Restorative Practices: A Prevention Framework for Advancing Student Well-Being in K-12

Monday February 8, 2021
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Workshop 2

Research indicates that strong and supportive social relationships, sense of belonging within a community, and collective efficacy positively impact mental health, health behavior, physical health, student outcomes, and participation in civic life. Restorative Practices in K-12 schools, can create supportive environments for students to thrive by strengthening relationships between individuals as well as social connections within their learning communities. In this session, participants will:

- Describe Restorative Practices concepts and principles.

- Explore how Restorative Practices aligns with community health and prevention frameworks.

- Evaluate how Restorative Practices can create the social conditions to advance the health and well-being of student life.

- Leave with tangible resources to help apply Restorative Practices on their campuses.

Keith Hickman

Keith Hickman is the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Director of Continuing Education, and he works nationwide on restorative practices implementation with a focus on schools. He serves as a partner scholar on the CASEL Equity Work Group and a member of the Research Development and Design Team for the California Safe, Healthy, Responsive Schools Network. Mr. Hickman has brought restorative practices instruction and consultation to a variety of educational settings in the U.S. and the Republic of Jamaica, including the cities of Chicago, Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Washington, D.C., Louisville, Kentucky, Kingston, Jamaica, and across parishes in Louisiana. He is currently working with stakeholders in Detroit in schools and other organizations, including police, human services, court systems, corrections and neighborhood associations, to support an aligned approach that will positively impact children and families throughout the city. Mr. Hickman has served in high-level leadership positions for various K-12 educational organizations including the New York City Department of Education and New Leaders for New Schools. In 2000, he helped found the Youth Justice Project at the Harlem Community Justice Center, one of four community justice centers under the Center of Court Innovation, which inspired other restorative justice programs in the Bronx, mid-town Manhattan and Red Hook, Brooklyn. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology of Human Development from Antioch College.

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