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Seats are limited, and the conference has sold out in the past.  

Courageous Schools:
Building School Community through Restorative Practices

Date:     Saturday, May 17, 2014
Place:    Bank Street College, 610 W. 112th St., NYC

Join hundreds of educators and others for a full day of skills-building workshops, stimulating talks, a performance by the NYCHA Youth Chorus, and networking at our 5th annual conference on social & emotional learning.  Register now! 

As always, the conference will include hands-on workshops on a wide range of social & emotional learning strategies for PreK-12.  This year our special focus is on using “restorative practices” to engage students, build their skills, and provide an alternative to punitive school discipline policies that can lead to suspension. Restorative practices include a variety of approaches (from class meetings to Circles) that deal with student behavior in ways that support students’ social and emotional growth and that contribute to a safe and supportive school climate.

Keynote speakers:

  • Shaka Senghor, a writer, mentor and speaker who uses his personal story to address themes of restorative justice, atonement and the transformative power of literature
  • Kay Pranis, a national leader in the field of restorative practices

See full workshop descriptions on our updated CONFERENCE FLYER.

What have we been up to?

Find out in our new ANNUAL REPORT!  

Learn about how we are helping schools across NYC find powerful, positive ways to engage students and reduce suspensions through restorative practices


Education Week features our 4Rs Program

"I don't want to be the police person in the classroom," said 4Rs teacher Nydia Mendez. "I really want them to solve their own problems and become independent with that."

Morningside Center's Tom Roderick adds, "It's about teaching kids skills and giving opportunities to practice and apply them to real-life situations. ... It's problem-solving."

Photo of PS 24 students in 4Rs class by Emile Wamsteker for Education Week