When students are scared, uncomfortable, unseen, or not served by systems, they act out. Restorative justice practices quell the fear, bridge the comfort, make visible those who hid behind masks before the fear manifested in disruption. Too much of what educators do in schools is reactive to "behavior" issues, expecting we can put band-aids on bullet wounds and call it a day. Counter to traditional disciplinary methods in schools, restorative practices are proactive in setting up classrooms where students are seen and given opportunities to share their voices. In this workshop, educators will learn how to develop community circles and online restorative practices as they participate in virtual circles, spectrum, and community building activities.
Camila Arze Torres Goitia teaches Social Studies at Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon. She is an Oregon Writing Project coach and frequently publishes in Rethinking Schools magazines and books.