Restorative Justice in Education Academy

We invite you to participate in the Restorative Justice in Education (RJE) Academy sponsored through the Master of Arts in Education program at Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster. A pioneer in the field of restorative justice, EMU was the first in the country to offer restorative justice programs housed within a graduate education program, as well as the first to offer a Restorative Justice in Education certificate. This rich experience in restorative justice will be applied specifically to work in pre-K through 12 education. The RJE presenters will share their insights on developing RJE cultures in school settings.

The RJE Academy will address the following questions:

• How will training and expertise in RJE benefit students, teachers, and the overall school culture?

• How can RJE help to address poor attendance, lower graduation rates, and discipline concerns?

• How does RJE fit with existing behavior and/or anti-bullying programs?


When: Thursday, July 6
Time: 8:00am-5:30pm
ACT 48 Hours: 6.5
Location: The Welcoming Place is a visitor’s village on the grounds of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) offices at 21 South 12th St., Akron, Pa. It includes guest houses and a conference and meeting center. The complex, built for MCC meetings, service worker orientations and as a guest facility for visitors, is designed to represent an international village and reflect the homes, schools and churches of MCC’s partner organizations around the world. All buildings are decorated with international crafts from Ten Thousand Villages. The academy will take place in the Meeting Place building.


Type of registration Amount
Early bird registration (May 1 deadline) $80
Full price registration $95
College Student Early Bird (May 1 deadline) $25
College Student $30
Superintendent/Principals free
Lodging for registrants (optional) $40

The academy has a capacity of 100. All registrations include continental breakfast and lunch. Register by June 30 at


Johonna Turner, Ph. D. is an assistant professor of Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. For over 15 years, she has worked as part of arts collectives, community organizing coalitions, and other social movement organizations to develop youth leadership, empower disenfranchised people, and cultivate transformational approaches to safety and justice. Her areas of scholarship, practice and teaching include restorative and transformative justice, youth leader-ship development, vocational formation for peace builders, faith-rooted peacebuilding, and arts and media-based approaches to social change. As an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, she taught undergraduate courses in the departments of American Studies and African-American Studies, as well as the Burns Academy of Leadership. During her tenure with the District of Columbia Public Schools, she served as an afterschool program coordinator for 9th-12th grade students, high school special education English teacher, elementary reading interventionist, and school-wide instructional leader. She has also facilitated classes, workshops, and trainings with institutions ranging from D.C.’s Latin American Youth Center to the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church. Professor Turner is an alumna of the Devos Urban Leadership Initiative (an intensive leadership development program for Christian urban youth ministry leaders) and a former Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow with the Open Society Institute (a fellowship awarded to visionary leaders promoting alternatives to incarceration).

Restorative Justice in Education Presenters include:

Bob Garrity, M. Ed., is a restorative facilitator, mediator, consultant, and an adjunct faculty member at EMU. He has over 25 years of experience as a consultant working directly with leaders and staff in school divisions, schools, non-profits, agencies, government, businesses, and the community. Bob has expertise in working with students, parents, school staff, and police officials on restorative re-entry of suspended and expelled students. He works with administrators and teachers to create school cultures that reflect restorative practices. Bob is on the board of directors of the Virginia Association of Restorative Practices Practitioners and a frequent presenter on RJE.

Judy Mullet, Ph. D. is a professor of the Psychology and Master of Arts in Education programs at Eastern Mennonite University, as well as a consultant and presenter on restorative teaching in schools. Judy designed and teaches in the “Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution” certificate program. Publications include: restorative discipline in Children & Schools (2014) and narrative psychology in Adult Learning (2014); co-author of The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools (2005, 2015).

Michelle Edwards, is a behavioral specialist at Spotswood Elementary School, part of the Harrisonburg City Public Schools division in Virginia. She has helped to introduce RJE in the Harrisonburg City school division.