Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
7:00 am – 1:30 pm

May 2-3, 2023

$595.00 per person

Restorative Discipline: Best Practices to Improve Student Behavior

NEW Seminar Presented By
Susan Jones

Outstanding Educator, Author and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Grades K-12 District and School Leaders and Leadership Teams, Classroom Teachers, Counselors, Instructional Specialists and Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, Behavior Intervention Specialists, and School Administrators

  • Bring your team together to create a more trauma aware, restorative approach to discipline
  • Learn the key components of highly effective restorative practices your school can put in place immediately
  • Reduce students’ problematic behaviors while increasing their desire to act more responsibly and respectfully
  • Develop a plan your team can confidently implement to improve student behavior at your school or district

Practical Strategies

Imagine your entire team working together in helping students improve self-control, experience less feelings of anxiety, and approach school with greater success. When students are better equipped to handle the turbulence associated with life’s challenges and the changing learning environments they have experienced over the last few years, they can turn a corner and begin to thrive and succeed. Join outstanding and motivating national speaker SUSAN JONES in this NEW, 2-day, idea-packed leadership institute that focuses on practical and doable restorative discipline strategies your team can use to significantly improve your student’s behavior. Susan will provide the best current information on how to implement trauma aware systems of restorative practices you can incorporate into your classrooms and throughout your school or district site. With restorative practices, your students will be better equipped to self-regulate, recognize, and handle the emotions that cause the behaviors that get them in trouble in class, online, and in social situations. In addition, these teacher-tested restorative practices will enhance your students’ ability to focus during instruction, which results in higher achievement. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to gain innovative and new ways to reduce the challenging behaviors that get in the way of teaching and learning.

You will leave with numerous strategies to teach all your students to become more aware of the emotions, reactions and frustrations that impact their ability to focus and increase learning and success in school. Register your site team for two fast-paced days packed with best strategies to incorporate trauma aware, restorative practices throughout your school site or district.

A Practical, Two-Day Leadership Institute Focused on Best Strategies to Improve Your Students’ Behavior and Reduce the Need for Discipline at Your School

Plan to attend as a school or district team, a representative team member or district leader to increase the effectiveness of your trauma aware restorative practices. Learn the immediate components of restorative discipline practices with the greatest impact on student behavior and how to target areas for ongoing improvement. Leave equipped with a wealth of knowledge in restorative practices to improve your students’ self-control and decrease their challenging behaviors and feelings of anxiety. You will leave with practical tools and strategies and a plan for helping your students to be more calm, focused, and productive at school.

Develop a Plan to Implement Restorative Practices for the Greatest Results

Discover the attributes of highly successful trauma aware restorative programs and how your team can implement them into your own programs, including boosting staff knowledge and expertise. Gain dozens of practical, restorative discipline strategies you will be able to take back to share with all your colleagues. During the two days, you will learn many ready-to-use strategies for helping your students decrease their anxiety about school and stay better focused on learning. Implement mindfulness as an effective intervention for your students with the most challenging behavior. By comparing your present approaches to best practices, you’ll be able to leave with a practical plan you can immediately implement in your school or district.

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Learn the key benefits of Restorative Practices and how it can make a significant difference in all your students’ success
  • Practical trauma aware restorative strategies to decrease students’ anxiety and reduce challenging behaviors
  • Ideas for staff to teach students how to better pay attention during instruction
  • How trauma aware restorative practices can create a more positive emotional state that can reduce anxiety and increase learning
  • Discover healthy ways to reduce anxiety and stress in difficult situations for all
  • Combine trauma aware restorative practices with strategies to help students monitor their own physical and mental states
  • Incorporate trauma aware restorative practice interventions into IEPs or behavior plans
  • How trauma aware restorative practices will help students feel more connected to themselves, their surroundings, and their peers
  • Strategies that teach students to be aware of and responsible for their own emotions and behavior
  • How to teach improving students’ executive function skills to override emotional reactivity
  • Realistic and doable ways to incorporate daily calming practices focused with awareness
  • Practical and doable ways to teach creating a safe and trusting school, classroom, or online environment
  • How to teach specific metacognitive strategies involved in more successful thinking and learning

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

When you ask someone to name a person who has had a lasting impact on their life, it is often a teacher whom they felt respected them and took an interest in helping them see their potential. This is a powerful opportunity we, as educators, have to make a meaningful and lasting impact on young lives. But our students seem to be changing. Students are coming to school less prepared, more anxious, and less able to focus. We hear our colleagues say that students appear unmotivated and unable to see the value of school in their own lives. All of these can cause difficult behaviors that make teaching less rewarding and more challenging for us all, in the classroom and as a system. A practical and real solution to some of these critical issues is to incorporate trauma aware restorative practices into our daily routines to help students understand their communication, their emotions and begin to increase self-control, attention and regulation that will help them be more successful students. This leadership institute will provide your team with the tools and strategies to do just that.

This strategy-packed two-day leadership institute will cover dozens of ideas and activities you can use to teach trauma aware restorative practices in ways that will make a significant difference for your students and staff. These strategies will help students strengthen the connectivity between areas of the brain that support attention and concentration, and the thinking parts of the brain which shut down when in an anxious or stressed state. With this awareness, it is easy to see how trauma aware restorative practices and self-regulation can translate into significantly improved learning. This is true for all students, but especially necessary for the most vulnerable ones. For our students who have difficulty dealing with negative emotions, fear and anger can hit them unexpectedly. Without a plan for dealing with these feelings, they can be thrown off and may react negatively. Putting trauma aware restorative practices into action will help your most challenging students make better decisions at school, online, and in social situations. In addition, students can learn to regain access to their executive functions even when in a stressed or anxious state.

I hope you will join me and your colleagues for an action-packed, motivating two days that will equip you with strategies and the inspiration to make restorative practices a more powerful part of your everyday school-based program to increase your students’ emotional wellness and academic success. I look forward to our two days together!

Susan Jones

The focus of this two-day institute will be on key, practical strategies to reduce challenging behaviors using trauma aware restorative practices and how to most effectively teach this for your school or district team.

Who Should Attend

Grades K-12 District and School Leaders and Leadership Teams, Classroom Teachers, Counselors, Instructional Specialists and Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, Behavior Intervention Specialists, and School Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Digital Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this Restorative Practices institute. The handbook includes:
    • Ready-to-use activities for helping staff support students in building selfcontrol and better behavior in classrooms and schools
    • Practical strategies to help students reduce their anxiety and negative emotions
    • Teacher-tested trauma aware restorative practice interventions leading students to better self-control and academic success
    • Practical tools and strategies for helping your staff teach students to be more calm, focused, and productive whether they are learning in-person, online, or experiencing the stress of transition
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  2. Consultation Available
    Susan Jones will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.
  3. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their Restorative Discipline practices.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.