Introduction to Restorative Practices in Schools

When registering for any Summer Academy workshop, be sure to provide an email address and phone number where you can be reached during the summer.

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Many teachers, disciplinarians, and other school staff throughout the country are using Restorative Practices to both build school community and respond to harmful behavior. Come to this hands-on introductory workshop to explore what restorative practices are and how to use them in your school.

Through this hands-on and interactive workshop, participants will:

  • Become grounded in the theory of Restorative Practices in schools
  • Develop Restorative Practices-based skills for building community
  • Become familiar with beginner restorative tools and applications for responding to harm

This session is for people new to Restorative Practices.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Principals/Assistant Principals, Superintendents/Assistant Superintendents, Special Educators, Guidance, Curriculum Specialists new to Restorative Practices; Grades 6 - 12.


16 PDPs will be awarded for these three days of training.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Photo of Kara McLaughlin

    Kara is a trained mediator, restorative practices facilitator and certified prevention specialist.  She has helped bring restorative practices to several local school districts and has led numerous educator workshops using social justice and trauma-informed lens.



A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.