Two local principals will participate in the Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) Summer Institute being offered this week by the Catholic Education Office.

Michelle Etter, principal of St. Francis Borgia Grade School, Washington, and Anne Hanneken, principal at St. Bridget of Kildare, Pacific, will both attend some of the training which started Tuesday and runs through Friday at the Cardinal Rigali Center.

Over 200 educators from 50 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and seven other states will attend this comprehensive training in VBRD, a Catholic response to bullying.

School teams will be trained to prevent and reduce antisocial behaviors through virtue education and restorative practices, resulting in a consistent message that upholds the dignity of the human person.

“This is our fourth year for this unique training,” said Lynne Lang, director of School Climate at the Catholic Education Office. “Our returning schools are a testimony to the success of this work and reflective of the archdiocesan beONE initiative goals.”

Parents and school personnel will learn to maintain a positive environment in which adults and students are accountable and responsible for holy habits of human excellence, and discipline is viewed as formative, rather than punitive.

Sessions will include Foundations of VBRD, Restorative Practices, Guiding Principles, Engaging Parents, and Successful Class Meetings.

Each day, students will showcase restorative leadership among their peers.

An intercultural prayer service will be held Wednesday in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, led by Gregory Heille, O.P., academic dean and vice president of Aquinas Institute of Theology.

On Thursday, keynote speaker Lee Rush, M.Ed., from International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) will present a talk titled “Change the Conversation, Change the Culture” and 40 administrators will be trained in a program called “Authority with Grace: Restorative Leadership.”

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