Relationships to create a safe school environment

By Peg Mannion
Glenbard High School District 87
Posted1/27/2017 10:22 AM

The Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families will present "Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Justice: Peer Relationships Skills for a Safe School Climate" on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The free program will begin at noon at the Carol Stream Elementary District 93 Administration Center, 230 Covington Drive, Bloomingdale.


Educators recognize the importance of fostering a positive school climate and helping students learn from their mistakes. Increasingly, they are partnering with parents, students, school district officials, community organizations and policymakers to move away from counterproductive zero-tolerance discipline policies and toward proven restorative approaches to address conflict in schools.

Pamela Randall-Garner, a senior staff adviser for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, will provide an overview of restorative practices. Participants will learn strategies to build strong relationships and community in classrooms and schoolwide.

This review of the supportive framework for restorative practices includes the basic principles for restorative circles, the steps to make restorative methods part of the fabric of daily life in our schools, and how we can help transform schools to support all students' growth and health.

For more information, visit or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at (630) 942-7668 or