Dr. Luke Roberts has been a restorative practitioner, trainer and consultant for almost 20 years. He has worked in primary, secondary, and alternative schools as well as with organizations during moments of conflict and crisis. He trains students, parents, and school staff in how to use restorative approaches to address conflict in their communities. Dr. Roberts has built networks of restorative schools across London and has led national campaigns to address cyberbullying. He has also worked with police forces and prisons to promote conflict resolution and peace in order to reduce violence.
Dr. Luke Roberts originally trained as a lawyer before becoming interested in restorative approaches. He completed an MBA focused on School Innovation and completed a post-graduate diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice. He was then invited to Cambridge University where he completed a Master’s in Educational Research, which led to his Post-doctoral studies in which he focused on sustaining restorative approaches in secondary schools. He is passionate about inclusive peaceful skills to build community resilience.
Dr. Lori Desautels has been an Assistant Professor at Butler University since 2016 where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate programs in Applied Educational Neuroscience in the College of Education. Lori was also an Assistant Professor at Marian University in Indianapolis for 8 years where she founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium. Dr. Desautels’ passion is engaging her students through the application of neuroscience as it applies to attachment, regulation, educator brain state, and teaching students and staff about their neuro-anatomy. Lori integrates Mind Brain Teaching and learning principles and strategies into her coursework at Butler University.
Brad Weinstein is a co-author of the Washington Post bestseller Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice and has been featured in numerous high-profile publications and podcasts. He is also the creator of TeacherGoals, one of the most popular educator social media accounts in the world. Brad is passionate about fostering equitable teaching and learning practices that help all students succeed.
Brad was the founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a network of high schools in Indiana dedicated to an innovative student-centered approach to equipping students with future-ready skills to enhance outcomes in college attainment and career success. Prior to that, he served as principal of a high school on the eastside of Indianapolis. Brad is a former teacher of the year and taught for 11 years at the middle school and elementary school level. He holds a B.A. in Education from Purdue University, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University, and completed a Principal Licensure Program from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Liz Barajas is a national presenter and district coordinator for the largest non-unified school district in the State of California. She has served as an educator for over 22 years and has successfully supported the implementation and sustainability of multi tiered systems of support, social emotional learning and restorative practices in educational settings across the West Coast of the United States. Liz has experience with restructuring emotionally at risk programs and facilitating restorative practices with students and adults in school settings.
Liz is passionate about cultivating a positive school climate through supporting the mental health needs of students in efforts to create “better humans” and build a world class education. She has designed programs, webinars, training modules and virtual learning platforms to infuse mindfulness, parent engagement, SEL and restorative approaches. She holds a Special Education Teaching Credential, a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences, an M.Ed in Special Education and is currently completing the National Institute for School Leadership Program from the University of San Diego.
Nathan Maynard is a youth advocate and passionate about stopping the school-to-prison pipeline. He is a co-author of the Washington Post bestseller Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice. Nathan also is the Co-Founder and acting CEO of BehaviorFlip and is a seasoned behavior expert that utilizes his vast experience to help make best practices accessible to a global educational landscape. He was awarded “Youth Worker of the Year” through dedicating his time with helping underserved and underprivileged youth involved with the juvenile justice system.
Nathan studied Behavioral Neuroscience at Purdue University and has facilitated restorative practices for over ten years in a wide range of educational settings. He is passionate about addressing the school-to-prison pipeline crisis and closing the achievement gap through implementing trauma-informed behavioral practices.