Activity Reports

Educators learn how restorative justice can shift discipline from punishment to transformation at two-day ‘academy’

The EMU hosted academy seeks to provide the educational community with principals and practices to create just and equitable learning environments that foster healthy relationships and transform conflict. [continue reading…]
News & Highlights

School Suspensions Have Plunged: We Don’t Yet Know If That’s Good News

We are in the midst of a quiet revolution in school discipline. In the past five years, 27 states have revised their laws with the intention of reducing suspensions and expulsions. And, more than 50 of America’s largest school districts have also reformed their discipline policies — changes which collectively affect more than 6.35 million students. [continue reading…]
Research

FreshEd interview with Hakim Williams: Youth violence and the neocolonial system of education in Trinidad

FreshEd with Will Brehm is a weekly podcast that makes complex ideas in educational research easily understood. This December 12 interview explores youth violence in Trinidad with guest Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams. Hakim situates his study of Trinidad within the country’s colonial past. He is also actively creating a new paradigm to address youth violence that blends a systems approach with restorative justice practices. [continue reading…]
News & Highlights

Can Restorative Justice Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

Last September, Berkeley (CA) Tech Academy Principal Sheila Quintana had no choice but to suspend 10 students after an off-campus brawl was caught on video by neighborhood residents. Quintana knew there had to be a better way to deal with the disciplinary process than to shut the students out of school, which can send them into a cycle of futility: falling behind in class and ultimately dropping out with scarce employment opportunities, elevating the risk of a life of crime and incarceration.

There is a better way. It’s a concept known as restorative justice, in which perpetrators of minor to moderate offenses are brought into an intensive program in which they are led to confront the underlying causes and consequences of their actions. [continue reading…]

News & Highlights

Ekundayo Igeleke: Activism through education

Ohio school policies for addressing “violent, disruptive or inappropriate behavior” do not sit well with a large segment of the community. Activists argue that under these “zero tolerance policies” children are actually being suspended and expelled for offenses that are nonviolent, often out of their control, and possible to resolve with extra care from school officials. They also attest that children of color are being affected at a greater rate than their counterparts.

Ekundayo Igeleke, the new executive director of the University Area Enrichment Association, oversees the Freedom School, a free K-12 summer program in Columbus, OH. “We focus on restorative justice,” said Igeleke, who will bring in intervention specialists this year. “We never kick a kid out of the program, no matter how bad they are.” [continue reading…]

News & Highlights

Restorative Justice takes hold in San Diego schools

Restorative Practices is taking hold in a number of San Diego Unified schools and its aim is to change the culture on campus by giving students more of a voice in their day-to-day lives at school. Under the districts restorative approach, which was adopted in 2014, educators now have more discretion in whether to suspend or expel students for bad behavior. Depending on each individual case, learning can come from “talking it out” in carefully facilitated circle sessions run by highly trained mediators.
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Activity Reports

Movement for a Culture of Peace hosts restorative practices forum

Wilmington’s Movement for a Culture of Peace hosted a community discussion focused on finding ways to deal with issues such as trauma that violent crime in the city is bringing into classrooms. Around 30 educators, activists and concerned community members participated in the event. Among them was Malik Muhammad, president of a restorative practices consulting group. In 2012, the state brought Muhammad’s organization in to hold four full-day workshops for around 145 education professionals. Since then, he’s worked with 16 of 19 Delaware school districts, tailoring workshops to their specific needs. [continue reading…]
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Opinion

Restorative Justice: Restorative of Right Relationships, of Community

What if we were to redefine our concept of justice, to rethink it? This is not difficult to envision when it comes to teen petty theft, but in violent offenses it is much more difficult. The goal of restorative justice is a restoration of right relationships, sometimes through restitution, sometimes through talking, and a restoration of community. Perhaps an illustration from Africa would help our nation reformulate ideas of justice. After the genocide in Rwanda and Barundi, many perpetrators of the violence were put in prison. A few years ago, when they were about to be released, the community was worried that the survivors would retaliate—an eye for an eye. That is when the program Healing and Rebuilding our Communities was born. [continue reading…]
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Jobs

Restorative Justice Coordinator – New York City

Partnership with Children works with public schools in New York City’s highest-need communities to provide critical social and emotional supports for the hardest-to-reach youth and to systematically build schools that are safe, successful and conducive to learning. The Restorative Justice Coordinator will work collaboratively to build skills and commitment for the implementation of a restorative justice program in a NYC school. [continue reading…]