Restorative Approaches for Teachers 101

Tools for Peace-building in Your High-school Classroom
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 43 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

As teachers and school administrators, we experience the huge amount of conflict that comes through our schools. Using restorative approaches, this course will give you the tools you need to resolve conflict effectively, and in a way that builds community and trust among your students.

Start building a culture of peace in your classroom

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of restorative approaches
  • Intervene in a conflict in a meaningful way using the three restorative questions
  • Assess conflicts and choose the most appropriate response
  • Address negative behaviours in your classroom by leading restorative peace circles

Powerful skills that will transform your approach to conflict

Conflict are a necessary part of life, and our experience as a teacher - but it doesn't have to be negative. Restorative approaches are based on the idea that conflicts provide useful momentum for positive change. Coming from the practice of restorative justice pioneered in prisons, restorative approaches involve the wrong-do'ers, the victims, and the community in 'making things right'.

This course will give you an overview of how these proven approaches can be adapted for your classroom. By providing a host of examples you'll understand how restorative approaches can be applied in situations as diverse as students leaving behind a mess, to an intense and emotional bullying situation.

Designed with the busy 7-12 grade teacher or administrator in mind, this course will take you just over an hour to complete. Suitable for those with no prior experience, it's the perfect starter course to help you understand the value of these approaches, and get you applying them right away.

Packed with additional resources you'll be able to take a deep dive into areas that are particularly relevant to you. You'll receive a verifiable certificate upon completing the course, and learn techniques that you'll be able to build on throughout your teaching career.

We've shared real life examples, summary sheets, and quizzes to ensure you walk away with the tools you need to start building a culture of peace in your school.

What are the requirements?

  • No special materials or software needed

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the benefits of restorative approaches and how they compare to traditional or punitive approaches to conflict
  • Intervene in a conflict in a meaningful way using the three restorative questions
  • Assess conflicts and choose the most appropriate response
  • Address negative behaviours in your classroom by leading restorative peace circles

What is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for teachers, school administrators, or others who work with youth aged 12-18. No prior experience necessary. This course is not designed for those who have already had conflict resolution training.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

This introduction is the same as the promotional video for the course, and shares the reasons behind the creation of this course.


In this video we'll give you a quick overview of what you will learn in the course, and introduce you to your instructors.


This lecture will give you an overview of restorative practices reviewing the core principles and how they are different from traditional, or punitive approaches to resolving conflict.

3 questions

This quiz will review the differences between restorative & punitive approaches.

Section 2: Core Principles of Restorative Approaches

In this lecture you'll be challenged to think through how your experiences, values, and beliefs affect your response to conflict.


This lecture looks at the three restorative questions and how they can be used to intervene in a conflict in a meaningful way.


Here we will introduce the restorative continuum and the different approaches so you can start to assess the best approach to use in response to a wide variety of conflicts in your classroom.

4 questions

Use this quiz to test your knowledge about the different approaches on the continuum.


This lecture dives deeper into the continuum and presents five questions you can ask when assessing a conflict and trying to determine the best approach.

Section 3: Putting it Into Practice

This lecture briefly reviews how to start applying restorative practices in your classroom, focusing on peace circles.


In this lecture Dave elaborates on the role of ground rules, talking pieces, and facilitators. He then goes on to share two peace circle examples one focused on dealing with negative attitudes in a classroom, and the other in response to one student punching another in class.


This lecture features a fascinating story of how an intervention circle played a critical role in resolving a conflict involving offensive vandalism on school property.

2 questions

This quiz will review the key elements of circle processes.

Section 4: Review, Inspiration, and More

In 2 minutes we review all of the main concepts from the course.


In this video Dave shares an example of a school who trained all the members of their school community in restorative approaches. This transformed the school - reducing suspension rates by 97% and totally transforming the role of the principal in the school community.


Here we list a couple of other key resources in the field to help you dive deeper into this topic.


This lecture includes all of the people we wanted to thank!

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Instructor Biography

Jessica Lax, Content Developer for Social Impact

Jessica's goal is to maximize the impact of the social sector by changing the way the sector learns. She's been drawn to this work since 2002 when she co-founded her first organization,The Otesha Project, wishing that there was more accessible training for changemakers. More recently, Jessica led the Collaborative for Innovative Social Enterprise Develoment (CISED) in Ottawa, curated a series of Masterclasses for social impact at the local Impact HUB, and co-founded School For Change. Jessica combines the skills she learned in her MBA at Oxford, where she studied as a Skoll Scholar, and her consulting experience working with hundreds of passionate changemakers to design results focused courses that matter.

Instructor Biography

Dave Farthing, Co-Founder - YOUCAN

Mr. Dave Farthing is the Founding Executive Director of YOUCAN, founded in 1997. YOUCAN's mission is to “equip and inspire others to peacefully resolve conflicts and develop healthy relationships in their communities". YOUCAN has become one of Canada's leading national organizations run for youth, by youth. Mr. Farthing's commitment to youth empowerment and conflict resolution has made a significant difference in the lives of Canadians. Since 1997 YOUCAN has trained over 30,000 youth all over Canada, Colombia, China and Northern Ireland. "His commitment to teaching our youth alternatives to violence clearly demonstrates the positive impact of conflict resolution practices," says Correctional Service of Canada's former Commissioner, Keith Coulter.

Mr. Farthing has received many awards for his work including Correctional Services of Canada's “Ron Wiebe Award", an award from Washington-based “Association for Conflict Resolution" and The Queen Jubilee Medal. Mr. Farthing has served on many advisory's including the former Law Commission of Canada and currently is an Advisor to the Youth Justice Branch Advisory of the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth and serves as a member of the Canadian Commission of UNESCO's Education Sector Advisory.

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