Sun, November 4th, 12:00 PM
Circle Keeping/ Restorative Practice for High Schoolers
Room IFF Workshop 1
What is Restorative Practice? It is an umbrella term used to describe practices that support cultivating and maintaining relationships within a community. Restorative Practice helps foster understanding of one's self and empathy for others through the sharing of personal experiences. It’s a process that has proven to improve health in schools, as well as health in greater society. Restorative Justice — based upon the principle that communities, victims, and offenders need to be healed after a crime occurs — has been part of the criminal justice system in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for more than a decade, and it uses Restorative Practice as its communication foundation. The foundation, or “heart,” of Restorative Practice is the circle, as it is the space within which a deep listening for ourselves and others can occur. Circle keeping hails from many Indigenous traditions, including the First Nations within The United States. Heather Sattler, a Milwaukee Public School teacher for 22 years, directs the Restorative Practice Program at The Alliance School, the first public school in the United States pioneered with the mission to reduce bullying. Heather Sattler and Dorian Tellis, a circle keeper and a 2018 graduate of The Alliance School, will be introducing and offering student-led, Restorative Practice and Circle Keeping with students, parents, and teachers attending the Interfaith Family Festival Hall. Other students with restorative practice training from Heather will serve as leaders for smaller breakout circles. Adrienne Fox, an experienced circle keeper, will offer support as needed.