An overview of the implementation of Restorative Practices in schools.

Eric Apgar – With over twenty-five years of experience in the field of education, Dr. Apgar currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at Round Lake Area Schools District #116. Dr. Apgar holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Concordia University Chicago, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Illinois University, an educational specialist degree in school psychology from Loyola University Chicago, and a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Recognizing the role of restorative practices in nurturing a positive school climate and fostering meaningful connections within the learning community, Dr. Apgar is deeply committed to integrating restorative principles into every aspect of educational services. As an Assistant Superintendent, he champions initiatives that prioritize relationship-building, empathy, and accountability, laying the foundation for a culture of trust and collaboration. Dr. Apgar’s leadership in restorative practices extends beyond theoretical frameworks; he is a passionate advocate for their practical implementation in schools. Through professional development, coaching, and collaborative problem-solving, he empowers educators to embrace restorative approaches as powerful tools for conflict resolution, community building, and social-emotional learning.

Brian Peterson brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his role as Principal of Round Lake High School. With a passion for fostering positive school cultures and empowering students, Brian has established himself as a leader in the field of education. Prior to his appointment as Principal of Round Lake High School, Brian served in various impactful roles within the education sector. He began his career as a dedicated educator, teaching 4th and 5th grade students in the North Chicago School District. This early experience instilled in him a deep understanding of the needs of students and the importance of fostering a supportive learning environment. Brian’s commitment to student success led him to pursue leadership roles within the education system. Brian began his career in administration as an Assistant Principal in the Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District, where he honed his skills in student support and program implementation. Additionally, he served as an Assistant Principal of Student Services at Dundee-Crown High School further expanding his leadership capabilities and knowledge of educational best practices. One of Brian’s notable contributions to the field of education is his expertise in restorative practices. He has delivered extensive training on restorative practices in numerous school settings, advocating for a proactive and inclusive approach to conflict resolution and community building. Brian’s dedication to this area of work is underscored by his certification as an International Institute of Restorative Practice Trainer. Currently, Brian is spearheading his third implementation of restorative practices in a school setting, further demonstrating his commitment to creating positive and supportive learning environments where all students can thrive.