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Integrating School Climate Reform Efforts: Symposium Presentations & Readings

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Schools

View presentations and readings associated with the IIRP’s Presidential Symposium, “Integrating School Climate Reform Efforts,” held July 20-21, 2015, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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April 2015 restorative practices news roundup

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in News Roundup

Detroit schools report significant drop in crime, Chicago schools launch “Parent Peace Centers,” a new study shows juveniles should be kept out of prison, plus much more restorative practices news in schools, justice, leadership, the workplace and families.

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Educators focus on school climate during summer break

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Schools

Two allied events and an IIRP Graduate School course will address the vital issue of school climate reform, to help educators seeking answers on how best to engage young people in their education and explore the best ways to address misbehavior, bullying, dropping out and the “racial discipline gap.”

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Chaplain touts restorative justice for Canada’s prisons

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Canada, Justice

A Quaker chaplain, social worker and restorative justice practitioner says restorative justice is an effective way to make life safer for corrections officers, cheaper for the taxpayer and helps rehabilitate offenders into the community.

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Building community at a Watts, Los Angeles, middle school

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Schools

Once, gang fights, suspensions and expulsions were the norm at Markham Middle School. With the introduction of restorative practices, a culture change has happened in this school, located in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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Pittsburgh to transform climate in 23 schools

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Research, Schools

Pittsburgh Public Schools announced their plan to implement the IIRP’s SaferSanerSchools Whole-School Change program in 23 schools to improve learning and reduce suspensions. The schools will also be part of a RAND research project funded by a $3 million U.S. Justice Department grant.

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Restorative faith communities

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Canada, Europe, Faith Communities

How can a congregation become conflict-friendly, learning and growing through responding well to conflict? Read a guest post by Anne Martin, Director of Restorative Practices, Shalem Mental Health.

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Researcher and skilled practitioner joins IIRP faculty

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Community and Family, Europe, IIRP Graduate School, Research

The IIRP welcomes Borbála Fellegi, Ph.D., who will join the IIRP faculty in July 2015 as lecturer. A resident of Budapest, Hungary, Borbála is a researcher, mediator, conference and peacemaking-circle facilitator, as well as a trainer and lecturer in restorative justice, restorative practices and mediation.

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Action research in a Hungarian village

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Community and Family, Europe, IIRP Europe Conference 2015, Video

Dr. Borbála Fellegi, PhD., director of Foresee Research Group, introduces her work exploring the benefits and challenges of conflict resolution processes in a Hungarian village. She will present on her research at the IIRP Europe Conference, “From Dream to Reality: Dawning of the New Social Science” in Budapest, Hungary, June 10-12, 2015.

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Even standardized testing can be restorative

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Model Program, Schools

Standardized testing causes stress for many students, but at Buxmont Academy Elementary Program at Pottstown (Pennsylvania) staff use restorative circles to reduce stress and engage students in making the tests work for them.

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