Building POWER: How to Involve Families Beyond Muffins, Donuts and Report Card Conferences

This session will focus on how the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) implemented a series of community-building circles to create parent groups and improve parental engagement in four inner-city schools using restorative practices. We will be approaching restorative practices one concept at a time: moving “professionals” out of their comfort zone through fair process, understanding shame and using the social discipline window to create a shared vision. We will flip the coin to understand a typical family engagement process from a parent’s perspective beyond an inauthentic “donuts for dads” and “muffins for moms” meeting to a meeting where issues are really discussed.

This session will demonstrate how using restorative circles and small groups can strengthen communities, create leaders, and foster a movement that empowers families to acknowledge, disapprove and discuss issues that affect their environment using a solution based approach.

Family & Community Schools Share (50 min)
Location: IIRP First Floor Date: October 26, 2016 Time: 9:00 am - 9:50 am Kendra Brooks, CTRS, M.B.A.