Conference speakers possess a broad range of experience, expertise and insight in restorative practices and other allied approaches to building community and responding to conflict and harm. The program will include general sessions on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and a closing general session Friday at noon. An extended lunch on Thursday will feature a poster session. A varied selection of more than 100 breakout sessions (50 and 90 minutes in duration) will be presented throughout the three days.

General Sessions

Wed, Oct 24 – Welcome / Detroit Community Panel

Alice G. Thompson, CEO of Black Family Development, Inc., and Henry McClendon, IIRP Michigan Regional Representative, will welcome attendees, set the stage for the conference and facilitate a panel featuring the work that’s being done in Detroit communities.

The panel will include other Detroit leaders, including:

Tonya Allen, President & CEO, The Skillman Foundation, Detroit, MI

Additional panelists to be announced.

Thu, Oct 25 – Community and System-Wide Change

Cami Anderson, founder and managing partner of ThirdWay Solutions and The Discipline Revolution Project and former superintendent of Newark Public Schools and Alternative High Schools in New York City, will lead an exploration of how to shift from a focus on changing individuals to a collective movement for building restorative communities and systems.

The session will include a panel of educational leaders discussing the challenges and opportunities in changing practices school-wide, system-wide and community-wide:

Chris Kolb, Ph.D., District 2 Board Member, Jefferson County (KY) Board of Education & Associate Professor of Anthropology, School of Liberal Studies, Spalding University, Louisville, KY

Christine Cray, M.A., M.S.Ed., Director of Student Services Reforms, Office of Student Support Services, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh, PA

Karen Webber, J.D., Director of Education and Youth Development, Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

One more panelist to be announced.

Fri, Oct 26 – Reflection / Closing

Attendees will participate in an interactive and reflective closing to the conference experience.

Poster Session

A poster session will be held during an extended lunch on Thursday. Posters allow for presentation of topics in an informal, interactive environment. If you are interested in presenting a poster, we are still accepting proposals here.

View List of Posters (updated June 22, 2018)
  • Addressing the Needs of English Learners Through Restorative Practices
    Hector Corona
  • All for One and One for All
    Stacy Rumler
  • Cultivating Race-Conscious Conversations: Integrating Video Microanalysis in Restorative Circles in a Diverse High School Classroom
    Olivia Marcucci; Rowhea Elmesky; Matthew Tuths
  • Exploring the Benefits of Using Therapy Dogs in Youth Restorative Justice Circles
    Pegi Lobb
  • Incorporating the Whole Child Through Restorative Practices
    Megan Fuciarelli; Teron Varner
  • Juvenile Domestic Violence Offenders and the Proposed Alternatives
    Xinyi Situ
  • Restorative Circles: How Can We Begin to Repair the Academic Harm?
    Gail Joyner-White
  • Restoring the Balance in School Reform in Disempowered Communities
    Deborah Harris-Swan
  • The Challenge and Success of Whole-School Implementation of Restorative Practices
    Wanda Lash
  • Transformational Classroom Leadership: How Building Transformational Behaviors in Teachers Can Increase Their Classroom Effectiveness
    Gina Wilson
  • Unleashing the Urban Child in Education
    Jeffrey Harris
  • Walk the Seven Steps of the Path of Peace and Resolve Conflicts with Dialogue
    Sue Jamback
  • You Can Too! Supporting Equity and Awesomeness in Your School Through Restorative Practices
    Arturo Casillas; Taylor Sukoski; Kathy Flores
  • and more to be announced …

Breakout Sessions

Topics of breakout sessions include:

  • helping families in trauma
  • community health
  • racial disproportionality in school discipline
  • engaging parents and community in building restorative schools
  • aligning restorative practices, PBIS and social-emotional learning
  • community-police relations
  • community urban planning
  • trauma-informed care
  • equity, diversity and inclusion
  • working with students with disabilities
  • addressing workplace conflict
  • youth leadership
  • motivational interviewing
  • interfaith dialogue
  • working with gang members
  • civil rights
  • and many others …
View List of Breakout Sessions (updated June 22, 2018)
  • A Biblical View of Restorative Practices
    Henry L. McClendon, Jr.
  • A Restorative Approach to Diversity and Inclusion
    Amanda McLittle; Mallory Martin-Ferguson
  • A Science of Human Dignity
    John W. Bailie, Ph.D.
  • Afrocentric Restorative Healing Practices
    Corey Jackson
  • Aligning and Integrating PBIS and Restorative Practices in a Large, Urban School District
    Naomi Brahim; Sarah Hitchings; Chris Kolb; Saundra Hensel
  • Amplifying Community, Compassion and Connection with the Four Universal Healing Salves
    Barbra Lewis Green
  • An African Approach to Building Relationships Between Youth and Adults Through the Form of Storytelling
    Darian Smith
  • An Essential Component of Justice: Documenting Stories of Violence, Murder and Execution as Restorative Practice
    Gabriel Solis; Walter Long; Susannah Sheffer
  • Baltimore City School Police Using Restorative Practices to Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline
    Karen Webber; Akil Hamm
  • Beyond Bias Impact: Repairing Harm with Restorative Practice
    Adrienne Davis
  • Bridging “Behavior” Gaps: Strategies and Interventions for Challenging Students
    Shawna Griffin
  • Bridging the Divide: Partnership with Police
    Kathleen McGoey; Mike Butler
  • Building Excitement for Implementing Restorative Practices in a Comprehensive High School
    Margaret Schultz; Holly Hammerle; Ashley Morel
  • Can Restorative Justice Affect Teens’ Influences and Choice-Making?
    Nancy Schertzing
  • Circles After Nathanson: The Contemporary Psychology of Affect and Emotion
    Courtney Tobin
  • Circles of Hope: Parents as Partners in Education
    Marinieves Alba
  • Co-Creating Change Within a Traumatized Child and Family
    Frida Rundell
  • Community Engagement: Our Restorative Journey
    Kevin Bryant; Derek Blackmon, Sr.
  • Creating a Culturally Responsive, College-Going Culture for Young Men of Color
    Paul Forbes
  • Creating an Equitable, Restorative Community: The Story of Casino Road
    Jim Welsh; Sara Boyle
  • Creating Restorative Community in Alternative School Settings
    Jennifer Haines; Sarah Giddings
  • Deepening Your Listening Skills to Strengthen Yourself and Your Community
    Kirsten Olson
  • Direct Action, Direct Services and Back Again: Functional Community Organizing and Community Change
    Joel Izlar
  • Documenting Restorative Justice
    Julie Mallozzi; Kathleen Pequeño
  • Enhancing Access to Life Opportunities for Disconnected Youth: A Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices Approach
    Jessica Camp; Tracy Hall; Brian Frick
  • Escapee of the School-to-Prison Pipeline via a Restorative Approach
    Vincent Brown
  • Essential Conversations: Black Girls’ Perceptions About Education, Educators and the American Dreams
    Tawanna Jones Morrison
  • Evaluating Public Safety: Establishing Healthy Relationships in a World of Transactional Connections
    Cynthia Prosek; Tabitha Montgomery
  • Focusing on HOPE: Winning Buy-in to Build a Restorative School Community
    Keisha Allen
  • From a Native Indigenous Perspective: Rebuilding a Community of Men Through Traditional Restorative Circles
    Macedonio Arteaga
  • From Crime and Punishment to Harm and Healing
    Louis Fletcher; David Watson
  • Game Changers: Inviting the Community and Student Agency into Your Classroom Through Project-Based Learning
    Sara Accettura; Marina Palomino-Bach; Emily Tennant
  • Healing a People: How Restorative Practices Can Help Repair the Harm of an Island’s Dark Past
    Lynne Winfield; Michelle Scott-Outerbridge; Hashim Estwick
  • How Explicit Restorative Practice Creates a Whole New Experience
    Terry O’Connell
  • How to Answer the BIG Question in Education: Is It Working?
    Alisha Schiltz
  • I Hear You … I Respect You … But I May Disagree
    PhiXavier Holmes
  • Introducing Restorative Teacher-Student Mediation
    Ondine Gross
  • Leading Conflict: How to Fight at Work
    John W. Bailie, Ph.D.
  • Lessons from Teaching: How High School Student Restorative Practitioners Impact and Inspire
    Beth Sherman; Diane Back; Amy McLoughlin; Students TBD
  • Let’s Make Our City Livable Together! Restorative and Mediation Practices in Community Urban Planning
    Dr. Borbala Fellegi; Virág Vajna
  • Leveraging Restorative Practices to Develop Civil Rights Education
    Michael Re’vell; Adrienne Gordon
  • Light in the Darkness: Seeing Strengths in Your District and Building Restoratively with Them
    Ruth Turner; Jessica Nordquist
  • Making Positive Connections with Conscious Discipline
    Dinah Lee Schaller
  • Measuring and Improving Fidelity to Restorative Justice Implementation: Sharing a Comprehensive Tool
    Sonia Jain
  • Motivational Interviewing: A Restorative Conversation for Inspiring Change, Countering Marginalization and Promoting Equity
    Richard Rutschman
  • Navigating Whiteness in the Restorative Practice Movement
    Reed Swier
  • New Directions for Restorative Practices: Physical Education and School Sports
    Michael Hemphill; Santos Flores
  • No Hate, No Fear, ALL Students Are Welcome Here!
    St Claire Adriaan; Tommy Ramirez
  • Our Circles Confirm Culture Through Caring for Students of Color: Implementing Culturally Responsive Restorative Circles to Address Disproportionality in Discipline
    Edwin Javius; Gaye Lang
  • Our District’s Restorative Practice Journey
    Nancy Charles; Frederick Ray; Andrew Jackson; Penelope Lowe; Cheri Godek; Cicero King
  • Participatory Budgeting: When Both Numbers and People Count
    Linda Kligman
  • Peace by Piece: Embedding Relevant Frameworks of Prevention Through Youth Leadership, Engagement and Community Service
    Denise Koebcke
  • Police as First Social Responders and Positive Police-Citizen Interactions
    Xinyi Situ
  • Police-Community Reconciliation as a Framework to Build Trust and Increase Public Safety
    Alex Zuur
  • Powerful Conversations that Create an Alternative Future
    Gayle Hilleke; Dan Joyner
  • Proactive Restorative Circle Conversations: How to Collaboratively Develop Solutions Before Challenges Become Conflicts
    Romena Holbert
  • Proactive Restorative Practices: Creating the Conditions for Individuals and Communities to Flourish
    Gina Abrams; Mary Jo Hebling; Elizabeth Smull
  • Problem Solving Through the Request, Reflect, Reimagine Method
    Amber Stewart
  • “Reaching Before Teaching” and “Connecting Before Correcting”: A Restorative Practices Approach
    Christopher Riddick; Trina Harris
  • Relate, Repair, Restore: A Model for Restorative Justice in a Therapeutic Process Group
    Stacey MacGlashan; Ryan Knuth
  • Restorative Circles: A Leadership Practice to Build School Culture Amidst School Reform Contexts
    Glynis Jordan; Kevin Richardson Sr.
  • Restorative Justice Results in Michigan Prisons and Reentry Settings
    Paul Draus; Juliette Roddy; Imani Byrd; Cathy Collins
  • Restorative Justice Works for All Students: Results of a Michigan RJ Pilot with Students with Disabilities
    David Gruber; Cheryl Levine
  • Restorative Outreach Ministry with Youth and Their Families
    Monica Evans
  • Restorative Practice in Canada: An Evolving Story
    Bruce Schenk
  • Restorative Practice Responses to Student Absenteeism: An Exploration of Racial Microaggressions and Student Self-Efficacy
    Gregory Baldwin; Tara Newton
  • Restorative Practices and Community Health in Rural Communities of Nicaragua
    Miguel Tello
  • Restorative Practices and Its Impact on Healing Communities of Color and the Justice System
    Renise Washington; Reginald Washington
  • Restorative Practices as Catalyst for Culture Change in a Large Suburban Middle School and Lessons Learned
    Robert Walker; Andrew Jackson; Sam Ashley; Chip Harbin
  • Restorative Practices at Houghton Lake Community Schools
    Joseph Holloway
  • Restorative Practices in an Alternative School Environment: Building and Strengthening a Restorative School Community
    Holli Vah Seliskar
  • Restorative Practices in Rural California: Working Toward Fidelity in Juvenile Justice and Local Districts
    Peter Stoll; Haley Jones
  • Restorative Story Mapping: An Equity Inquiry Tool Toward Designing Implementation Protocols for Restorative Practices in Schools
    Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho
  • Restoring Attendance: Using the Restorative Practices Continuum to Reframe Attendance and Get Kids in School
    Jennifer Wood-Slayton; Mercedes Munoz-Wilson
  • Restoring Our Communities, Restoring Ourselves: How We Cultivate Restorative Environments to Achieve Restorative Communities
    Janine Harris Degitz; Elizabeth Speidel; Amber Evans
  • Restoring Safety in the City: Merging Urban Insights and Conflict Resolution to Reduce Violence
    David Gruber; Cheryl Levine
  • Restoring the Urban Gang Member: Keeping the Brain and Body in Mind
    Carlos Alvarez
  • Social Justice and Compliance: Creative Strategies for Challenging Discrimination, Harassment and Bias Cases
    Alexander Baldino
  • Social-Emotional Learning, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, and Restorative Practices in Atlanta Public Schools
    Kathryn Grogan; Joseph McCrary; Christopher Henrich; Ronald Applin
  • Stories of Restorative Practices in the Workplace: Experiences of the Third Circuit Court
    Benita Cheatom; A’Llana Jones; Terian Daily; Sekai Broaden; ToieLynn Smith; Carol Hanson
  • Strengthening the Spirit of Community – Family Restorative Assets
    Grace Kiconco
  • Students Overcoming Situations: Building Relationships Between School Communities and Law Enforcement
    Katrina Cruz; Justin LaBarre; Jenny Caviness; Karen Meadows
  • Suspensions Down, Collaboration Up: Use of the Restorative Practices Continuum in a Center-Based EI (Emotionally Impaired) High School
    Mike Croy
  • The Art of Integration: Primary Care and Collaborative School-Based Mental Health Services for Student Well-Being
    Marie Palumbo-Hayes
  • The Critical Role of Youth in Building Restorative Cultures in Schools
    Rick Phillips; Diana Curtin
  • The Experience of a Brazilian Community: A 2017 Training Program for Restorative Justice Facilitators
    Débora Barberis; Sabrina Paroli
  • The Impact of Using Restorative Justice Practices in the Urban Communities of the Nation’s Capital
    Rashida H George; Princess K Whitaker Taylor
  • The Maya Project: How Students Can Transform Community Through Restorative Practices and the Arts
    Nick Dalton
  • The Student Voice Improvement Paradox: Spreading and Sustaining School-Based Youth Court
    Marc Brasof
  • Third-Siders in Theory and Practice, on the Ground and Online
    Bill Warters
  • Transforming Our Schools from Alienating Institutions into Caring Communities Using Restorative Justice Practices
    Matthew Guldin
  • True Representation: Strengthening the Spirit of Democracy
    Ted Wachtel
  • Using an Equity Lens to Assess Restorative Practice Implementation in Schools
    Allison Ward-Seidel
  • Using Forgiveness Within Restorative Practices to Heal Family and Community
    Benita Page; Tasreen Khamisa
  • Using Restorative Practice and Mindfulness to Build Relationships and Heal Trauma
    Maria Alessandra Cardoso
  • Using Restorative Practices to Teach with Truth, Order, Balance and Reciprocity
    Heather Williams
  • Virtue-Based Restorative Practices: What’s God Got to Do with It?
    Lynne Lang
  • What Is YOUR Role? A Comprehensive Study of Group Dynamics
    Thaddeus Hill
  • Why the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study Matters for School-Based Restorative Justice
    Thalia González; Cesar De La Vega
Conference Day 1

Wed, Oct 24

8:00 – 9:00 am
Check-In / Coffee & Pastries

9:00 – 10:30 am
General Session – Welcome / Detroit Community Panel

10:50 am – 11:40 am
50-min Breakout Sessions

12:00 – 1:00 pm

1:10 – 2:00 pm
50-min Breakout Sessions

2:20 – 3:50 pm
90-min Breakout Sessions

4:10 – 5:00 pm
50-min Breakout Sessions

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Conference Day 2

Thu, Oct 25

7:30 – 8:30 am
Coffee & Pastries

8:30 – 10:15 am
General Session – Community and System-Wide Change

10:40 am – 12:10 pm
90-min Breakout Sessions

12:15 – 2:00 pm
Lunch / Poster Session

2:10 – 3:40 pm
90-min Breakout Sessions

4:00 – 5:30 pm
90-min Breakout Sessions

Conference Day 3

Fri, Oct 26

7:30 – 8:30 am
Coffee & Pastries

8:30 – 9:20 am
50-min Breakout Sessions

9:40 – 10:30 am
50-min Breakout Sessions

10:50 – 11:40 am
50-min Breakout Sessions

12:00 – 12:45 pm
General Session – Reflection / Closing

12:45 – 2:00 pm