How Restorative Justice Practices Can Build a More Harmonious School

Grades K-12
November 13, 2017

  • Presented by:
    Kathy Evans, April Howard, and Sue Praill
  • Registration Fee:
    $139 ( $189 for non-members)
  • Location:
    Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville

Event Details

During this workshop the three presenters will introduce participants to the key principles and practices of Restorative Justice in Education (RJE), share research that validates RJE, and provide ideas on how to get started in implementing RJE in your classroom, school, or division. Participants will explore how expertise in RJE can benefit students, teachers, and the overall school culture; identify ways in which RJE can assist in addressing the needs of disenfranchised students, as well as issues of attendance, graduation rates and achievement, while building relationships across the school and community; and examine descriptors or indicators of an RJE school that can help guide implementation. During the day, participants will be divided into three grade level groups which will rotate through the following Break-Out Sessions: Peacemaking Circles 101, which will provide an in-depth experiential opportunity to learn about Circle processes, a valuable tool for relationship and trust building as well as a safe and constructive space to explore and resolve conflict within the school setting; From Theory to Praxis, which will give participants the chance to consider what the principles of RJE might look like when applied in different contexts and to explore practical ways of moving toward more restorative school and classroom cultures; and Transforming a School Culture, during which the facilitator will share how one school division established critical community partnerships and sustainable growth within restorative justice, and then participants will engage in a reflective discussion of potential next steps for creating a community of restorative practices in their own classroom, school, and/or division.


Grades K-12

Classroom Teachers, School Administrators, and Support Staff


Kathy Evans (Eastern Mennonite University)

Dr. Katherine Evans is an Associate Professor of Education at Eastern Mennonite University where she teaches courses on learning theory, special education, and restorative justice in education. Holding a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from The University of Tennessee, her research focuses on the school and classroom climate, the intersections of race, disability, and school and classroom discipline, and restorative justice and peacebuilding in schools and communities. She is a member of several restorative justice organizations, including the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) and the Virginia Alliance for Restorative Justice Practitioners, and is actively involved in advancing restorative justice in educational contexts, both through scholarship & practice.


April Howard (Harrisonburg City)

April Howard, ED of Psychological and Student Support Services in Harrisonburg City, has volunteered to be involved in this workshop, with other HCPS educators (and potentially students as well) , in sharing the successes they have experienced and the challenges they have faced in the growing “grass-roots movement” for Restorative Justice in Harrisonburg City Schools.


Sue Praill (Fairfield Center)

Sue Praill is the Director of Restorative Justice at the Fairfield Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  As a lifelong educator on several continents, she is skilled teacher/trainer of all ages, with excellent communication and creative planning skills.  She is a trained restorative justice facilitator, family mediator and Circle keeper. Her project initiatives at the Center include a collaboration with Harrisonburg Police Department and other city organizations to broaden the impact of RJ in the city, and Victim Impact Awareness training for young offenders and inmates of Virginia correctional facilities.  Sue has an MA in Conflict Transformation with a concentration in Restorative Justice from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and undergraduate degrees in Education from Brighton University in England and Shepherd University in West Virginia. 

Event Schedule

Conference Runs from 9:00 a.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

Registration and Breakfast Begin at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch will be served at noon.

All registered participants will receive an email with event details in the week before the conference is held.

Registration Details

The conference fee is $139 for each participant who is member of a school division which is a member of VSUP/VaSCL. 

The registration fee for participants from Non-Member school divisions is $189 .

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch, as well as parking and internet access.

The registration deadline is October 20, 2017.

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Registration Fee

$139   ( $189 for non-members)

Hotel Information

1901 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

(434) 977-7700

VSUP/VaSCL room rate.
VSUP / VaSCL Special Rate: $109
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November 13, 2017
How Restorative Justice Practices Can Build a More Harmonious School
Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville
October 20, 2017