Restorative approaches and the use of circles are being discussed frequently in teacher education programs. However, teacher candidates have few opportunities to experience and engage with such approaches as learners. Without having experienced the power of this type of learning experience, teacher candidates are less likely to implement restorative practices and circles in their future classrooms. In this session, we will share our experience using circles and restorative practices in the university classroom. This approach emerged from the experience of one professor who developed a full elective course structured around the use of circles and the restorative approach. This year, a second professor has joined this journey and incorporated her experience with Tribes Learning Community (TLC) and restorative practices in the school setting. In this session, we will share our instructional strategies for building community in the university setting, exemplars of assignments, and video and print testimonials from students discussing how their experience will likely impact their future classrooms. A full group discussion will focus on the importance of utilizing an experiential restorative practices approach in the university setting in order to build and support new teacher competence.