RestorED and ConnectED

How is your system building a restorative culture? 

Our restorative framework is the only systemic approach to creating and sustaining a culture that is rooted in self, healing, and relational literacy. Our comprehensive framework creates an integrated approach between cultural competency, trauma-informed care, and restorative-resiliency practices.

RestorED and ConnectED Options

We recommend the following sequence of learning, but we're also able to create an individualized pathway experience. Our time together will be tailored to fit your system's needs.

  • Foundational Statements

  • Relational Capacity

  • Cultural Responsiveness

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Restorative Practices

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Strategic Planning: Building the Foundation for Connection

Author: Marisol Rerucha

Overarching Goal

Build a restorative culture that supports meaningful connections with students, staff, and families.


  • Learn and practice collective decision making and strategies for shared responsibility that ensure all voices are engaged, heard, and valued

  • Co-construct or revise community agreements, belief statements, mission, and vision

  • Curate resources to be successful

Intended Audience: teachers, site & district leaders, instructional coaches, school staff members, counselors, after-school coordinators, parent organizers

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Grounded in Connection • Leveraging Relational Capacity

Author: Dr. Carolyn Gery


A strong, connected school community provides a sense of safety and belonging for students during times of stability and also when a crisis hits, is able to support its members during the most unstable times. A systems approach to establishing trust through relationships will be used to examine the student-to-school relationship across learning environments and create a personalized plan for each participant’s environment.

Session 1: Understand the Landscape

  • Develop an understanding of how school connectedness builds trust and improves student engagement.

  • Learn how a trauma-informed and resiliency focused approach,  effective strategies, and relational literacy work together to build efficacy.

  • Examine how to leverage their role in the environment to build and strengthen relationships.


Session 2: Planning for Connection

  • Examine tools, research, and resources for building trust in schools.

  • Apply targeted protocols to determine existing structures and practices in their individual environment which support, strengthen, and sustain school connectedness.

  • Create an action plan to build connections throughout the school year with strategies specific to face-to-face, hybrid, and remote learning environments.

  • Create a plan for community feedback and revision.

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Grounded in Cultural Responsiveness

Author: Dr. Ingrid Twyman

Session 1: (Exploration of Self) Unpacking Biases and Exploring Cultural Identity

Implicit biases are the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Implicit biases are pervasive and play a critical role in determining how educators enact culturally responsive practices. 

Effective educators understand how cultural identity, beliefs, and implicit biases inform the way they interact with and respond to others. They strive to broaden their interpretations of human behavior and seek to understand the different contexts in which they participate. Grounding education in this awareness promotes caring, culturally responsive communities where all students, staff, family, and community members are seen, heard, and connected.



  • Develop awareness of their own cultural identity, beliefs, and implicit biases.  

  • Broaden interpretations of human behaviors and identify triggers

  • Experience and practice response protocols that support connection with others.

  • Identify key action steps for teaching and enacting response protocols with students, colleagues, and community members.

Intended Audience: teachers, site & district leaders, instructional coaches, school staff members, counselors, after-school coordinators, parent organizers

Session 2: (Expanding Community) Connecting with Students and Families: Validating Home Culture

Culturally responsive educators teach to and through the strengths of their students by leveraging the ‘funds of knowledge’ and cultural gifts brought into the classroom. 

Effective educators intentionally gather knowledge of their students’ and families’ cultures to build authentic connections and to create relevant experiences within the classroom and school. They validate and affirm students’ home cultures and home languages by building off their strengths and providing opportunities where students can be seen as their true authentic selves. When students are valued as unique, cultural beings, they feel more connected within the community and are more likely to engage in healing and restorative practices.



  • Articulate foundational understanding of the three levels of culture, culturally responsive teaching, and funds of knowledge. 

  • Practice and be able to apply strategies for gathering relevant student and family data.

  • Experience and practice Interactive Engagement strategies.

  • Generate action steps for implementing Interactive Engagement strategies in the classroom.

Intended Audience: teachers, site and district leaders, instructional coaches, after-school tutors

Session 3: (Shared Community) Growing and Strengthening a Culturally Responsive Classroom

Having a classroom culture that is welcoming and safe is the foundation for better learning. A culturally responsive classroom empowers students to be part of their own learning experience and to take responsibility for their actions. Classroom culture involves co-creating an environment in which students are validated, accepted, and affirmed and feel connected to everything that is happening around them. 

Effective educators seek knowledge of their students’ cultures, engage in shared ownership, mitigate discord, and increase trust. They elicit student feedback, incorporate student voice, and infuse students’ culture into the fabric of their classrooms so that everyone feels a sense of connection and belonging.



  • Identify the key tenets of culturally responsive teaching. 

  • Explore and experience the critical practices of classroom culture.

  • Conduct a self-assessment to determine strengths and areas for growth in classroom culture. 

  • Generate action steps that will engage students in developing the critical practices of classroom culture in your own classroom.

Intended Audience: teachers, site & district leaders, after-school staff

Session 4: (Creating Systems) Exploring Classroom Management through a Culturally Responsive Lens

Effective teachers believe all students can develop appropriate behaviors. They understand that culturally responsive classroom management practices create models of and experiences with how individuals can be successful in their community. Educators are clear in their beliefs and focus on equity as they develop, communicate, and maintain high standards for individual and group behavior. Effective educators apply a culturally responsive lens when responding to student needs and implement restorative practices to create climates in which all students are validated and have the opportunity to heal through reflection, growth, and connection.



  • Explore how cultural identity, beliefs, and biases influence approaches to addressing student behaviors.

  • Articulate the foundational tenets of Culturally Responsive Classroom Management.

  • Practice the Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Cycle.

Intended Audience: teachers, site and district leaders, instructional coach, dean of students, counselors, after-school staff

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Social and Emotional Learning

Author: Dr. Carolyn Gery

Growing Together: Relational Literacy and Social Emotional Learning (5 Hours)

This session focuses on the social and emotional attributes that support relational literacy at the interpersonal, intrapersonal, and collective level. Understanding the role relational literacy plays at all levels in a school community is critical to building trust among staff, students, and families.


  • Examine the three domains of relational literacy and the connection of each domain to a school community

  • Review examples demonstrating how to integrate relational literacy into instruction with a focus on specific strategies for unique learning environments: face-to-face, blended, and virtual learning

  • Design a plan to implement key strategies.

We are Stronger Together: Trauma-Informed Leading and Teaching (5 Hours)

Effective educators understand the effects of trauma on learning and implement strategies and practices designed to mitigate the impact of trauma. Participants will be guided through reflective activities designed to build an understanding of how trauma shows up in the educational environment with a focus on developmental stages. Resources and practices will be examined, practiced, and discussed as we create a supportive network of trauma-informed educators and plan for implementation.


  • Understand the relationship between trauma, resilience, and self-efficacy.

  • Identify the protective factors in a school culture that mitigate the effect of trauma.

  • Examine the relationship between triggers and disruptive behaviors and identify compensatory strategies that interrupt this effect.

  • Design short- and long-term plans to further develop strategies and practices.

We are Stronger Together: Resiliency Focused

A resilient culture has the capacity to bounce back after adversity. It is the flexibility of the culture to adapt, to flex with a situation, and respond in a variety of ways that make the culture stronger. This session focuses on the key elements of a resiliency focused culture and provides essential strategies and practices designed to develop a resilient educational community.

Session 1: Understand the Landscape

  • Review and deepen the learning around trauma awareness and resilience.

  • Learn key strategies to identify sources of strength and nurture a resilient mindset.

  • Experience and practice key communication strategies that build a resiliency-focused culture.

Session 2: Building a Resilient-focused Culture

  • Analyze data to identify current assets in support of a resiliency-focused culture.

  • Explore a community-wide approach, “three-around-me” to leverage community strength and build networks of support.

  • Align current practices, initiatives to build a plan in support of resilience in all learning constructs.

Intended Audience: teachers, site & district leaders, school staff members, counselors, after-school coordinators, parent organizers

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Restorative Practices

Author: Marisol Rerucha

The Mindset and Heartset of Restorative Practices: Grounding in a Healing-Centered Approach to Connection

Restorative practices (RP) provides a space for us to follow the way of our ancestors to embrace a more connected way of being and responding to others in our community. RP is more than just a way of approaching discipline and changing student behavior. RP is a human-centered approach to life and work. 

The most effective educators have a restorative heart and mindset. They embrace their own humanity, and that of others, through reflection, growth, vulnerability, and healing. Effective educators and leaders ensure the same opportunities are provided to all staff so that the workplace is not just efficient and effective, but also a place where conflict can be resolved and the work is approached with a collective focus on community. Effective educators recognize that harm in life and work is inevitable and they are committed to restoring and growing from these incidences with their staff and communities.

Two days of training is recommended, but this pathway can be tailored to meet your needs.


Session 1 Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of restorative justice in education initiatives with a focus on restorative practices - what it is and what it is not. 

  • Engage in activities that promote deep reflection and build community.

  • Practice techniques to center themselves before reacting to the actions of others. 

  • Participate in check-in/check-out, circles, and mediation.

Session 2 Outcomes

  • Participate and guide a check-in/check-out, circle, and mediation. 

  • Practice in and receive feedback on having difficult conversations. 

  • Discuss and decide on strategies for systemic, quality implementation that include time and space for restorative practices and a system to collect and communicate the results of restorative practices implementation.

Intended Audience: teachers, site & district leaders, school staff members, counselors, after-school coordinators, parent organizers

Restorative Leadership Coaching

Educational leaders accept the beautiful honor of guiding and leading their communities in providing a high-quality, comprehensive learning experience for our most treasured gifts; our children. The work of the school leader is challenging but filled with rewarding moments that maintain their commitment and joy in the work. 


Educational leaders carry the weight of responsibility for the safety and well-being of students, staff, parents, and academic outcomes. This already heavy burden has been exacerbated by the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. School leaders are exhausted from trying to be whom their school communities and their loved ones need them to be and they deserve the support and strategies that will enable them to continue their work. 


Through individualized coaching with Marisol, leaders will transform both the self and the school community.


  • Embrace and leverage authenticity and vulnerability and learn to guide others in doing the same.

  • Learn and model restorative and resiliency practices that promote healing and the well-being of individuals and communities. 

  • Create space for your school community to connect, heal, and grow.

Ready to start your journey with restorative practices?


Talk to our Director of Quality Implementation about this or any of our solutions and design a custom plan for your system.