Kathy Evans

 Higher education teaching / training /

Circle Experience

I teach a course on Facilitating Circles in Educational Contexts, primarily with PK-12 educators, school counselors, and administrators. I also incorporate Circles into all of my undergraduate courses as a form of pedagogy and practice.

I have experience primarily with community building Circles, but also Circles for addressing difficult topics, sharing concerns, problem-solving, and teaching/learning.

I have worked almost exclusively with educational communities, teachers, educators, educational leaders, school counselors, parents and caregivers of students.

Areas of Interest and Service

Facilitating the development of Circle practice for those who work in educational settings. I have facilitated one day, weekend, week long, and semester long classes on Circles.


Kathy Evans is an Associate Professor of Education at Eastern Mennonite University, teaching courses in educational psychology, special education, and restorative justice in education. Her research, teaching, and scholarship focus on ways in which educators participate in creating more just and equitable educational opportunities for all students, including those with disability labels, those who exhibit challenging behavior, and those who are marginalized for a variety of reasons, including race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, and gender identity. She has published several articles and book chapters related to zero tolerance policies, restorative justice, and school discipline practices, focusing on the ways in which restorative justice is applied to educational contexts.

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