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We offer professional development sessions, workshops, and student assemblies to support your school or district in giving everyone the power to be peaceful. Our engaging trainings equip participants with new skills and understanding that can be applied directly to their classroom or school. Our offerings can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your school or district.

To request a quote or schedule a training, contact us today!

Our current training offerings include (scroll down for full descriptions):

  • Restorative Practices/Restorative Circles
  • De-escalation Simulation
  • Peaceful People Social-Emotional Curriculum
  • Nurturing Classroom 
  • The Power of Relationships
  • School-Based Mediation
  • Peer Mediation
  • Upstander Assembly Series


Restorative Practices/Restorative Circles

Restorative Practices are strategies implemented to build, maintain and repair relationships within a school community. Our Restorative Practice trainings will provide tools and techniques for creating a caring learning community, addressing concerns, building trust, and resolving conflicts. 

Our 1-day workshops and 3-day series of trainings provide school professionals the foundational knowledge to begin implementing Restorative Practices into classroom instruction. Methods and techniques will include the practices for conducting restorative circles to build community, strengthen belonging, celebrate success and discuss differences. Our approach is based on the techniques recommended by the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) and by the work of leading experts in the Restorative Practices field, including Carolyn Boyes-Watson and Kay Pranis.

Training Agenda:
One-Day Workshop: Restorative Practices Foundation Course. This course presents foundational knowledge on Restorative Justice, setting up a Restorative Framework in your school and classroom, and how to conduct Restorative Circles as a means of team-building and relationship building.

Our 3-Day Series includes:

Part One: Restorative Practices Foundation Course(see above for description)

Part Two: Restorative Circle Intensive Course. This course offers a deeper dive into the different types of Restorative Circles. It is an interactive professional development involving trainees participating in a wide variety of Restorative Circles, discussing how to select a Circle topic or format for common school-based situations. Through this training, participants develop their own toolkit of Restorative Circles to bring back to their schools and classrooms.

Part Three: Restorative Conferencing for Conflict Resolution Course. This course begins by examining conflict and the different types of Restorative Conferences in the Restorative Practice Framework. Participants learn and practice questioning techniques and reflective listening for conflict resolution using the Peaceful Schools Restorative Conference Model.

In addition, Peaceful Schools can complement the Restorative Practices Trainings with on-site programming delivered to students to introduce them to the structures and goals of Restorative Practices. Trainers model the Restorative Practice strategies with students, and may provide further embedded support to school staff as they implement Restorative Practices throughout the school.  


De-escalation Simulation

This highly-interactive training helps school staff develop and rehearse the skills to recognize and respond to students’ challenging behaviors. Participants gain foundational knowledge and skills to understand the escalation cycle and how to identify positions of collaboration to interrupt the cycle.   

Through a unique classroom simulation, participants practice and receive feedback on de-escalation skills in a supportive environment. Our trained actors simulate an array of student personalities displaying common classroom misbehaviors, providing participants the opportunity to practice newly-gained de-escalation techniques and strategies. Real-time feedback, peer support, and actionable coaching allow participants to immediately incorporate new skills into their teaching repertoire.

Please note that this training is focused on using verbal and non-verbal skills to observe and address students. This training does not present restraint or any other physical intervention techniques.

De-escalation Training can be offered as a 1-day workshop, or as a 2-day series allowing for extended simulation scenarios and advanced de-escalation techniques.

Training Agenda:
Day 1: Foundations of De-escalation (3 hours)
          De-escalation Simulation (3 hours)

Day 2 (optional): Advanced De-escalation Simulation (3 hours)


Peaceful People Social-Emotional Curriculum

We describe a positive classroom climate as an environment where students want to learn, parents want their child to go, and staff want to teach and nurture. In this engaging training, school staff learn best practices for developing and teaching classroom expectations and procedures to build and sustain a positive, peaceful, and nurturing classroom climate.

Participants are also introduced to Peaceful People, our classroom-based social emotional education program that seeks to promote healthy social development, prevent youth violence and foster positive community relationships. Each participant receives a one-year subscription to our online Peaceful People curriculum and resources, along with hands-on training to help plan and deliver Peaceful People lessons in their classroom setting. Peaceful People lessons are fun and interactive, using discussions, hands-on activities, children's books and behavioral rehearsal to engage students in the development of resiliency skills and social competence.

Training Agenda:
Classroom Climate Basics (3 hours)
Peaceful People Introduction (3 hours)



Nurturing Classroom

This training will help teachers create a nurturing classroom environment by developing a proactive 8-week plan to establish positive relationships in the classroom. Participants will explore how trauma affects a student’s learning process and can have lifelong effects on their whole well-being. Teachers and other school professionals will leave with an understanding of how positive interactions and relationships foster the learning process. This course allows participants to plan how everything they do in the classroom, from greeting students to the physical set up of the room, can positively communicate how they feel about teaching and set the tone for how students will learn. The facilitator will provide case studies, trauma-informed teaching strategies, and resources for building positive relationships. 

Training Agenda:
Nurturing Classroom Background and Strategies (6 hours)



The Power of Relationships

Relationships with students are regarded as a cornerstone to the classroom environment. However, it is frequently assumed that teachers just naturally know how to build and maintain relationships with a roster full of students. This course is designed to provide teachers with the opportunity for deep discussion about how to establish and maintain connected relationships with each student. The course will provide an overview of empirical evidence supporting the benefits of strong teacher-student relationships, and will present tools and techniques for building positive relationships within the instructional practices of the classroom. Throughout the training teachers will be provided with opportunities to share from personal experiences the successes and challenges of building and maintaining rapport, engaging with students across a range of experiences, and the challenge each year of letting go and saying goodbye.  

Training Agenda:
The Power of Relationships (6 hours)


School-Based Mediation Training

Our interactive training will prepare you to conduct Mediations to help students peacefully resolve conflicts, and will prepare you to support a Peer Mediation Program in your school or district. Our Mediation Training is designed to meet the Association for Conflict Resolution mediation training standards. Over 4 days of training, participants learn the philosophy behind Mediation, along with the structures, procedures, and communication techniques required for successfully facilitating Mediations. Additionally, ample time is built into our training for practicing the Mediation Process using hands-on activities and role playing real-life scenarios. Completion of the 4-day training leads to certification as a School-Based Mediator, and prepares you to lead a School-Based Mediation program at your school. As part of the training package, we will provide you and your team with the forms and tools you will need to run your Mediation program, along with up to 10 hours of Technical Assistance through phone/e-mail/skype throughout the school year as you establish your Mediation program. Completion of this training is a prerequisite for partnering with Peaceful Schools to initiate, run, and maintain your own Peer Mediation Program.

A refresher/booster training is offered as a follow up 6-12 months after the initial training.  This allows participants to discuss their experiences with a trainer, receive instruction to deepen skills, and support the school-wide procedures and record-keeping involved in running a successful School-Based Mediation Program.

Training Agenda:
Mediation Training (4 days, 6 hours each day)
Mediation Refresher (6 hours, optional)


Peer Mediation Training

Looking to train a group of students to be Peer Mediators for your school? Similar to our School-Based Mediation Training, our Peer Mediation Training is designed to teach the fundamental content and structures necessary to help others resolve a conflict through Mediation. Adapted to the developmental needs of your students, from 4th graders through high school, our training engages students in activities, role play, and skill rehearsal to prepare them to successfully mediate disputes between other students. Adult advisors are trained alongside the students, and receive additional training and materials to support the implementation and management of the Peer Mediation program at your school.

Training Agenda:
Mediation Training (4 days, 6 hours each day)
Mediation Advisor Follow-up Training (3 hours, optional)
Mediation Refresher (6 hours, optional)


Upstander Assembly Series

This lively, engaging assembly series for Middle and High School students is based on our Peaceful People social skills curriculum. Our presenters help students define Upstander Behavior and find ways to stand up for what is right for themselves, others, and their communities. Topics can be tailored to the needs of each school or grade-level, and may include: Upstander Behavior; Digital Citizenship; Perceptions and Assumptions; Joking vs.Teasing; Conflict; Communication; Social Norms; and Mindfulness. Assemblies can be conducted as stand-alone sessions, however we recommend booking a series of 3 or 4 presentations over several weeks or months. Presentations are typically delivered in 45-minute assemblies for each grade level.

Assembly Agenda:
Presentation for each grade level (45 minutes)


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