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Circle Training for School Leaders

Date: Friday - May 24, 2019
Time: All Day
Location: F.A.M.E. MLK Center, 3201 E Republican St, Seattle, WA 98112
May 24th & 25th, 9AM - 5PM
This Is An Event Hosted By A Member School and Is Not An NWAIS Workshop

Dates: May 24th & 25th, 9AM - 5PM

Location: F.A.M.E. MLK Center, 3201 E Republican St, Seattle, WA 98112

Cost: $350

Note: This workshop is only for heads of school, principals, assistant principals, and assistant heads of school.





The Circle Process is a powerful way of building relationships. For that reason alone it is a powerful social technology for any leader. Through the process leaders can better understand their communities, and vice versa. This work alone is vital for creating a healthy work culture. At the same time the Circle Process is beneficial for moments of tension, and healing in a community. Because of this reality the restorative justice world has embraced the process. A common question that emerges when met with the Circle Process is, ‘Why? Why would I use this method?’


Many schools are exploring the Circle Process as a means of conflict resolution, including Garfield High School, Showalter Middle School, and The Bush School. But that just scratches the surface of what is possible. Increasingly private sector leaders including executives from IBM, BF Goodwrench, and Eileen Fisher are turning to the Circle Process as a means of humanizing their workforce, team-building, think tank ideation, project analysis, and conflict resolution. In addition some leaders in education, including Caroline Blackwell, NAIS Vice President of Equity and Justice, have begun incorporating the Circle Process into their work as a best practice. In short there is nothing that Circle cannot hold, but not everyone can hold a Circle. The goal of this proposed work is to expose school leaders to the Circle Process so that they can.


Join Dr. Jabali Stewart, and Dr. Keiko Ozeki in a two day circle in which participants will:

- Join and forge a cohort of other Seattle school leaders in Circle.
- Gain insight into the power of the Circle Process.
- Have a first hand experience with the Circle Process.
- Learn how they can use the process themselves.- Better understand how to support staff that use Circle.
- Have questions about Circle answered.



This Is An Event Hosted By A Member School and Is Not An NWAIS Workshop. Registration is handled directly with the convenors.



Jabali works in the areas of cultural studies, intercultural communication, and conflict resolution. His involvement in education, with every age group, in some form or another spans two decades. In 2011 he became the Director of Intercultural Affairs at The Bush School where he still works today. He is trained in using social technologies like the Circle Process for processing information, having difficult/charged conversations, relationship building, positive conflict resolution, healing, and consensus building. He has worked with a variety of organizations including the Center for Ethical Leadership, The Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Childhaven, The Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, ABSPY, and the City of Seattle including the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and the Seattle Police Department. He has a BA in Religious Studies from The Ohio State University, and a M.A. & PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington.

Keiko's passion is to create a space where people go beyond their boundaries, achieve both expected and unexpected outcomes, and acquire their peak experiences collectively and individually. Through holding peacemaking and healing circles, Keiko is deeply enjoying connecting with local and national communities. Keiko has been in charge of intercultural and organizational consulting businesses for 15 years. She has worked with many Seattle organizations including Garfield High School, The Bush School, Showalter Middle School, The Center for Ethical Leadership, Bellvue College, ABSPY, and many others. She has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and an M.A. in Organizational Systems and Renewal from Seattle University; and a M.A. in Intercultural and Organizational Communication from San Francisco University.

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