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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, Research, 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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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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