Professional Development workshops for educators & Restorative Practices Consulting

5 Aug

If you are a principal or organization director looking for meaningful and relevant professional development opportunities, please contact me.  Here is what I have to offer..

Bringing Restorative &

Social Justice Practices to Schools

The Idealistic Educator Workshops and Consulting Focus on…

  • Communication Skills
  • Community Building
  • Group Problem Solving
  • Cross Curricular Learning
  • As and For Learning Ideas
  • Drama for Elementary Teachers
  • Classroom Management
  • Supporting Resilient Youth

“…Engage & Empower…”


Professional Development Training


  • Cross Curricular Social Justice In the Classroom
    • Elementary
    • Secondary
  • Restorative Practices – For and As Learning
  • Restorative Practices – Classroom Management and Community Building
  • Restorative Practices – Problem Solving with Youth (Bullying in our Schools)
  • As, for and of Learning – Elementary and Junior Drama


  • Restorative Practices – Problem Solving with Youth
  • Management Training – Facilitating Open Communication



  • Support organizing and addressing bullying and other negative behaviours in the school
    • Develop a plan of action to address specific situations.
    • Facilitate restorative circles with victims and aggressors.
    • Following through with the results of the circle.


  • Support organizing and addressing communication issues within the organization.
    • Developing a plan of action to address specific situations.
    • Facilitate restorative circles with staff.
    • Following through with the results of the circle.

4 Responses to “Professional Development workshops for educators & Restorative Practices Consulting”

  1. angiebirdy September 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    For years, I volunteered and worked in the public school classroom. Some teachers amazed me. Others made my skin crawl as I sympathized with the students who were exposed to a “caretaker” kind of attitude. They were talked down to, subliminally threatened by lines like, “What are we supposed to do when we…” It was like guilt-tripping them into action, belittling them. No wonder some kids hate school. However, I recall one teacher with quite a military attitude; she NEVER used that hideous caretaker method. It was more like, “You know the classroom rules. You know the consequences.” (Consequence, not punishment.) Her class got things done without that kind of condescending manipulation. I’ve put on plays with as many as 15 youth performers ranging in age 6 to 12 and have never had to talk down to anyone. I treated them as respected actors who in turn must respect their fellow cast and crew …and the director. My point? I wish these caretaker kind of teachers could take a good look in the mirror before the mirror fogs up.

    • The Idealistic Educator September 3, 2012 at 2:46 am #

      Interesting points! In one of my articles I mention the parent/child model of communication, which I think you are alluding to here. Our tone and language will illicit a certain response, and often times we don’t recognize that those elements determine whether the responses we receive are positive or negative.
      Teaching is so subjective, I know I’m not perfect, and with so many different types of students it’s impossible to determine what is the right and wrong way to be a teacher. I can only be me, and I only want my workshops to offer a new (or maybe not new) way of looking at communicating and problem solving in the classroom!

      • angiebirdy September 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

        Your comments are so valid. So far, in reading your articles and blogs, I guarantee that you as a teacher are far from being one of those patronizing teachers – far from it. You are a pioneer in a progressive, healing approach to teaching.

  2. The Idealistic Educator September 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Wow, thanks for the nice compliment! I appreciate it very much!

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