DLN: Foundations of Restorative Practices & Circles

Zero tolerance discipline policies aim to be punitive for breaking rules, but do little to address causes of behavioral issues. Conversely, restorative practices can repair harm done and break cycles of poor behavior. This results-oriented course introduces you to restorative practices and circles while serving as a guide to implement this form of discipline in your school. These skills will improve future interactions with students by allowing you to understand their behavior, examine your actions and implicit biases, and mend relationships through productive restorative circles.

In this course, you will:

  • Identify shame triggers and responses,
  • Analyze, measure, and improve adult/student relationships,
  • Understand the physiological, emotional, and psychological needs of students, and
  • Gain valuable resources to help you implement restorative practices and circles in your school.

SCECHs Granted

5

Who should take this course?

Administrator
Counselor
Mentor
Teacher

What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

High School
Lower Elementary
Middle School
Upper Elementary

Course Partner

MASSP - Digital Learning Network

Course Vendor

DLN

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.