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Restorative School Culture

Joint webinar organised by the EFRJ and the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ)

The EFRJ and the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) organise a series of EU-US webinars between April-December 2021. Below more information about the 4th webinar:

Restorative School Culture
with Michelle Stowe (Ireland) and Nancy Riestenberg  (USA)

Speakers will talk about how restorative practices can transform the culture and improve the climate in schools.

Please click on "subscribe" to register. The registration fee is 16 EUR (20 US $); EFRJ and NACRJ members will receive a 50% discount code to register. To know more about the EU&US webinar series click here.

Note: the views and perspectives expressed by featured speakers are theirs and may not be held by EFRJ & NACRJ as event organizers.






Registered participants will receive a link to Zoom to join the webinars, as a reminder about half day prior to the event.

NACRJ and EFRJ webinar on schools - poster

Restorative School Culture

Webinar >>> Monday 13 December 2021 (17.30-19.00 CET)

Michelle Stowe, Ireland

Michelle is an educator at heart, and now works as a restorative practitioner, trainer, researcher and consultant. In her role as the director of Connect RP, she mainly supports schools in growing a restorative culture that puts people and relationships at the heart of a learning community.  She taught English and Spanish at second level for 16 years and is currently lecturing trainee teachers on the Professional Masters in Education (PME) programme in Maynooth University. She facilitates continuing professional development courses for teachers in Education Centres throughout the country. She supports schools in co-creating a relational school community through partnerships amongst schools, mentoring internal distributed leadership teams, and her online UBUNTU Learning Platform which enables a school to bring RP to all its stakeholders. Check out her TEDx for an introduction to her work.

Nancy Riestenberg, USA

Nancy Riestenberg has over forty years of experience in the fields of violence prevention education, child sexual abuse prevention, and restorative measures in schools.  She has worked with school districts in Minnesota and thirty other states, from the Cass Lake-Bena School District in Minnesota to Los Angeles Unified School District. She is the author of Circle in the Square: Building Community and Repairing Harm in Schools. With Marg Thorsborne and Gilliam McCluskey, she co-edited and contributed to Getting More Out of Restorative Practices in Schools.  As Restorative Practices Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education, she provides technical assistance on violence and bullying prevention, school connectedness, school climate, dropout prevention, cultural relevance in prevention education, crisis prevention and recovery, and restorative measures. She has also provided technical assistance in restoring the learning environment to the Minnesota school districts that experienced high levels of trauma.

Video-recordings & presentations

Please click on the links below to view the materials of the webinar.

  • Here you can watch the video recordings of the webinar
  • Here is the presentation of Michelle Stowe (Ireland) 
  • Here is the presentation of Nancy Riestenberg  (USA)

The speakers shared also additional materials:

  • Gregory & Evans (2020). The Starts and Stumbles of Restorative Justice in Education: Where Do We Go from Here? Download it here.
  • Connect RP. Be RP Hive: Guided Professional Learning Community. Download it here.
  • The word cloud composed by participants’ comments in the chat, after Nancy’s invitation to write the name of someone for whom we were grateful on that day.

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- banner: "Harvest for the World" by M. on