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Welcome to the 2016 Yale SOM Education Leadership Conference! We look forward to seeing you in New Haven on April 7-8. Feel free to take a look at the conference agenda below. If you have any questions, please reach out to educationconference@yale.edu
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Friday, April 8 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
School Culture and Climate: Using Restorative Justice and Positive Behavioral Interventions to Reform Schools

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Concerned about the long term impact of overly punitive behavioral interventions, many schools are reforming their discipline strategies. This session explores how restorative justice and alternative positive behavior techniques affect the way that teachers, students, school administrators, and other stakeholders engage with each other and how the new patterns of interaction impact the overall school culture and climate. Additionally, the session highlights schools and districts that have successfully incorporated these models into their culture and examines the challenges they faced during the change process and how they overcame them.

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Michael Strambler

Assistant Professor, Yale School of Management
Michael J. Strambler, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and is based at The Consultation Center. One area of Dr. Strambler’s work concerns understanding the role of social environments in the academic, psychological, social, and behavioral well-being of children and youth in urban contexts. Another area of work focuses on the assessment of school-based programs and practices... Read More →

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Malene Kai Bell

Restorative Practices Specialist, Community Conferencing Center
A Restorative Practices Specialist, Malene supports schools with whole school implementation. Merging social emotional learning with restorative practices, she utilizes a holistic approach to school transformation. A former educator and literacy coach, Malene has worked with students/teachers across from K to 12. She is the Co-Founder of Inner Focus --an afterschool program that teaches mindfulness, and Co-Creator of A Revolutionary Summer, a... Read More →
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David Karp

Professor of Sociology, Skidmore College
David Karp is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and campus settings and on prison programs preparing inmates for return to the community. He was the recipient of the 2010 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration for his work on campus restorative justice... Read More →
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Karen VanAusdal

Director of Practice, CASEL-Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
Karen VanAusdal serves as the Director of Practice with CASEL. In that capacity, she works to support and scale the SEL work in school districts across the country. Prior to that role, she served as the Executive Director for the Office of Social and Emotional Learning for Chicago Public Schools. Karen has also been a teacher, creator, and manager of SEL programming. She earned a B.A. from Brown University, an M.Ed. in Human Development from... Read More →
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David Yusem

Restorative Justice Program Coordinator, Oakland Unified School District
David Yusem is an experienced conflict resolution and restorative justice practitioner, and currently Coordinates the Restorative Justice program at the Oakland Unified School District. At OUSD, David supports the district in implementing restorative practices in schools as a model for building community, repairing harm, and providing individualized circles of support for students. The RJ program at OUSD has been featured on NPR, in The NY Times... Read More →

Friday April 8, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm