The YWCA Madison offers three-day professional development training workshops for educators, community members and parents. Restorative Justice staff presented the first training in August 2015. We have now have the dates for the next series. To be notified about the next series, please email Eugenia Highland.
Focusing on School Setting
Focusing on Community Setting
About the Workshops
Empathy has been used as a determinant for virtuous behavior, which is why there is a broad and ever-growing body of research surrounding this topic. What is empathy? What does it look like in practice? How can we develop it in ourselves and others? In this experiential workshop, we will draw on current research in neuroscience to develop a deeper and more complex understanding of how to cultivate empathy and resilience through restorative justice practices. Some of the topics are:
The Restorative Justice program is embedded in Racial Equity Justice. Through experiential and practical activities participants will ground the work and the philosophy using a racial justice lens. Some of the topics are:
In school and community settings, educators and adults in general often face a contradictory role. On the one hand, we know that developing authentic relationships with young people is a critical prerequisite to creating conditions for learning, engagement, and a sense of belonging. On the other hand, we are expected to “maintain control” over our classrooms and communities. This workshop explores a more nuanced way of thinking about the exercise of power -- power with, not power over-- and how to build inclusive, culturally responsive community that honors the personal power of all its members. We will also explore how power, privilege and oppression add to the racial and socioeconomic inequities in our society that perpetuate themselves in our educational system. Some of the topics are: