Creating a Restorative Culture in Your School/Classroom
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Creating a Restorative Culture in Your School/Classroom
Presented by: Caroline Gosling & Sue Hopgood
Monday, September 26, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
HPSD Central Office 16532 Township Rd 744, High Prairie, AB GET DIRECTIONS
About the Session:

How do we create positive relationships in schools, with and among students and adults? How do we encourage students to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do? How do we encourage students to take responsibility and be accountable for their words and actions? What is it we want students to learn through our discipline practices when they've caused harm?

Creating a culture in your school or classroom based on restorative principles results in a environment that is welcoming, caring, respectful and safe, allowing optimal learning to take place. Madeline Hunter says "They don't care what you know until they know you care."  Restorative practices move away from more traditionally run classrooms and schools to focus on relationships, belonging, engagement, and when necessary, repairing harm. Participants in this one-day workshop will learn about:

  • how restorative principles and practices can be applied in classroom and school settings on a daily basis to strengthen relationships, foster a sense of belonging, prevent conflict, bullying and other inappropriate behaviour;
  • what a Community Conference is and how it can be used to resolve conflict in a school setting
  • how this approach aligns with Alberta’s Education Act, the TQS and LQS;
  • how schools and districts are implementing this approach and the results they are seeing. 

This is not a program but rather a philosophy and approach that complements and enhances work being done with Leader In Me, Positive Behaviour Supports, Developmental Assets, trauma sensitive classrooms, Circle of Courage and many other programs/initiatives. There are also direct ties and links to supporting students' social-emotional literacy and positive mental health.

About the Presenter(s):
Caroline Gosling

Caroline retired from Edmonton Public Schools after 35 years as an educator. During that time she taught at elementary, junior and senior high, was a behaviour consultant, and a principal at several schools.  Caroline also spent time seconded to both Alberta Children's Services and Alberta Education focusing on supports for children, youth and families considered vulnerable and creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments.

She holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and a Restorative Justice Certificate from Simon Fraser University. In her ‘semi-retirement’ Caroline continues to work with schools, districts and other organizations to build and enhance school culture through restorative practices. Caroline is an instructor and coach with the International Institute for Restorative Practices and currently sits on the board of the Alberta Restorative Justice Association. In addition Caroline has sat on the board of the Zebra Child Protection Centre and the Hope Foundation of Alberta.


Sue Hopgood
Catering is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment.
Photography Release:
This is a public event with the likeliness of photo/video throughout the day. By attending, participants understand they may be captured in photo or video for future presentations or promotional material development. Please see conference hosts if you prefer to not be photographed.

Registration Fee:



Administrator/Administration, Central Office/Bureau central, Learning Coaches/Accompagnateur pédagogique, Support Staff/Personnel de soutien, Teachers/Enseignant

Grade Level:

K-12/Tous niveaux Maternelle à 12

Registration Notes:

*Please note this is a repeat of the session held on May 25/22 in High Prairie.