Restorative practices employ empathy and build responsibility in order to right wrongs, repair broken relationships, and, where punishment must be levied, re-integrate students back in to the school community.
Use of restorative practices has been proven to increase academic achievement, decrease misbehavior, and increase perceived safety campus-wide.
Karen Junker is a passionate professional whose work emphasizes cultivating school site capacities for implementing and sustaining community problem-solving approaches to school discipline, classroom management, and academic achievement.
"I cannot speak highly enough about how engaging Karen is as a presenter, but more than that, she built capacity in others to use Restorative Practices in classrooms and schools. What a valuable benefit to our school cultures if everyone built solid school communities based on Restorative Practices!"
– Dr. Mary A. Mason Executive Director, Elementary Education, Glendale USD
Karen Junker "is an experienced classroom teacher who understands the dynamics between teachers and students and provides actual, useful tools for educators to take away with them to their own classrooms, enabling them to facilitate community building circles with confidence and understanding.
Karen can be trusted to provide the most thorough, careful training in a way that makes participants feel confident and motivated, and she imparts it with a warmth and energy that is all her own."
– Ayesha Brooks, Coordinator of Positive Climate and Culture, Fontana USD
"In my twenty-four years in education from a teacher to superintendent, I have never experienced a professional training that significantly affected the personal and professional lives of each and every participant until now.
In a time where I am personally accountable for every dollar spent, I can confidently look each taxpayer in the eye and describe the profound impact this training had on the culture of our school family."
– Dr. David Vannasdall, Superintendent, Arcadia USD