Please join us for our next Membership Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2020. This meeting will take place by Zoom and is scheduled for 11:00am to 1:00pm Central Time. CHASCo members are encouraged to share this invitation with colleagues who may be interested, including student affairs professionals, counselors, compliance officers, administrators, etc. All are welcome to join us. Click here to register.
Professional Development: An Introduction to Restorative Justice Practices
Session Description: Restorative Practices is a framework, not a program. The framework is designed to help schools guide practice and places it in a context that reflects an overall way of thinking and being that reflects the values of who we are as educators and youth caregivers. Restorative Practices is a relationship-building, strengths-based, and solutions focused approach and not something more to put on the educator’s plate. Restorative Practices is the plate on which we serve everything. Fundamentally Restorative Practices is a framework designed to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by repairing harm and restoring relationships.
This session will provide an overview of the key elements of Restorative Practices. The session is applicable for all those interested in considering the implementation of their school or youth serving organization. The session will cover practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, clients, employees and colleagues. In addition, the session will help schools consider how to integrate Restorative Practices with additional frameworks, strategies, and programs designed to improve and enhance a positive school culture and climate. A review of the importance of using circles effectively, as well as the appropriate use of restorative conferencing as well as the necessity for implementation will be addressed.
Rodger Dinwiddie: Rodger Dinwiddie has been the CEO of STARS-Nashville, an evidenced-based Student Assistance Program, since 1986. Prior to joining STARS, he served as the Executive Director of another nonprofit organization working with the juvenile court for five years and was a classroom teacher in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for 7 years. Rodger is a native Nashvillian, where he is involved in numerous community organizations, including the Nashville Rotary Club. He and former CEO of Oasis Center, Hal Cato, were named Nashvillians of the Year by the Nashville Scene for their work in the collaboration and development of the Youth Opportunity Center, a partnership between Oasis Center and STARS. Rodger is an alumnus of Leadership Nashville, 2008, and most recently recognized as one Nashville’s Most Admired CEOs by the Nashville Business Journal, 2019. STARS has been recognized by the Nashville Tennessean as a member of the Best Places to Work, Hall of Fame.