Exploring a Restorative Justice Response to Crisis in Schools

Mar 15, 2019


Breakout Room #2


In this experiential workshop, participants will engage in restorative circle process as a way to build a resilient community and respond to crises they may encounter at school sites. Restorative Justice (RJ) is a process inspired by ancestral wisdom that provides an excellent and equitable way to have real dialogue about difficult issues. RJ is unique in the sense that it can build and maintain community while also being a process for effective dialogue for harm and conflict. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect in circle on their thoughts and feelings of having grappled with difficult concepts at the conference. During the workshop, David will discuss the Restorative circle processes used in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) to respond to crisis.


Teacher, administrators, school therapists, support staff, and others interested attendees

Audience Takeaway:

The audience will have a greater understanding of restorative justice and how it is used in OUSD to build community and respond to harm, conflict and crisis. The participants will also be able to use the workshop time to experience circle as a way to process their learnings and feeling about the conference, particularly the elements that relate to trauma and crisis.

  • David Yusem

    Restorative Justice Program Coordinator

    Oakland Unified School District


    BIO: David Yusem is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of conflict resolution and restorative justice. He currently coordinates the Restorative Justice (RJ) program at Oakland Unified School District. The RJ program at OUSD is considered a National model for the implementation of restorative practices in schools. Prior to working at OUSD, David

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