Professional Development Workshops

Umoja offers workshops with topics spanning the three pillars of Umoja’s work: Restorative Justice, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) principles, and postsecondary readiness. We work with schools and organizations to customize a series of workshops to meet specific needs and to cultivate participant’s abilities to build purposeful relationships with young people and adults.

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Courses are an intentional series of workshops that build upon one another in a specified area and are offered at a specialty rate. We highly recommend a series for your staff or group in order to maximize the learning and growth of participants. If you are an individual seeking professional development, check out our Upcoming Workshops page for monthly training opportunities!

Restorative Justice Foundations Course

This is Umoja’s foundational series in Restorative Justice, laying the essential groundwork for the self-awareness and skills required of a restorative practitioner. Participants engage in experiential activities in which they explore mindsets and cultivate self-awareness about relationships, community, and conflict. Building on this foundation, participants will learn proactive and responsive restorative practices to prevent and address harm, specifically community building circles and restorative conversations.


Workshops Included:

-Foundations of Restorative Justice: Connecting Philosophy to Self & Practice

-Creating Intentional Community: Community Building Circles & Practices

-Check Yourself: Cultivating Self-Aware Restorative Practitioners

-Discovering Root Cause: Restorative Conversations that Encourage Reflection, Accountability, & Repair


•   Define the qualities of a Restorative Justice mindset and explore the dynamics of harm and repair in community relationships.
•   Cultivate social and emotional awareness around social identity, empathetic listening, and personal internal reactions to challenging situations.
•   Plan a community building circle as a proactive restorative practice using core circle principles.
•   Apply self-understanding and restorative questioning strategies to engage in restorative conversations as a responsive restorative practice.

Workshops: 4
Total Time: 12 hours
Prerequisites: None

Advanced Restorative Justice Course

This series deepens and enhances the foundational self-awareness, skills, and practices cultivated in the Restorative Justice Foundations course through a focused exploration and practice of hosting circles for various purposes and skillful development of restorative consequences through restorative conversations. In these workshops, participants will explore the power of questions to hold space in circles and advance reflection and repair in restorative conversations. This course can optionally include an additional Peace Circle training to extend these skills into effective facilitation of peace circles.


Workshops Included:

Restorative Conversations Part 2: Restorative Consequences
Advanced Circles
Extension: Peace Circles in a School Context 


•   Explore many types of circles that may apply to diverse groups including celebration, support, re-entry, and healing.
•   Crafting compassionate questions, setting norms, and arranging physical space to hold more complex, emotionally-charged circles.
•   Understand the essential qualities of restorative consequences and how they differ from punitive or zero-tolerance consequences.
•   Conduct restorative conversations to develop restorative consequences that align with the student’s behavior.

Workshops: 2–3
Total Time: 6–12 hours
Prerequisites: RJ Foundations Course

Building an Effective ISS Course

This course pairs our Disciplinary Intervention Curriculum with a series of workshops that helps teams develop a restorative justice mindset, cultivate self-awareness, and utilize restorative conversations as a responsive restorative justice practice. The series culminates in the creation of an effective In-School-Suspension program that promotes social emotional learning for students, incorporates restorative consequences, and establishes systems that support the intervention--with the support of Umoja’s curricular tools.


Workshops Included:

Foundations of Restorative Justice
Restorative Conversations: A Responsive Restorative Practice
Building an Effective In-School Suspension



•  Define the qualities of a Restorative Justice mindset and explore the dynamics of harm and repair in community relationships.
•   Cultivate social and emotional awareness around social identity, empathetic listening, and personal internal reactions to challenging situations.
•   Conduct a restorative conversation with a student to develop restorative consequences that align with students' behavior
•   Determine critical logistics, including systems and tools, to implement a restorative ISS or other disciplinary intervention space
•   Refine ISS by troubleshooting issues and problem solving using discipline data 

Workshops: 3
Total Time: 12 hours
Prerequisites: None

Seminar Support Course

This course pairs our comprehensive Seminar curriculum and all associated tools with a customized selection of 4 workshops focused on an orientation to curricular products and resources, experiential learning and the workshop model, discussion-based inquiry practices, and the units of study. All modules include setting professional and program goals and trouble-shooting opportunities for effective implementation of the Seminar curriculum. Overall, this course builds the capacity of adults in order to effectively implement of the Seminar curriculum and support the social and emotional growth of students. Please note: This course would begin in the Fall and follow the academic calendar year.


Workshops May Include:

Introduction to Seminar (online module)
The Workshop Model
Student Support Conferences 2.0
Restorative Classroom Management
Asking Big Questions


•   Provide an orientation to the curriculum and resources and the components of a Seminar experience
•   Build the instructional and SEL capacities of adults to implement and adapt the seminar curriculum
•   Provide support to adults implementing the seminar curriculum through regular check-ins and opportunities for support and troubleshooting

Workshops: 6
Total Time: 18 hours
Prerequisites: None