Restorative Justice

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Teaching Opinion What It Takes to Apply Restorative Practices in Schools
Seven educators provide practical recommendations on how to apply restorative practices in the school setting. One tip: "Results won't be immediate," but "they will be long lasting."
Larry Ferlazzo, January 14, 2020
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Teaching Opinion Ways to Implement Restorative Practices in the Classroom
Educators share their practical experience implementing restorative practices in their schools, such as holding goal-setting conferences with students and teaching them "the power of an apology."
Larry Ferlazzo, January 9, 2020
22 min read
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School Climate & Safety More Schools Are Reporting Serious Violence and Hiring Police
New federal data point to upticks in the percentages of schools reporting violent crimes, hiring school police, and undertaking gentler, more proactive efforts to deal with students’ misbehavior.
Stephen Sawchuk, July 25, 2019
5 min read
Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot speaks during her inauguration ceremony Monday, May 20, 2019, in Chicago.
Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot speaks during her inauguration ceremony Monday, May 20, 2019, in Chicago.
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School Climate & Safety School Police Operations to Get an Overhaul in Two Big-City Districts
Municipal leaders in both Chicago and New York are seeking arrangements that are less reliant on assigning local police officers to work in schools.
Stephen Sawchuk, July 3, 2019
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School Climate & Safety Commentary If You Won't Do Restorative Justice Right, Don't Do It
My school tried its best at restorative justice, but we needed something more than good intentions: resources and training, writes former teacher Allison Fried.
Allison Fried, June 13, 2019
5 min read
Abigail Belch, an 8th grader at DuPont Hadley Middle School, is serving her second year on the school’s student-led court.
Abigail Belch, an 8th grader at DuPont Hadley Middle School, is serving her second year on the school’s student-led court.
Abigail Belch
School Climate & Safety Commentary My School's Peer Court Helps Students Make Amends
The goal of DuPont Hadley Middle School's youth-led court is to help fellow student take steps to repair harm they cause through bad choices and behavior, writes 8th grader Abigail Belch, a second year member of the court who is currently its bailiff.
Abigail Belch, March 12, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Leader To Learn From Confronting and Combatting Bias in Schools
Claiming a school is inclusive doesn’t make it so, says 2019 Leader To Learn From Angela Ward. Building environments where everyone feels valued and supported takes a commitment to challenging, thoughtful work, she believes.
Evie Blad, February 20, 2019
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Restorative Patience
Matchbook Learning in Indianapolis designed three levels of restorative justice to support children who are suffering from significant levels of emotional trauma and causing harm to others in school.
Contributing Blogger, October 4, 2018
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Education Opinion Restorative Justice Creates a Culture of Safety
Restorative justice is not as easy as simply suspending or expelling students -- but it's worth the extra effort.
Learning Is Social & Emotional Contributor, August 23, 2018
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School & District Management Opinion Beyond Academic Personalized Learning: Implementing Restorative Justice
For students to have a truly personalized learning experience, the philosophy has to become a part of the non-academic parts of their learning as well. Based on this, our schools have shifted to adopt a restorative justice model. Here's how we did it--and the positive results we're already seeing.
Contributing Blogger, June 21, 2018
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Equity & Diversity Opinion The Effects of Unequal School Discipline Strategies
Guest blogger Amanda Ronan writes, "The harsh reality is that certain discipline practices are the reflections of institutionalized racism and outward discrimination against people of color and other underserved communities."
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, May 1, 2018
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Students walk between classes at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School.
Students walk between classes at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School.
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Equity & Diversity Inside One School's Approach to Educating Young Black Men
The three-part audio series Raising Kings profiled a high school for young men of color in Washington, D.C., where educators devote as much time to meeting the social-emotional needs of their students as they do their academic needs. Here’s a deeper dive into some of the issues raised by the series.
November 7, 2017
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Student Well-Being Video Psychologist Explains How Restorative Justice Works in D.C. High School for Young Men of Color
Charles Curtis is the psychologist at Ron Brown College Prep, a unique public high school in Washington, D.C. for young men of color. As a central member of the school's CARE team, Curtis is responsible for establishing and helping to carry out the school's unorthodox approach to student discipline: restorative justice. Curtis explains what restorative justice means in a school setting and why he believes it's essential for young black men, who disproportionately experience exclusion when they misbehave at school through suspensions and expulsions. Ron Brown--which has an intense focus on developing students' social-emotional skills and creating a culture where students feel safe physically and comfortable expressing themselves in the classroom--also emphasizes a college-preparatory curriculum. For the past year, Education Week's Kavitha Cardoza and NPR's Cory Turner visited Ron Brown weekly -- and some weeks, daily -- to witness the birth of this new school and to see how its staff tackles some of the toughest challenges in education. We spent hundreds of hours there, from the earliest days to the last bell.
October 31, 2017