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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, 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 Families

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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June 2014 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in News Roundup

This month’s roundup includes news of a major national report on the consensus on school discipline, an article in School Leadership about “The Power of the Circle,” cataloging articles showing restorative practices sweeping schools across the US, IIRP faculty presentations at major conferences and more.

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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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Circle process helps hold youth accountable for drinking, driving, drug offenses

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Justice

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program (SCVRJP), based in River Falls, Wisconsin, USA, has developed a unique practice for working with young adults who have been arrested for crimes such as underage drinking, possession of drugs and paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and teen driving offenses.

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Restorative practices improve outcomes and relationships in criminal justice and education settings across Latin America

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Justice

The Latin American Institute of Restorative Practices, IIRP’s affiliate based in Lima, Peru, has been working for three years to foster the development of restorative practices throughout South America and in Mexico. Jean Schmitz, director of ILAPR, and his colleagues, have provided basic restorative practices training to approximately 1,000 people in seven countries and are having an impact in the fields of education and criminal justice.

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Restorative responses to sexual abuse by clergy

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Europe, Faith Communities, Justice, Video

In this short video segment, Les Davey, chief executive of IIRP Europe, discusses work his organization has done in Ireland with victims of sexual abuse by clergy, including restorative conferences.

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May 2014 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on May 18, 2014 in News Roundup, Video

This month’s roundup includes news about advocacy in US schools for more restorative practices to improve climate and provide an alternative to zero tolerance policies, an exploration of the potential positive role of shame, a call for case studies, news of the IIRP around the world, and videos about artist Si Lewen and a Canadian school that integrates circle and classroom teaching.

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