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Restorative Practice

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Kia ora and welcome to the website for Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) Restorative Practice.

Since September 2015 the University of Waikato through Te Whai Toi Tangata: The Institute of Professional Learning has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Education to bring Restorative Practice to approved schools in Aotearoa - New Zealand.

Our Focus and Vision

PB4L group 2Restorative Practice is an intentional, interactive conversational practice that enables the production of just relationships and ethical selves (Drewery, 2015).

Project Principles

Schools have embedded restorative practices as a sustainable model so that it becomes the way we do things around here.

In each Restorative Practice school:

  • there is a happy, healthy school community that promotes student learning, achievement and wellbeing
  • there is strong alignment between the PB4L school wide ethos and restorative practice
  • everyone has a clear understanding of the role they play in creating and maintaining restorative practice in their school community

Our Team

We are working hard with schools to plan their RP journey which often begins with a whole school Essentials Professional Learning Day. Our Coordinators provide ongoing support for schools to develop their understanding of the Ministry of Education resource Kete and how it can be used to support relational approaches and restorative practice in schools and communities.

Jan Martin JP

Institute of Professional Learning - jmartin@waikato.ac.nz
MEd Lead(Hons), BA (Soc Sci,), GradDipDR, Dip Ed,

Jan has experience as an educational leader and project manager.  She has directed the national pilot programme for aspiring and potential principals and has led professional development programmes as a school principal, as the coordinator of the School Support Services Leadership and Management team, and as Acting Director, Continuing Education. Jan has worked with adult educators in REAP programmes, in Community Education, as a school principal and as a school adviser.

She is interested in leadership development, particularly as it relates to improved outcomes for students. She is also very interested in the involvement of parents, whānau and the wider community in educational organisations. Jan has a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Graduate Diploma in Disputes Resolution from the University of Waikato. Jan is the current Director of the Institute of Professional Learning: Te Whai Toi Tangata and the Associate Dean, Professional Learning at the University of Waikato.

Wendy Drewery

University of Waikato - w.drewery@waikato.ac.nz
BA, MA (Auckland), DipEdSt, PhD (Waikato),

Wendy is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato where she is Associate Dean Academic. Previously a counsellor educator, she now teaches Restorative Practices in Education at postgraduate level via full online delivery, and papers in lifespan development at undergraduate level. As Associate Dean she is responsible for major academic developments, academic programme planning and quality assurance of the Faculty’s qualifications.  She is a co-author with Lise Claiborne of a popular text, Human development: Family, Place, Culture, which is in its 4th edition.   Wendy first became involved in the development of restorative practices with the University of Waikato Restorative Practices Development Team in 1999, and has held the kaupapa close ever since. She has published widely in the field of restorative practice and has an international reputation for her work in this area. She was the Chair of the Education Panel for the recent Roundtable on Restorative Justice held at Victoria University of Wellington in October 2014 under the joint auspices of the Chair of Restorative Justice, Professor Chris Marshall, and the University of Waikato.

Kathryn Hodson

Institute of Professional Learning - khodson@waikato.ac.nz
BT&L; PGDip Ed Man; PGCert Eval

Kathryn is the project manager for PB4L Restorative Practice (RP) team. She has been in the education sector for over 40 years, having done her teacher training at Hamilton Teachers' College 1971-73. She began her teaching career at Te Kuiti Primary School in 1974 and then spent time teaching in the Far North and was in senior leadership roles in Central Auckland before joining Cognition Education Ltd in 2003. Kathryn managed projects in New Zealand in overseas in the Middle East and Asia. Her work with Cognition bought her into contact with teams of leaders and facilitators from IPL through the Te Toi Tupu PLD contract, so when the opportunity came up to join the team she grabbed it with both hands.

She is looking forward to working with the RP team and learning from and with them as we support schools and communities to engage with this work.

Moana Brown

Institute of Professional Learning - moanab@waikato.ac.nz
BEd, PGDip(Ed Leadership), DipT(Sec)

Moana is an experienced educational leader and facilitator with the Institute of Professional Learning. She has held numerous leadership and management positions in the Secondary education sector, is an experienced project leader, NCEA assessment and curriculum materials developer for the Ministry of Education and a facilitator of online learning communities. Moana has worked in both English medium and Māori medium education communities and has an in-depth understanding of the New Zealand Curriculum, Ka Hikitia, Te  Marautanga o Aotearoa and the Pasifika Education Plan. She is a member of Te Toi Ora Māori Advisory team and a Special Education Needs forum that supports the Te Toi Tupu Consortium delivering professional development to NZ schools.

Moana has been involved in restorative practices in schools and their communities since 2007 and has presented at the 2nd Restorative Practices International Conference – Vancouver, Canada 2009  Seminar on ‘Restorative practice and its effects on indigenous students and their families in Aotearoa New Zealand’.  She has experience working in the Student Wellbeing Ministry of Education contract and has an extensive background working in health and wellbeing in communities.

Sheridan Gray

University of Waikato - sherridg@waikato.ac.nz
MEd, BMus, BA, PGDipEd, DipT(Sec)

Sheridan is in the final stages of study for her PhD at The University of Waikato, where she is researching pastoral care in secondary schools. Sheridan is an experienced secondary school teacher of 11 years, including five years as a dean.  She has a well-grounded understanding of school systems, curriculum and pastoral care.

During her career she has had substantial professional development in teaching and learning, differentiation and managing staff relationships. She has also been a part of a restorative practices initiative, at Aotea College. This was very powerful professional development that encouraged deep reflective practice and allowed her to develop her teaching practice on a relational level.

Sheridan has co-authored two publications: (1) Gray, S., & Drewery, W. (2011). Restorative Practices Meet Key Competencies: Class Meetings as Pedagogy. International Journal on School Disaffection, 8(1), 13-21; and (2) Kecskemeti, M., Kaveney, K, Gray, S, Drewery, W. (2013). A deconstructive approach to class meetings: Managing conflict and building learning communities. Narrative and Conflict: Explorations of Theory and Practice.

Greg Jansen

Restorative Schools - greg@restorativeschools.org.nz
BEd, PGDip(Ed Leadership), DipT

Greg Jansen is currently an educational consultant / trainer working across the education sector throughout New Zealand and internationally, focusing on developing strong teaching and learning relationships through developing relational capacity and the use of restorative  practices.  This ranges from specific skill training for teachers and students across the continuum of restorative approaches, through to school strategic and leadership development and whole school change. This work is spread across the educational sector – from Early Childhood Education & Primary to Secondary and Tertiary Education, from State or Integrated through to Private, Special Character and Area schools. This extensive and varied work has given an incredible opportunity to strengthen practice and evaluate programmes, and to develop and share best practice.

Greg has a wealth of experience both teaching and leading within and beyond mainstream education, with extensive involvement leading and managing Te Ora Hou (Youth Work) and Te Kaupapa Whakaora (Alternative Education). Within mainstream education Greg has many wide and varied experiences of classroom teaching – pastoral and leadership roles and uses these experiences to contextualise content so to maximise learning and develop the capacity of those he works with.

Greg and Rich developed the Canterbury Restorative Network that provided practice support and networking opportunities for practitioners across the Canterbury – West Coast region. They also developed the RESTORE newsletter that was distributed nationally for 4 years.

Greg and Rich have worked extensively with clusters of schools and organisations across New Zealand helping them to develop their practice and networks of support. Greg along with Rich are sought after Conference presenters, for their practical, accessible and progressive approaches. In 2009, Greg completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership through which he researched the impact of school leadership on the implementation of school wide restorative practices. Greg and Rich are contributing authors of Responsive Pedagogy – Engaging Restoratively with Challenging Behaviour,http://www.nzcer.org.nz/nzcerpress/responsive-pedagogy. Greg is a member of the National Board of Restorative Justice Aotearoa (RJA) and sits on the Reference Group for the Chair of Restorative Justice Practices, Chris Marshall, at Victoria University. Since 2008 Greg and Rich have been providing training and consultation internationally – primarily in Singapore and Malaysia.

Rich Matla

Restorative Schools - rich@restorativeschools.org.nz
BFA, PGDip(Ed Leadership with Distinction), DipT(Sec)

Rich Matla has a long established background and diverse experience in the education sector ranging from extensive classroom teaching experience, to pastoral care and middle management, to school governance, resource development and policy writing.

His current role is as a trainer, consultant and director of the company restorativeschools.org.nz, that he established in partnership with Greg Jansen in 2007.Through this role Rich has worked with thousands of teachers, students, principals, administrators, youth workers and parent groups.  He is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at Heathcote Valley Primary School since 2012, a role that has had a focus of enhancing teaching practice and forging strong educational partnerships between school and home. Rich is a contributing author of a chapter in the recently published book Responsive Pedagogy – Engaging Restoratively with Challenging Behaviour available through New Zealand Centre for Educational Research. http://www.nzcer.org.nz/nzcerpress/responsive-pedagogy

Rich is passionate and committed to the needs of young people and their development, to the professional growth of teachers and educators and the quality of teaching and learning relationships. He has worked as an artist and designer, travelled extensively, been an aid worker, Resort Manager and tour guide and brings this creativity and energy to any role he takes on.

Free Resources

PB4L group 1All kete that support the programme of work can be accessed free online at http://pb4l.tki.org.nz/PB4L-Restorative-Practice. All interested educators are welcome to investigate theses resources on this site. Once a school has signed into Restorative Practices as agreed with the Ministry of Education they will receive full hard copies of the kete as well as full and comprehensive online practice support.

General Information

For all general enquiries relating to the programme itself or the team please contact Kathryn Hodson, Project Manager on khodson@waikato.ac.nz

Contacts to Join the Programme

The first "port of call" for schools interested in Restorative Practice is the Ministry of Education Manager for PB4L

Once the ministry and the school have agreed that PB4L RP is a good fit our regional coordinators will pick up the relationship and become the key contact for the school.

  • Northland, Auckland, and Waikato:  Sheridan Gray, Leane Carlson
  • Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti and Hawkes Bay:  Moana Brown
  • Central South:  Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua, and Wellington:  Catherine Forster
  • South: Greg Jansen and Rich Matla