Welcome to Our Restorative Center: Room 2102

  • You have the power to make today great.
     
    Your positive energy is contagious and makes all the difference in a child’s day.

    Our Restorative Center is used throughout the day for a place to check-in, to refresh and renew, to reset, to restore for students, staff, families and community. Robin King, our Coordinator is available throughout the day in our Center and also throughout the building to staff and support students as we implement Restorative Practices as an Eastern Heights Learning Community.

    As a whole building we are implementing daily Community Building Circles in every classroom as we begin and end our day together in circles and building our Restorative Impulse as we respond to each day.

    As a whole staff we are implementing Restorative Chats and Conversations with our students as well as each other to address challenges and immediate conflicts as they arise. 

    Robin King and Julia Mullan partner with other trained staff to conduct Restorative Conferences, Content Circles to learn, Problem Solving Circles, and Circles to Repair Harm for students and families as well as partnering with the Legal Rights Center for Family Group Conferencing.

    Robin King is also providing professional development and coaching support daily, weekly and through individual coaching to our entire staff as we move through our Exploration and Early Implementation phases of Restorative Practice.

    Closely tied to our Restorative Practices is our collaboration work with No Bully. Our Center is a space in which to hold Solution Team meetings with the guidance of our Solution Teams Coaches (Robin King, Julia Mullan, Nick Revak, Angie Wroblewski, Liv Roque- Conrad, Rikki Mohlenhoff and Thomas Kendrick .

     

Impulse- A Restorative Journey Blog

  • Mindfulness... What is it?

    Posted by Robin Gray King on 3/18/2019 6:00:00 AM

    As we are planning ahead for our next year shared with students, we of course begin looking at the current year and what things have been best and those things that have been challenging. When we received our schedule this year it included time in each day to implement mindfulness during the day with our students.

    This is time for our children (and us) to be still, to have our minds focused on a single action or thought, to lean into how our breathing, our thoughts, our muscles are feeling and to give ourselves a few moments of self care and reset to that we can continue doing our very important work.

    This truly is a gift. This is time dedicated to a great exhale and that luxurious feeling that accompanies that breath. That moment when you are aware of yourself and feel grounded.

    Mindfulness does not necessarily come naturally. We can be still...and not mindful. We can be breathing...and not mindful. We can move and stretch...and not mindful.

    How do we learn that ourselves? How do we teach our children?

    We have resources! Mindfulness can take on many forms but each and all of them are designed to create a turning inward, a pause from the external.

    Take time to revisit this ritual...make it truly a ritual. Revisit the routine of transitioning to mindfulness...make it truly routine. Take time to enjoy the communal connection of being still (even within a movement activity...find the stillness in the mind).

    55 Mindful Activities

    Mindful Coloring Pages

    If you want to learn more- Join our Community Voices of Action on Tuesdays at 5:00 pm or contact Robin King . robin.king@spps.org

     

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  • On Self-Care

    Posted by Robin King on 3/10/2019 6:00:00 AM

    We hear a lot about self-care. Having suffered a traumatic brain injury (yes, that is what they call a concussion) a term which seemed dramatic, I have been forced into self-care. Anyone who has sat in restorative circles with me, has most likely experienced me lamenting my ongoing lifelong crisis in implementing self-care… and now the doctor orders it! It is not all relaxation and hot tea, a good book in a sunny chair, or even sleeping until I awaken naturally. There are expectations and limitations all designed to help me to be my best self (and my brain to heal).

    In considering self-care, I spent an entire car ride home from the Dr. reflecting upon the fascinating psychology of human self-protection: How can we protect ourselves so we require less self-care? Perhaps we stop thinking about things when they are hard to think about; we may hide behind our phones and put in our earbuds to protect our personal space; we create emotional buffers to avoid being hurt too deeply; we stay close to people who think and act as we do because it normalizes the way we act.

    Because the time for my work is limited at this time I could dive into self-protection, instead I am trying very hard to lean into self-care and care for the work of Restorative Practices in our school. I am experiencing re-excitement about reflecting, planning, collaborating with, and coaching amazing educators of great heart at Eastern Heights to grow in practice and join in a journey to transform our students and education.

    I have been re-reading Justice on Both Sides by Dr Maisha Winn. In keeping with my funky brain, I started this time at the back, The Epilogue. Dr Winn herself was reading a work The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben, a forester turned environmentalist. In the book, Wohlleben began to focus on how trees experience the world. “Wohlleben’s paradigm shifted from thinking about the value of a tree for the sake of consumption to recognizing that trees relate to and support one another- much like the shift educators must make in schools that need to be restored (or, in most cases transformed) into learning communities  where all students and educators can thrive. Wohlleben began to ask why trees were such social beings after he learned about their interdependence and how root systems keep them connected. His conclusion was that trees are social creations for the same reasons humans tend to seek community: “There are advantages to working together. A tree is not a forest. On its own a tree cannot establish a consistent local climate...To get to this point, the community must remain intact no matter what. If every tree were looking out only for itself, then quite a few of them would never reach old age...Every tree, therefore, is valuable to the community and worth keeping around for as long as possible.”

    I am excited about upcoming RP site visits to Nokomis (specifics to come soon), re-energizing our practice for these last months and into next year. I look forward to being trees in a forest and circling our roots together to strengthen each and all.

    “If we engage in processes that allow us to listen to one another- really listen to one another, learn from one another, and elevate our awareness of context in our rich and textured lives- we begin, the process and the practice of restoring justice. We owe this, at least, to our children. “ Dr. Maisha Winn

    ...and to ourselves...

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