Building & Restoring Educational Communities

We lead from the Edge to show others what they may not see from the front or center.

Join us in learning unique tools for meeting needs and interests of staff and students,

as well as building healthy social connections for strong and relational academic environments.



Educators know that behavior disruptions are one of the biggest obstacles they may face. Whether new or veteran, professionals can utilize these simple understandings to maximize instruction time and minimize distractions.


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With a primary focus on prevention, this training program prepares educators and health service professionals with proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage.


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A way of life that supports the safety and well-being of students by developing positive relationships, fostering school connectedness, and building social-emotional competencies to empower positive academic outcomes.


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School Climate and Culture

Improve school climate and culture with our restorative practices implementation program.


This two-year implementation program enables educators to transform the learning environment by engaging students to be active participants in their school community.



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What Educators Are Saying

          Traditional, punitive discipline often removes students from their classroom communities and doesn’t effectively address the impact they may have on their own learning, socialization, or on their peers. Restorative practices considers the whole community and develops accountability and self-awareness through questioning and conferencing. Melissa Ugarte creates and implements systems to facilitate these practices in schools, helping to strengthen teacher-student relationships as well as student-student interactions. Working with Melissa as a classroom teacher, I felt supported and valued in the discipline process, and my students benefited from logical and relevant follow up to negative behaviors, ultimately resulting in a more positive learning community.






Aarav Sundaresh

Teacher & Photographer

Providence Schools, RI

         When meeting Melissa, one instantly grows impressed with her demonstrated knowledge and experience in positively influencing school communities. As a result of her work, she has been contracted as a per diem trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), where she will continue to effectively train educators in relationship and conflict resolution strategies. I find her relational, fun to interact with and a neat person overall.






Kevin Jones
School Administrator &
IIRP Instructor, IL

        Melissa is able to reach people. I attribute this to her clear, compassionate, and just professional demeanor. Her presence is felt among staff and students as she is passionate about fostering deep, trusting, and healthy relationships with all people. Melissa demonstrates this through the use of restorative practices as a way to promote a positive climate and culture within schools and makes it her mission to help staff and students become self-aware, manage emotions, and work through conflict. She truly serves by example of what it means to be an active leader to one’s school community.






Barbara Witbeck
Social Worker & Consultant,
Providence, RI

Building & Restoring Educational Communities


The Educated Edge provides affordable, effective and evidenced-based training and consulting to educational practitioners throughout the U.S.


The Educated Edge, LLC

Melissa A. Ugarte

c/o East Bay Collaborative

317 Market Street

Warren, RI 02885

Phone: (401) 588-4210



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