Restorative Practices Overview

Date:  July 15, 2019

Time:  9 am – 3 pm

Location: Biltmore Park/WCU

Registration Fee: $65


Restorative practices are a social science that studies how to build social capital and achieve social discipline through participatory learning and decision making. The use of restorative practices helps to (a) reduce crime, violence and bullying, (b) improve human behavior, (c) strengthen civil society, (d)  provide effective leadership, (e) restore relationships, and (f) repair harm ( This full-day presentation focuses on the key researched-based theories behind restorative practices. Such theories include: explicit practice, fair process, the social discipline window, and the compass of shame. In addition, participants learn about the continuum of restorative practices, ranging from the use of affective statements, affective questions, small impromptu conversations, circles, and formal conferencing. Participants engage in activities to reinforce their learning and leave with tools that can be easily and quickly implemented in their schools.  Alisha Schiltz, Ph.D. is a school psychologist and licensed Restorative Practices trainer through the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Dr. Schiltz has led district implementation and evaluation of Restorative Practices and facilitated training for district staff on a regular basis.

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