April 25th @ 6 PM EST
Vickie Shoap is a Restorative Justice Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Fairfax County, Virginia is the 10th largest school system in the United States. Fairfax County is just across the Potomac River from Washington DC and currently has 1,200,000 residents. The county’s public schools serve over 190,000 students from over 200 countries. More than 200 languages are spoken in Fairfax County Public Schools. Restorative Justice became discipline policy in 2011 as an alternative to traditional discipline such as suspension and recommendation for expulsion. Restorative Practices are also implemented in FCPS classrooms, school community building circles and attendance circle programs. Restorative justice is available to all FCPS schools K-12 and is utilized for prevention as well as intervention. With over 25 years’ experience in the restorative justice field in both criminal justice and schools in Virginia, Vickie Shoap is a national restorative justice practitioner and trainer in the principles and practice of Restorative Justice in schools and juvenile courts. Vickie is the former Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Prince William County Virginia 31st Judicial Circuit and Juvenile Courts and the former President of the Restorative Justice Association of Virginia. Vickie has written restorative justice training programs and facilitator manuals for the Virginia Department of Education and the Supreme Court of Virginia Office of Dispute Resolution.