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April 2014 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in News Roundup

This month’s roundup includes news about changes in discipline policies in US schools, data from research on the effectiveness of restorative practices, restorative justice anecdotes around the world, conference news and more.

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Martin Wright reviews Forging Justice: A Restorative Justice Mystery

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Europe, Justice

“A good read, with a realistic introduction to restorative practice as a bonus.” Police detective Claire Cassidy was disillusioned after twelve years pursuing young people – often the same ones repeatedly – in the decaying steel town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The story mainly follows the case of one teenage girl gang who rob a convenience store.

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Speakers share how behaviors can change at Celebrating Restorative Works, a fundraising breakfast

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Events, Model Program

A panel of speakers shared stories about the impact restorative practices can have on young people, their families and communities. Dr. Joe Roy explained, “With restorative practices, students are staying in school and learning.” 16-year old Robbie Cook was out of control, but his dad, Robert, said, “Because of restorative practices, I now have my son back.” Read about all the stories shared…

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March 2014 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in News Roundup

Pieces include:
American Federation of Teachers summit on restorative practices; NPR & PBS both report on shift away from zero tolerance in schools; San Francisco Unified School District approves measure favoring restorative practices over suspensions; Remembering the “Elmira Case,” an early example of face-to-face meetings between youth vandals & victims; TED Talk: “The Neuroscience of Restorative Justice” and more…

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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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Ripple: A faith community makes waves with restorative practices

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Faith Communities, Video

In the following video, filmed at the IIRP’s 16th World Conference in October 2013 during a plenary panel on Restorative Practices in the Faith Community, IIRP master’s candidate Tom Albright discusses Ripple, the ministry he has helped create based on restorative practices and principles.

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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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