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Ted Wachtel to retire as IIRP President

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in IIRP Graduate School, Leadership

Ted Wachtel, President and Founder of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, has announced his intention to retire from the presidency in June 2015, at the end of the IIRP Graduate School’s academic year. Ted will continue to pursue the sort of visionary restorative projects that have been his hallmark, which the IIRP will support and report on.

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Pittsburgh in groundbreaking project to make schools safer

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Schools

To make their schools safer, the leadership of Pittsburgh Public Schools, like those in several other school districts across the country, is embarking on a watershed project to implement restorative practices in 25 schools during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.

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Chicago fights school-to-prison pipeline restoratively

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Schools

Ten years of grassroots organizing and practice has raised community awareness and helped demonstrate the effectiveness of restorative justice. Now, says Edwin Johnson, a Behavior Health Specialist in the CPS Office of Social & Emotional Learning (OSEL), “We’re focusing on creating a restorative culture,” moving beyond responsive restorative justice to instill a broadly proactive approach.

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Bullying: Should people meet face-to-face?

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Schools, Video

In this short video, IIRP Instructor Lee Rush, a member of the International Bullying Prevention Association board, recommends giving children in school who have been bullied input on how they want to resolve incidents.

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U. Vermont Director joins IIRP Trustees

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Higher Education, IIRP Graduate School

Dr. Stacey Miller, Director of Residential Life at the University of Vermont (UVM) since 2003, receives a lot of calls from people across the country inquiring about how they can bring restorative practices to their campuses. “I can feel the momentum swinging. It’s going to tip,” she says.

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September 2014 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in News Roundup

No Philly schools on ‘persistently dangerous’ list; college uses conference in wake of snake prank; can restorative justice be used around sexual assault and domestic violence?; can restorative justice change “cop culture”?; ending the school-to-prison pipeline; developments in schools across the US; unplanned restorative justice happens during a parole hearing; remembering a Colorado RJ pioneer; circles for processing grief and loss, and much more!

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Study shows youth are less aggressive with restorative practices

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Model Program, Schools

The restorative environment at Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy schools for at-risk youth enhances the effectiveness of the Aggression Replacement Training® cognitive-behavioral intervention program.

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The power of the circle

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Schools

When schools use restorative practices to build relationships and community, students’ attitudes change for the better. This piece, by the IIRP’s Laura Mirsky for Educational Leadership Magazine, is chock-full of great stories involving students, teachers and administrators at Harding Middle School in Philadelphia.

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August 2014 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in News Roundup, Video

IIRP Instructor Steve Korr participates in higher ed student conduct webinar; LA decriminalizes school discipline; around the country efforts further implementation of restorative practices in schools; restorative justice embraced in New Zealand for vehicle homicide and the UK for domestic violence; LA prisoners re-imagine prison design; IIRP Lecturer and Instructor present at the National Bullying Prevention Conference; Brene Brown talks about why understanding “shame” is essential, and much more!

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Principal maintains authority and student dignity

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Schools

In the 1990s, Mike Simpson, then a middle school administrator in South Burlington, VT, pioneered the use of Real Justice restorative conferences in schools. Today, he says, “RJ is beginning to get a toe-hold in Sonoma County, CA, where I work as a Superintendent/Principal.”

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