Call for Proposals

  Community Leadership

  October 21, 2019 - October 23, 2019

  Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

The deadline for breakout session proposals has passed. View conference website.

Conference Theme

Whether reimagining your school system, facilitating hard conversations between police and neighbors, expanding restorative justice efforts, or improving social health and well-being across a college campus, leadership is key.

Only by bringing the right people into the room, and having the right conversations, will such efforts be successful and sustainable.

This conference will feature efforts to lead positive change by bringing people together, exploring needs, building trust and collaborating creatively.

The International Institute for Restorative Practices' conferences explore the common threads for improving civil society across many disciplines. The program will consist of daily plenary sessions, dozens of dynamic breakout sessions to choose from and invaluable networking opportunities. Tracks include education, justice, family, community, workplaces and leadership.


While the conference is open to all topics related to the emerging social science of restorative practices, we will favor those proposals that explore the following topics:

  • Community-based leadership
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Expansion of restorative justice
  • School reform and new visions for K12 education
  • Community health on campuses and in neighborhoods
  • Engaging historic trauma and civil conflict across divides
  • Organizational leadership

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance to the theme and the topics listed above.
  • Quality and clarity of the session summary and learning objectives.
  • Evaluates what worked, what didn’t, how and why, and enables attendees to apply the information to their own practice – not merely a description of a program, project or issue.
  • Proposal received by submission deadline of May 2, 2019.

Session Formats

  • Inform (50-minute breakout): Present information about an important project, study, programme or story through lecture, presentation slides and/or video. An “Inform” session may include a brief amount of time for audience participation and questions.
  • Teach (90-minute breakout): Teach participants about a specific skill or process, or explore theory and concepts at a level deeper than the introductory. A “Teach” session should focus on meeting two or three learning objectives and may include a brief introductory and/or closing circle and a question and answer period.
  • Engage (90-minute breakout): Lead a discussion or facilitate a group process around a topic of interest related to restorative practices. An “Engage” session should explore the collective experience of participants as it relates to this topic, with no skill building or instructional elements.


Please Note

  • We anticipate a large number of proposals and will make every effort to accommodate all the high-quality proposals we receive. We may invite some who submit a breakout session proposal to do a session in an alternative format. 
  • Applicants will be notified by June 6, 2019 about the selection committee’s decisions.
  • Accepted speakers must register and pay for the conference by June 27, 2019, so that the schedule can be finalised and promoted.
  • All accepted speakers receive a reduced registration rate of $415 (discounted from the attendee early registration rate of $495).
  • No formal papers are required, but we encourage speakers to share their slides and handouts through our event app.
  • Speakers are responsible for their own travel and lodging.







Community Leadership

By International Institute for Restorative Practices

Oct. 21, 2019 - Oct. 23, 2019

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

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