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Bethlehem, PA, schools, Buxmont Academy partner to educate expelled students

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Model Program

Bethlehem (PA) Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy, who has spearheaded the implementation of restorative practices in Bethlehem’s high schools, has now proposed a partnership with the IIRP and its model program, Buxmont Academy, to provide a better option for expelled students.

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Can restorative practices prevent war?

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Justice, Research

In the violent borderlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan, restorative justice practitioner Ali Gohar, founder of Just Peace Initiatives, has worked to reinvigorate and reinvent traditional conflict resolution practices.

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Working restoratively with Roma

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Community and Family, Europe, Video

During the IIRP Europe 2015 Conference in Budapest, Hungary, Romanian social worker Izabella Kasza discussed her work with a displaced Roma population in the city of Cluj.

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Peace Alliance embraces restorative practices

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Justice

The Peace Alliance, a national grassroots advocacy group that promotes practical methods for reducing violence, transforming conflict and enhancing cooperation, embraces restorative practices as a most promising and rewarding peacebuilding tool.

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June 2015 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in News Roundup

The New York Times reports that young people have a sense of restorative justice; Edspiration hosts podcasts on restorative practices and school climate; Pittsburgh’s new Chief of School Safety supports all school police being trained in restorative practices; plus much more in justice, schools and higher education.

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Engagement and inclusion: The IIRP Europe Budapest Conference

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Europe, IIRP Europe Conference 2015

At the first IIRP Europe Conference, participants heard how restorative practices are overcoming centuries of distrust between the Roma people and others in Romania, reintegrating prison inmates back into society in Hungary and helping heal victims of sexual abuse in Ireland, plus much more.

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May 2015 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in News Roundup

Schools across the U.S. are “Minding the Discipline Gap”; a restorative diversion program in Tennessee reports, “We’ve had, to date, a zero recidivism rate”; and Dalhousie University issues a report on the restorative process used to address a sexual harassment scandal; plus much more in schools, justice, higher education and family & community.

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Baltimore students “circle up” to cope with unrest

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Schools

When civil unrest erupted in Baltimore during the last week of April 2015, schools implementing restorative practices turned to circles to give students and teachers a voice, to discuss hard issues and to help them bond as a community.

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A radically new vision for education

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Schools

Dr. John Bailie, who will host the IIRP’s School Climate Symposium this July, says the event is designed to be an exercise in structured and purposeful collaborative engagement: “The biggest challenge in bringing change to schools has nothing to do with youth. The most challenging piece consists of helping adults to make and sustain change.”

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When their school moved, students’ voices mattered

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Schools

Last school year, staff at Community Learning Center (CLC), a school in Winfield, Kansas, for students at risk of dropping out of high school, successfully managed a major move by employing restorative practices with students.

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