Introduction to Restorative Practices provides participants with foundational restorative concepts addressing the need to shift schools from a punitive discipline model to a restorative empowerment model.  Disproportionate Discipline of select group of students has led to students being pushed out of schools leading to what is known as the school to prison pipeline. Restorative Practices helps all students feel that they belong as a vital member of the school community where their voice and their humanity is valued.  Participants will be able to: identify how the punitive discipline paradigm in schools has led to disproportionate discipline of students of color enhancing the school to prison pipeline; describe basic restorative concepts and how implanting restorative practices promotes respect for diversity and a safe school climate; and develop language and practice to help other educators understand the benefits of implementing restorative practices in schools.

Margaret A. Sedor NCSP, ABSNP, LEP is a practicing school psychologist within a residential setting in the Sweetwater Union High School District and adjunct professor in the School Psychology Graduate Program and School-Based Mental Health Certificate Program at Alliant International University. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology and works as a licensed educational psychologist conducting mental health and school neuropsychological evaluations for students Kindergarten through high school age.