Restorative Practices Professional Development at Villanova
Conference Presentations, Papers & Workshops
RP@V - Introductory Readings
RP@V - Presentations to Parents and Students
RP@V - Some Other Documents
Some RP Posters we use
Introduction - Our story so far
Villanova College has been actively working on implementing Restorative Practices, as part of a whole-school renewal process we call our Schooling Project, since a few staff were introduced to the concept by Terry O'Connell in 2003. In 2004, we engaged Marg Thorsborne to take the entire staff through training sessions over a number of months, and to train a smaller number of conference facilitators. This input from such knowledgeable and experienced practitioners was essential to help sustain the initial momentum for change. Right from the very beginning, though, we found that study of the extensive literature published in the field helped us to develop our own vision of RP for the school, and this has continued to the present day. We have now developed our own induction programs for new staff and are continuing to develop and deliver our own ongoing professional development program for staff based on the literature and our growing experience. For us, this program of study and reflection as a staff has been essential in order to continue to move forward. The insights gained from such study have helped us design and refine our approaches and continues to inform our practice.
For more information about our implementation of RP within the school see the article below, or contact us via email here.
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Restorative Practices - Professional Development at Villanova
We have developed our own Professional Development program at Villanova which includes an introductory series of workshops as part of our Staff Induction program for new teachers, as well as a series of evening workshops that explore some of the themes of RP in much more practical detail.
The curriculum outline of some of these evening workshops is given below:
RP101 & RP102 - the professional learning workshops conducted each year
RP101J - a special professional learning refresher workshop designed for the Junior School staff
RP201 - the introductory training program for Conference Facilitators
This paper was presented at the 5th Restorative Justice Aotearoa National and 3rd Restorative Practices International Conferences, 23 – 27 November 2011, Wellington, NZ. [accompanying Powerpoint presentation 11MB]
This presentation was given at the Edmund Rice Education Australia Conference - Restorative Justice and Building Effective Relationships for Teaching and Learning held at Riverglenn Conference Centre, Indooroopilly, on Monday 8th September 2008. The pdf file is a paper of the presentation given in the Workshop.
This presentation was given at the inaugural Restorative Practices International (RPI) conference "Best Practice in Restorative Justice: Transformational Change"held on the Sunshine Coast in October, 2007. The views expressed in the presentation reflect the thoughts of the presenters. For privacy reasons, photos of students originally included in the presentation have been removed. Bibliography for this presentation. - [pdf 12kB]
"In Mind and Heart: One School's Journey into Restorative Practices" [2005 & 2006] [pdf file 1.6MB]
This presentation was made to the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Sixth International Conference: "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment" March, 2005, Penrith, NSW.
This workshop was also presented at the International Congress for Augustinian Educational Institutes conducted in Rome in 2006.
RP@V - Introductory Readings
This collection of nine articles from various sources forms the first part of our induction program for new staff. We believe that gaining an understanding of the RP philosophy from the original sources is important to understanding where we started - and where we are going.
Even though some of these are referenced to book form, most of them are available freely from the internet.
Restorative Justice in Schools. Morrison, B. (2005) In New Directions in Restorative Justice: Issues, practice, evaluation. Elizabeth Elliott & Robert M Gordon (Eds), Willan Publishing, Devon 2005 [Not currently available online - but this resource is well worth buying]
The Role of Language in Creating School Community. Restorative Practices for Schools: A Resource by the Restorative Practices Development Team at the University of Waikato. [Not currently available online, but for purchase from HERE. It's well worth buying]
What you Need to Know about Shame and Pride. Nathanson, D. [Not available online, but comes with an excellent video program entitled "Managing Shame: Preventing Violence" which is available for purchase HERE. Definitely recommended.
Nathanson's major work in this area is "Shame and Pride: Affect, Sex and the Birth of the Self" and is available here from the IIRP.
This powerpoint originally formed the basis of the students' first encounter with the concepts of RP. It was designed to be used at the beginning of a Year 8 Humanities unit on Conflict and Violence that deals with issues such as bullying.
It has now been completely rewritten and extended into units including a more complete study of the Compass of Shame and developing emotional literacy, appropriate to the needs of Year Eight and Year Nine students.
An Introductory Unit on RP for our Year Five students has now also been developed and implemented.
For further information on any of these curricular units, please email us.
This short article is an appendix in the Community Conference Manual that we have developed for inservice training and use by facilitators within the College. The full Training Manual is not reproduced here but it draws on published manuals listed above in the resources section - particularly Terry O'Connell's REAL Justice Conferencing Manual and Marg Thorsborne's Restorative Practices in Schools: Rethinking Behaviour Management. The article here was written especially to address a particular issue in Conferencing and RP in general, namely a comparison of punitive and restorative responses.