Professional Development & Training

Umoja offers districts, schools, and community-based organizations high quality, engaging, and relevant professional development. Workshop topics span the three pillars of Umoja's work: Restorative Justice, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) principles, and postsecondary practices. We work with schools to customize a series of workshops to meet specific needs and to cultivate participant's capacities to build purposeful relationships with young people and adults.

BEGINNING IN THE SPRING OF 2016, Workshop topics will include:

Restorative Justice:

  • Foundations of Restorative Justice
  • Restorative Practices 101: Restorative Conversations
  • Restorative Practices 102: Community Building
  • Restorative Practices 103: Peace Circles in a School Context
  • Alternatives to Suspension
  • Building an Effective In-School Suspension Program

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL):

  • Student Engagement Through Experience
  • The Workshop Model: helping students to practice what we preach
  • Relationship Building Through Academic Advising
  • Management of Collaborative Classroom Communities
  • Community Building: proactive restorative approaches to promote healthy schools

Postsecondary Readiness:

  • Guiding Students to a Postsecondary Plan
  • Building Academic Mindsets for College and Career Success
  • Both AND: College and Career 

General Application:

  • Adult Healing and Self-Care
  • Leading With a Community Organizing Lens 
  • Ask Big Questions: the role of inquiry in achieving objectives
  • Trauma-Informed Practice

If you are interested in learning more about professional development opportunities, please email our Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Sarah-Bess Dworin, at sdworin(at)  

Please note: Umoja currently partners with Chicago Public Schools' Office of Social Emotional Learning to provide select trainings for CPS staff.