Webinar: Restorative Justice in Education: But That Teacher Doesn’t Like Me -The Importance of a Relational Pedagogy

When: -

Guest: Dr. Dorothy Vaandering and Dr. Brenda Morrison

Host: Kathy Evans

Co-sponsored by Coming to the Table, a racial reconciliation organization affiliated with EMU, and co-hosted by the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice and MA in Education Department at EMU.

Dorothy Vaandering, Ph.D. (Memorial University in Newfoundland) and Brenda Morrison, Ph.D. (Simon Fraser University in Vancouver) will be our guests for this discussion about the ways in which restorative justice can improve the relationships between students and teachers, in particular. Many times, students feel that their teachers do not like them. This lack of mutual respect interferes with student engagement with their peers, their teachers, and also significantly with learning. Restorative Justice in Education is grounded on the central principal that healthy relationships matter. Dorothy Vaandering and Brenda Morrison, established educators and researchers, will share with us aspects of relational pedagogy, emphasizing the importance of building relationships with students, and discussing how RJE helps teachers to do that.


dorothyDr. Dorothy Vaandering became a researcher and teacher-educator at Memorial University in Newfoundland after an extensive career in Primary Elementary classrooms in Ontario and Alberta. Her experience and research explores the significance of relational pedagogies for restorative justice education. Using critical reflection and theory her work continually questions “if what we say is what we do.”

brenda morrisonDr. Brenda Morrison is the Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice at Simon Fraser University, where she teaches a range of restorative justice courses, supports graduate work and engages with a range of community based initiatives.  Her previous work in environmental education and government administration continues to inform her work, which is currently exploring the praxis of critical reflection and mindfulness, ontological security, race and power.