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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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Accessing a global learning community

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Europe, IIRP Graduate School

In keeping with the restorative ethos of including all stakeholders in decision-making, the IIRP Graduate School surveyed prospective students worldwide to learn the best ways to deliver course content. Students wanted to learn restorative practices, but they wanted online and low-residency options.

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Hungarian practitioner joins Trustees

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Europe, IIRP Graduate School, Justice

“When they use restorative practices, professionals suddenly get back their self-esteem,” says Vidia Negrea, director of Community Service Foundation of Hungary. Negrea was appointed this month by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Board of Trustees.

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Serious offenders make a change

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Community and Family, Justice

Across the state of Vermont, nearly 50 serious offenders, who are considered high-risk to reoffend, are meeting weekly with small teams of volunteers who have signed on to hold them accountable for their past criminal behavior and to support them to become contributing members of society. These offenders have very little family and community support, and Circles of Accountability, or CoSAs, are formed around the released offenders to help them make the transition back to the community.

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July 2014 Restorative Practices News Roundup

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in News Roundup

San Francisco school cut suspensions by half; Advocates get their school district to adopt restorative practices; Restorative lawyer Lorenn Walker tells NPR how getting assaulted was her “big break” into restorative justice; Restorative practices gleaned from articles about great managers needing to be great coaches and a delicatessen that allows full input from employees; Plus, updates about IIRP’s 17th World Conference, other conferences around the world and a new “Community of Restorative Researchers.”

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Educating high-risk students

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Europe, IIRP Graduate School, Video

Nicola Preston, lecturer at the IIRP Graduate School, discusses in a new video interview the collaborative and international flavor of her online courses. In the Fall Term she’ll be teaching a new online course, RP 662: A Restorative Approach to Educating the High-Risk and High-Need Student

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“I came here to cuss you out!” but admin. shows he cares

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Schools

Educational associate Harik Cofer didn’t “buy into” restorative practices at first. “Why would I do that fluffy stuff?” he asked. In his position at National Academy Foundation School, in Baltimore, he was focused on closing the achievement gap through curriculum and academics. “Little did I know that if I did the community building first I could exceed expectations.”

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Theater and restorative practices circles

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Video

In this 5-minute video, Natalie Medina, an actor who also teaches theater to youth in Panama with Fundación Amaneceres, discusses why kids like the combination of theater and circles, the importance of the talking piece, and a play young refugees developed that was inspired by a circle discussion.

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Jamaica on the long road to social restoration

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Community and Family, Justice

“My goal is to make Jamaica a restorative country,” said Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary of the Jamaican Ministry of Justice. This article looks at the establishment of seven Community Restorative Justice Centers working officially in 11 communities and other efforts in Jamaica to spread restorative justice to communities, the criminal justice system and schools.

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Everyday restorative language helps parents of teens struggling with alcohol and drugs

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Community and Family

When teenagers turn to drugs and alcohol in ways that damage their lives and relationships, it’s challenging to help them turn their lives around. This article explores how everyday language can be used within a restorative framework to help parents of teens struggling with drug abuse and addiction to reintegrate in a healthy way with their families, schools, friends and communities.

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