A Fabulous Question Rescues a Teen’s Life

Published by EducationNews.org — Restoration needs a caring community to help offenders see the hurt and wretchedness they’ve inflicted on others. At the ripe old age of 13, the girl had already spent a couple of years being prostituted by her mother and taking all manner of drugs, thanks to Mom and the johns.  Nice, huh?  […]

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5 Smart Ideas for Reducing the Effects of Kids’ Trauma

Published by EducationNews.org – Kids will only care about how their behavior affects others when they feel cared for themselves. Out there — in schools, playgrounds, pediatricians’ offices, neighborhoods and summer camps — are traumatized kids.  Some have witnessed violence in the home, suffered the death of a parent or loved one, lost their home in […]

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Trauma and the Growing Number of Hard-to-Manage Kids

Published by EducationNews.org — Kids with a significant history of trauma get a reputation for being bad kids, which only makes things worse. Today we’re at a training in Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Adolescents.  Hosted by Bradley Hospital, the oldest pediatric mental-health facility in the country, our teacher is Margaret Paccione-Dyszlewski, PhD.  The hosts […]

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Teaching Kids To Manage Their Own Behavior

Published by EducationNews.org –  Asking sincerely curious questions about their motives and choices puts the onus on the kids to do some actual thinking. Being held after school for a little straightening out are ten 6th-graders who were involved in one of two incidents.  Three girls were so compulsively talking with each other, they had to be […]

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Create More Disciplinary Options Than just Suspensions and Cops

Published by EducationNews.org – “You’re outta here” gets the problem off the school’s plate — and postpones any real solution. If you look into school-suspension data — state or local — you’ll find a bunch of numbers that tell you nothing about the severity of the offenses.  You’ll find high rates clustered in vague categories like […]

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Politicians, How Are Your Constituent Children?

Published by EducationNews.org – If the kids are in rough shape, likely the community is too. Heather Dos Santos, middle-school principal and skilled restorative practitioner, begins her presentations with “Kasserian Ingera,” which, in Swahili, means, “How are the children?”  She explains that this is the conventional greeting among the Masai who live on the plains of […]

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To End School-to-Prison Pipeline, Focus on Mental Health

Published by EducationNews.org –  We’re such a punitive culture, we don’t even look for alternatives to driving them insane, knowingly. God knows what possessed me, but instead of multi-tasking I stayed glued to every hideous moment of PBS’s Solitary Nation.  The Warden of Maine State Prison, Rodney Bouffard, so questions the practice of solitary confinement that […]

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Rebuilding Broken Trust in a College Community

Published by EducationNews.org – Nothing is more convenient than the kick-out solution.  But avoiding unpacking the conflict weakens the community. Professor David Karp runs a Restorative Justice initiative at Skidmore College and researches college-student discipline practices.  He tells this story:  Two students at a Colorado college got the brilliant idea that a prank could liven up […]

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We’re Crippling Our Kids with Fear

Published by EducationNews.org – What I hear us saying to the kids is:  “The world is terrifying and you can’t handle it, so we’ll protect you.” While hiking in the Finger Lakes region, I watched as a three-year-old did a major face plant on a stone path.  Fellow hikers gasped with horrified “Oh, no!”s and were […]

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Children and Youth Voices are a Wealth of Information

Published by EducationNews.org – Part 5 of 5 on Leeds’ efforts to become a Child-Friendly City.  (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) Last November, the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Leeds, England invited 10 sixth-graders, 10 and 11-year-olds, to tea at their home.  Annually, for the last 10 years, the Leeds City Council has invited all the […]

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