Using Circles to Build Relationships – In Classrooms and Beyond

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Caroline Gosling
Date:May 13, 2021
Time:4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MDT
$20.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 21-IE-370
Focus: Inclusive Education

Target Audience

Grades K-12 Teachers; Counsellors; Administrators

About this Learning Opportunity

This interactive workshop will look at the use of circles, one of many 'tools' used in creating a restorative culture, to build relationships with and among students from kindergarten to high school.

Participants will:

  • experience being in circle (or virtual equivalent)
  • learn about the benefits of using circles
  • hear and share ways to incorporate circles into your classroom and school
  • practice facilitating a community building circle

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Caroline retired after many years as an educator in Edmonton, Alberta. During her career, Caroline taught at elementary, junior high and senior high, was a consultant for students whose behaviour could be challenging, and a principal of several different schools. Caroline also had the opportunity to gain a provincial perspective through secondments to Alberta Children’s Services and Alberta Education. In 1998 Caroline was introduced to Restorative Practices and over the past 22 years has been able to see first-hand how a restorative approach can transform schools and lives. Caroline is an instructor and coach with International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Caroline has a BEd with a major in special education from the University of Alberta.  She has also received an MEd in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland and most recently her Restorative Justice Certificate from Simon Fraser University.