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Online Opportunities on Restorative Practices

The Office for Lasallian Education at Christian Brothers Conference will offer a free webinar on February 11, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Restorative Practices. It will focus on what Restorative Practices are, whom Restorative Practices are for and the “why” behind Restorative Practices. In addition, there will be an opportunity to engage in a Restorative Practices listening circle on February 25, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Both of these online sessions will be led by Jolleen Wagner, chief character initiatives officer of the Brilla Schools Network and restorative practices IIRP licensed trainer. Both opportunities are available to all Lasallians, read below to learn more! 


February 11, 6:00 p.m. Eastern
Restorative Practices: The Basics

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) outlines the following articulation of restorative practices: All humans are hardwired to connect. Just as we need food, shelter and clothing, human beings also need strong and meaningful relationships to thrive. “Restorative Practices” is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities. Though new to the social sciences, restorative practices has deep roots within indigenous communities throughout the world” (www.iirp.edu). Knowledge and use of restorative practices is in line with a prioritization of dignity. During this webinar, participants will learn more about what Restorative Practices are, whom Restorative Practices are for and the “why” behind Restorative Practices.

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February 25, 6:00 p.m. Eastern
Restorative Practices Listening Circle: Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Educators and Education  

With roots in indigenous cultures around the world, listening circles provide people an opportunity to speak and listen to each other in an atmosphere of safety, decorum and equality. Listening circles emphasize storytelling for cultivating empathy. To help people gain a shared sense of understanding and emotional connection, these circles can be used in communities, workplaces, schools, organizations, neighborhoods, universities and families (www.iirp.edu). During this listening circle, Jolleen Wagner will facilitate a conversation on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on educators and education. Come ready to engage with colleagues in this listening circle experience.

At this time, we have received 15 responses indicating interest in this listening circle. Completing the form below will put you on the waitlist for a future listening circle opportunity. Should a spot become open for this listening circle, we will contact participants in order of received registrations.

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Jolleen Wagner, is a chief character initiatives officer of the Brilla Schools Network. Jolleen shares her skills, talents and expertise in education and service through speaking engagements, professional development and workshops. In addition, Jolleen is a restorative practices IIRP licensed trainer.

After serving for three years as a Lasallian Volunteer and teacher at the San Miguel School – Gary Comer Campus in Chicago, Jolleen became the Lasallian Volunteers’ associate director in 2007 and served as director from 2011-2015. She was responsible for the vision and guidance of a faith-based, long-term volunteer program focused on service to at-risk populations through education and social services. In addition to her work for Lasallian Volunteers, Jolleen has been called upon by the De La Salle Christian Brothers to help evaluate existing and develop new formation programs, lead and design immersion trips, and present at and facilitate various events focused on faith, service and community internationally. When she was a member of the International Council of Young Lasallians and the chair of the Regional Young Lasallian Committee, she led at the international and Regional levels to illuminate and invigorate the Young Lasallian voice for the future of the mission of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. A native of Green Island, New York, Jolleen graduated with a bachelor of arts in English from Siena College in 2004, where she was honored in 2014 with the Franciscan Spirit Award, a Distinguished Alumni Award.


These sessions are offered at no cost to participants by the Office for Lasallian Education at Christian Brothers Conference. Click here to read about past webinars offered by the Office for Lasallian Education.
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