4 Day Restorative Practices Facilitator Training for Steiner Schools
with Margaret Thorsborne and Dr Shelley Davidow
- 3, 4 & 5 July, 2024 – in person at Noosa Pengari Steiner School, Doonan, Queensland
- 12 September, 2024 – on line via Zoom
Restorative Practices focusses on the importance of healthy, mutually respectful relationships in classrooms, faculties, staff rooms, teams, playgrounds and the wider school community.
This training program is designed for school leadership teams and pastoral care/welfare staff who have responsibilities responding to challenging behaviours, minor incidents and complex issues of serious harm or patterns of behaviour. We will explore a paradigm shift in thinking, firstly about what is needed to support healthy, respectful relationships in everyday interactions, and secondly about the responses to incidents of difficult behaviour –from the most serious and challenging incidents which would attract suspensions or exclusion through to the responses to minor incidents in classrooms and the playground. The training is based on the philosophy and principles of restorative justice as they apply to educational settings.
The workshop is limited to 30 participants and is designed to train school leadership and pastoral/behaviour teams and teachers in the use of restorative practices. This course has been designed to consciously align with core elements of Steiner’s pedagogical indications.
Margaret Thorsborne is the Managing Director of Margaret Thorsborne & Associates & Thorsborne and Associates UK. She is committed to improving the way people relate to each other in schools, workplaces & other community groups by providing processes that allow often deeply negative feelings to be gradually transformed into cooperation. As relationships are restored, job satisfaction, morale & productivity improve.
This commitment to healthy relationships can also be found in her extensive work with schools to improve they way they work with young people in responding to wrongdoing, creating healthier and safer communities.
Marg has been awarded an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for her services to education, both locally and internationally.
She consults to public & private sector businesses & organisations for workplace relationships & the management of high-level conflict & inappropriate behaviour.
Dr Shelley Davidow is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where she runs the Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education. Shelley is a Steiner graduate, has over 20 years experience as a teacher in Steiner schools in the USA and Australia. She is a trained facilitator in Restorative Practice and a Heartmath Coach and Mentor. Shelley is the author of over 48 books, including Raising Stress Proof Kids.
Cost: $800 + GST pp – includes 3 days face to face training, and includes course materials and catering + one day online training.
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