Introduction to Restorative Practices

Wednesday, January 27th

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM EST

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About This Session

Participants will gain an understanding of restorative practice concepts including learning effective strategies for managing behavior and teaching young people to take responsibility for their actions. Participants will learn that restorative practices can improve peer to peer interactions and relationships along with effective strategies for communicating with students, which will lead them to make positive changes in their behavior.


This session aligns with the Core Knowledge and Competency Content Area Interactions with Children and Youth.

Presenter Information

Bianca Ambriz

Youth Advocate Specialist and Licensed Trainer in Restorative Practices

International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP)

My name is Bianca Ambriz and together we can make it happen! The fundamental hypothesis of restorative practices is that our students are happier, more cooperative and more productive when educators like us, do things with our students, rather than to them or for them. I became a licensed trainer with the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) in 2018. Since then I have facilitated over 40 hours of restorative practices trainings. I have also presented restorative practices at the School Mental Health Collaborative and the School Mental Health Conference hosted by Kent Intermediate School District. In addition to being a licensed trainer, I am currently in my 6th school year as a Youth Advocate Specialist with Grand Rapids Public Schools. I use restorative practices along with other methods of interventions in conjunction with our 3 Tier system when identifying and eliminating any barriers that prevent our students from being successful academically and behaviorally. I am a proud alumna of Grand Valley State University with a B.S in Psychology. I am also a proud alumna Western Michigan University with a Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. I am actively completing my second graduate program at Western Michigan University with an M.A in Special Education/Behavior Specialist and will be done in June! Go Lakers! Go Broncos!

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