Implementing Restorative Circles Training to Decrease Exclusionary Discipline Practices

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn a positive alternative practice to exclusionary discipline that helps to alleviate the disproportionality of suspension and expulsion rates attributed to African Americans and other ethnic groups.
  2. learn the importance of using restorative circles as an alternative to zero-tolerance policies.
  3. develop an effective training program to instruct teachers and other service providers on how to facilitate restorative circles.


The purpose of this paper session is to provide guidance to school psychologists and other educators on how to develop effective professional development to train classroom teachers and other service providers in leading restorative circles. This presentation will specify all the steps needed to ensure that classroom teachers will be able to accurately and confidently facilitate restorative circles with their students.



Avy Q. Zheng, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Adam D. Weaver, University of Nebraska at Omaha


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