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Elementary school employs restorative practices to engage students in academics and respond to harm

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Schools

Mike Selvenis, principal of Thomas W. Holtzman Elementary School, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, discusses how restorative practices are used in academics, for fixing harm and with his staff. He argues that restorative practices is “a lens to look through that should be second nature for human beings.”

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Large youth agency uses restorative practices to keep “Youth Off the Streets”

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Schools

Youth Off the Streets (YOTS), a large youth-serving agency located in and around Sydney, Australia, has been on a journey of utilizing restorative justice to respond to misbehavior and has recently expanded that to implementing restorative practices to build community and relationships.

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Life skills, digital arts teacher supports positive behavior with help of whole class

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Model Program, Schools

“If you send a student out of class, you get rid of the problem but you actually take your own power away.” CSF Buxmont teacher Liz Burian says, “As a teacher you have to realize you have a great community in your classroom to support positive behavior, instead of relying on punitive measures.”

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Bethlehem, PA, student wins “Yes I Can” Award with help from restorative practices

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Schools, Video

IIRP graduate student Tom Albright has taught and coached Emmanuel Zayas for the past year in the school-to-work transition program he oversees. In a video Albright talks about the program and how he engages students like Manny using circles and other restorative practices. IIRP graduate Deanna Webb also discusses her work at Freedom High School.

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National research funds 15 urban schools to implement restorative practices

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Research, Schools

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Center for Social Organization of Schools at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education to conduct a three-year randomized field trial evaluation of the IIRP’s SaferSanerSchools Whole-School Change Program. The study will establish the impact of school-wide restorative practices on reducing disparities in discipline and overall rates of suspensions, arrests and expulsions in high poverty-area middle and high schools that also have significant proportions of students of color.

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Eliminating disparities in school discipline: Evidence and recommendations presented to Congress support restorative practices

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Schools

Disparities in out-of-school suspension and expulsion by race, gender and sexual orientation are a critical issue in our schools. The Discipline Disparities Research to Practice Collaborative, a panel of 26 national experts — researchers, educators, advocates and policy analysts — will present to Congress on March 13 the most comprehensive compilation and analysis of research on exclusionary discipline ever attempted.

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“Best school in the universe” says key is restorative practices

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Schools

Our school’s culture is deeply rooted in care and personalization. As an organization, we have always approached students, families and staff in a restorative manner, we just didn’t have a name for it. We built our school on five pillars: Welcome, Never Too Late to Learn, Do No Harm, Choice Words and The Best School in the Universe! These five pillars have been the foundation upon which, starting three years ago, we built our restorative practice, beginning with proactive strategies.

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Restorative practices: Building a connected community of learners

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Canada, Schools

The following post is by Suzanne Bartel, a grade 4/5 teacher at Cheam Elementary School in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. She has...

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Schools across Ontario join forces, build restorative practices movement

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Canada, Schools, Video

The following article discusses two 2013 symposia, one held in the town of Cobourg in southern Ontario, Canada, another in Thunder Bay in...

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Restoring community and trust

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Schools

The following article by IIRP Assistant Director for Communications Laura Mirsky and IIRP Trainer and Consultant Steve Korr appeared in...

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