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Family engagement helps young people make positive change

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Justice

“It felt very much like a partnership, like ‘we’re all enrolled in this program together,'” says Kathleen Taylor, whose son participated in CSF Buxmont’s Restorative Reporting Centers (RRC), an IIRP model program for adjudicated youth, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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IIRP Class of 2015 paves new restorative roads

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Canada, Europe, IIRP Graduate School

The IIRP Graduate School Class of 2015 is finding inspired new ways to take their passion for restorative practices out into the world, employing explicit elements of the practices to develop new ideas in their fields, workplaces and communities. This article includes excerpts of graduate David Knightly’s commencement speech.

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School program cultivates virtue using restorative practices

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Schools

“Virtue literacy” and “emotional literacy” go hand in hand, says Lynne Lang, director of school climate in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, who has created Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline, a school-wide approach that works to improve school climate and teach virtues using proactive and responsive restorative practices.

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October-November 2015 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in News Roundup

Nashville’s (TN) newly elected mayor plans to address “The New Jim Crow” through restorative justice; Pittsburgh’s A+ Schools report says students feel more academically challenged in restorative practices schools; the New York Times explores “The Art of Getting to ‘We'”, plus more in justice, schools and community.

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Circle up for Santa Claus

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Community and Family, Model Program

When two teens from a Buxmont Academy school upset a group of first and second grade Catholic school students by telling them there was no Santa Claus, they made things right by participating in a restorative circle.

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Restorative Conversations: Episode 2

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Research

Founder of the Community of Restorative Researchers, Ian Marder, in his second podcast, interviews Andrew Hancock, Restorative Justice Coordinator for Darlington, UK (North East England), and Stephen Twist, a barrister and restorative practitioner, about Darlington’s Restorative Justice Hub and related topics.

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Dr. John Bailie’s Inaugural Address

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in IIRP Graduate School

“Every generation of humanity faces a few clear and undeniable challenges,” argues Bailie. “Now more than ever, we need strategies to build community.”

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Restorative Conversations: Episode 1

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Europe, IIRP Graduate School, Research

On the first episode of Restorative Conversations, a new podcast, Dr. John Bailie and Ted Wachtel, the IIRP Graduate School’s current and former presidents, discuss their backgrounds, the work of the IIRP and the future of restorative practices as a social movement and new social science.

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September 2015 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in News Roundup

Detroit schools reduce arrests; IBPA bullying prevention conference takes place in November; the Pope “goes to prison”; NAACP-Chattanooga calls for restorative practices in schools and IIRP Lecturer Nicola Preston explains why “it’s good to talk”; plus much more news about schools, justice, leadership and higher education.

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Teaching literature using Restorative Questions

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Schools

Language Arts teacher Heidi Fisher, in Canaan, New Hampshire, employs the Restorative Questions in circle discussions, encouraging students to relate to their reading assignments, and also to respond when her students had behaved poorly with the substitute teacher while she was away.

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