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Restorative Practices sessions are designed to promote well-being, growth, and educational equity to nurture the full potential of educational practitioners, schools, and communities.

ACT 48 and NASW credits are available upon request.

Who should attend?

  • Homeless liaisons.
  • School staff supporting students and families experiencing homelessness.
  • Community colleagues and partners.
  • Other children- and youth-serving professionals.
plant being watered by water can with the text Restorative Practices. Replenish Series: Let's Grow

The Replenish Series: Let’s Grow is part of Center for Schools and Communities’ Restorative Practices Pennsylvania’s American Rescue Plan – Homeless Children and Youth Initiative.

Missed a session or need a refresher?

Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown’s provision of handouts on each session’s topic is a valuable resource for attendees. These handouts serve as takeaway tips and tools that can be used to enhance personal and professional wellbeing. The availability of these handouts is especially beneficial for individuals who may have missed a session or those who simply want a refresher on a particular topic. By providing these resources, Dr. Shankar-Brown ensures that participants have access to valuable information that can be utilized beyond the duration of the sessions.

A Deeper Dive into Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Held Feb. 13, 2024. Research undeniably demonstrates that the potential for SEL to transform our students’ growth is enormous. SEL encompasses a broad spectrum of skills, attitudes, and values that help us to navigate situations and life more healthily. SEL emphasizes the importance of mindset, supports well-being, and can help promote success in school and in life, which is especially important for students living in poverty and experiencing homelessness. This interactive workshop will highlight how educators can promote SEL, along with strategies for youth and families to incorporate in daily life.

Unpacking Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Held Jan. 9, 2024. It is important to reflect on and develop a deeper understanding of historical, collective, and individual trauma. How does trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impact learning and well-being? In this virtual workshop, educators and youth service providers will develop a deeper understanding of trauma and ACEs from interdisciplinary perspectives including the arts. Equity centered strategies to support students and families will be shared.

Building Healing- Centered Learning Environments

Held Nov. 21, 2023. The prevalence and rise of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance of intentionally promoting healing in schools and communities merit our immediate attention. How can we help to address and prevent trauma? How can we promote healing-centered engagement in our schools and communities? In this virtual workshop, educators and youth service providers will explore promising practices that prevent and address trauma, and actively support healing.

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Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D.

Meet our instructor, Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D.

Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D., is an award-winning professor and the endowed chair of social justice education at Stetson University, President of the National Coalition for the Homeless Board, and the Executive Director of the Institute for Catalyzing Equity, Justice, and Social Change

She is also the co-Chair of the Equity and Justice SIG for International Society for Teacher Education, and the founder of the Poverty and Homelessness Conference, University Dream Scholars, Acts of Kindness and Justice Movement, and the faculty advisor for the Student Homeless Coalition. Dr. Shankar-Brown is an interdisciplinary educational scholar of social and environmental justice, community organizer, cultural strategist, human rights activist, poet, and artist. She began her career as a public-school teacher and has worked in a variety of transformative leadership roles with communities, organizations, government agencies, corporations, and schools in urban, rural, and suburban areas across the United States and around the world.

As an internationally renowned educational expert in transformative education, equity centered practices, healing centered engagement, and arts integration, she has presented around the globe and authored leading works including a national educational justice book series and a collection of poetry. In addition to being a passionate educator-scholar, she is a devoted Amma (mom) and chai enthusiast.