Steve Van Bockern

Steve Van Bockern

Steve Van Bockern is a professor of education at Augustana University in South Dakota. Formerly a teacher and principal, his research interests include resiliency, alternative education, restorative justice, bullying, discipline, and creating well-being.


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Steve Van Bockern

Steve Van Bockern is a professor of education at Augustana University in South Dakota. Having previously served as a teacher and principal, Dr. Van Bockern’s research interests include resiliency, alternative education, restorative justice, bullying, discipline, and creating well-being in school settings.

Dr. Van Bockern has directed programs and grants for talented students and youth at risk, and currently works in juvenile justice as an expert witness. He has presented worldwide in Russia, Thailand, South Africa, Australia, and extensively in Canada. In 1997, he helped create the nonprofit organization Reclaiming Youth International.

Presentation titles by Steve Van Bockern

  • Reclaiming All Youth: The Power of Relationship Building
  • Creating Cultures of Caring
  • The Circle of Courage: A Values-Driven School
  • Schools That Matter: Meeting the Needs of Students and Staff
  • Schools That Matter: Building Positive, Strength-Based Climates