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September 2015 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in News Roundup

Detroit schools reduce arrests; IBPA bullying prevention conference takes place in November; the Pope “goes to prison”; NAACP-Chattanooga calls for restorative practices in schools and IIRP Lecturer Nicola Preston explains why “it’s good to talk”; plus much more news about schools, justice, leadership and higher education.

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Teaching literature using Restorative Questions

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Schools

Language Arts teacher Heidi Fisher, in Canaan, New Hampshire, employs the Restorative Questions in circle discussions, encouraging students to relate to their reading assignments, and also to respond when her students had behaved poorly with the substitute teacher while she was away.

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Homicide victims’ families find strength to go on

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Canada, Community and Family, Europe

The Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Ministry recently hosted a retreat for nearly 40 survivors of homicide and representatives of organizations that support them, which gave participants a deeper understanding of their own trauma and loss as well as skills to help themselves and others cope with similar experiences.

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August 2015 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in News Roundup

The American Federation of Teachers tackles the issue of racial justice, a U.S. Dept. of Justice study finds severe punishment does not reduce juvenile offending, native Hawaiian Mark Patterson says, “We have to change our thinking from modalities of punishment to modalities of transformation and change,” plus much more news in schools, justice, family and community.

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Principal: We’d revert to a negative environment if we quit restorative practices

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Schools, Video

In this video, Rhonda Richetta, principal of City Springs Elementary/Middle School, in Baltimore, Maryland, talks to SaferSanerSchools Instructor Steve Korr about the many ways restorative practices has benefited her school and life and tells some great stories.

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Hope for the future of school climate reform

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Schools

About 150 educators from across North America, along with a panel of six school climate reform leaders, came to Bethlehem, PA, July 20-21, 2015, to explore how the wide array of programs created to replace zero tolerance could work together.

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Pittsburgh schools go restorative

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Research, Schools

Pittsburgh, PA, Public Schools (PPS) are ramping up for the largest restorative practices Whole-School Change program ever, with half the schools implementing the practices, in a controlled study by the RAND Corporation. All school leadership has been trained in the practices to ensure buy-in.

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July 2015 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in News Roundup

The US Department of Education launched its #RethinkDiscipline Campaign, the Archdiocese of San Francisco supports families of homicide victims, mass incarceration critics speculate the tide is turning against harsh punishment, healthcare workers apologize for their mistakes, plus much more in schools, justice, family & community, the workplace and higher education.

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From the Bronx and here to stay

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Higher Education, Schools

College and high school students showed up to make their voices heard at a conference on restorative practices for New York City schools, at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY, organized by professor David Fletcher, Ed.D., who aims to integrate the practices into teacher education everywhere.

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“Everybody has a voice in our school”

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Schools, Video

Students and teachers from Maine schools that are implementing the SaferSanerSchools Whole-School Change program as part of a 3-year RAND study speak about the positive impact in the classroom of circles and other informal restorative practices.

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