By being responsive to children’s social and emotional needs, we set up students for academic success as well as help create peaceful, just learning environments.   Under the umbrella of Restorative Practices, Peace Learning Center is supporting schools to do just that.

Through our One Indy initiative, Peace Learning Center serves students, teachers and parents by providing in-class protective factor and resilience building workshops and implementing restorative practices school-wide. We are working at the ground level with schools to propel forward the paradigm shift from punitive, exclusionary discipline to positive and inclusive and restorative approaches.  This gives schools tangible alternatives to suspension as well as tools to address their school’s disproportionality in suspension and expulsion.

In addition, Family Enrichment Workshops are made available to all students and their families. Our Youth Program Director, Restorative Practices Director, Family Programs Director and Youth Development Facilitators lead schools through this process by providing support, coaching, and in-class/school/PLC sessions around Restorative Practices and Social Emotional Learning.

Through the One Indy initiative, schools receive skills-based lessons to address the issues that are causing the most conflict among and between students and teachers and will allow us to utilize misbehavior as an opportunity for learning, growth, and reconnecting to the school community.

Year 1 Program Components:

  • PLC Coordinator will lead a 1-hour training for the entire school to explain about One Indy is and clearly go over the plans for years 1-3 including the facilitator and school’s role and what to expect from the process. (If interested in peer mediation, this would also be when we require 80% staff buy-in).
  • Bi-weekly or weekly meetings of Peace Team (5-7 members with teachers, social workers, behavior staff, and admin represented) with PLC Coordinator.
  • PLC Coordinator will model proactive restorative practices at staff meetings.
  • Introduction to Restorative Practices – Proactive Elements for teachers/staff.
  • Teachers will begin using and commit to proactive circles either based on:
  • Full staff Implicit Bias Workshop (4 hours).
  • Peace Team will participate in Restorative Practices Train-the-Trainer.
  • PLC Coordinator will be present in the building offering support for Calm Corner Kits, proactive circles, and other elements during the first semester up to two days a week.
  • PLC Coordinator coaches Peace Team to implement restorative chats and conferences during second semester.
  • PLC Coordinator offers observational data and suggestions for growth in equity, SEL, and restorative practices.
  • PLC Coordinator leads Peers Making Peace peer mediation training for two staff and up to 24 students (2-day training).
  • Family Program Director works with Peace Team to provide family workshops.
  • Calm Kit Training and distribution of Calm Corner Kits.

Optional Offerings:

  • Field Trips to PLC
  • Kick-off whole-school assembly
  • Peer Mediation
  • Multifamily Workshops
  • Implicit Bias Workshop for Families

Year 2 Program Components:

  • Restorative Practices Training 1 and 2 for full staff.
  • 4-6 hours of Equity Training/Workshops.
  • Communication, training, and feedback for parents on Restorative Practices roll-out.
  • Roll-out of Restorative Discipline Plan.
  • PLC Coordinator supports restorative practices roll-out by being present 1-2 days (contingent on need).
  • PLC Coordinator coaches Equity and Peace Team meetings.
  • PLC Coordinator supports the creation of an action plan of on-going institutional equity work and professional development around equity.
  • Peer Mediation refresher.

Optional Offerings:

  • Field Trips to Peace Learning Center
  • Peer Mediation
  • Family Programs
  • Implicit Bias Workshop for any new staff

Year 3 Program Components:

  • Peace Team leads all initiatives. PLC Coordinator offers support.
  • PLC Coordinator continues to be present for Equity and Peace Team meetings; no longer present by second semester

Optional Offerings:

  • Field Trips to Peace Learning Center
  • Peer Mediation
  • Family Programs
  • Implicit Bias Workshop for any new staff
  • Family visits to Peace Learning Center

Peace Learning Center’s One Indy initiative works toward the following goals:

Goal #1: Improved student behavior

Outcome #1: Teachers and/or students will report 60% improvement in positive peer interactions after the program is completed among youth served.

Outcome #2: 60% of students served will demonstrate an improvement in their social-emotional learning skill of self-awarenes and social awareness.

Outcome #3: 40% of students served will demonstrate an improvement in their social-emotional learning skill of self-management, responsible decision making, and maintaining healthy relationships.

Goal #2: Increase student protective factors

Outcome #4: 70% of students served will report an improvement in their ability to resolve conflicts in a healthy manner.

Goal #3: Positive School Climate

Outcome #5: 88% of peer mediations will end in agreement

Outcome #6: Decrease in number of suspensions/expulsions through the use of Restorative Conferencing


2017-2018 Evaluation Results

Self-awareness

75% of teachers will report an increase in students' skill of self-awareness.

Self-awareness

89% of teachers reported an increase in student’s skill of self-awareness.

Self-regulation

75% of teachers will report an increase in students' skill of self-regulation.

Self-regulation

57% of teachers reported an increase in students’ skill of self-regulation.

Social Awareness

75% of teachers will report an increase in students' skill of social awareness.

Social Awareness

74% of teachers reported an increase in students’ skill of social awareness.

Healthy Relationships

75% of teachers will report an increase in students' skill of maintaining healthy relationships.

Healthy Relationships

77% of teachers reported an increase in students’ skill of maintaining healthy relationships.

Responsible Decision-making

75% of teachers will report an increase in students' skill of responsible decision-making.

Responsible Decision-making

72% of teachers reported an increase in students’ skill of responsible decision making.

Interested in becoming a One Indy School?  Here’s how:

If you have any questions, contact jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org 

APPLY HERE

2019-2020 One Indy Schools:

Willow Lake Elementary

Global Prep Academy

Matchbook Learning

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