Mariama KPaka

 Works / trains in K-12 schools /

Circle Experience

I have more than 12 years of experience learning and using Restorative Practices including circles and conferencing working with schools and communities in the twin cities.

I”ve implemented and helped to train more than 500 school staff and community members within five school districts in Minnesota and the upper mid-west on Restorative Practices and the Circle Process.

In Schools: I have used circles in main stream settings and alternative settings.  I’ve used circles during opening week, at staff trainings and meetings to develop trust amongst staff. I’ve used circle to have dialogue when serious harm is done in the school community. I facilitate leadership and empowerment groups for students in circle.

I have Circle experience in the following areas:

  • Circle Keeper  
  • Circle Facilitator
  • Circles to Repair Harm
  • Conferences to Repair Harm
  • Community Member during circles and conferences
  • Teaching in Schools and Communities
  • Facilitator for Community Dialogues
  • Youth Groups

I have done work with these groups and organizations:

Minnesota Department of Education: Nancy Riestenberg; Hopkins, Minneapolis, and St. Paul public school districts; African Assistance Program; The Blake School; Kpaka Consulting: A Restorative Practices Group

Areas of Interest and Service

Courageous Conversations around race, culture and ethnicity.
Coaching schools interested in adopting restorative practices as part of their school day.
Juvenile incidents in the community.
Multi-generation Family dialogues


Trained in Circle Processes 2006
Equity and Restorative Justice Specialist, Hopkins Public Schools 2007-2012
PBIS Coach and Restorative Justice Specialist, Saint Paul Public Schools 2012-2015
Trained in victim offender dialogues (VOD) with Mark Umbreit, Univ. of MN 2007.
Presenter and trainer for Restorative Measures in Schools (MN Dept. of Ed.)
Board Member, Good Deeds Charity
Founder and Lead Coach, Kpaka Consulting-A Restorative Practices Group

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