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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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What churches can learn from restorative practices

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Canada, Faith Communities

Read an excellent long interview with Bruce Schenk, director of IIRP Canada, from Christianity Today, about how “thinking restoratively” can give churches the tools to enact peace, redemption, reconciliation, and healthy relationships.

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Restorative justice changing the face of juvenile justice across Idaho

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Justice, Video

There’s a restorative revolution taking place across the U.S. state of Idaho, originating in the field of juvenile justice and radiating out to schools and communities. It began a few years ago and is being driven by a mostly rural eight-county district in south central Idaho.

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The right conversation: Terry O’Connell discusses work with students and parents

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Video

Restorative practices pioneer Terry O’Connell, director of Real Justice Australia, says restorative practices is about helping people have the “right conversation” so they can work through conflict and build relationships. Watch a 2-part video in which he discusses his work with young students and parents in indigenous communities.

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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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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 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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