My name is Alistair Goold and I am an international educator with 15 years of experience on three different continents. I am passionate about the restorative approach in education. Often, international teachers come from a range of diverse cultural backgrounds and this can result in conflicting approaches, philosophies and methodologies with regards to school discipline. I am proposing a programme to train staff and lay a foundation for the restorative approach whilst building a healthier, happier international school community.
I am fully trained and licensed with the International Institute for Restorative Practices. The service I am offering is to provide quality professional development over a two-day period, culminating in individuals gaining formally recognized university credit that can be blended with further online post graduate study. The programme is primarily aimed at those in education but the underlying principles can be equally applied by anyone who works in a community context.
Often international schools struggle with the professional development budget, resulting in many teachers losing out on essential training and growth. Rather than send staff on expensive international trips to receive training, I am willing to travel to your location and host this event on site for a cohort of up to 30 delegates. This ensures excellent value for both your staff and your budget.
During this two day event, participants learn fundamental theory and practices for engaging with students, staff and parents in their school setting. Staff will learn a range of strategies they can use every day. They will learn how to set high expectations while being supportive. They will practice how to provide direct feedback and how to ask questions that foster accountability. They will also learn the most effective methods for conflict resolution.
The third day will be devoted entirely to teaching attendees to facilitate restorative circles. Circles are an essential process for building social capital, resolving social problems and responding when harm occurs. Circles create a positive learning environment. Staff will learn by participating in circles with other attendees, taking turns to learn how to facilitate. By the end of the day, teaching staff will be prepared to return to their classrooms and run an effective academic or social circle.
According to the International Institute for Restorative Practices:
“All humans are hardwired to connect. Just as we need food, shelter and clothing, human beings also need strong and meaningful relationships to thrive.
Restorative practices is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities.... Click for More
Restorative practices are not limited to formal processes, such as restorative conferences or family group conferences, but range from informal to formal. On a restorative practices continuum, the informal practices include affective statements that communicate people’s feelings, as well as affective questions that cause people to reflect on how their behavior has affected others... Click for More
"The 2-day workshop was a good introduction to the theory of restorative practice in schools. I am more mindful of my affective statements to colleagues, students and at home."
"Alistair has as a unique perspective of how to teach and learn about Restorative Practices because he uses a teacher's hat and a parent's hat while thinking about how to work with youth and a school community. His presentation style is reflective, impactful, and motivating."
"This professional learning event has helped us to build community and improve wellbeing in our organisation."
"One of the best professional development sessions I have attended. Applicable and relevant on so many levels, both personally and professionally."
"I believe restorative practices should be a way of life in our communication and interactions with one another. In that way conflicts, whenever it comes up, will always be easy to manage and resolve in a more sustainable manner."
"Alistair's training on restorative practices in schools was truly excellent. I am a clinical psychologist and High School counselor and felt I truly learned a great deal in this training and it was one of the best professional development courses I have attended"
"Alistair was an incredible facilitator for the workshop; very knowledgeable, approachable and very kind. I left the workshop with wonderful tools to create and foster solid relationships with my students."
"Alistair is an excellent presenter and facilitator who is highly knowledgeable in the area of Restorative Practices. The 2 day training will make you think about what your school or organization needs to do to improve its culture."
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