title

Restorative Conversations Inside and Outside the Classroom (ISCA 404-02)

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Course Overview

Restorative Justice (RJ) offers us a new lens with which to view conflict, discipline, and harm and it can transform education. Shifting focus from traditional models of student discipline and codes of conduct, restorative justice focuses on relationships, accountability, and harm reparation. Using a restorative lens in learning communities can help students feel more connected to each other, teach peaceful conflict resolution skills, and develop a culture of accountability. This course provides educators the overview, understanding, and skills necessary to begin facilitating restorative conversations, both with and between students. This course will also give participants the skills to write and develop their own restorative conversation scripts, as well as identify the ways in which they can strategically advocate for greater restorative practices in their institution.

This course will support you in providing strategies for your students to be able to:

Standard A: Students will demonstrate the dispositions, knowledge, and skills to develop and maintain positive relationships with self and others

Standard B: Students will make decisions, solve problems, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve personal goals

This course is aligned to the following school counselor standards and competencies (review the documents hyperlinked to the left and include those that this course will address below):

A.1. Supporting Student Development

A.8. Student Peer-Support Program.

A.11. Bullying, Harassment and Child Abuse

F. Ethical Decision Making

B-PF 1. Apply developmental, learning, counseling and education theories

B-PF 6. Demonstrate understanding of the impact of cultural, social and environmental influences on student success and opportunities

B-SS 5. Consult to support student achievement and success

Intended Audience

School Counselors, Teachers, Administrators

Essential Questions

  • What is restorative justice?
  • What is a restorative conversation?
  • How can restorative conversations be used to respond to incidents of harm?
  • How can restorative justice philosophy be infused into everyday interactions?
  • Why are restorative conversations an effective way to respond to negative behaviour?



Participants will have knowledge about:

Participants will be able to:

  • What restorative justice is and what restorative conversations are
  • The history of restorative justice
  • The benefits of using a restorative approach
  • The uses of a restorative conversation in an educational setting
  • How to write an agenda for a restorative conversation
  • Identify situations in which a restorative conversation would be useful
  • Plan and facilitate a restorative conversation with a student
  • Plan and facilitate a restorative conversation between multiple students
  • Use the language of restorative justice in everyday work
  • Advocate for further restorative justice initiatives in their school

About the Facilitator

Andrew McGeehan is an engaging, dynamic, and energetic trainer and consultant who is currently living and working in Singapore. Andrew owns and runs Trident Training & Consulting, an organization that focused on sexual misconduct & consent culture, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and restorative practices in education. Prior to opening his business, Andrew worked in higher education for 12 years, at various institutions in the USA and in Singapore. Andrew believes that each person can play an important role in making school environments safer, more welcoming, and more affirming for students and strives to provide educators the knowledge and skills to actualise that in their communities.

Dates and times of offerings

February 13, 2024 - 9:00AM to 12:00PM GMT

February 20, 2024- 9:00AM to 12:00PM GMT

February 27, 2024- 9:00AM to 12:00PM GMT

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Working Zoom & Internet Connection


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