Year-Round Partnerships

  • Does your school need support to proactively address discipline issues, rather than regularly and chronically suspend students?
  • Does your school want to improve attendance and on-track rates?
  • Would your school benefit from thought partnership around how to create and maintain a positive school culture and effective collaboration among adults?
  • Does your school want to better support students’ social-emotional development?
  • Do you need assistance to make sure all students graduate with a robust postsecondary plan and the ability to carry it out?

If these are key questions for your school, Umoja’s partnership could be the right fit for you! Umoja works with schools to integrate Restorative Justice and/or Seminar classes focused on social-emotional learning and postsecondary readiness.

All year-round partners go through a three-phase process that includes planning in the spring; our Umoja University, a four-day guided planning institute in the summer; and customized support and coaching throughout the school year. In addition to our expertise and partnership as described below, year-round partners have access to Umoja’s highly regarded, research-based tools and curricula. 

  1. Reflection and Planning
    School stakeholders participate in a planning process with Umoja at the start of the partnership and annually to identify needs as well as existing strengths and resources within the school community.
  2. Umoja University
    Umoja University is a highly interactive three-day institute that offers a deep dive into Umoja's partnerships by practicing and exploring research-based strategies that develop college-going, career-focused, restorative cultures within classrooms and throughout the school community. Participants learn the basic and intermediate principles of restorative practice, foundations of experiential learning, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) standards and how they apply to everyday practice and effective methods for guiding students to a postsecondary plan. Participants walk away with tangible tools and strategies for student engagement and culture-building, as well as a deeper understanding of key restorative justice, social-emotional learning and college and career readiness topics. 
  3. School-year support
    This includes 20-30 hours/week of expertise and critical support by an Umoja partner at your school. The Umoja partner focuses on high-quality implementation, modeling best practices and building the capacity of the individual school personnel, teams and structures to sustain the work long-term. Our support also includes the collaborative development of a school-wide team (may be existing Postsecondary Leadership Team or Discipline Team) charged with ensuring fidelity of implementation, data-informed decision-making, integration of all relevant stakeholders, and accountability to goals. 

We require your investment, because we are going to be invested in your school’s success. To be successful, year-round partnerships require significant commitment from school partners, including:

  • Physical space for a Peace Room and/or Seminar staff
  • Professional development time
  • Regular meeting time with key leaders
  • Integration into existing school teams, and 
  • Access to data 
If your school is interested in exploring a partnership further please contact Umoja’s Chief Program Officer, Dawn Hicks ( ).

Hear directly from Umoja’s year-round school partners: