Restorative Circles

March 15, 2018
Come join us for a 3-day workshop. In this interactive workshop, educators will engage in a rigorous and unflinching exploration of racism in the United States today. We will examine how systemic…
January 5, 2018
“We have to talk about race, and how the racism that permeates our society is manifesting in our schools.  Because we are both the front line and last line of defense for millions of children.”Watch…
September 3, 2017
To the Teacher:   This lesson begins with activities aimed at creating a sense of community among your students at the beginning of the school year.   It also includes an exploration of issues in…
January 26, 2017
Question:   We've been doing circles at my school as a study skills course since the start of the year. It's been challenging when students act out, not respecting the talking piece. It impacts the…
September 8, 2016
In our feature Ask the Keeper, senior trainer and staff developer Marieke van Woerkom answers your questions about restorative circles and related practices in schools.  Send your questions to: …
November 10, 2015
Much of the power of the circle process resides in the talking piece - the object that we pass in order from person to person around the circle as we invite each person to speak or to pass. As a…
April 28, 2015
Introducing mindfulness into the middle school classroom has been an interesting endeavor for me this year.  Mindful awareness (attending to the here and now, being fully present, with intention and…
April 15, 2015
I was working in Warren recently, a city hard hit by layoffs and shutdowns in the Ohio Rust Belt. One of the 8th grade teachers asked me if I could model a circle in her classroom. She was interested…
January 19, 2015
I recently heard the educator and writer Parker Palmer talking about silences with Courtney Martin on NPR’s On Being.  Palmer said that we need to "learn to listen deeply to each other...and ask…
November 13, 2014
Introduction to the teacher:  This activity uses a circle process. We've found that carefully facilitated circles help build community among students. See our introduction to circles. Before…