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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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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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