School Administrators Association

"It Starts with us!"
The Restorative Approach in Today's Schools


October 27, 2017

Location

École Secondaire du Sommet
500 Larry Uteck Blvd.
Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Agenda

Friday, October 27th

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Conference Registration and Vendor Viewing
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome 
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Jennier Llewellyn
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Follow-up - Richard Derible
10:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Nutrition Break / Vendor Viewing
11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Workshop:  The Restorative approach at the various levels
Elementary:
  Colette Strome
MIddle/Junior:  Kim Wilson
Secondary:  Glen Thompson
12:00 noon - 12:50 p.m. Lunch (included)
12:40 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. AGM
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions #1
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions #2
2:45 p.m. Closing

Register by October 13th.  No onsite registration

Registration Information

Contact:

Heather Foote:  hwfoote@nstu.ca
saaconference@nstu.ca

Fees:

  • Conference:  $130 (includes $30.00 membership)
  • Non-NSTU / Substitutes / Students / Retirees:  $80

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax
980 Parkland Drive
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Phone:  902-444-6700

Rate: $119 plus tax.

Keynote - Jennifer Llewellyn

Jennifer Llewellyn is the Viscount Bennett Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her teaching and research is focused in the areas of relational theory, restorative justice, truth commissions, international and domestic human rights law and Canadian constitutional law.  She has written and published extensively on the theory and practice of a restorative approach in both transitional contexts and established democracies.  Professor Llewellyn was the Director of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance (NSRJ-CURA) a collaborative research partnership between university and community partners focused on the institutionalization of restorative justice. She is currently Director of the International Learning Community on a Restorative Approach involving seven jurisdictions internationally. Professor Llewellyn advises and supports a number of projects and programs using a restorative approach in Nova Scotia and internationally.  For example, she has been an academic/policy advisor to the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, the Provincial Restorative Approaches in Schools Project, the HASA Network developing a restorative approach to senior safety and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She facilitated the design process for a restorative public inquiry into the Home for Colored Children and was appointed as an advisor to the process.  She previously advised the Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the response to Residential School abuse and worked with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She was awarded the Ron Wiebe National Award for Restorative Justice from Correction Services Canada in 2015.

Keynote Follow-Up

Richard Derible’s experience with the restorative approach will be beneficial when he continues this discussion.  Richard will focus on the restorative approach as it relates to the whole school.

Workshops:  The Restorative approach at the various levels

Elementary: Colette Strome

Colette Strome learned about RA about 10 years ago while teaching at St. Catherine's Elementary School and has been practicing this approach for the last 9 years.   Colette will focus on the specifics of how the restorative approach is implemented in elementary school.

Middle/Junior:  Kim Wilson

Kim Wilson will focus on the specifics of how the restorative approach is implemented in middle / junior high school.

Secondary:  Glen Thompson

Glen Thompson will focus on the specifics of how the restorative approach is implemented in secondary school

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions #1 (1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.)

A1: Mindful Educator
Betty Jean Aucoin

Mindful Educator:  Administrators’ work lives are saturated with interactions with students, colleagues and parents—interactions that require significant attentional and emotional resources and their effective regulation through habits of mind.    This session overviews how mindfulness supports positive habits of mind for your professional and personal lives
Betty Jean xx

A2:  Social Emotional Learning
Adela Njie
Description to follow
Adela xx

A3:  Administrating under the new imposed contract
Stacy Samson (en francais) Jim King (English)
Description to follow
Stacy xx

A4:  Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Elementary School
Jennifer Laudadio & Joanne Tompkins
This workshop aims to have educators think about how children learn to think about gender in very narrow, social constructed  ways that limit our students’ ability to be who they want to be. Educators will become aware of the many activities which can help students critically challenge gender stereotyping. At the end of this workshop we expect educators:

• to better understand the differences between sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation

• to better understand why teachers need to include information on LGBTQ in elementary education in terms of welcoming diverse families and community members

• to more clearly see the links between gender stereotyping, genderism, consumerism, sexism and misogyny, social conformity, and power

• to more easily develop critical thinking activities through critical media literacy activities so elementary students can name gender stereotyping when they see it/experience

• to have educators reexamine traditional school practices, rituals and see if schools can break the gender binary and open up more fluid and creative ways of expressing gender
Jennifer Laudadio teaches English Language Arts and Drama at Dr. John Hugh Gillis High School in Antigonish. She is actively raising her three young to challenge the gender binary.
Joanne Tompkins spent 15 years as a teacher and principal in Nunavut before becoming a teacher educator at StFX Faculty of Education and teaches in the areas of diversity and social justice education.
Both Jennifer and Joanne are Positive Space Program Trainers - an LGBTQ education  program which challenges homophobia and transphobia and has been presented in many schools and community groups in Nova Scotia. Jennifer and Joanne are active in equity organizations within their respective organizations. 

Concurrent Sessions #2 (2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

B1: Mindful Educator
Betty Jean Aucoin

Mindful Educator:  Administrators’ work lives are saturated with interactions with students, colleagues and parents—interactions that require significant attentional and emotional resources and their effective regulation through habits of mind.    This session overviews how mindfulness supports positive habits of mind for your professional and personal lives
Betty Jean xx

B2:  Social Emotional Learning
Adela Njie
Description to follow
Adela xx

B3:  Administrating under the new imposed contract
Stacy Samson (en francais) JIm King (English)
Description to follow
Stacy xx

B4:  Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Elementary School
See A4 for description


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