Connections Quarterly Winter 2019 - Restorative Practices - Page 43

TE AC HE R TI PS Teachers: We might ask ourselves, “Holding in mind the degree of impact we hope this path will have on our community, how might we best initially prepare and then continue to sup- port our staff, students, board, and parents?” 5. It’s likely that undertaking restorative approaches is a question of highlighting what al- ready exists rather than introducing a new concept. Whether we look to the major faith traditions or informal conversations in classrooms across the continent, the principles of restorative practice find themselves at play. Teachers: Given that it’s often beneficial to ground initiatives in what is already known, we might ask ourselves, “Where do we already see the benefits of this type of approach within our community and how might we best leverage our existing experience to deepen our fu- ture practice?” l Keven Fletcher serves as the Chaplain and Faculty Mentor at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, BC, where he divides his time between public speaking, process facilitation, and explor- ing life choices with staff and students. The 1,000 strong community of SMUS draws from five continents and 25 countries. As an ordained minister within the United Church of Canada, his former role centered on congregational ministry in the midst of crisis. An avid teller of wisdom stories, Keven drew his favorites together to form the core of a novel, When It Matters Most, and investigated the ethical implications in a paper, ‘Cultural Appropriation and the Telling of Wisdom Stories.’ CSEE Visiting Scholar Program Connection • Autonomy • Challenge Join CSEE’s team for an academic year to share your knowledge with the wider independent school community and simultaneously learn more about CSEE subject areas through profes- sional development. This project-based work is done in addition to one’s regular position in a school. Thanks to a generous grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation, CSEE can fund three scholars for the 20-21 school year! Questions? Email info@csee.org. Applications Due March 2020 • www.csee.org/visitingscholar CSEE Connections Winter 2019 Page 41