Circle Forward – 2020 Revised Edition: Building a Restorative School Community


Carolyn Boyes-Watson (Author), Kay Pranis (Author), Nancy Riestenberg (Foreword)
ISBN-10 1937141195
ISBN-13 978-1937141196



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The 2020 revised edition of Circle Forward, originally published in 2015, adds a new module of Circles for adults in schools to talk about race and equity issues. Circle Forward is a resource guide designed to help teachers, administrators, students and parents incorporate the practice of Circles into the everyday life of the school community. It is a powerful resource for schools.

Specifically, the Circle Forward resource guide offers comprehensive step–by-step instructions for how to plan, facilitate, and implement the Circle for a variety of purposes within the school environment. It describes the basic process, essential elements and a step-by-step guide for how to organize, plan, and lead Circles. It also provides over one hundred specific lesson plans and ideas for the application of Circles in the following areas of school life:

• Learning and establishing a Circle practice
• Establishing and affirming community norms
• Teaching and learning in Circle
• Building connection and community
• Promoting social-emotional skills
• Facilitating important but difficult conversations
• Working together as adults
• Engaging parents and the wider community
• Developing students as leaders in peer Circles
• Using Circles for restorative discipline


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