Introduction to Restorative Justice

Starts: June 19, 2018 9:00 am | Ends: June 20, 2018 4:00 pm

This training is full, but please join us for the next one in August here!

Explore why and how Restorative Justice can be a promising alternative to exclusionary practices in your school, workplace, or community group.

“It was a great balance of circle, lecture, group work and movement. The topic had me 100% engaged.”

Restorative Justice is a valuable alternative to exclusionary practices when community problems occur. It seeks to restore community and repair harm while holding all involved accountable.

In schools, for example, unacceptably high push-out rates disproportionately affect students of color, students with disabilities and youth who identify as LGBT. In the workplace people may be excluded also. In community groups “calling out” may happen on social media and cause additional harm, rather than there being real accountability, honest conversation and attempts to make things right.

Restorative Justice is not a prescribed program but a philosophy based on community building and repairing harm. We will discuss the components that can make the approach successful such as circles, restorative inquiries and dialogues, community service and mediation. We look at possibilities for implementation that are open to classroom teachers and other school personnel and that can be adapted for many other settings. While doing so we will keep a keen eye on equity issues. The workshop will be a combination of lecture, discussions, videos and hands-on practice activities.

By the end of this training we hope you will:

  • Examine school push-out and the school to prison pipeline through an educational equity lens. Look at parallels in other systems.
  • Have a deeper understanding of restorative practices such as circles, restorative inquiries and dialogues, community service and mediation
  • Learn and practice restorative communication skills
  • Work on implementation plans in teams

Registration Details:

The fee for this workshop is $490. We ask each person to pay what you are able. Space is limited.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Trainer: Gabriele Ross
  • Date and time: June 19 & 20, from 9:00am – 4:00pm & Jan 18 @ 9:00am – 4:00pm (lunch on your own)
  • Location: Resolutions Northwest, 2538 NE BROADWAY, SUITE A PORTLAND, OR 97232

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Event Organizers

Gabriele RossGabriele Ross brings with her two decades of working as counselor and advocate with marginalized populations such as youth struggling with substance abuse and mental illness, students who return from being incarcerated, students who are homeless, sexual minority youth and undocumented students in public schools in Seattle and in Vancouver, WA. Gabriele has a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. She is active in social justice organizations and worked as an advocate with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and as a community organizer. She came to the US initially as a volunteer for Action Reconciliation/Services for Peace, a German organization founded by survivors of the Nazi regime. She likes to be in her garden or on a dragon boat, or out running and biking. She is an avid soccer fan and volunteered for the Women’s World Cup twice as a translator.

Kellie ShawKellie is a Black Woman from Portland who has lived in the same home for over 40 years! Committed to her community and the education of our children, she has volunteered at Trillium Charter for the last 5 years, and now serves as Board President. Kellie co-founded a Racial Equity group where she facilitates lessons around racial and social justice for teachers and parents. She pushes herself to look at the world through an equitable lens and invites all of her participants to do the same.  Kellie enjoys traveling, skiing, is an avid reader and fisherman. She has been a Life Coach for the last 6 years and currently supports RNW as an On-Call Facilitator.


June 19, 2018 9:00 am

June 20, 2018 4:00 pm

$490 (pay as you're able)

Lead Organizer

Gabriele Ross


Introduction to Restorative Justice
Resolutions Northwest, Northeast Broadway Street, Portland, OR, United States

Gabriele Ross

June 19, 2018 9:00 am

June 20, 2018 4:00 pm