I supported a school wide shift to restorative practices where circles were implemented for community building, repair and peace. I am a trained Circle Keeper and have also supported many youth in becoming trained as Circle Keepers. My work with Circles is both in the educational system and as a practitioner at my community justice center.
I have worked with Circles for:
Reentry into a community
I have been associated with:
School based (K-12)
Vermont Restorative Approaches Collaborative (co-coordinator). – vtrac.org
VT RJ Consortium
Essex Community Justice Center
Areas of Interest and Service
Facilitation and Circle Keeping
Lindsey Halman, M.Ed., is Executive Director at UP for Learning (upforlearning.org). Before coming to UP, Lindsey taught middle school in Vermont for 15 years. During that time, she co-created the innovative Edge Academy, a school-within-a-school dedicated to applying the principles of personalized learning at the middle level. Lindsey is passionate about building strong relationships with students and adults, helping them feel empowered to make change, and creating a socially just climate and culture for all.
During her time as a middle level educator, she spearheaded a school-wide shift to restorative practices, as well as co-facilitated a student-led peer leadership program and GSA. Lindsey is a nationally certified trainer of restorative practices, providing her with the opportunity to facilitate many workshops for youth and adults. Currently, she works with schools with the central goal of transforming school culture through youth/adult partnerships. The belief is that youth and adults must be at the table in true partnership in order for the shift to one of equity and shared responsibility. She serves as a Essex Community Justice Center volunteer on the Restorative Justice panels, and a member of the Community Advisory Board. She is also an active member of the Vermont Restorative Justice Consortium and Steering Committee.