Restorative Community Practices: Building Stronger Families, Schools, and Communities Conference (Day 2 of 3)

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

Event Details

Please join us for day 2 of Oak Park Public Library's second annual Restorative Justice conference. This year's theme is Restorative Community Practices: Building Stronger Families, Schools, and Communities. 

Day 2 focuses on Restorative strategies to build a stronger school community. Learn about the history and practice of educationally-based Restorative Justice from area and national experts. 

9-9:45 am Drum circle in Scoville Park

9:30-10:30 am Check in and light breakfast

10:30-10:45 am Opening circle

10:45-11 am State Sen. Don Harmon, with a legislative perspective on the restorative movement

11-11:45 am keynote speaker Dr. Anita Wadhwaauthor and Restorative Justice Coordinator at Yes Prep Northbrook High School in Houston, will talk about Restorative Justice in Urban Schools - Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline.

11:45 am-12:45 pm Lunch

12:45 pm State Sen. Kimberly Lightford on SB 100

1-1:45 pm panel discussion, "Putting Restorative Justice into Practice with Youth" will feature:
2-3 pm breakout sessions
  • Middle School Mindfulness for Parents
  • Building Relationships in the Classroom (for teachers, families, and students)
  • Finding Friends and Allies (for students)
3-4 pm Reflection and discussion circles

4-4:30 pm Closing circle

Full conference details
The three-day Restorative Community Practices: Building Stronger Families, Schools, and Communities conference is October 4-6 at the Main Library. Please register to attend one, two, or all three days of the conference. A light snack will be available to those who register. Transportation will be provided for Oak Park and River Forest residents who may need it. 

  • Day 1 | Friday, October 4, 5:30-9 pm. We'll focus on building Restorative practices to strengthen families with children. Register now »
  • Day 2 | Saturday, October 5, 9 am-4:30 pm. We'll learn how Restorative practices can promote a safe learning environment in schools. Register now »
  • Day 3 | Sunday, October 6, 1-6 pm. We'll focus on the community, including learning about Restorative approaches and strategies the library uses as it strives to make the community the center of everything it does. Register now »




Event Type(s): Learn & Connect, Civic Learning, Arts & Culture
Age Group(s): Adults
Stephen Jackson
(708) 383-8200 ext. 0

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